Skarda and Ryan pace Mavericks’ cycling team
Alexis Skarda was the first Division II finisher in the Women’s A short-track race, and Morgan Ryan matched the finish in the Men’s A race Sunday to help the Colorado Mesa University cycling team finish second in its conference in mountain biking.
Colorado Mesa competes in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference, which is split into Division I and II teams, and the Maverick Mountain Bike Championships, which CMU hosted Saturday and Sunday, doubled as the RMCCC championships.
The Mavericks entered the meet fourth among the Division II teams and finished the weekend second only to the Air Force Academy. Fort Lewis College topped the Division I teams in the conference.
Skarda finished second overall in the Women’s A short-track race, trailing only a Fort Lewis cyclist. Ryan was fifth overall, trailing four Division I cyclists, all from Fort Lewis.
CMU got an overall win from Cullen Easter in the Men’s B short-track race.
Patrick Wall scored the game’s lone goal in the 72nd minute as Colorado Mesa defeated the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 1-0.
Phil Neuwirth assisted on the goal and goalkeeper Micah Conrads made one save for the shutout for the Mavericks (8-3-1, 6-2 RMAC). The Mountain Lions dropped to 6-5, 5-3.
Colorado Mesa jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half but settled for a 2-2 tie against UC-Colorado Springs.
Veronica Rodriguez scored in the sixth minute, and Jessica Kent scored in the 37th minute for the Mavericks (8-1-3, 5-1-2). UCCS (9-2-1, 5-2-1) pulled within 2-1 at the half and knotted the score in the 55th minute.
Jessica Sinner and Michelle Stripp tied for 18th place Sunday with two-day totals of 169 strokes as Colorado Mesa tied for sixth at the RMAC No. 3 meet hosted by Western New Mexico University. Colorado Mesa finished with 695 strokes and got scores of 174 from Zoe Woodworth, 184 from Lucille van Vooren and 190 from Summer Igo.
Twelve different players scored as Colorado Mesa (1-1) routed Utah State University 103-0 in women’s rugby in Logan, Utah, Saturday. The Mavericks’ Jackie Stults was selected player of the match.
In a game with seven lead changes, Colorado Mesa’s men’s rugby team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 35-25 to Colorado College on Saturday.