Ski Team Hosts Home Meet This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/09/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 9, 2005

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The University of New Mexico ski team will host their Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet this weekend in the mountains of northern New Mexico. The Alpine teams will compete on the slopes of Taos Ski Valley in Taos, New Mexico, while the Nordic squads will hit the trails at the Enchanted Forest Ski Area in Red River. Skiing begins on Friday, February 11, with giant slalom races at Taos and Nordic Classic races at Red River. The Nordic Freestyle and Alpine Slalom races will take place on Saturday.

The Lobos have been shorthanded for most of the first three races of the 2005 season, but should have a full compliment of skiers for the New Mexico Invite. UNM has scored 1,407.5 points in RMISA competition and sit in fourth place overall. They trail Denver (1,674), Utah (1,495) and Colorado (1,436) in the conference standings.

New Mexico leads the men's giant slalom standings while the Nordic women hold the overall lead in Classic and Freestyle events. Senior Martina Stursova competed in her first event at Denver and won the women's Classic race. She also finished second in the Freestyle event. The return of the two-time All-American should help UNM continue to climb 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.

Apline 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 his first career win at Denver in the men's giant slalom race. He is currently ranked first in the RMISA men's giant slalom standings. He is also fifth in the RMISA slalom rankings.

• Junior Kathrin Spendier ninth in the women's giant slalom RMISA standings.

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

• Sophomore Peter Roering has struggled in the slalom events so far this season, but he is sixth 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 three 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 fourth 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 the freestyle event, sitting in sixth place.

• Junior Geir-Endre Rogn has been fighting illness all season, but he is still ranked 10th in the men's classic race.

• 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.