Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup October 12, 2008
• Skarda paces Mavericks’ cross country win at Nebraska-Kearney Open
Led by freshman Alexis Skarda, every Mesa State College cross country runner set personal best times Saturday to lead the 19th-ranked Mavericks to the title of the Nebraska-Kearney Open in Kearney, Neb.
Mesa State, nationally ranked for the first time in school history, won the title with 50 points. Colorado Mines finished second with 86 points. Wayne State (Neb.) took third with 93 and Kearney placed fourth with 94.
“We’re improving every race,” Mesa State coach Gig Leadbetter said. “Hopefully, we can keep improving.”
Skarda won the individual title in 22 minutes, 4 seconds. Mesa junior Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos finished third overall but second among collegiate runners, in 22:37.
Paula Bruzewski placed ninth in 23:42, Brooke Bosman took 10th in 23:59 and Sam Hentosh finished 26th in 24:41.
The Mavs host the RMAC Championships on Oct. 25.
Behind the 17 kills of Corine Cascioppo, Mesa State ended its three-match losing streak, sweeping Chadron State 25-20, 25-17, 25-23 in Chadron, Neb.
The Mavericks (9-9, 7-4 RMAC), who have been on the road all but two weekends this season, have one more road trip against the RMAC East Division this weekend, at CU-Colorado Springs and Colorado School of Mines, before their longest — and last — homestand of the season, four matches to open the second half of the RMAC West home-and-home schedule, starting Oct. 24.
Cascioppo, a 6-foot-3 freshman, made only seven hitting errors in 34 attacks. Jessica Bird added nine kills and Alisan Tompkins six kills.
Ashley Loftsgard had 11 digs for the Mavericks, who took advantage of 20 hitting errors by the Eagles (3-17, 1-9 RMAC).