Alpiners Lift Lobos to Fourth at RMISA Championships/Regionals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 24, 2013

2013 RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regionals Final ResultsGet Acrobat Reader

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Senior Chris Acosta finished second on the men's side while sophomore Mateja Robnik claimed third on the women's side of Sunday's slalom event to lift the Lobos to a fourth-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association/NCAA West Regionals invitational hosted by Montana State in Bozeman, Mont.

New Mexico sat in last place after Friday's opening events and improved one place in the standings each day of competition to finish fourth with 755 points.

Colorado won the Championships/Regionals with a score of 905.5. Denver followed with 859 points and Utah finished in third place with 805. Montana State (738.5) and Alaska-Anchorage (620) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

After winning yesterday's giant slalom race, Acosta just barely missed out on a weekend sweep as he was two-tenth's of a second (0.20) behind Denver's Espen Lysdahl who won Sunday's slalom race with a time of 1:50.37. Acosta, a native of Ashland, Wisc., recorded a 1:50.57 and finished runner-up. It's his fifth top-five finish in 2013.

Mateja Robnik led the Lobo women and earned her second third-place finish in as many days. Robnik's two runs for the slalom totaled 1:38.75.

UNM's Michael Bansmer and Mark Miller were fourth and eighth, respectively, and helped the Lobos win the men's slalom event with 121 points.

The women's team finished second in the slalom by one point, recording 111 to Denver's 112.

Following Robnik were seniors Kate Williams and March Rachel Hostetter. Williams was fifth with a total time of 1:39.93 and Hostetter was 12th with a time of 1:41.28.

Overall, the Lobo Alpine team finished second to Denver in downhill events, recording 441 points to the Pioneers' 478.

New Mexico's men's team had six guys place in Sunday's race. Following the top three was Juho-Pekka Penttinen who finished 11th, Joonas Rasanen who finished 16th and Sean Horner who was 23rd.

Freshman Courtney Altringer placed 15th on the women's side.

Up next for the New Mexico ski team is the 2013 NCAA National Championships, March 6-9, in Middlebury, Vt.

2013 RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regionals

Overall: 1. Colorado 905.5 2. Denver 859 3. Utah 805 4. New Mexico 755 5. Montana State 738.5 6. Alaska-Anchorage 620
Alpine Point Leaders: DU 478, UNM 441, CU 395.5, MSU 366.5, UU 365, UAA 273
Alpine Women: DU 225, UNM 209, CU 199.5, UU 189, MSU 184.5, UAA 130
Alpine Men: DU 253, UNM 232, CU 196, MSU 182, UU 176, UAA 143
Nordic Point Leaders: CU 510, UU 440, DU 381, MSU 372, UAA 347, UNM 314
Nordic Women: CU 282, DU 211, MSU 184, UU 180, UAA 176, UNM 149
Nordic Men: UU 260, CU 228, MSU 188, UAA 171, DU 170, UNM 165
Men's Point Leaders: UU 436, CU 424, DU 423, UNM 397, MSU 370, UAA 314
Women's Point Leaders: CU 481.5, DU 436, UU 369, MSU 368.5, UNM 358, UAA 306