Feb. 24, 2012
BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Lobo ski team sits in fourth place after day one of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) Championships. UNM received very nice performances from both the Nordic and alpine women squads, putting the Lobos in nice position heading into the final day of competition.
The women’s alpine team came through in a big way, placing all three of its skiers in the top 12 of the giant slalom race. Kate Williams led the way with an eighth-place finish, Stefanie Demetz followed with a 10th-place result and Mary Rachel Hostetter crossed the finish line in 12th.
“This was a much better day for the women,” head alpine coach Tyler Shepherd said. “They were more aggressive today and the results show that.”
The women’s Nordic team had an even better showing than the alpine team, which was more than welcomed by head coach Linn Klaesson nabbed another top-10 finish on the season, giving her one in every race she’s skied in thus far, placing fourth. Klaesson was followed by Clara Chauvet, who continues to have a fantastic freshman campaign, in seventh. And Anni Nord crossed the stripe in 11th place, giving the Nordic women three in the top-12 just like the alpine women.
“This was a great race by the Nordic girls today,” head coach Fredrik Landstedt said. “They showed they are getting ready to compete with any team in the country.”
On the men’s side, Armin Triendl found himself in the top-5 after finishing fourth in the men’s giant slalom race. Triendl had a dazzling first run that had him in position to win the race, but his second run netted him the fourth-place finish – a finish coach Shepherd thought could have been better.
“Armin blew a great first run lead by having a poor second run, which was not something I was expecting from him,” Shepherd said.
“I was hoping to see some of the other guys ski faster,” Shepherd said. “It is going to be a very tough decision for me on who the last guy will be on the NCAA championship team.”
The men’s Nordic squad had another tough day on the mountain. Eivind Solberg claimed 25th and Sjur Prestseater crossed the finish line in 26th to round out the scoring for the team.
Up Next at the RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regional are Saturday’s events, which 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
4. Armin Triendl, UNM, 1:33.59; Michael Bansmer, UNM, 1:34.03; 14. Chris Acosta, UNM, 1:34.50; 20. Mark Miller, UNM, 1:34.86; 25. Chriss Salbu, UNM, 1:35.04; 29. Sean Horner, UNM, 1:35.25; 30. Joonas Rasanen, UNM, 1:35.35
Men’s 10K Freestyle
20. Eivind Solberg, UNM, 28:24.6; 26. Sjur Prestseater, UNM, 28:45.5