NCAA Ski Championships Begin Wednesday
Upcoming: The Lobos head to Hanover, N.H. for the 2003 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by Dartmouth College. The Championships begin on Wednesday, March 5 and run through Saturday, March 8. The Nordic team starts things off with the men’s 10K and women’s 5K Skate races at the Dartmouth XC Center. The men’s and women’s giant slalom races are on Thursday at the Dartmouth Skiway. Friday, competition returns to the Nordic trails for the men’s 20K and women’s 15K Classic races. The Championships conclude on Saturday with the men’s and women’s slalom races back at the Dartmouth Skiway.
• As a team, the Lobos slipped to fourth place overall in the final RMISA regular season standings. • With two wins this season, the Lobos are one of the favorites to win the 2003 NCAA Championships. New Mexico also fields a full team of 12 competitors for the first time since the 1999 season. That year the Lobos finished in fifth place. Their best ever finish was second place in 1992. It is also the best finish of any UNM sport in any NCAA Championship event. • 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 been excelling in the classroom this season. 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.
NCAA Championships Dartmouth College Hanover, N.H. Thursday, March 6 - Men’s Giant Slalom - 9:30 a.m. (E.S.T.) Second Run - 12:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) Women’s Giant Slalom - 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) Second Run - 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Saturday, March 8 -Men’s Slalom - 9:30 a.m. (E.S.T.) Second Run - 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Women’s Slalom - 10:30 a.m. (E.S.T.) Second Run - 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
• Juniors Caroline Schicht and Jennifer Delich, along with freshman Kathrin Spendier represent the Lobo women’s Alpine team. They were the top team in the RMISA is 2003. Delich and Schicht both competed at last year’s NCAA Championships, with Delich earning and All-American honor. The pair also represent 2/3 of the 2002 women’s Slalom National Champions. • Sophomore Gottfried Schwarzmueller and freshmen Christian Jensen and Alexander Freberg make up the men’s Alpine squad. This is an inexperienced group with no NCAA Championships experience. They finished fifth overall in the RMISA regular season men’s Alpine standings.
NCAA Championships Dartmouth College Hanover, N.H. Wednesday, March 5 - Men’s 10K Skate - 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) Women’s 5K Skate - 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) Friday, March 7 -Women’s 15K Classic - 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) Men’s 20K Classic - 10:30 a.m. (E.S.T.)
• The women’s Nordic team is made up of senior Kristina Strandberg, junior Jenny Wissting, and sophomore Martina Stursova. As a team, they finished second overall in the final RMISA women’s Nordic standings. The Lobos won a total of four races on the year. Strandberg has three year’s of NCAA experience under her belt, including three All-American awards. In 2000, She teamed with Wissting to win the women’s 15K Classic team and individual national title. Wissting also has an All-American award to her credit.
• The men’s squad consists of three, first time qualifiers for the NCAA championships. Junior Jacob Zehnder earns his first trip in his third season with the Lobos. For freshman Jimmy Vika and sophomore Lars Krogsveen it is their first trip. The have been valuable additions to the Lobos since transferring in January. They have led the men’s team to two wins on the season. A