WINTER PARK, Colo. -- New Mexico found itself in fourth place after the first day of Nordic competition at the CU Invitational/Spencer Nelson Memorial. The Lobos have 548 points going into the final day of competition, trailing third-place Denver by only 10 points. Utah sits in first, followed by Colorado in second.

The Lobos saw their very first skier of the 2012 season earn a spot on the podium today when Linn Klaesson placed third in the women's 5K freestyle race. Clara Chauvet also found herself in the top 10 as well, crossing the finish line in 10th place.

"Linn had an excellent race today," Lobos head coach Fredrik Landstedt said. "It was her first time on the podium and it shows that she can compete with the top collegiate women. Clara did well also, and we know that she will continue to improve."

The men were paced by Christian Otto, who finished the men's 10K freestyle in 12th place. Newcomer Sjur Prestseater was the next closest finisher for the Lobos in 25th place.

"Christian skied well, just missing the speed a little bit," Landstedt said. "Overall, I thought we had a poor team performance but came away with some good individual results. We are looking at improving as a team with each race."