Resaland is Runner-Up and Nordics Help Lobos Move to Fifth at NCAAs
March 7, 2013
New Mexico Lobo Skiing - @ 2013 NCAA Championships - Information Central
Wed., March 6: Giant Slalom - Acosta finishes 4th; Lobos in sixth overall
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Mats Rudin Resalandearned First Team All-America honors as he led the Lobos with a second-place finish in the Nordic men's 10K classic on Thursday, the second day of the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships being held in Middlebury, Vt. New Mexico improved one place in the overall team standings and now sits in fifth place with 280 points.
Defending champion Vermont holds on to first place after two days of competition with 389 points while Colorado moved into second place and trails the Catamounts by just 18.5 points with 368.5.
Utah and Denver are ahead of UNM with 350 points and 328 points, respectively.
"Mats had an awesome race," head coach Fredrik Landstedtsaid. "It was a great race for him and it was really was only between him and CU's Rune Odegaard, who won the race. Mats really pushed Rune at the end but couldn't quite get the win. Still, he had a great race."
It's the first trip to the NCAAs for Resaland, making this his first career national accolade. The sophomore newcomer from Kongsberg, Norway, has led the Lobo men's Nordic team all season. Second place ties his career-high as he also finished second in the classic race at UNM's home meet on Feb. 1. It's the 10th time he's finished ninth place or better in 2013.
Resaland and senior Alpiner Chris Acosta are the Lobos' All-Americans so far at this year's championships. Acosta also earned First Team honors for placing fourth in the giant slalom yesterday.
The Lobos' Nordic leader was pleased with his race and is already looking ahead to the freestyle race on Saturday.
"I'm really happy with the finish," Resaland said. "Hopefully I can take the next step on Saturday."
Resaland completed the course in 26:05.4, finishing just over five seconds behind Odegaard who clocked a time of 26:00.2. Alaska-Anchorage's Viktor Brannmark took third place, finishing 23.1 seconds behind Resaland with a time of 26:28.5.
Resaland said he felt really good during Thursday's race, mostly because of skiing at a lower altitude than the Lobos train and typically compete at, but also because of the atmosphere.
"I didn't feel that much pressure," Resaland said. "Of course, it's a bigger race with more people watching, but it was a lot of fun. The whole team was out there -- the alpiners were out there cheering us the whole way. There were Lobos all around the whole course. If there would've been a prize for the loudest and most cheering, we definitely would've won."
"Christian had a very good race," Landstedt said. "This was by far his best classic race all year. He's placed as high as 17th in the event, but to finish 19th at NCAAs was very good for him.
"I didn't quite know what to expect of Sjur because he hasn't raced a lot this season, but he had an okay race as well."
Sophomore Clara Chauvetled the Lobo women and finished 13th. It was her highest place in a classic race all season as her strength is usually freestyle skate. Chauvet, who hails from St. Gervais, France, finished the 5K course in 16:20.7.
"Clara had her best classic race of the year," Landstedt said.
Senior Linn Håvlesrud Klaesson of Oslo, Norway, and sophomore Anni Nordfrom Tammela, Finland, placed 21st and 24th, respectively. Klaesson finished with a time of 16:39.1 while Nord clocked a time of 14:43.6.
The Lobo men tallied 74 points while the women recorded 62 for a UNM Nordic total of 136.
"It was a good day -- it could've been a little better, but we moved up to fifth overall and the field is still it's pretty tight," Landsted said. "Anything can happen in the slalom, and the freestyle race should be better for us. We're hoping to move up at least one spot."
Action continues tomorrow with the slalom and the Lobo Alpiners are "chomping at the bit" at the opportunity to hopefully help UNM move even higher in the standings.
"Yesterday the whole team felt like we didn't live up to our potential," Alpine head coach Joe Downing said. "We had some who skied well -- Chris Acostaplacing fourth is very, very respectable -- but not everybody skied as well as they can.
"We feel like we have a stronger slalom team. The girls are really hungry and are looking to step up tomorrow and the guys are just chomping at the bit to get going."
Downing said he and the Alpine team enjoyed watching the Lobo Nordic team race today. Because of scheduling, the two teams are rarely at the same meet and don't get to watch their teammates compete.
"We went and watched the Nordic team today and they did great, which really picked us up too," Downing said. "Clara had her best classic race of the season and to have Mats on the podium was awesome. We haven't raced with the Nordics all season and that added a level of excitement. Our guys especially not only want to do well for themselves but also for all their other teammates."
The women and men will alternate runs for Friday's slalom race with the women's first run beginning at 9 a.m. ET/7 a.m. MT followed by the men's first run at 9:45 a.m. ET/7:45 a.m. MT.
The women's second run is slated to begin at 11:45 a.m. ET/9:45 a.m. MT with the men's second run starting at 12:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. MT.