Mesa women’s tennis team is RMAC co-favorite

The Colorado Mesa women’s tennis team is a co-favorite with Western New Mexico to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship this season.

Western New Mexico received three first-place votes and the Mavericks received two. Metro State is picked third and received one first-place vote.

“I think Western New Mexico is the team to beat,” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said. “They are the favorite in my opinion.”

Colorado Mesa junior Kaylee Davis was selected to the preseason All-RMAC team. She is playing No. 1 singles for the Mavericks this season.

Western New Mexico sophomore Ganna Tiurina is the preseason player of the year.

The Mavericks are looking for their first RMAC regular-season title since 2009. They won the RMAC tournament title in 2011.

The Colorado Mesa men’s team is picked to finish fourth this season.

Western New Mexico is favored to win the team title with five first-place votes. Montana State-Billings is picked second with one first-place vote, and Metro State is picked to finish third.

“I think we will surprise some people,” MacDonald said. “We could have a breakout year.”

Colorado Mesa sophomore Jordan Lyden was selected to the preseason All-RMAC team. He is playing No. 1 singles for the Mavericks this season.

Western New Mexico junior Rodrigo Almeida is the preseason player of the year.

The Mesa men’s and women’s team open the season Feb. 15 at Division I Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Track & Field

The Colorado Mesa men’s team had six top-10 finishes and the women had three in the Air Force Indoor Invitational track and field meet Saturday in Colorado Springs.

Jordan Riggins, a freshman from Fairfield, Calif., took second place in the men’s 200-meter run in 21.84 seconds and sixth in the 60-meter run in 6.95 seconds.

The Mavericks had two runners place in the top five in the 800: Shane Niksic placed third in 1:54.72, and John Carlton was fifth in 1:59.49. CMU’s Alex Quintana tied for eighth (2:02.36).

Whitney Rowe led the Maverick women with a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter run (7.83) and Theresa Gabriel took ninth in the triple jump (33-feet, 9.5-inches).

The CMU men’s and women’s A teams each placed fourth in the mile relay.

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