New Mexico got off to less than an ideal start to open up the 2015-16 season in its three day trip to the Park City Invitational in Utah.
UNM finished off the opening competition of the season in fifth place with a final score of 214. The men finished in sixth place as a while the women finished in fourth during the event which lasted from Jan. 4-6.
Although the women’s tally of 131 during the slalom and the giant slalom runs far exceeded the men’s scores of 83 across the same two events, two of the three Colorado schools participating ran the show.
Despite taking home the men’s top score during the invite (170), Colorado wound up just two points shy of Denver University’s final count. DU took home the women’s best (155) to take the Park City Invitational by ousting CU 320-318.
After missing the majority of the 2015-2016 campaign with a broken bone at the RMISA qualifier last season, Karoline Søvik Myklebust had the best day of any UNM skier with two top-10 finishes in both events. In doing so, Myklebust collected her sixth top-5 appearance of her career after placing fifth in the women’s slalom.
Sydney Staples joined Myklebust in her top-10 appearance in the women’s slalom, placing 7th. The two were the only Lobos to crack the top-10 in the invite.
For the men’s side, they sent six skiers down the hill, with five of them being their first time competing for the Lobos at a collegiate level, stated the release. None of the Lobos made top 20, with the closest competitor, Rob Greig, who finished 24th overall.
Youri Moguel and the men’s slalom squad picked things up towards the end of the event. Moguel, who missed the gate earlier in the event, capped off his last run with a nineteenth-place finish for the Lobos, helping them complete the day for the men’s side with 49 points.
For the Nordic squad, events will resume on Jan. 9.