Feb. 23, 2012
BOZEMAN, Mont. - In the final prep race leading up to the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) Championships, the University of New Mexico Lobo ski team had a little trouble netting the finishes it hoped for in the RMISA Alpine Qualifier No. 3 (giant slalom race).
"We didn't have a great day overall, but we had some good individual performances," head alpine coach Tyler Shepherd said.
The Lobo women only had two skiers cross the finish line in the race. Mary Rachel Hostetter led the way, placing 14th and Kate Williams took 17th. Stefanie Demetz, who has been the model of consistency for the women’s alpine team, unfortunately, recoded a DNF (Did Not Finish) in her second run, which meant she didn’t net a score for the team.
Although, Demetz didn’t finish the giant slalom on Thursday, the Lobos will be looking to her to be a big time contributor come the RMISA Championships Friday and Saturday.
The men had a little more success on the mountain Thursday. Michael Bansmer put up the surprise run of the day, finishing fifth, his highest finish ever in his Lobo career. The fifth-place finish added to a fantastic two-day stretch for Bansmer when you account his 8th-place finish in the slalom qualifier race yesterday. Armin Triendl followed up his first place performance from yesterday’s slalom qualifier with a 10th place finish in the giant slalom race. Chriss Salbu was the only other Lobo to place in the top 20, finishing in 18th.
Treindl's first-place in the slalom on Wednesday and eighth-place finish in the GS on Thursday assures him the men's RMISA Season MVP award.
The men look great as a slalom team heading into the championships this weekend. Their big challenge will be to have more consistency as a giant slalom team. Today was positive in the sense that Bansmer had a fantastic race and Triendl continued on with his consistency.
Next up are the RMISA Championships, which also serves as the NCAA West Regional, on Friday and Saturday. The giant slaloms will be run to completion Friday (women at 10, men at 1) in conjunction with the Nordic freestyle races (women’s 5K at 9:30 a.m., men’s 10K at 11 a.m.). Saturday’s events feature the slalom races (men’s runs at 10:00/1:00, women’s at 11:30/2:30) and the Nordic classical events (men’s 20K at 9 a.m., women’s 15K at 11 a.m.).
Men's Giant Slalom
5. Michael Bansmer, UNM, 1:42.65; 10. Armin Triendl, UNM, 1:43.13; 18. Chriss Salbu, UNM, 1:43.85; 23. Joonas Rasanen, UNM, 1:44.22; 26. Mark Miller, UNM, 1:45.34; 27. Sean Horner, UNM, 1:46.98; 30. Chris Acosta, UNM, 1:49.87;
1. Armin Triendl, UNM, 1:52.88; 5. Joonas Rasanen, UNM, 1:54.88; 7. Chris Acosta, UNM, 1:55.11; 8. Michael Bansmer, UNM, 1:55.49; 20. Sean Horner, UNM, 1:56.58; 21. Mark Miller, UNM, 1:5.72; DNF. Chriss Salbu, UNM