Mavericks’ cross country teams fare well in Gunnison
The Colorado Mesa University men’s and women’s cross country teams each had three runners place in the top 20 to finish second in the Mountaineer Open on Saturday in Gunnison.
Justin Shaver led the men’s cross country team for the first time with a 17th-place finish. The freshman finished the eight-kilometer race in 28 minutes, 37 seconds.
Western State Colorado University’s Adam Sinda won the individual title by one second over Western State unattached runner Gabe Proctor. Sinda finished in 26:10, and Proctor clocked 26:11.
The No. 4 Mountaineers took the top seven spots to win the team title with a minimum 15 points. Colorado Mesa took second with 59 points, and Colorado Christian placed third with 66.
John Cusick placed 19th in 28:51, Ben Hunter finished 20th in 28:56 and Andrew Mansfield was 25th in 29:23 for the Mavericks.
Shannon Emery led the runner-up Colorado Mesa women with a 12th-place finish in the six-kilometer race. The sophomore finished in 24:08 to score nine points for the Mavericks.
Western State’s Tara Richardson won the women’s race in 21:47. The second-ranked Mountaineers took seven of the top eight spots to win the team title with 18 points.
The Mavericks finished with 64 points, and Colorado Christian was third with 70. The Colorado Mesa club team took fourth with 98 points, led by Emily Husted’s 22nd-place finish in 25:10.
The Mavericks’ Lindsay Hyde finished 14th in 24:16, Mayra Garcia placed 18th in 25:00, and Sused Caberra was 24th in 25:16.
Colorado Mesa sophomore Melissa Bauer didn’t run.
The Mavericks picked up two wins in doubles during the second day of the Colorado State University Invitational in Fort Collins, but that was it.
Mesa was swept in the singles matches, losing all eight in straight sets at the round-robin event.
Rachel McLaughlin and Nicole Lessley won 9-8 (8-6) over a team from CSU-Pueblo in the bronze flight. Mesa freshmen Katie Metz and Michelle Phillips defeated a CSU-Pueblo duo 8-5 in the orange flight.
Colorado Mesa began the 2012-13 season with victories over Texas-Permian Basin and Montana State-Billings in the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs.
The Mavericks (2-0) swept the six singles matches to defeat Permian Basin 8-1. Brason Hollabaugh and Taylor Macres rallied from a set down to win at No. 4 and 5 singles, respectively.
Mesa won two of the three doubles matches against Billings, and Macres clinched the dual with a 7-6, 6-4 victory at No. 5 singles.
No. 1 singles player Jordan Lyden won both of his matches in straight sets.