CMU men win five more events in own swim meet

Colorado Mesa men’s swimming & diving team took first place in five events Friday at El Pomar Natatorium to keep the Mavericks in contention for the Colorado Mesa Invitational title after two days.

The CMU men have 782 points to lead the team race. California Baptist is second with 601 points.

Justin Hastings didn’t win any individual events, but he set an individual school record and was on a record-setting 200-yard medley relay team.

The sophomore took third place in the 100-yard backstroke in 50.02 seconds, breaking the previous school record held by Robert Eisendrath.

Hastings also finished in second place in the 100-yard butterfly in 49.61 seconds, just missing Mehdi El Hazzaz’s record of 49.59 set last year.

The 200 medley relay team of Hastings, Brett Lowe, Zachary Andregg and Kent Olsen-Stavrakas took first place with a school-record time of 1 minute, 31.95 seconds to set the table for a good night.

Freshman Jarren Brinton followed with a first-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:36.03.

Lowe won the 100 breaststroke in 57.12 seconds and Brock Martin won the 1-meter diving competition with a six-dive score of 484.30.

The Mavericks’ 800 freestyle relay team took first place in 6:49.51.

The Colorado Mesa women’s team was led by a first-place finish by the 800 freestyle relay (7:47.23). The Mavs trail Cal Baptist in the team race, 712-620.

Briana Purkapile was second in the 400 individual medley (4:40.11) and Miranda Reetz was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.97).

Eryn Leonard took third in the 100 butterfly (58.79), Marissa Bradley was third in the 200 freestyle (1:57.90) and Amanda Jennings was third in the 3-meter dive (367.40 points).

Indoor Track & Field

Colorado Mesa’s Bacall Sterling set a school indoor track & field record in the Mavericks’ first meet of the season Thursday in Golden.

The sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., scored 3,150 points and placed sixth in the women’s pentathlon at the Colorado Mines Orediggers Early Bird Multi’s. The previous mark was 2,873 points, set by Lindsay Hart in 2010.

Kayla Johnson of Colorado Mines was the only Division II athlete to finish higher than Sterling in the event. She placed fifth with 3,219 points.

Sterling’s best event of the day was the 60-meter dash, scoring 729 points with a time of 9.91 seconds.

Mesa’s Ariel Ambler was 12th overall and fourth among Division II athletes with 2,488 points. She scored 718 in the 800 (2:28.00) and 577 points in the high jump (4-9.5).

Cameron Morley led CMU with a third-place finish in the men’s heptathlon with 3,944 points.

The redshirt freshman scored 719 points in the 60-meter dash (7.48), 660 points in the 60-meter hurdles (9.40) and 627 in the high jump (5-10.75).

Ryan Reasoner was fourth with 3,695 points.

He scored 700 points in the 60-meter dash (7.54), 590 points in the pole vault (12-9.5) and 531 points in the 1,000-meter run (3:14.29).

Stephan Fisher finished right behind Reasoner in fifth with 3,670 points.

He scored 690 points in the in the 60-meter dash (7.57), 590 points in the pole vault (12-9.5) and 581 points in the 60-meter hurdles (9.79).

The Mavericks are off until the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 24.


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