Lobo Ski Team Returns to Action This Weekend
Upcoming: The Lobos look to move closer to first place Utah with a strong performance in this weekend’s meet hosted by the University of Colorado. The Alpine team will take to the slopes on Friday, January 31 in Boulder, Colo. while the Nordic team hits the trails in Lake Eldora. The Nordic and Alpine teams will field a full compliment of skiers for the first time this season with all transfers now eligible and ready to compete and all other athletes returning from the World University Games.
• As a team, the Lobos (1,042) trail Utah (1,20.5) by 78.5 points for first place in the overall standings. Colorado (1,037) trails the Lobos by just five points while No. 1 ranked Denver is in a surprising fourth place with 1,020 points.
• The Lobos won their first meet since the 1992 season with their win at the Alaska/Utah-RMISA event. It was the first time a Lobo team had won an overall RMISA meet since the 1992 season.
• Head coach George Brooks is entering his 33rd season at the helm of the UNM Ski Team. He has worked in the UNM athletic department longer than any other member of the staff.
• The Lobos are picked fifth in the nation in the Ski Racing Magazine coaches’ poll.
Friday, January 31 - Men’s Giant Slalom Women’s Giant Slalom Saturday, February 1 -Women’s Slalom Men’s Slalom
• The Alpine team is in third place overall in the RMISA standings. The women’s team leads the RMISA standings while the men are in fourth place.
• Junior Caroline Schicht holds the RMISA lead in both the women’s Slalom and Giant Slalom races. In four races this season, she has three wins and a second place finish. Schcit was named skier of the Week for the RMISA following the Montana State meet on January 6, 2003.
• Joining Schicht in the RMISA women’s Slalom top-10 are junior Jennifer Delich (5th) and freshman Kathrin Spendier (7th). Delich also ranks 3rd in the women’s Giant Slalom.
• Freshmen Christian Jensen (5th) and Alexander Freberg (6th) are both in the RMISA top-10 in the men’s Slalom. Freberg ranks 9th in the men’s Giant Slalom. Nordic Notes
Friday, January 31 - Men’s 10K Classic Women’s 5K Classic Saturday, February 1 -Men’s 20K Skate Women’s 15K Skate
• The Nordic team ranks third in the RMISA with the men in fifth place and the women in third.
• Junior transfer Johan Rydquist has been a welcome addition to the Lobo squad since joining the team at the semester break. He won both the Classic and Freestyle races at the Alaska/Utah RMISA meet and was named the RMISA Skier of the Week on January 15. Rydquist currently ranks first in the men’s Freestyle.
• The Lobos add one more transfer, Jimmy Vika, for the Colorado meet. The freshman from Norway should solidfy a strong men’s Nordic team.
• Senior Kristina Strandberg is in second place in the women’s Classic standings while junior Jenny Wissting is in fourth. The Lobo tandem also ranks second and third, respectively, in the women’s Freestyle standings.
RMISA Overall Team Standings
|2.| New Mexico|1,042|
|7.| Western State|588|
|8.| Whitman College|514|
|9.| Montana State|257|