Maverick Classic will have downtown criterium

The Colorado Mesa cycling team is adding a downtown criterium to its Maverick Classic on March 24.

The criterium starts at 5 p.m. at US Bank, 422 White Ave., with a 0.8-mile loop around downtown. Roads will be closed to automobile traffic during the race.

The club expects about 100 cyclists to compete.

The three-race Maverick Classic begins with a 10-mile team time trial on Saturday morning at K and 21 Roads, and wraps up with a road race Sunday morning on Reeder Mesa near Whitewater.

The event is open to collegiate cyclists, with divisions for professionals, junior and open racers.

Volunteers interested in assisting with the downtown crit should call Steven Slaughter at 270-3569.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Colorado Mesa University junior pitcher Nolan Snell threw his first career shutout, a four-­hitter last Saturday at Metro State, and was selected the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association Division II national pitcher of the week.

Snell struck out eight and walked three in a 4-0, nine-inning victory over the Roadrunners. He didn’t allow an extra-base hit, and Metro hit only .143 against him. Snell leads the Mavericks into a four-game series starting tonight at CSU-Pueblo.

COLLEGE SKIING

The Colorado Mesa University Nordic ski team’s Brooke Bosman earned All-America honors Wednesday at the United States Collegiate Ski Association national championships in Bethel, Maine.

Bosman placed 10th in the women’s 8.5 kilometer skate race, with freshman Kacie McCleary less than one second behind her to place 11th. Courtney Berg and Ann Carlin finished 25th and 28th, respectively.

In the men’s skate race, CMU freshman Duncan Koehn finished 24th and Tre Anastasia was 30th. Dustin Wanstrath, who qualified to compete, cannot ski in the national event because of a leg injury.

In Tuesday’s 1.5km classic sprint race, McCleary finished 14th and Bosman 21st. Carlin placed 34th and Berg 36th. On the men’s side, Anastasia finished the sprint in 22nd place and Koehn placed 31st. The national championships run through Saturday.

YOUTH SKIING

Buddy Werner racers from the Powderhorn Race Club wrapped up the season March 4 at the Western Regional Championships at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

More than 150 racers from from Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek, Sunlight and Powderhorn competed.

Joshua Meyers won both of the J5 age class boys races, the first by 2.48 seconds. In the J6 boys races, Luke Meyers and Noah Mathwig each had a first- and second-place finish in their age class races.

In the girls races, Lucy Foley had a second-place and a fourth-place finish in the J5 age class.

Rachel Meleski recorded a third-place and fourth-place finish in J4. Dannon Yake, Kate Hayde, Caroline Qualls, Luke Sorenson, Kyle Mimmack and Blake Qualls all took home top-10 finishes.


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