NEDERLAND, Colo. — Skiing is fun. Skiing when it’s snowing and tough to see … well, that’s not so much fun. UNM didn’t have a ton of fun on the mountain at Eldora, but no one else did neither, as UNM picked up 43 points in the women’s slalom at the Colorado Invitational. The men’s slalom was postponed and will be run on Jan. 19 at Bridger Bowl in Montana.
The Lobos as a team finished fifth and dropped slightly behind Colorado for fifth overall in the meet through three events. The Nordic events begin tomorrow at Howelson Hill with the 5K and 10K interval start freestyle races on Saturday morning.
How tough was the race? More than 36% of the collegiate field couldn’t finish, and overall, the percentage of the field that didn’t finish neared 45%. For the Lobos, only three of six were able to complete the course, with Soňa Moravčíková leading the way with a 14th place finish. She scored 18 points for UNM and was followed by Katharine Irwin in 19th for 14 points.
Chloe Margue was the other Lobo finisher, coming in 22nd for 11 points. Rebecca Fiegl, who had a pair of fourth place finishes to open the season, could not complete the opening run, and Haley Cutler and Antonia Wearmouth both could not get through the second run.
The weather, 22 degrees and snowing, made for a treacherous mountain course, made more complicated because the slalom is a little quicker than the giant slalom. The course got substantially slower as time went on and as the snow came down harder and harder. After deliberation by the coaches after the first run, the choice was made to go on, but shortly after the end of the women’s race, it was decided that conditions wouldn’t allow the men’s race.
NOTES: Margue and Moravčíková were the only two skiers to complete all three races for UNM … along with New Mexico, both Colorado and Alaska Anchorage had three skiers not able to finish the races.