Skiers in First at New Mexico Invite
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/06/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 6, 2004

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The University of New Mexico Ski Team finished the first day of the New Mexico Invitational in first place behind a strong showing from both of their women's teams. The women's Alpine and women's Nordic teams won their respective races for the Lobos. UNM scored a total of 291 points on Day 1, and the Lobos lead second-place Colorado by 14 points and third-place Denver by 24 points.

The Alpine women edged Boise State, 77-75, in the giant slalom behind a season-high second place finish from senior Jennifer Delich. Sophomore Kathrin Spendier also had a strong performance with a fourth place finish, followed by junior Helena Woodrow's10th place. Also skiing for the Lobo women were sophomores Jennifer Shively (23rd) and Gladys Weidt (34th).

The men's team placed second in the giant slalom, led by freshman Lars Loeseth's fifth place performance. Fellow freshman Peter Roering also had a top-10 finish in the race, placing ninth. Sophomore Christian Jensen skied to a 12th place finish to complete the Lobo scoring. Also racing for the Lobos were freshman Alex Mach (13th) and sophomore Alexander Freberg (27th).

The Lobo Nordic squad finished in second place overall in the Classic races, with the women tying Colorado for the win. The men placed fourth overall.

Junior Martina Stursova led the way with her second-straight win in the classic event. Stursova, the RMISA leader in the women's classic race, beat Colorado's Jana Rehemaa by almost a minute. Junior Lena Jensen placed third for the Lobos, while sophomore Trine Lundamo placed 10th to round out the Lobo scoring. Also racing for the Lobo women were junior Andrea Roberts (11th) and sophomore Janelle Kinner (27th).

The men's Nordic team was led by sophomore Geir-Endre Rogn's seventh place finish, giving him three top-10's in Classic races this season. Freshman Dirk Grimm also had a top-10 finish, placing ninth in today's race. Fellow freshman Jedd Young finished off the Lobo scoring with a 14th place finish, his best showing so far this season. Also racing for the Lobo men were senior Jacob Zehnder (18th) and freshman Jakub Hamr (21st).

Racing concludes tomorrow with the men's 10K and women's 5K Nordic Freestyle races at the Enchanted Forest Ski Area in Red River, N.M. The women's race begins at 9:00 a.m. (M.S.T.), and the men's race starts at 10:00 a.m. (M.S.T.). The Alpine men and women will compete in slalom races at Taos Ski Valley in Taos, N.M. The Alpine teams will begin their runs at 9:30 a.m. (M.S.T.).