RMAC Notebook: X-country team at Mesa State isn’t running in place anymore
One sign the Mesa State’s women’s cross country program has arrived: The Mavericks are picked third in the RMAC preseason coaches poll behind national powers Adams State and Western State. The Grizzlies received 12 of the 13 first-place votes, Western got the other first-place vote.
Mesa State, led by All-American Alexis Skarda, finished third in the conference last season and runs in its first event Sept. 17, the Tom Strandt Memorial Run in Durango. The Mavs are ranked sixth in the Central Region.
Only a few years ago, the Mavs were unable to score as a team because they didn’t have enough runners. This season’s roster is 17 strong, in part bolstered by the addition of the track program, entering its sixth year.
Practice for all: Every Mesa State athletic team is practicing in some form these days. The fall teams open their seasons this week, but the winter and spring athletes have started either individual or team workouts. Monday afternoon, every corner of Bergman Field was in use — the baseball and softball teams were on their respective diamonds and the football team was on its practice field.
The weight room is possibly the most-used area in the Maverick Center these days, keeping strength and conditioning coach Dan Linsacum hopping.
Golf with the Mavs: Spots are available for the Mav Classic golf tournament Sept. 17 at Rifle Creek, the home course of women’s basketball coach Roger Walters. The four-person scramble is $400 per team, $100 per person, and benefits the women’s basketball scholarship fund. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, the use of a cart and lunch. The top five teams win golf packages.
Mavs on TV: Mesa State is featured in the RMAC Showcase television show on the Altitude Sports & Entertainment Network. Interviews with Mesa State administrators, fall coaches and athletes highlight the show. The schedule: Sept. 3 at 4 p.m., Sept. 4 at 2 a.m. and 5 p.m., Sept. 5 at 8 a.m. and Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m.
Football honors: Trevor Eggleston, Adams State College’s junior quarterback, was selected the player of the week for the RMAC and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter. CSU-Pueblo linebacker Damon Schiele is the RMAC’s defensive player of the week and Chadron State kicker Michael Ziola the special teams player of the week.
Off the bench: Steve Kirkham is no longer pulling double duty as women’s basketball coach and athletic director at CU-Colorado Springs. Kirkham, the former women’s coach at Mesa State, coached last season as a budgetary move after Jessika Stratton resigned. Tuesday, Corey Laster, an assistant at Bucknell the past three seasons, was hired as the new women’s head coach. Kirkham will remain as the Mountain Lions’ athletic director.
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