Acosta Finishes Fourth in GS; Lobos in Sixth After First Day at NCAAs
March 6, 2013
New Mexico Lobo Skiing - @ 2013 NCAA Championships
Wed., March 6: Giant Slalom - Acosta finishes 4th; Lobos in sixth overall
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Senior Chris Acostaearned his fifth All-America honor as he led the University of New Mexico alpine team with a fourth-place finish in the men's giant slalom in the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by Middlebury College in MIddlbury, Vt. The Lobos tallied 144 points and sit in sixth place after the opening day.
Acosta becomes just the third Lobo men's Alpiner and the sixth Lobo skier in school history to earn national honors all four years of his collegiate career. It's the third time he's been an All-American in the giant slalom as he finished fifth in the event at the 2011 NCAAs and was 10th in the event last year.
The Ashland, Wis., native completed his first run in 1:02.60 and clocked a 1:00.68 in his second for a total time of 2:03.28.
Vermont's Jonathon Nordbotten won the individual title with a total time of 2:03.12 while Utah's Jeremy Elliot and New Hampshires Coley Oliver tied for second with a 2:03.18.
Vermont recorded 227 points and sits in first place after the first day, while Denver collected 210.5 points and is in second. Colorado (175.5 points), New Hampshire (165.5) and Utah (164.5) are ahead of the Lobos.
Sophomore newcomer Mateja Robnik placed 20th on the women's side. Robnik was followed closely by seniors Mary Rachel Hostetter and Kate Williamswho placed 22nd and 23rd, respectively. The Lobo women notched 55 points.
DU's Kristine Hauge won the women's giant slalom title with a total time of 2:04.60. Colorado's Brook Wales was second (2:05.93) and Vermont's Kristina Riis-Johannessen finished third (2:06.02).
The Championships resume tomorrow morning with Nordic events. The women's 5K classic begins at 8 a.m. MT, and the men's 10K classic is slated to start at 10 a.m. MT. Fans can watch the races live, or follow along via live timing.
Notes: Acosta earned his fifth All-America honor for his fourth-place finish in the giant slalom...he becomes just the third Lobo men's Alpiner in school history to earn national honors all four years of his collegiate career, joining Lars Loseth (2004-07) and Oeyvind Larsen (1990-93) in doing so...he's also just the sixth Lobo skier in program history to be a four-year All-American, joining Polina Ermoshina (women's Nordic, 2007-10), Lars Loseth (men's Alpine, 2004-07), Kristina Strandberg (women's Nordic, 2000-03), Oeyvind Larsen (1990-93) and Geir Simonsen (men's Nordic, 1987-90).