Lobos Return to the Slopes This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/26/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 26, 2005

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The University of New Mexico ski team returns to Rocky Mountain Ski Association competition on Friday, January 28 when they travel to Winter Park, Colo., for the Denver University Invitational. The Lobos will compete in Alpine giant slalom , women's Nordic 5K Classic and men's Nordic 10K Classic races on Friday. The meet concludes on Saturday, January 29, with Alpine slalom, women's Nordic 10K Freestyle and men's Nordic 15K Freestyle events.

The Lobos closed the gap on the top teams in the RMISA with a scond place showing at the Alaska-Anchorage meet. UNM is still in fifth place in the conference with 914.5 total points. Denver leads the way with 1,109 points, followed by Colorado (975), Utah (972) and Alaska-Anchorage (917.5). Rounding out the bottom half of the conference are Montana State (740), Nevada (709), Western State (474), Whitman (350) and Boise State (110).

UNM has started the season without the full services of two All-American's from the 2004 season. Senior women's Nordic skier Martina Stursova has been training with the Czech National Team and is set to return to UNM at the Denver Invite. Junior Geir-Endre Rogn has been struggling with an illness and has complete just one race this season. Once UNM gets its full compliment of skiers back on the slopes, look for them to continue to rise up the RMISA standings.

George Brooks is in his 35th season as the head coach of the Lobo ski team, which is coming off the most successful season of any program in UNM history. The Lobos won the 2004 NCAA Skiing Championship, the first national title in any sport at the University of New Mexico. The Lobos were picked third in Ski Racing Magazine's 2005 preseason top-10. UNM will host their home event at Taos and Red River, N.M., on February 11-12, 2005.

Alpine Notes
• Overall, the Lobo Alpine team is ranked fourth in the RMISA standings after two events.

• Currently, the men lead the RMISA giant slalom team standings.

• Sophomore Lars Loeseth scored a career-high second place finish among collegiate skiers in the UAA giant slalom race. He is tied for third in the RMISA giant slalom individual race. For his efforts, Loeseth was named the RMISA men's Alpine Skier of the Week following the UAA meet.

• Junior Kathrin Spendier also scored a career-high in the UAA giant slalom with her fifth place showing. She is currently ranked fifth in the RMISA giant slalom individual standings.

• Freshman Lene Kaasa has been solid in her first two slalom races of the season. She is ninth in the RMISA individual slalom rankings.

• Sophomore Alex Mach is off to a good start this season. He ranks fifth in the slalom and 10th in the giant slalom RMISA individual standings.

• Sophomore Peter Roering has struggled in the slalom events so far this season, but he is fifth in the overall RMISA giant slalom individual standings.

• All four of the Lobo men are returning lettermen, including 2004 All-American juniors Peter Roering and Lars Loeseth.

• The women return four letterwinners, including 2004 All-Americans Helena Woodrow and Kathrin Spendier.

• Newcomers to the women's team include freshmen Lene Kaasa, Staci Rixford and Jessica Burns.

Nordic Notes

• The Lobo Nordic squad is in third place in the RMISA standings after two events.

• The women's Nordic team is tops in the RMISA race, ranking second in the classic and leading the freestyle events.

• Junior Trine Lundamo has not finished worse than third in any race this season. She is tied for second in the classic and second in the freestyle in the RMISA standings. Lundamo earned the RMISA women's Nordic Skier of the Week honor following the UAA meet.

• Senior Andrea Roberts ranks in the top-10 in both the classic and freestyle events, sitting in eighth and fifth place, respectively.

• Senior Pirkko Pulkkanen is ninth on the RMISA classic list.

• Sophomore Dirk Grimm is ninth in the RMISA freestyle rankings.

• Freshman Inge Kristofferson is off to a good start in the freestyle events. He is tied for third in the RMISA standings.

• The women's team skied without top-returner and two-time All-American Martina Stursova for the second time this year. She is training with the Czech National Team and will rejoin the Lobos at the Denver meet on January 28-29.

• The Lobo women return four skiers in All-Americans Martina Stursova and Trine Lundamo, and seniors Andrea Roberts and Pirkko Pulkkanen.

• The Lobo men return from 2004, including All-Americans Geir-Endre Rogn and Dirk Grimm, along with sophomore Jedd Young.