Skiers in Fourth Place After Day 1 of Utah Invite
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/06/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 6, 2005

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The University of New Mexico ski team sits in fourth place after the first day of the Utah Invitational in Soldier Hollow and Park City, Utah. The Lobos finished with 236 points and trail Denver (283), Utah (259) and Colorado (245) after the first day of the 2005 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association season.

The Lobos quest to repeat as national champions began with the men's Alpine team winning the giant slalom event. Returning All-American sophomores Peter Roering and Lars Loeseth placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men's giant slalom race. Fellow sophomore Alex Mach scored a career-high eighth place finish, giving the Lobos three top-10 finishes. Senior Alexander Freberg also competed in the race, placing 21st overall.

The women's Alpine team skied on the slalom course and the Lobos placed fifth in that event. New Mexico was led by junior Gladys Weidt's 11th place showing. Also scoring for the Lobos were senior Helena Woodrow and freshman Lene Kaasa. They placed 17th and 20th, resectively. Also competing for UNM were freshman Staci Rixford (30th), and juniors Kathrin Spendier (41st) and Jennifer Shively (47th).

The Nordic squads competed in classic races at Soldier Hollow, Utah, and the Lobo women had a strong second-place showing, despite not having two-time All-American Martina Stursova who is still training with the Czech Republic national team. Junior Trine Lundamo continued her All-American form from a year ago with a career-best second place finish in the women's 5K classical. Senior Andrea Roberts also posted a career-best classic finish, placing 7th in the race. Fellow senior Pirkko Pulkkanen rounded out the Lobo scoring with a 12th place showing. Also competing for UNM was freshman Tiffany Callahan who placed 24th.

The Lobo men were without junior All-American Geir-Endre Rogn, but still managed to score 45 points and a fifth place finish in their 10K classic race. Freshman Inge Kristofferson paced UNM by finishing 8th. Sophomore Dirk Grimm had a 16th place showing, while fellow sophomore Jedd Young finished 36th overall.

The Lobos will continue competition on Thursday, January 6, with the men's slalom, women's giant slalom and Nordic freestyle events.