March 13, 2004
It's official! The University of New Mexico Ski Team has won the 2004 NCAA Skiing Championships in Truckee, Calif., hosted by the University of Nevada. With the win, the Lobos bring home the first-ever NCAA team title to the University of New Mexico. The Lobos finished with 623 points, 42 points ahead of defending national champion Utah who came in second.
The women's Nordic team got a strong performance from sophomore Trine Lundamo who placed third in today's 15K Classic race. It was her highest finish of the season and her second All-American award at the 2004 NCAA Championships. Junior Lena Jensen placed 11th, just missing All-American honors given to the top-10 finishers in each race. Junior Martina Stursova, the top-ranked women's Classic skier in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association, turned in a gutsy performance with a 20th place showing. Stursova fell and was injured early in the race, but kept skiing to make sure the Lobos held on to the team lead.
The men's Nordic team was led by sophomore Geir-Endre Rogn, who earned his second All-American award in 2004 with a third place finish in the 20K Classic. Freshman Dirk Grimm gave the Lobos a team-record 10 All-Americans in 2004 with a seventh place finish. Freshman Jedd Young hung tough for a 33rd place showing.
Denver placed third in the team standings with 568 points, while Colorado finished fourth with 564 points. The RMISA took home the top four spots at this year's NCAA Championships, with Vermont being the highest finishing eastern team in fifth place with 533 points.
"I was born in New Mexico, skied in New Mexico, and am proud to bring home the first national championship to the University of New Mexico," stated UNM head Ski coach George Brooks. "Our coaching staff and student-athletes did an outstanding job this season. I am still collecting my thoughts, so I don't have anything intelligent to say, but it is great to be first."
Brooks is the only coach in the history of the Lobo Skiing program. The Lobos have recorded 21 top-10's in their 34-year history, including a second place finish in 1992. With the win, the Lobos set a new team record with three wins in a season. The Lobos also won the RMISA meets at Utah and New Mexico during the regular season.
"We've been knocking on the door for a couple of years now," stated UNM Athletics Director Rudy Davalos. "We felt good this year based on the way we've been competing against some of the top teams in the country that have won it in the past. I am extremely proud of George and (Nordic coach) Fredrik (Landstedt) for bringing home the first NCAA Championship to the University of New Mexico."
The Lobos started out the meet in third place after the Giant Slalom events on Wednesday. Senior Jennifer Delich brought home the women's individual national title, making her the ninth Lobo to win an individual national championship. Freshman Peter Roering just missed his national championship, placing second in the men's GS, 0.02 seconds behind Utah's Ben Thornhill. Freshman Lars Loeseth also earned All-American honors in the Giant Slalom.
New Mexico moved into second place on Thursday behind solid performances from the Nordic skiers. Junior Martina Stursova, sophomore Trine Lundamo, and sophomore Geir-Endre Rogn all earned All-American awards in the Nordic Freestyle races.
The Lobos vaulted into first place for good on Friday behind the Slalom team national title performance by the men's Alpine squad. Roering and Loeseth earned another All-American award with a pair of top-10 finishes. Sophomore Christian Jensen put on one of the best performances of his career with a ninth-place finish and his first All-American award. Junior Helena Woodrow and sophomore Kathrin Spendier added two more top-10's in the women's Slalom on Friday, solidifying the Lobos' place on top of the team standings.
New Mexico never relinquished their lead in today's final races, making the 2004 NCAA Skiing Championships a memorable one for Brooks and the rest of the Lobos.
1. New Mexico - 623
2. Utah - 581
3. Denver - 569
4. Colorado - 564
5. Vermont - 533.5
6. Alaska-Anchorage - 504
7. Middlebury - 495.5
8. Dartmouth - 391
9. Nevada - 383
10. Alaska-Fairbanks - 219
11. Colby - 210
12. Northern Michigan - 198.5
13. Williams - 178
14. New Hampshire - 149
15. Montana State - 108
16. Western State - 110
17. Boise State - 67
18. Whitman - 62
19. Harvard - 40
20. Bates - 27
21. Michigan Tech - 11
22. Wisconsin-Green Bay - 1
23. Saint Lawrence - 0
2004 Lobo All-Americans
Women's Giant Slalom
Senior Jennifer Delich - National Champion
Sophomore Geir-Endre Rogn
Sophomore Trine Lundamo
Lobo Skiing Notes
* 125 All-American Awards given to 74 different student athletes.
* Over100 Academic All-American awards in 34 years.
* Nine individual NCAA Championships and 13 team event NCAA Championships.