Winter Park, Colo. --- New Mexico’s giant slalom team rode a host of solid runs to finish the Spencer Nelson Invitational in second place, behind Denver. The second place finish was UNM’s best of the season after a pair of third place finishes. New Mexico now gets ready to host the Jade Enterprises UNM Invitational next Friday and Saturday.
For the second straight day, Sean Horner just missed a podium finish as he tied his season-best finish of fourth place. Horner had the second-best run of the second-go at 1:00.45 as the second run averaged about three seconds slower then everyone’s first run. Horner was able to leapfrog a host of skiers for fourth, just 0.3 seconds out of a second place finish.
Armin Triendl had his best run of the season, finishing in seventh place at 2:00.28, just 0.01 seconds out of fifth. Michael Bansmer just missed the top 10, finishing 11th, but his 21 points helped UNM score 77 points, second only to Westminster, which picked up 102 after first, third and fifth place finishes.
On the women’s side, Meteja Robnik, who missed a gate yesterday in the slalom, finished sixth to lead the women’s squad. Courtney Altringer was right behind in seventh and Sydney Staples was the final scorer in 12th place. UNM also got a solid run from Taylor Grauer, who moved up eight spots from yesterday to finish 20th. Karoline Mykelbust didn’t score for the second straight day after not finishing her second run.
The second place finish suited head coach Fredrik Landstedt just fine as his team continues to improve with each meet. “Our goal all along is to keep getting better with each meet, so I’m really happy to finish second. I think we have been getting great results, and I’m excited to head to Red River next weekend and continue our progress.”