BOULDER, COLO. --- Junior alpine skier Sean Horner has been on a tear over the last few weeks. Now along with a couple of podium finishes, he has some hardware as he was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Men’s Alpine MVP for the 2013-14 season. The Lobos are in Colorado for this week’s RMISA/NCAA West Regionals.
For Horner, a native of Boulder, Colorado, the award caps a fantastic regular season that saw him record a pair of second place finishes, one at the Jade Enterprises/UNM Invitational in the slalom, and one in the CU/Spencer Nelson RMISA qualifier in the giant slalom. Horner, who edged out teammate Armin Triendl in MVP points 353-344, has been one of UNM’s most consistent skiers all season with six top-10 finishes and eight top-20 finishes.
It marks the second RMISA Men’s Alpine MVP for the Lobos in the last three seasons, as Triendl was the 2012 MVP.
Now for Horner and the Lobos, it’s a chance to turn that hardware into a title, as the Lobos will look to better their fourth place finish of a year ago. No member of the current squad has been on a team that has finishes higher than third in the RMISA/NCAA West Regionals.
However, the Lobos have a squad that can do some damage. UNM enters this weekends regionals coming off a title at the Jade Enterprises/UNM Invitational. In that meet UNM set seasons highs in both overall alpine and Nordic scores, as well as in the breakdown for the men’s and women’s races.
On Friday, the alpine squad will compete at Beaver Creek, Colorado in the giant slalom, while the Nordic squads head to Minturn, Colorado for the women’s 5K Classical and the men’s 10K Classical. The final day on Saturday will see the slalom, where UNM has had two individual champions this year in Juho-Pekka Penttinen and Joonas Rasanen, and the mass start 15K women’s and 20K men’s freestyle.