Mesa trying to qualify for nationals

Colorado Mesa University is one round away from qualifying its entire women’s golf team for the NCAA Division II national tournament.

The Mavericks overcame winds that gusted up to 40 mph Monday to retain the lead in the Super Region 3 tournament in Elephant Butte, N.M., with Jennifer Hilts tied for individual honors.

Hilts struggled to a 10-over-par 82, but her first-round 73 allowed her to stay atop the leader board with Faylyn Beale of Western New Mexico at 11-over 155.

Mesa’s top four golfers are in the top 11, with Michelle Stripp tied for seventh after a second-round 80, giving her a two-round score of 161. Jessica Berve is one stroke back tied for eighth after a second-round 81, and Afton Balling is tied for 11th with a 164. She shot a second-round 86.

Mesa has a four-stroke lead over Augustana (S.D.) with a two-round 642.

Mesa men struggle in Arizona

The Colorado Mesa men’s golf team struggled in the first round of the NCAA Division II West/Central Super Region tournament at Litchfield Park, Ariz.

The Mavericks are 17th in the team standings with a first-round score of 307.

Sean Robbins is tied for 19th at 72, Brandon Bingman is tied for 66th at 77 and Eric Farmer tied for 76th with a 78.

Jim Knous, a Basalt High School graduate, is second with a 6-under-par 66 for Colorado School of Mines, one shot off the lead. The Orediggers are second in the team standings.

College Track

Rain and snow in Gunnison on Monday afternoon suspended the RMAC track and field championships after only 11 events, with the remainder of the meet pushed back to today.

Colorado Mesa’s women’s team had two placers, Mayra Garcia, who was seventh in the 10,000-meter run (43 minutes, 27.27 seconds) and Melissa Bauer, who was eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:49.50).


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