Rowe leads Mesa women’s track team to fifth-place finish
Whitney Rowe had three top-three finishes to lead the Colorado Mesa women’s track and field team to a fifth-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships on Tuesday in Alamosa.
The junior placed second in the 200-meter dash (24.2 seconds) third in the 100 (11.66) and third in the long jump with a provisional national-qualifying jump of 19 feet, 5.25 inches.
Also for the Mavericks: Cathryn Ambler placed second in the 400 (56.92); Tess Skoe was fourth in the 1,500 (5 minutes, 5.88 seconds); Bacall Sterling was fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:04.18) and fifth in the triple jump (38-10.25); Danyelle Minchow was third in the javelin (125-5); and Kendra Naibauer was fourth in the discus (143-0).
CMU’s 400 relay placed third (47.5), and the 1,600 relay was third (3:56.52).
The Colorado Mesa men placed sixth, led by Shane Niksic’s third-place finish in the 800 (1:54.51). Teammate John Cusick was fifth (1:55.86) in the same event.
Also for the Mavs: Jordan Riggins placed fourth in the long jump (23-4); Keanan Garnes was sixth in the shot put (46-1.5); Ryan Reasoner was seventh in the pole vault (12-10.75); Brandon Sistrunk was sixth in the 100 (10.84) and seventh in the 200 (22.34); and Andy Browning placed sixth in the 200 (22.02).
The Mavs’ 400 relay team finished third (41.95), and the 1,600 relay team finished fourth (3:17.94).
Adams State won the men’s and women’s team titles.
Colorado Mesa’s athletes will have one more chance to qualify for nationals next Sunday at the Colorado School of Mines Last Chance Invitational.
Colin Prater is not only in good position to qualify for the NCAA Division II national tournament, he’s in position to win the West/South Central Region.
The Colorado Mesa freshman shot a 1-under-par 71 in the second round Tuesday at Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin, Texas, and is tied for first with a 1-under 143 after two rounds. The third and final round is today.
Prater had six birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey in the second round. He birdied his final three holes of the day and five of the final nine.
He is tied for first with Enrique Livas of St. Edward’s (Texas). Three players are one shot back of the lead, and seven more are two strokes behind.
Prater has a seven-stroke lead over the third individual from a non-qualifying team. The top two individuals not on a regional-qualifying team advance to the national championships May 19-22 in Allendale, Mich.