Mesa women’s golf team qualifies for national tournament
Colorado Mesa lost its hold on first place, but still managed to qualify its women’s golf team for the NCAA Division II national championships for the first time in the program’s six-year history.
The Mavericks took second place in the Super Region 3 tournament Tuesday at Elephant Butte, N.M., with a three-round total of 967. Augustana (S.D.) scored a tournament-low 309 Tuesday to take first with 955.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to nationals.
Mesa senior Jennifer Hilts tied Faylyn Beyale of Western New Mexico for medalist honors with a score of 232. Both shot 77 on Tuesday.
Senior Jessica Berve tied for seventh with 240. She shot 78 in the final round. Michelle Stripp finished 14th with 247, Afton Balling, another senior, tied for 20th with 251 and Alisa Lindsay was 30th with 261.
The third round was delayed 3 hours and 20 minutes because of lightning.
The NCAA Division II national tournament is May 16-19 at the Persimmon Ridge Country Club in Louisville, Ky.
Colorado Mesa shot 11 strokes better in the second round, but still have a long way to go to place in the top three and qualify for nationals.
The Mavericks moved up five spot to 12th with a two-round score of 603 in the NCAA Central/West Super Regional at Litchfield, Ariz. Chico State is first with 567. Colorado School of Mines is second with 571 and Grand Canyon is third (572).
Sean Robbins leads Mesa with 149. Brandon Bingaman shaved three strokes off his first round score and has 151 through two rounds.
Basalt graduate Jim Knous of Colorado School of Mines took the individual lead with a second round score of 70. He leads Kyle Souza of Chico State by one stroke, 136-137.
Track & Field
Colorado Mesa’s Kendra Naibauer won the women’s discus throw and Sierra Wiggins took second in the javelin throw to lead the Mavericks in the RMAC Outdoor Championships in Gunnison.
Naibauer threw a school record 171 feet, 7 inches to win the discus throw. Wiggins threw the javelin 122-4.
Colorado Mesa women placed ninth with 29 points. Adams State won the team title with 181.2 points.
Whitney Rowe broke the school record in the 100 with a time of 12.25 seconds to place fifth. She set the school record in the 200 with a time of 25.37.
Cathryn Ambler placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 58.19 seconds. Alexis Skarda placed eighth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:53.33. Mesa’s 400 relay team placed fourth in 48.90.
The first-year men’s team didn’t have enough eligible athletes to compete by NCAA rule.