Sports Briefs, Aug. 5, 2017
Mesa men 16th in preseason poll
Colorado Mesa is ranked No. 16 in the NCAA Division II preseason coaches men’s soccer rankings.
The Mavericks, who won the RMAC regular-season and tournament championship last fall, went 14-2-5 and finished the season ranked No. 19. CMU lost all-time leading scorer Roy Abergil to graduation, but returns several other key players, including midfielders Moshe Perez, Roberto Diaz and Kevin DelMazo, and keeper Briley Guarneri, the RMAC tournament MVP. Regis, which reached the conference title game, is ranked No. 21. Wingate, which went 19-1 last season, opens the season No. 1.
The Mavericks’ season begins Sept. 1 when they host Lubbock Christian at 7 p.m. at Walker Field.
Colorado Mines is ranked No. 6 in the women’s preseason poll, with CSU-Pueblo receiving votes. Colorado Mesa, which went 9-7-2 last fall, opens its season Aug. 31 at Humboldt State.
Junction’s Jaclyn Murray finishes 23rd in Junior America’s Cup
Competing in her third and final Girls Junior America’s Cup, Jaclyn Murray of Grand Junction finished in a tie for 23rd out of 68 golfers.
Murray, who recently graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, was one of only 11 golfers to have at least one round below 70, shooting a second-round 68. Her three-day total was a 6-over par 222.
The tournament, which was at Reflection Bay Golf Club just outside Las Vegas, was also a team competition. The Colorado team placed sixth at 12-over par.
Leading the four-person Colorado team was Hailey Schalk of Erie, who tied for 14th at 219.
The tournament was won by 14-year-old Rose Zhang of Irvine, California. She shot 66-65-64 for a 195 total, which was 21-under par.