Alpiners are Fifth in Utah Invite after Giant Slalom
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/06/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 6, 2013

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- Newcomer Mateja Robnik led all Lobos on Wednesday as she placed 15th in the giant slalom on the opening day at the Utah Invitational being held in Loveland, Colo.

New Mexico notched 145 points in the event and sits in fifth place.

Utah's men's team turned in the top performance of the day, with guys finishing first, third and fourth to record 135 points. The Utes' women's team added 101 points and the host team is in first place with 236 points.

Denver (228 points), Colorado (225 points) and Montana State (160 points) complete the top four, respectively.

It was Robnik's first Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association competition. The Luce, Slovenia, native clocked a 1:00.76 in her first run and a 59.27 in her second for a total time of 2:00.03.

Freshman Courtney Altringer and seniors Mary Rachel Hostetter and Kate Williams finished 17th, 18th and 19th, respectively, giving UNM 76 points.

The men were led by senior Chris Acosta who placed 18th. The Ashland, Wisc., native had an outstanding first run of 56.52. He finished his second run with a time of 1:01.01 for a 1:57.53 total time.

Sophomores Michael Bansmer and Mark Miller were the other two point placers for the Lobo men, finishing 21st and 28th, respectively. Bansmer had a total time of 1:57.62 and Miller finished with a 1:58.90. The men's team added 69 points to New Mexico's score.

Sean Horner and Juho-Pekka Penttinen also placed in the giant slalom. Horner tied with Denver's Charlie Reynolds for 30th while Penttinen was 35th.

Alpine action continues tomorrow with the slalom event at the Utah Invitational. The Nordic team will be in Soldier Hollow, Utah this weekend to compete in the Invite's endurance events while the Lobos will be in Red River, N.M., for the downhill events of the New Mexico Invitational.

Utah Invitational - Giant Slalom

Abbreviations: UAA - Alaska-Anchorage; CU - Colorado; CMC- Colorado Mtn. College; DU - Denver; MSU - Montana State; UNM - New Mexico; UU - Utah; WMC-Westminster College
Alpine: UU 236; DU 228; CU 225; MSU 160; UNM 145; UAA 143; WMC 126; CMC 20
Men: UU 135; DU 113; CU 101; WMC 89; UAA 77; UNM 69; MSU 67; CMC 0
Women: CU 124; DU 115; UU 101; MSU 93; UNM 76; UAA 66; WMC 37; CMC 20
UNM WOMEN: 15. Mateja Robnik, 27 points (2:00.03); 17. Courtney Altringer, 25 points (2:00.21); 18. Mary Rachel Hostetter, 24 points (2:00.22); 19. Kate Williams (2:00.32)
UNM MEN:18. Chris Acosta, 24 points (1:57.53); 21. Michael Bansmer, 22 points (1:57.62); 28. Mark Miller, 21 points (1:58.90); T30. Sean Horner (1:59.53); 35. Juho-Pekka Penttinen (1:59.77). Joonas Rasanen and Chriss Salbu did not finish the second run.