Lobo Skiers Finsh in 4th at the NCAA West Regionals
Winter Park , Colo. - The University of New Mexico Ski Team couldnt rally past Denver and finish in fourth place at the NCAA West Regional Championships. The Lobos best finish of the day came in the womens giant slalom with a second place performance. Junior Caroline Schicht led UNM with a third place individual finish.
Final Team Scores |Place|Team|MGS|WGS|MSL|WSL|MCL|WCL|MFS|WFS|Total| |1|Utah|76|81|61|71|75|82|63|72|581| |2|Colorado|75|46|79|84|79|73|66|61|563| |3|Denver|77|51|75.5|76|65|58|76|63|541.5| |4|New Mexico|41|67|32|54|42|61|74|68|439| |5|Alaska|54|35|44|38|75|58|57|52.5|413.5| |6|Nevada|47|59|63.5|33|34|53|41|58.5|389| |7|Western St.|40|45|54|29|38|8|42|42|298| |8|Whitman|34|36|35|32|29|25|25|16|232| |9|Montana St.|38||0|38||32||26|134|
In the womens giant slalom, Schichts time of 2:07.22 was less than two seconds off the winning time 2:05.7 set by Denvers Sophie Ormond. Junior Jennifer Delich finished seventh in the race while sophomore Helena Woodrow placed 17th for the Lobos.
The Mens Alpine team got a good run out of freshman Christian Jensen, who finished ninth, but the Lobos still struggled to a sixth place finish. Freshmen Dustin Simons and Alexander Freberg were the other two Lobos to score points, finishing 24th and 33rd, repectively.
The womens Nordic team got a strong performance from senior Kristina Strandberg. The three-time All-American finished third in the 10K Classic race. The Lobos were without 2000 All-American Jenny Wissting, who did not ski because she was sick. Sophomore Martina Stursova helped to pick up some of the slack with a ninth place finish while junior Brooke Gosling placed 31st.
The mens Nordic team raced without two of their top skiers. Junior Johan Rydquist and freshman Jimmy Vika both were out with illnesses. Sophomore Lars Krogsveen led UNM with a 14th place finish. Junior Jacob Zehnder placed 19th and sophomore Graham Bremner placed 27th, giving New Mexico a fifth place finish in the event.
The Lobos will now have a week to prepare for the 2003 NCAA Championships. Actions begins in Hanover, N.H. on March 5. The event is hosted by Dartmouth College and runs through March 9.9