Skarda takes non-Div. I title in Boulder
Alexis Skarda placed 10th overall and won the non-Division I title in the University of Colorado Rocky Mountain Shootout cross country race Saturday in Boulder.
Skarda’s time of 22 minutes, 3 seconds paced Colorado Mesa University to a first-place finish among the small schools. Kelsey Follett was fourth in 23:14, Brooke Bosman seventh in 23:44, Melissa Bauer ninth in 24:16 and Amanda Anderson 12th in 24:51, giving Mesa 33 team points to easily win the title over Black Hills State, which scored 52 points.
Avelicia Guzman was 15th (24:58) and Mayra Garcia 20th (25:21) for the Mavericks. Shalaya Kipp of CU won the overall title in 20:29 with former Adams State runner Kristen McGlynn, now running unattached, second in 20:56.
Grand Junction graduates Richard and Martin Medina paced the CU men’s team to a sweep of the fop five collegiate places. Richard Medina won the race in 24:39 and Martin was fourth in 25:32.
Colorado Mesa placed sixth among small schools, scoring 176 points. Shane Nicsic placed 29th (30:23), Daniel Cicnero 35th (32:26), Edgar Hernandez 36th (32:26), Connor Hill 37th (33:05), Jonathon Carlton 39th (33:25), Erik Scherf 43rd (35:32) and Richard Seward 44th (36:01).
Western New Mexico’s efficient hitting attack doomed Colorado Mesa in the Mustangs’ 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 win in Silver City, N.M.
The Mustangs (9-6, 5-2 RMAC) had only 88 attacks in the match, but made only nine hitting errors, none in the deciding game. The Mavericks, on the other hand, took 111 swings, with 45 kills and 24 errors, and hit only .098 in the first game.
Kelly Regimbal had 13 kills and Antoinette McCormick 11 for the Mavericks, who have lost two straight after winning their first RMAC match last week.
Brason Hollabaugh and Jon Casson both lost in the round of 16 in the ITA men’s regional tournament in Kearney, Neb.
Casson lost to Arin Enge of Nebraska-Kearney 6-2, 6-4, and Hollabaugh fell 6-3, 7-5 to Bryan Thomas of William Jewell (Mo.) University.
Andres Hernandez plays for the consolation championship today after defeating Eric Dalley of William Jewell 8-4. Hernandez and Hollabaugh lost in the doubles semifinals to top-seeded Yeswanth Nadella and Josy Raymond 8-2.