Lobo Ski Team Preps for Alaska and Seawolf Invitationals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/04/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 4, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska --- Extreme weather continues to play havoc with the 2009 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships in Anchorage where the University of New Mexico ski team is preparing for the start of the 2009 collegiate race season. Despite the delay of competition, the Lobos were able to enjoy a fireworks show on Saturday night in downtown Anchorage celebrating Alaska's 50th year of statehood.

On Sunday, the sprint classic races were cancelled after having been postponed from Saturday due to extreme cold in the area. Races are not held if the temperature is colder than -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Lobo freshman Ingrid Leask was scheduled to compete in the first event of the U.S. championships.

For the upcoming week, the Lobos will compete in the University of Alaska-Anchorage Invitational and Seawolf Invitational. The Nordic team will compete in the UAA Invite on Jan. 5 and 7 and the Seawolf Invite on Jan. 10-11. Additionally, the 2009 U.S. Cross Country Championships will coincide with the UAA Invite. The collegiate participants will be scored separately, in addition to the National competition. For the Alpine team, the Seawolf Invite and UAA Invite will be staggered between Jan. 8-11. (See full schedule below). The Nordic races will be held at Kincaid Park, while the Alpine events will be run at Alyeska.

This Week's Schedule
Jan. 5: Nordic- UAA Invite/U.S. Nationals --10/15km Freestyle
Jan. 7: Nordic- UAA Invite/U.S. Nationals -- 5/10km Classical
Jan. 8: Alpine- Seawolf Invite -- Men's and Women's GS
Jan. 9: Alpine- UAA Invite -- Men's and Women's GS
Jan. 10: Nordic- Seawolf Invite -- 5/10km Classical; Alpine- Seawolf Invite -- Men's and Women's SL
Jan. 11: Nordic-Seawolf Invite --15/20km Skate Mass Start; Alpine- UAA Invite -- Men's and Women's SL

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