Mesa men 12th at XC regionals
The Colorado Mesa University men’s cross country team did much better than Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coaches expected.
The Mavericks placed 12th out of 22 teams Saturday in the NCAA South Central Region Championships at Willis Case Golf Course in Denver.
“The guys did incredibly well,” CMU coach Gig Leadbetter said. “To finish 12th out of 22 teams in really our first full year, they did fantastic. They all pretty much had (personal records) for a 10K.”
Justin Shaver finished in 65th place in 35 minutes, 19 seconds to lead Mesa. Ben Hunter, John Cusick and Andrew Mansfield finished 80th to 89th.
Adams State won the team title with 26 points, led by individual champ Kevin Batt in 32:09.
Western State took second with 58 points. Five RMAC teams finished in the top six spots to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Adams State won the women’s team title with 28 points. The Grizzlies had four of the top eight spots and five of the top 10, led by individual champion Alicia Nelson in 21:44.
Western State was second with 49 points, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs took third (108) and Colorado Mines was fourth (132).
Colorado Mesa’s women placed 15th out of 24 teams led by seniors Mayra Garcia and Sused Cabrera. Garcia finished the six-kilometer race in 24:59 for 76th place. Cabrera was 80th in 25:03. Mesa’s top runner entering the regional, Shannon Emery, fell ill during the race and placed 90th in 25:25. Melissa Bauer was 84th in 25:11.
Justin Schumacher was the lone Colorado Mesa wrestler to place in the elite division of the Cowboy Open at the University of Wyoming.
Schumacher placed fourth at 149 pounds, losing the third-place match by a major decision to finish the tourney with a 4-2 record and three wins by pin.
In the amateur division, CMU’s John Stelling and Shannon Maris reached the semifinals at 125 and 141, respectively, but neither won in the consolation bracket to wrestle for third place. The Mavericks’ Jessie Hoffschneider reached the quarterfinals at 165 before losing.