Busy Week for Lobo Skiers
Feb. 5, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Skiing - RMISA Action
Wednesday, Feb. 6: Alpine @ Utah Invite, GS, Loveland, Colo.; Live Results
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It's a busy week for the University of New Mexico ski team as the Alpiners wrap up NorAm events on Tuesday and dive into consecutive Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association competitions with the Utah Invitational Feb. 6-7 in Loveland, Colo., and the downhill events of the UNM Invite on Feb. 9-10 in Red River, N.M. Meanwhile the Nordic team travels to Soldier Hollow, Utah, Feb. 8-9, for the endurance events of the Utes' home meet.
After two RMISA meets completed, New Mexico is fourth in the team standings in the conference with 1,495.5 points. Colorado, the winner of both its own Invite and the DU Invite, leads with 1,730 points. Denver and Utah round out the top three with 1,641.5 points and 1,519 points, respectively.
Freshman Courtney Altringer sits atop the RMISA MVP Points for women's Alpine with 264. The newcomer has two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes in conference action. She has a 14-point lead over DU's Kristine Haugen.
On the men's Alpine side, Joonas Rasanen is in second place with 262 points. Sean Horner is next for UNM in 14th (179 points), while Juho-Pekka Penttinen is 23rd (143 points), Michael Bansmer is 25th (138 points) and Chris Acosta is 27th (137 points).
In Nordic standings, Mats Rudin Resaland is fifth among the conference men with 275 points, while Linn Håvelsrud Klaesson is sixth (249 points), Anni Nord is ninth (233 points), and Clara Chauvet is 11th (222 points) on the women's side.
This is the last weekend of regular-season RMISA competition as next weekend there are no conference events and Feb. 22-24 is the RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regionals hosted by Montana State in Bozeman, Mont.
The Lobos spent Jan. 31-Feb. 5 in Vail, Colo., competing against some of the best Alpine skiers in the world at NorAm events. The competition was set up so both men and women would have two giant slalom races and two slalom races. Through events on Feb. 4, a number of UNM skiers had turned in some impressive performances.
Newcomer Mateja Robnik earned the highest finish among Lobo skiers, placing fourth in the women's giant slalom on Feb. 4. Senior Kate Williams placed in three events - 42nd in the slalom, 16th in the slalom and 17th in the giant slalom. Senior Mary Rachel Hostetter finished 37th in the slalom and 43rd in the giant slalom while freshman Courntey Altringer placed 28th in the slalom and 48th in the giant slalom.
On the men's side, Chris Acosta was a consistent competitor for UNM, placing 31st and 10th in giant slalom competition and 13th and 18th in slalom events. Sean Horner placed 38th in giant slalom and 16th in slalom, while Juho-Pekka Penttinen finished 43rd in giant slalom and 20th in slalom.
The Lobos' Alpine team begins the Utah Invitational on Wednesday with the giant slalom and continues on Thursday with the slalom. The Utes are hosting the downhill portion of the meet in Loveland, Colo., and live stats will be available at live-timing.com.
New Mexico then returns to its home slope in Red River, N.M., Feb. 9-10, for the Alpine events of its home meet. The Lobos are tied with Alaska Anchorage for fifth through last weekend's Nordic events. Utah (457 points), Colorado (430 points) and Denver (403 points) hold on to the top three spots while Montana State (372 points) is in fourth. Wyoming is in last with 204 points.
Resaland placed a career-best second place in the 5K CL and finished seventh in the 10K FS, while Nord tied her career-best fourth-place finish in the 5K CL and took ninth in the 10K FS.
Nordic events for the Utah Invitational are Feb. 8-9 in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Live results for the races can be found at summittiming.com. The events for Nordic will be a 5/10K Classical race beginning at 9 a.m. MT on Friday and a 15/20K Freestyle race on Saturday, also beginning at 9 a.m. MT.