CMU briefs: Mavericks move up in D-II football poll
Colorado Mesa’s 47-33 victory last weekend over Chadron State helped the Mavericks move up two spots in the Division II rankings this week.
CMU (2-0, 2-0 RMAC) is ranked No. 23 in the American Football Coaches Association poll heading into Saturday’s game at No. 10 Colorado School of Mines, which moved up one spot after its 54-14 rout of New Mexico Highlands.
CSU-Pueblo, after losing to West Texas A&M to fall to 0-2, dropped out of the top 25, but received five votes.
Rivas, Sheehan claim RMAC honors
The RMAC defensive player of the week will face off against the league’s offensive player of the week Saturday in the game of the week.
Colorado Mesa junior safety Dustin Rivas was voted the RMAC defensive player of the week Monday after intercepting three passes last week against Chadron State, returning one for a touchdown in the Mavericks’ 47-33 victory. The Mavs’ Ryan Sheehan, who kicked five extra points and four field goals, accounting for 17 points, is the conference’s special teams player of the week. Sheehan kicked field goals of 31, 37, 32 and 22 yards.
Colorado School of Mines wide receiver Brody Oliver, who caught four touchdowns in the Orediggers’ 54-14 rout of New Mexico Highlands, was selected the offensive player of the week. No. 23 Colorado Mesa plays No. 10 Mines on Saturday in Golden.
Edwards given RMAC honor
MacKenzie Edwards had 69 kills in the Tarleton State Tournament last weekend, averaging 17.25 per match, to lead Colorado Mesa to a 4-0 weekend. The 5-foot-10 sophomore middle hitter from Lakewood was voted the RMAC offensive player of the week after Mesa won its sixth straight match to improve to 6-2 entering conference play.
Edwards had a season-high 22 kills against Lubbock Christian and 19 against Texas A&M-Commerce. Her play helped the Mavericks receive votes in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association national rankings.
Mesa plays at Western State on Thursday before its home opener at 7 p.m. on Saturday against Westminster College.
Mesa’s Kim tied for lead at Regis
Colorado Mesa’s Randi Kim is tied for the lead after one round of the Regis Invitational women’s golf tournament at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora. Kim, a freshman from Aiea, Hawaii, and three others shot 2-over-par 74 on Monday.
The Mavericks are third in the 14-team tournament at 313, with Ashlyn Kirschner at 6-over 78, Megan Liborio, Mariah Ehrman and Hannah More tied for 16th at 80. Ehrman and More are fighting as individuals, not counting toward the team score.
Heather Kroll shot an 81 and is tied for 24th, with Naomi Yamada shooting an 84, tied for 43rd.
Alex Trevino, a junior transfer from Mesa Community College (Arizona), shot even-par 72 in the first round and followed it up with a 75 in the second round at the men’s Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational in Amarillo, Texas. Trevino is tied for 44th with two teammates, Trevor McKune and Grant Olinger, at 150.
Mesa is tied for 13th in the 16-team field after the first two rounds with a team score of 602.
Kyler Smith is tied for 70th at 156 (79-77) and Billy Ramsey tied for 75th at 158 (75-83) entering today’s final round.