Skarda runs to second-place finish in mile at Div. II national championships
Alexis Skarda did it once, but couldn’t pull it off a second time.
The Mesa State College sophomore took second place in the mile Saturday at the NCAA Division II indoor track national championships in Albuquerque, N.M., to earn All-American status.
Skarda finished in 4 minutes, 55.61 seconds, 11 seconds behind Grand Valley State’s Monica Kinney.
Skarda posted the top preliminary time Friday, beating Kinney, who had the best time entering the national meet.
This is Skarda’s second top-four finish in the mile at nationals. She placed fourth last year.
Mesa State’s offense heated up, scoring 26 runs to sweep Chadron State 13-3 and 13-6 in an RMAC doubleheader Saturday in Chadron, Neb.
Gabi Parra led the Mavericks’ hit parade, going 6 for 9 with eight RBI in the two games. Lisa Pille hit a two-run home run in the seven-run sixth inning to propel Mesa (9-6, 7-3 RMAC) to the victory in the second game. Pille was 3 for 3 with three RBI in the game. Parra and Megan Smith each had a two-run single later in the inning to put the game away.
Ashley Pulido picked up the victory in relief. She allowed two runs on four hits in four innings.
The Mavericks put up six runs in the third inning of the first game to defeat Chadron by the run-rule in the fifth inning.
Lauren Cross and Smith each hit solo home runs, but it was Taylor Gross’ two-run double in the third that broke the game open.
Mesa pitcher Sara Jordan limited the Eagles to two runs on three hits for the victory.
Swimming & Diving
Jaclyn McMillen placed 12th in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Division II swimming championships in San Antonio, Texas.
The junior from Montrose was 13th in the preliminary swim Saturday morning to qualify for the B finals.