March 9, 2012
BOZEMAN, Mont. - The University of New Mexico ski team remained in eighth place after day three of 2012 NCAA Championships. The men's and women's classical races were run Friday and the Lobos performed well, producing another All-American skier in freshman Sjur Prestseater.
Prestseater had the highest finish on the day for the Lobos, placing 10th in the men's 20K classic. The second-team All-American honor for Prestseater was well deserved after the freshman battled through sickness over the majority of the season. He was followed by teammate Christian Otto, who placed 28th to round out the Nordic scoring for UNM. Otto struggled a little due to a tough back injury, but fought hard to get the Lobos some points.
"This was a great race by Sjur to earn All-American as a freshman," head coach Fredrik Landstedt said. "He was leading the field after five kilometers and then hung on for 10th."
On the women' side, standout Linn Klaesson just missed out on All-American status. The junior finished one spot outside of a second-team honor in 11th. Anni Nord wasn't too far off the pace Klaesson set as she crossed the finish line in 16th. Freshman Clara Chauvet, who had the highest finish for the Lobo women on Friday (12th place in the 5K freestyle), rounded out the scoring for the Nordic women after placing 21st.
"Linn was so close to 10th place," Landstedt said, "and Anni and Clara had their best classical races of the year."
After the completion of the races, Landstedt was content with the Nordic teams' performance and liked the core that he will be returning in 2013.
"We have a young team and all of the Nordic skiers will be back next year," Landstedt said.
The Lobos look to move up the team rankings in a big way tomorrow. The alpine team has excelled in slalom races this season on both the men's and women's side. Tomorrow, the final day of competition, should present the best chance for the Lobos to gain some ground on the teams ahead of them. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. MT with the women's' slalom first run and will be followed by the men's first run at 10:30 a.m. Second run for the women will be at 11:45 a.m. and the men will follow at 1 p.m.
Each run will be streamed live by NCAA.com and can be seen by clicking here.