Skiers to Compete at Western State This Weekend
Upcoming: The Lobos try to rebound after falling out of second place in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association standings last week when they take to the slopes in Crested Butte, Colo. at the Western State meet this weekend. New Mexico’s Nordic and Alpine teams will compete on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 in the fourth RMISA meet of the season. This is the last race before the West Regionals in Winter Park, Colo. on February 23-24. • As a team, the Lobos (1,565) trail second place Colorado (1,655) by 90 points and first place Utah (1,685.5) by 120.5 points in the overall standings. No. 1 ranked Denver is in a surprising fourth place with 1,505 points. • So far this season, the Lobos have posted a fourth place finish at Montana State, a first place finish at Alaska-Utah, and a third place finish at Colorado in the overall team competition. • This is Western State’s first meet since the 2001 season. They did not host an RMISA event last year. • 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.
Nordic Competition Western State Meet Crested Butte, Colo.
Friday, February 7 - Men’s 15K Skate Women’s 10K Skate Saturday, February 8 -Men’s 10K Classic Women’s 5K Classic
• The Nordic squad (794) is in second place in the RMISA season rankings. They trail only Utah who has earned 909 points on the season. • The women’s team is also in second place in the overall RMISA standings. They are in second place in the Classic and Freestyle events, trailing Utah in both categories. • In the Classic event, senior Kristina Strandberg ranks third, junior Jenny Wissting is in fourth, and sophomore Martina Stursova is in eighth place. Wissting is the top Lobo skier in the Freestyle event, ranking second overall. Stursova and Strandberg are fifth and sixth, respectively. • The men’s Nordic team is constantly improving, moving up to fourth place, overall, following last weekend’s win in the Freestyle race. They are in fourth place in the Classic and third in the Freestyle. • Junior Johan Rydquist ranks second in the individual Classic standings and fifth in the Freestyle ranks. Freshman Lars Krogsveen is in 10th place in the Freestyle.
Alpine Competition Western State Meet Crested Butte, Colo.
Friday, February 7 - Men’s Giant Slalom Women’s Giant Slalom Saturday, February 8 -Women’s Slalom Men’s Slalom
• The Alpine team (771) currently sits in third place in the overall RMISA standings. The Lobos trail Colorado (898) and Denver (825). • The women’s team leads the overall standings and they are also in first place in the Slalom and Giant Slalom RMISA competition. • Junior Caroline Schicht leads the individual standings in both Slalom and Giant Slalom competition. Freshman Kathrin Spendier ranks third in the RMISA Slalom and 8th in the Giant Slalom. Junior Jennifer Delich, a 2002 NCAA All-American, ranks eighth in the Slalom and fourth in the Giant Slalom. • The men’s squad ranks fourth in the overall RMISA standings, trailing Colorado, Utah, and Denver. • Freshmen Christian Jensen and Alexander Freberg rank eighth and ninth, respectively, in the Slalom, while Jensen is in ninth in the Giant Slalom overall standings.
Overall Team Standings |1.| Utah|1,685.5| |2.| Colorado|1,655| |3.| New Mexico|1,565| |4.| Denver|1,503| |5.| Nevada|1,200.5| |6.| Alaska-Anchorage|1,082| |7.| Western State|895| |8.| Whitman College|772.5| |9.| Montana State|355.5|
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