Feb. 1, 2013
RED RIVER, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Nordic ski team tallied 186 points and sits in fourth place of its home Invitational after Friday morning's 5/5K Classical race at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Area in Red River, N.M.
Utah (228 points), Colorado (217) and Denver (199) currently hold the top three spots of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet, while Montana State (184) is just two points behind UNM in fifth place and Alaska Anchorage (166) and Wyoming (103) round out the field.
Sophomore Anni Nord led the Lobo women, finishing in fourth place. The Tammela, Finland, native clocked a 17:50.7 to tie her career-high finish in RMISA competition. Nord says she had a strategy for conquering the course and for tackling a race taking place at an elevation of over 9,000 feet.
"I knew because we were in high altitude that I couldn't start by going all out, so I tried to start kind of easy and relaxed, but still ski strong," Nord said. "I did that and I felt pretty good by the three-and-a-half (kilometer) mark when we started on the biggest uphill. Then, I totally died after the last hill and I was fighting hard on the last flat stretch.
"It was good and it was the best I've done in a Classical race, so I need to be satisfied about that. It feels good to do well here at our home meet."
Senior Linn Håvelsrud Klaesson was next for UNM, finishing 11th with a time of 18:24.9. Ingrid Leask, also a senior, finished a career-best as she tied with Denver's Silje Benum for 19th (19:03.0). Sophomore Clara Chauvet also raced and placed 24th (19:26.7).
"It was Anni's best finish in a Classical race, so that was really good," head coach Fredrik Landstedt said. "Ingrid, too, had a really good race and was our third scorer."
On the men's side, Mats Rudin Resaland paced the Lobos with a second-place finish, marking a new career-best for the sophomore newcomer. Resaland finished the course in 14:35.4.
"Mats had a career race and he finished really strong for us," Landstedt said. "The other guys did alright, but we won't have Sjur tomorrow so they will need to pick it up a little bit."
Utes Miles Havlick, Einar Ulsund, and Noe Bellet finished first, third and fourth on the men's side to capture the men's Nordic race with 135 points and propel Utah to a first place standing.
Colorado's women's team took first, third and 30th to tally a first-place 114 points and help the Buffs sit comfortably in second place overall.
The UNM Invite continues tomorrow with a 10/10K Freestyle race. The men's race begins at 9:00 a.m. and the women will start at 10:15 a.m.
"The course and the weather and everything is beautiful, which everyone is happy about," Landstedt said. "Red River is doing a great job putting this on."
University of New Mexico Invitational - 5/5K Classical
KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS: UAA--Alaska-Anchorage; CU--Colorado; DU--Denver; MSU--Montana State; UNM--New Mexico; UU--Utah; WYO--Wyoming
NORDIC: UU 228, CU 217, DU 199, UNM 186, MSU 184, UAA 166, WYO 103
MEN: UU 135, CU 103, DU 95, UNM 92, MSU 88, UAA 78, WYO 60
WOMEN: CU 114, DU 104, MSU 96, UNM 94, UU 93, UAA 88, WYO 43