Feb. 22, 2013
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The University of New Mexico ski team finished last in Friday's 5/10K classic race, the opening event of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships/NCAA West Regionals.
The Lobos logged 147 points and are 103 points back from first-place Colorado. Utah is in second place with 215 points, host Montana State is third with 189, and Denver and Alaska-Anchorage are tied for fourth place with 188.
"We were just totally off today," head coach Fredrik Landstedt said. "It's better for that to happen today, I guess, than at NCAAs in a few weeks."
Sophomore newcomer Mats Rudin Resaland paced the Lobos with a 13th-place finish, finishing the men's 10K in 29:38.0. It's the first time this year that Resaland has placed outside of the top nine.
"Mats had a little bit of a bad day," Landsedt said. "He's been solid all season, so he's allowed to have that."
On the women's side, senior Linn Havelsrud Klaesson was the first Lobo to place, finishing 22nd with a time of 18:24.6 in the 5K. Junior Anita Kirvesniemi was right behind Klaesson, placing 23rd, and sophomore Clara Chauvet finished 25th to round out UNM's scoring.
Senior Ingrid Leask also completed the race, finishing 26th.
The Lobos were without sophomore Anni Nord, however, who is sick and did not race. Nord has led the Lobos three times and her absence was felt.
The men's side, too, is thin as New Mexico has just three guys that are healthy and competing. Denver also had just three guys in Friday's race, but the other teams had anywhere from five to seven racers.
"Hopefully we'll be better tomorrow," Landstedt said. "Sometimes results can change quite a bit from one day to the next. Hopefully that is the case."
Action in Bozeman continues tomorrow with the 15/20K mass-start freestyle race and Alpine events begin with the slalom.
RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regionals
Standings: 1. Colorado (255) 2. Utah (215) 3. Montana State (189) T4. Denver (188) T4. Alaska-Anchorage (188) 6. New Mexico (147)
Nordic women: CU 141, DU 104, UAA 98, UU 90, MSU 89, UNM 69
Nordic men: UU 125, CU 114, MSU 100, UAA 90, DU 84, UNM 78