Jan. 7, 2013
ELDORA, Colo. -- Chris Acosta won the giant slalom race at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association's season-opening event on Monday in Eldora, Colo. The senior finished his first run in 57.56 seconds and was in eighth place. He clocked a field-best 56.45 on his second run to claim the event with a total time of 1:54.01. It's Acosta's second career first-place finish in RMISA competitions.
Michael Bansmer also made the podium on Monday, claiming third place with a total time of 1:54.91. It's the sophomore's highest finish in RMISA competition.
"It was a good day for Chris and Bansmer," Alpine head coach Joe Downing said. "Armin, too, had an okay day finishing in 10th. He was in second after a great first run, but had a tough second run that pushed him back a little."
Sophomore Joonas Rasanen had just the opposite as he sat in 28th after his first run and cut nearly two seconds off his second run to take 14th. Sean Horner was the fifth Lobo to complete both runs, placing 24th.
The women's team was led by freshman Courtney Altringer who claimed sixth place in her collegiate racing debut. Altringer clocked a total time of 1:57.99.
"Courtney really hung in there on her second run and had a great first RMISA race," Downing said. "It's really impressive that our freshman led us."
Anne Cecilie Brusletto, who returns for her senior season after redshirt last year due to injury, was next for the women. Brusletto sat in 25th after the first run and was able to record a solid second run and move up for a 19th-place finish.
"A.C. was solid for us, not quite where we want her, but still a solid performance," Downing said.
The RMISA Alpine Qualifier is an NCAA qualification event and no team scores are kept, rather student-athletes' placings count toward nationals and seeding for NCAAs in March. The second day of the Alpine Qualifier will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11 in Winter Park, Colo.
The Alpine team opens the University of Colorado/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational tomorrow, also in Eldora, Colo., with the giant slalom.
"Tomorrow is looking great. I think we'll have some more people step up and we have a good chance to do well on the women's side," Downing said. "Courtney's finish today is promising and I know Kate and M.R. can step up which I think will give A.C. some motivation too.
"Our group of guys is so strong. It's great to have Chris win today and I know our other guys will keep pushing. They're not too far behind him so it will be interesting to watch."