Jan. 8, 2013
ELDROA, Colo. -- The University of New Mexico Alpine team logged 213 points in the giant slalom to put the Lobos in second place after the first day of the University of Colorado/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational on Tuesday in Eldora, Colo. Denver sits in first place with 240.5 points while Colorado rounds out the top three with 191 points. The meet is the first Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association team invitational of the 2013 season.
For the second day in a row freshman Courtney Altringer led the Lobo women in the giant slalom. The Spokane, Wash., native led UNM yesterday in the giant slalom at the RMISA Alpine Qualifier. Altringer just barely missed a podium spot on Tuesday, clocking a total time of 2:01.48 to finish fourth place. Utah's Jamie DuPratt edged out Altringer with a 2:01.37. Denver's Kristien Haugen topped the event with a 1:59.52.
Kate Williams finished in ninth place, recording a time of 2:03.01. It's the ninth top-10 RMISA finish for the senior from Park City, Utah. Following Williams was senior Mary Rachel Hostetter who came in 23rd with a 2:05.35.
Michael Bansmer led the Lobo men and was runner up in today's event. It's a career-high finish for the sophomore in RMISA competition and is just his second top-5 finish. The Central Pointe, Ore., native finished with a total time of 1:53.86. Denver's Max Mamo won the men's giant slalom with a 1:53.84.
Senior Armin Triendl followed Bansmer, finishing in fourth place with a time of 1:53.98. Joonas Rasanen, a sophomore from Finland, was the third Lobo in, finishing 10th (1:55.20). Sean Horner placed 25th (1:57.81) and rounded out UNM's finishers.
The Alpine events of the CU/Spencer Nelsom Memorial Invitational resume tomorrow with slalom races. Nordic events are set for this weekend with the freestyle race happening on Saturday, Jan. 12 and the classical race on Sunday, Jan. 13.
CU/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational -- Day 1; Giant Slalom
TEAM SCORES: 1. Denver, 240.5 points (133 M, 107.5 W); New Mexico, 213 points (119 M, 94 W); 3. Colorado, 191 points (72 M, 119 W); 4. Utah, 186 points (78 M, 108 W); 5. Alaska Anchorage, 167 points (83 M, 84 W); 6. Montana State, 140.5 points (65 M, 75.5 W); 7. Westminster, 125 points (101 M, 24 W); 8. Colorado Mountain College, 20 points (20 W); 9. Wyoming, 0 points
MEN: 2. Michael Bansmer, 47 pts (1:53.86), 4. Armin Triendl, 41 pts (1:53.98), 10. Joonas Rasanen, 31 pts (1:55.20), 25. Sean Horner (1:57.81). Chris Acosta and Juho-Pekka Penttinen did not finish second run; Chriss Salbu did not finish first run; and Mark Miller did not race.