Jan. 16, 2004
The University of Denver maintained its first-day lead and held off a charge by Colorado and New Mexico to win the two-day Nevada Invitational in Reno, Nevada, Friday. The Lobos jumped up one spot in the final day to third place, just six point behind second place Colorado.
In the final team scoring, Denver amassed 597 points, Colorado scored 521 and New Mexico tallied 515. Defending NCAA champion Utah was fourth with 496, Alaska Anchorage was fifth with 425 and Nevada was sixth with 358. Montana State had 244, Western State 222, Whitman 195 and Boise State 73 to complete the 10-team scoring among Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association (RMISA) schools.
The Lobo women's Nordic team won their 5K classic race today while the Alpine men won the slalom race. The Nordic men finished in fourth place in their 20K classic race while the Alpine women took the third spot in the slalom.
The women's squad led the way for the Nordic team with the win in today's 15K classic race. Junior Lena Jensen, a 2002 All-American, crossed the line in second place, just ahead of fellow Lobo junior and 2003 All-American Martina Stursova. The second place finish for Jensen was her career-best in the classic race while Stursova skied to her second highest personal finish. Sophomore Trine Lundamo was the other Lobo to score with an 11th place finish. Also racing for the Lobo women today were juniors Andrea Roberts (16th), Eva-Lena Aronsson (26th) and Pirkko Pulkkanen (28th).
The men's Nordic team skied to a fourth place finish in their 20K classic race. Sophomore Geir-Endre Rogn placed fourth in the race to lead UNM. Freshman Dirk Grimm scored a top-10 finish by placing 10th in the race while freshman Jedd Young finished 22nd. Also racing for the Lobo men were freshman Jakub Hamr (28th) and senior Jacob Zehnder (31st).
The Alpine men had a strong showing today by winning the slalom race despite having their top skier not finish the race. Freshman Peter Roering did not attempt his second run and did not score for the Lobos. Freshman Lars Loeseth picked up the slack with a fourth place finish while fellow freshman Alex Mach placed sixth. Sophomore Christian Jensen rounded out the Lobo scoring with a 15th place finish. Also competing for the Lobo men was sophomore Alex Freberg who placed 21st.
The Alpine women got a strong showing from sophomore Gladys Weidt who placed ninth. Sophomore Kathrin Spendier had the next fastest time for the Lobos with a 13th place finish, followed by junior Helena Woodrow in 15th place. Also competing for the Lobo women was senior Jennifer Delich (21st).
The Lobo Alpine team will take some time off after being on the road for 20 consecutive days before heading to Taos, New Mexico, for the New Mexico Invite on February 6-7. The Nordic team heads to Soldier Hollow, Utah for the conclusion of the Utah Invite on January 23-24. They will also compete in the New Mexico Invite on February 6-7 at Enchanted Forest in Red River, N.M.