Ski Team Set to Compete in NCAA West Regionals
Upcoming: The Lobos are coming off their second win of the season after taking home the Western State - Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association meet last weekend. New Mexico now has its sights set on the NCAA West Regionals on February 23-24 in Winter Park, Colo. The meet is the final RMISA competition of the season and will be hosted by the University of Denver.
• As a team, the Lobos (2,134.5) were able to pick up ground on the top two teams in the RMISA and now only trail second place Colorado (2,186) by 51.5 points and first place Utah (2,237.5) by 103 points in the overall standings. No. 1 ranked Denver is in a surprising fourth place with 2,035 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, and another win at Western State. This is the first time in school history that the Lobos have won two races in the same season. It is also the first time since the 1992 season that New Mexico has claimed an overall win.
• The Lobos will be training in Santa Fe and Red River, N.M. before heading to Winter Park, Colo. for the NCAA West Regionals.
• Last season the Lobos finished fourth overall at the NCAA West Regionals in Anchorage, Alaska. Denver won the event, followed by Colorado and Utah in second and third place, respectively.
• The Lobos have also been excelling in the classroom. In the Fall, the men’s team posted a 3.70 grade-point-average, the highest among all athletic teams at UNM. The women’s team posted a 3.50 g.p.a., making 2003 the 16th straight year the Ski Team has had at least a 3.5 g.p.a.
• Head coach George Brooks is in 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.
RMISA Overall Team Standings |1. |Utah|2,237.5| |2. |Colorado|2,186| |3. |New Mexico|2,134.5| |4. |Denver|2,035| |5. |Alaska-Anchorage|1,470| |6. |Nevada|1,442.5| |7. |Western State|1,215.5| |8. |Whitman College|1,026.5| |9. |Montana State|487.5|
Alpine Notes NCAA West Regionals University of Denver - RMISA Meet Winter Park, Colo.
Sunday, February 23 - Men’s Giant Slalom Women’s Giant Slalom Monday, February 23 -Women’s Slalom Men’s Slalom
• The Alpine team (1,027.5) currently sits in third place in the overall RMISA standings. The Lobos trail Colorado (1,192) and Denver (1,103).
• The women’s team leads the overall standings and they are also in first place in the RMISA Slalom and Giant Slalom competition.
• Three Lobo women are ranked in the RMISA Slalom top-10, including junior Caroline Schicht (1st), freshman Kathrin Spendier (3rd), and junior Jennifer Delich (10th). Schicht (3rd), Delich (5th) and Spendier (6th) are also ranked in the RMISA womn’s Giant Slalom top-10.
• The men’s squad ranks fifth in the overall RMISA standings, trailing Colorado, Utah, Denver, and Nevada. They rank third in the men’s Slalom and fifth in the men’s Giant Slalom
• Freshmen Christian Jensen and Alexander Freberg rank seventh and tenth, respectively, in the RMISA Slalom. None of the Lobo men are in the top-10 in the RMISA Giant Slalom.
Nordic Notes NCAA West Regionals University of Denver - RMISA Meet Winter Park, Colo.
Sunday, February 23 - Men’s 15K Skate Women’s 10K Skate Monday, February 24 -Men’s 10K Classic Women’s 5K Classic
• The Nordic squad (1,107) is in second place in the RMISA rankings. They trail only Utah who has earned 1,217 points.
• 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.
• Senior Kristina Strandberg (3rd), junior Jenny Wissting (4th), and sophomore Martina Stursova (5th) are all in the RMISA women’s Classic top-10. Wissting (2nd), Stursova (6th), and Strandberg (7th) are also in the RMISA women’s Skate top-10.
• The men’s Nordic team is constantly improving, moving into a tie for second place with Colorado following last weekend’s first and second place finishes at Western State. They are in fourth place in the Classic and second place in the Skate.
• Junior Johan Rydquist (2nd) and freshman Jimmy Vika (4th) are ranked in the RMISA men’s Classic top-10. Vika (1st), Rydquist (7th), and sophomore Lars Krogsveen (8th) are in the RMISA men’s Skate top-10.)