Feb. 25, 2012
BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Lobos saved their best for when it mattered most, finishing third overall at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Championships Saturday in Bozeman, Mont.
The third-place finish is the highest the Lobos have had on the season, and a lot of the credit should go to the Alpine team for stepping it up at the right time. Finishing ahead of the Lobos were Utah, who claimed first with 932 points, and Colorado, who took second with 862.5 points. UNM finished with 768.5 points. Overall, only Utah had a better alpine team finish than the Lobos.
The alpine men really brought it on the final day of competition, especially junior Chris Acosta. Everyone was waiting for Acosta to wake from slumber this season, and he sure did in a big way today. Acosta blazed down the mountain in a time of 1:55.41 to claim gold in the men’s slalom race. It is the first race Acosta has won this season and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Acosta wasn’t the only Lobo that came up big in the race, however, as three others joined him in the top-10. Michael Bansmer took fifth, Joonas Rasanen finished seventh and Armin Triendl claimed 10th.
“It was a great day for alpine,” head alpine coach Tyler Shepherd said. “I am very proud of the teams’ performance.”
On the women’s side, Stefanie Demetz had an exceptional race in the slalom, claiming a podium spot with a second-place finish. Mary Rachel Hostetter was the next closest Lobo, coming in at 12th place. Kate Williams rounded out the scoring by crossing the finish line in 26th.
The women’s Nordic team had another nice showing on the final day of the RMISA Championships as Linn Klaesson led the way with yet another top-10 finish, claiming fourth place in the 15K classic race. Anni Nord and Anita Kirvesniemi rounded out the scoring for the Lobos, finishing in 15th and 21st place, respectively. Klaesson wraps up her incredible regular season with 10 top-10 finishes in 10 races.
The men’s Nordic team stepped up nicely as well after a tough first day. Sjur Prestseater showed he may be back to nearly 100 percent by leading the way with a sixth-place finish. Eivind Solberg rounded out the scoring for the team by claiming 22nd place.
"This was a huge step forward for us," head coach Fredrik Landstedt said. "It shows that we are getting ready to peak at the NCAA's. This is our top finish on the year and it gives us confidence for the NCAA Championships."
Up next for the Lobos is the NCAA Championships, which take place March 7-10 also in Bozeman, Mont.
Men’s 20K Classic
6. Sjur Prestseater, UNM, 1:02.36.8; 12. Eivind Solberg, UNM, 1:07.51
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. Sjur Prestseater, UNM, 28:45.5