Skiers Race to Lead at Alaska/Utah Meet
Heber City/Park City, Utah - The University of New Mexico Ski Team took the lead after the second day of competition in the Alaska/Utah - Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet. The Lobos used strong performances from its womens Nordic and womens Alpine teams, and got a surprising second place finish from the mens Nordic squad to raise their total team points to 415 for the meet. The Lobos lead second-place Denver, the three-time defending national champions, by 20 points going into the final day of competition.
The Nordic team raced today in Heber City, Utah, with the women taking home the win in the first collegiate race of the 2003 season. Sophomore Martina Stursova finished third in the 5K Freestyle race while junior Jenny Wissting placed fourth and senior Kristina Strandberg placed sixth.
On the mens team, junior Johan Rydquist won his first collegiate race as a Lobo in the 10K Freestyle race. Sophomore Lars Krogsveen placed fifth overall and junior Jacob Zehnder finished in 23rd placed.
The Alpine squad skied in Park City, Utah and competed in Slalom races. The Lobo women won their fourth straight Slalom race, dating back to the 2002 National West Regionals. Junior Caroline Schicht continued her torrid pace in 2003 with another Alpine win. She has four collegiate starts this season and has three wins and a second place finish. All together, the Lobo women took home six of the top-13 spots with freshman Kathrin Spendier placing fourth and junior Jennifer Delich finishing eighth to complete New Mexicos scoring.
The mens Alpine team place fourth overall in the Slalom race and was led by freshman Christian Jensens sixth place run. Fellow freshman Alexander Freberg scored his third top-10 finish of thee season by placing eighth in the race. Another freshman, Dustin Simons, completed the Lobo scoring with an 18th place time.
The meet concludes tomorrow with the Classic Nordic races in Heber City. If the Lobos can hold of the rest of the pack, they will take home their first overall win since the 1992 season. That year the Lobos went on to finish second in the NCAA Championships, the highest team finish by any UNM athletic program in school history.
Overall Standings - Day 2 |Place|Team|MGS|WGS|MS|WS|MFR|WFR|Total Points| |1|New Mexico|46|78|61|80|70|80|415| |2|Denver|81|61|63|65|68|57|395| |3|Utah|49|76|39|66|81|76|387| |4|Colorado|71|67|83|73|57|32|383| |5|Alaska-Anchorage|47|13|25|15|62|64|253| |6|Nevada|46|58|66|54|46|65|215| |7|Whitman|44|37|48|29|24|26|208| |8|Western State|45|33|42|30|36|30|206| |9|Montana State|--|21|--|32|--|29|82|
Womens Slalom Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|New Mexico|1-4-8|30-27-23|80| |2|Colorado|2-6-12|29-25-19|73| |3|Utah|7-9-11|24-22-20|66| |4|Denver|5-10-13|26-21-18|65| |5|Nevada|3-14-22|28-17-9|54| |6|Montana State|18-19-24|13-12-7|32| |7|Western State|15-17-x|16-14-x|30| |8|Whitman|20-21-23|11-10-8|29| |9|Alaska-Anchorage|16-x-x|15-x-x|15|
Womens Slalom Top-5 Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Total Time|Points| |1|Caroline Schicht|New Mexico|1:39.40|30| |2|Mia Cullman|Colorado|1:40.23|29| |3|Quincy Young|Nevada|1:40.61|28| |4|Kathrin Spendier|New Mexico|1:40.62|27| |5|Barabara Knor|Denver|1:41.13|26| |8|Jennifer Delich|New Mexico|1:41.35|23| |11|Helena Woodrow|New Mexico|1:42.17|--| |12|Jennifer Shively|New Mexico|1:42.51|--| |13|Gladys Weidt|New Mexico|1:42.65|--| |29|Monica Bruggman|New Mexico|1:56.29|--|
Mens Slalom Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|Colorado|1-2-7|30-29-24|83| |2|Nevada|4-11-12|27-20-19|66| |3|Denver|5-10-15|26-21-16|63| |4|New Mexico|6-8-18|25-23-13|61| |5|Whitman|9-16-20|22-15-11|48| |6|Western State|3-17-x|28-14-x|42| |7|Utah|13-19-22|18-12-9|39| |8|Alaska-Anchorage|14-21-23|17-10-8|25|
Mens Slalom Top-5 Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Total Time|Points| |1|Jed Scheutze|Colorado|1:49.57|30| |2|Brad Hogan|Colorado|1:50.10|29| |3|Ben Brown|Western State|1:50.49|28| |4|Reuben Kuruvilla|Nevada|1:50.66|27| |5|Dominick Schweiger|Denver|1:50.87|26| |6|Christian Jensen|New Mexico|1:51.48|25| |8|Alexander Freberg|New Mexico|1:52.03|23| |18|Dustin Simons|New Mexico|2:00.11| |22|Gottfried Schwarzmueller|New Mexico|2:03.48|--| |--|Lars Bjorge|New Mexico|DNF|--|
Womens 5K Freestyle Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|New Mexico|3-4-6|28-27-25|80| |2|Utah|1-5-11|30-26-20|76| |3|Nevada|7-8-13|24|23|18|65| |4|Alaska-Anchorage|2-9-18|28-22-13|64| |5|Denver|10-12-14|21-19-17|57| |6|Colorado|15-24-34|16-10-6|32| |7|Western State|16-21-37|15-11-4|30| |8|Montana State|18-26-31|14-8-7|29| |9|Whitman|20-25-35|12-9-5|26|
Womens 5K Freestyle Top-5 Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Total Time|Points| |1|Katrin Smigun|Utah|10:35.4|30| |2|Mandy Kaempf|Alaska-Anchorage|10:47.1|29| |3|Martina Stursova|New Mexico|10:549.3|28| |4|Jenny Wissting|New Mexico|10:58.0|27| |5|Barbara Hatlevik|Utah|11:01.1|26| |6|Kristina Strandberg|New Mexico|11:05.0|25| |22|Brooke Gosling|New Mexico|11:54.5|--| |30|Janelle Kinner|New Mexico|12:16.1|--| |--|Andrea Roberts|New Mexico|DNS|--|
Mens 10K Freestyle Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|Utah|2-3-7|29-28-24|81| |2|New Mexico|1-5-23|30-26-14|70| |3|Denver|6-9-10|25-22-21|68| |4|Alaska-Anchorage|4-16-17|27-18-17|62| |5|Colorado|8-15-22|23-19-15|57| |6|Nevada|14-19-33|20-16-10|46| |7|Western State|29-30-32|13-12-11|36| |8|Whitman|35-36-39|9-8-7|24|
Mens 10K Freestyle Top-5 Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Total Time|Points| |1|Johan Rydquist|New Mexico|19:16.3|30| |2|Ryan Quinn|Utah|19:21.3|29| |3|Zack Simons|Utah|19:21.7|28| |4|Tobias Schwoerer|Alaska-Anchorage|19:23.4|27| |5|Lars Krogsveen|New Mexico|19:27.3|26| |23|Jacob Zehnder|New Mexico|21:08.6|14| |24|Graham Bremner|New Mexico|21:11.7|--|