Briefs:; Sports Mesa State roundup May 05, 2009
• Mesa falls 10 spots in national poll
The Mesa State College baseball team dropped another 10 spots this week to No. 22 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II poll, released Monday.
The Mavericks (39-11) were ranked 12th last week before splitting a four-game series with Colorado Christian University. Mesa was ranked as high as second two weeks ago.
Mesa begins postseason play Wednesday when it faces Regis at 3 p.m. Wednesday on the first day of the double-elimination RMAC tournament.
The Mavericks, who are ranked first in the NCAA Central Region, are hoping to hold on to the top spot and host the Central Region tournament next week.
• Balling leads Mavs in first round of regionals
Afton Balling shot a seven-over-par 79 to lead the Mesa State women’s golf team in the first round of the NCAA Super Regional tournament Monday at Westward Ho Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Balling is tied for fifth place, but is 10 strokes behind the leader, Rochelle Schmidt of Upper Iowa. Mesa freshman Jennifer Hilts is tied for 12th with 82. Sadie Peavler shot 86 and Jessica Berve 89.
Upper Iowa and Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) lead the team standings with 313. Augustana (S.D.) is third with 327. Mesa State is sixth with 336.
The top three teams and individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the NCAA national championships next week.
• Martinez-Ramos places in distance event
Mesa State College’s Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos took second in the 10,000-meter run in the RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Monday in Alamosa.
The junior from Denver finished the race in 40 minutes, 13.26 seconds. Metro State freshman Danielle Kehoe won in 40:11.20.
The Mavericks are in seventh place with 12 points. Adams State leads the meet with 75.
Mesa senior Deb Vigil qualified for the 400-meter finals today with a preliminary time of 58.70 seconds, one second off the school record. Junior Andrea Ager qualified for the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:07.18.