Feb. 22, 2012
BOZEMAN, Mont. – The University of New Mexico alpine ski team had a great day on the mountain Wednesday in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) Alpine Qualifier No. 2. The greatest day was had by the men’s alpine team, after it placed four skiers in the top 10, which included the skier with the top time.
It was only a matter of time before junior Armin Triendl had that one truly dominating race, and today was that time. Triendl bested every skier wearing a bib, claiming his first gold of the season by crossing the finish line in a time of 1:52.88, nearly two seconds faster than any other skier. Triendl was followed by Joonas Rasanen (fifth), Chris Acosta (seventh) and Michael Bansmer (eighth). Sean Horner and Mark Miller also placed 20th and 21st, respectively.
“Armin certainly had some good luck on his side,” head alpine coach Tyler Shepherd said . “He drew bib one and took advantage of his first run. He won it by just over a second and didn’t look back”
Had the races been scored, the Lobos would have won the men’s race with 120 points, followed by CU (104) and Alaska (87).
“It was definitely a good day for the Lobos,” Shepherd said, “especially for the guys.”
On the women’s side, Stefanie Demetz continued on with her great season, placing eighth. Her two other fellow women alpine skiers didn’t fare as well, as Kate Williams crossed the finish line in 19th and Mary Rachel Hostetter claimed 25th.
“Stefanie showed her consistency,” Shepherd said. “She definitely can hang with the top girls on any given day and if she just puts two runs together she can certainly come away with a win.
“As for Kate and Mary Rachel-those two definitely need to pick it up,” Shepherd said. “I expect better out of them. They both should be on the front page with Stefanie, without question. They are too good to be finishing where they did. I’m expecting them to turn it right around starting tomorrow.”
The alpine skiers will have a third qualifier Thursday (a giant slalom, women ski at 10 a.m., the men at 1 p.m.), with the RMISA Championships following on Friday and Saturday. The giant slaloms will be run to completion on 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.).
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