Ski Team Brings Home Second Win of the Season
Crested Butte, Colo. - After two days of waiting for official results to come down from Western State College, the UNM Ski Team finally learned today that it won the overall Western State - Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet this weekend. The Lobos won both the men’s and women’s Nodic races on Saturday to take its second victory of the 2003 season. It is the first time in school history that UNM has won two races in the same season. The Lobos won the Alaska/Utah - RMISA race earlier this season. With the win the Lobos closed the gap on second place Colorado. Utah leads the RMISA with 2,237.5 points with the Buffaloes (2,186) in second place and the Lobos (2,133.5) in third.
Western State - RMISA Overall Team Standings |Place|Team|WGS|MGS|WSL|MSL|WCL|MCL|WFR|MFR|Total Points| |1|New Mexico|76|55|72|53.5|84|72|80|76|568.5| |2|Utah|79|73|37|55|79|78|80|71|552| |3|Denver|68|73|76|76|63|69|66|56|547| |4|Colorado|73|70|73|78|63|63|48|63|531| |5|Alaska-Ancorage|32|64|42|30|50|56|49|63|390| |6|Western State|37|30|28|49.5|38|46|43|54|325.5| |7|Whitman|26|27|36|45|33|30|37|30|264| |8|Nevada|43|46|59|57|0|14|0|16|235| |9|Montana State|31|--|36|--|35|--|26|--|128|
After almost sweeping the women’s Classic race on Friday, the Lobo women’s Nordic team came out on Saturday with another excellent performance in the 10K Skate race. Junior Jenny Wissting, ranked second in the RMISA in the Skate event, finished second in the race. Sophomore Martina Stursova and senior Kristina Strandberg finished fifth and sixth, respectively as the women’s squad earned 80 points and tied Utah for the overall win.
Overall Women’s 10k Freestyle Team Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|New Mexico|2-5-6|29-26-25|80| |1|Utah|1-3-9|30-28-22|80| |3|Denver|7-8-13|24-23-19|66| |4|Alaska-Anchorage|14-15-21|18-17-15|49| |5|Colorado|4-10-x|27-21-x|48| |6|Western State|11-24-25|20-12-11|43| |7|Whitman|20-23-27|15-13-9|37| |8|Montana State|17-26-30|16-10-8|34| |9|Nevada|x-x-x|x-x-x|0|
Top-5 Women’s 10K Freestyle Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Time|Points| |1|Katrin Smigun|Utah|35:53.7|30| |2|Jenny Wissting|New Mexico|37:35.9|29| |3|Sara Svendsen|Utah|37:36.6|28| |4|Jana Rehemaa|Colorado|37:41.9|27| |5|Martina Stursova|New Mexico|37:42.4|26| |6|Kristina Strandberg|New Mexico|37:59.8|25| |18|Brooke Gosling|New Mexico|41:49.9|--| |19|Janelle Kinner|New Mexico|41:58.9|--|
While the women’s team cruised to two wins on the weekend, the men were without one of their top skiers, junior Johan Rydquist, who was out sick. Despite this, the Lobos skied to their second-straight win in the Freestyle. Freshman Jimmy Vika won his second race of the weekend while fellow freshman Lars Krogsveen placed sixth. The suprise of the day came from junior Jacob Zehnder who set a new career-high with a 10th place finish. Zehnder’s previous high was 19th in the Freestyle set last week at Colorado. Overall, the Lobo men earned 76 points in the Freestyle race.
Overall Men’s 15K Team Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|New Mexico|1-6-10|30-25-21|76| |2|Utah|4-5-13|27-26-18|71| |3|Alaska-Anchorage|2-11-17|29-20-14|63| |3|Colorado|3-8-22|28-23-12|63| |5|Denver|9-12-16|22-19-15|56| |6|Western State|7-14-21|24-17-13|54| |7|Whitman|27-28-31|11-10-9|30| |8|Nevada|15-x-x|16-x-x|16|
Top-5 Men’s 15K Freestyle Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Time|Points| |1|Jimmy Vika|New Mexico|39:42.2|30| |2|Tobias Schwoere|Alaska-Anchorage|40:09.5|29| |3|Erling Christiansen|Colorado|41:02.9|28| |4|Ryan Quinn|Utah|41:26.9|27| |5|Zack Simons|Utah|41:45.4|26| |6|Lars Krogsveen|New Mexico|41:48.0|25| |10|Jacob Zehnder|New Mexico|42:00.0|21| |--|Graham Bremner|New Mexico|DNF|--| |--|Johan Rydquist|New Mexico|DNF|--|
The women’s Alpine team had some surprises, both good and bad, on the way to earning 72 points and a third place finish in the Slalom race. Junior Jennifer Delich, a 2002 All-American and the eighth-ranked Slalom skier in the RMISA, fell during her second run. However, freshman Kathrin Spendier stepped up and won her first ever Slalom race, edging out Colorado’s Mia Cullman by 0.37 of a second. Junior Caroline Schich placed ninth for the Lobos while sophomore Helena Woodrow equalled her season high with an 11th place finish.
Overall Women’s Slalom Team Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|Denver|4-6-7|27-25-24|76| |2|Colorado|2-8-10|29-23-21|73| |3|New Mexico|1-9-11|30-22-20|72| |4|Nevada|5-14-23|26-19-14|59| |5|Alaska-Anchorage|18-22-27|16-15-11|42| |6|Utah|3-37-39|28-5-4|37| |7|Whitman|15-28-30|18-10-11|36| |7|Montana State|16-24-34|17-13-6|36| |9|Western State|25-29-33|12-9-7|28|
Top-5 Women’s Slalom Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Time|Points| |1|Kathrin Spendier|New Mexico|1:21.62|30| |2|Mia Cullman|Colorado|1:21.99|29| |3|Liina Johansson|Utah|1:22.02|28| |4|Sophie Ormond|Denver|1:22.31|27| |5|Quincy Young|Nevada|1:22.38|26| |9|Caroline Schicht|New Mexico|1:22.99|22| |11|Helena Woodrow|New Mexico|1:23.47|20| |12|Gladys Weidt|New Mexico|1:23.61|--| |21|Jennifer Shively|New Mexico|1:25.77|--| |31|Monnica Bruggeman|New Mexico|1:30.37|--| |--|Jennifer Delich|New Mexico|DNF|--|
The men’s Alpine team gained 53.5 points for the Lobos by finishing fifth in the Slalom event. Freshman Christian Jenses led the way with a career-high fourth place finish. Sophomore Gottfried schwarzmueller placed 17th in the event while senior Lars Bjorge came in 23rd. Overall Men’s Slalom Team Standings |Place|Team|Finishes|Points|Total Points| |1|Colorado|1-3-11|30-28-20|78| |2|Denver|2-7-8|29-24-23|76| |3|Nevada|10-12-14|21-19-17|57| |4|Utah|6-14-22|25-18-12|55| |5|New Mexico|T4-17-23|26.5-16-11|53.5| |6|Western State|T4-21-24|26.5-13-10|49.5| |7|Whitman|9-20-25|22-14-9|45| |8|Alaska-Anchorage|19-26-31|15-8-7|30|
Top-5 Men’s Slalom Individual Finishes |Place|Skier|Team|Time|Points| |1|Brad Hogan|Colorado|1:15.94|30| |2|Dominick Schweiger|Denver|1:16.61|29| |3|Jed Schuetze|Colorada|1:16.72|28| |4|Christian Jensen|New Mexico|1:16.86|26.5| |4|Ben Brown|Western State|1:16.86|26.5| |17|Gottfried Schwarzmueller|New Mexico|1:19.50|16| |23|Lars Bjorge|New Mexico|1:20.13|11| |--|Alexander Freberg|New Mexico|DNF|--| |--|Dustin Simons|New Mexico|DNF|--|
The Lobos will compete in training races this weekend before heading to the West Regionals at Denver on February 23-24.