Sports Briefs, March 29, 2017
GJ’s Leblow wins national title
Jared Leblow of Grand Junction won the men’s Junior US National Snowshoe Championship on Saturday at Mount Bachelor, Oregon.
Leblow finished the 5K race in 26 minutes, 39 seconds. His younger brother, Jordan, was second in 33:29.
5 Mavs on RMAC all-academic team
Five Colorado Mesa athletes made the RMAC all-academic wrestling team announced Wednesday. Student-athletes must have a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be at his current school for two semesters to qualify for the team.
Jason Buhr, a 165-pound sophomore from La Jara with a 3.63 GPA in kinesiology, and Bruno Nicoletti, a 174-pound junior from Aurora with a 3.41 GPA in business, made the first team. Both qualified for the NCAA Division II national championships this season.
Michael McDaniel, a 133-pound sophomore from Danville, California, (3.60, business), Tim Romero, a 125-pound redshirt freshman from Thornton (3.48, undeclared) and Nick Swanson, a 149-pound senior from Arvada (3.58, business) made the academic honor roll.
CMU women win fourth straight
The Colorado Mesa University women’s lacrosse team used a strong second half to down Fort Lewis on Wednesday for their fourth straight win.
The Mavericks limited the Skyhawks to only one goal after halftime to score an 11-7 victory at Walker Field.
Jessica Cook opened the game with back-to-back goals for CMU. The Mavs lost the lead but scored five goals to close the half to take a 7-6 lead.
Cook ended with a game-high four goals and Olivia Hayden added three.
Jillian Pfeifer and Kierstin Elder combined for a strong effort in goal for the Mavs.
Prep Girls Basketball
Plateau Valley’s Caitlyn Nichols signs with Kansas junior college
Plateau Valley’s Caitlyn Nichols signed a national letter of intent with Hesston College, a junior college in Kansas.
Nichols has played varsity basketball for four years with the Cowboys and averaged double-digit scoring each of the past two years. Plateau Valley finished 6-14 this year.
Hesston is coached by Jeff Jacobs and finished 8-18 this past season.
Nichols said the coaching staff and community drew her to the school.
“I love the Midwestern culture and I connected with the coaching staff,” Nichols said. “Just the extensive knowledge coach Jacobs has, and his daughter is his assistant coach and she played for the Wichita State Shockers, so she knows what it takes to make it at the next level. It was something they emphasized and I got to see it in how they practice. They say their practices are similar to D1 practices and you can tell that they are.
“The people on campus are great, too. I kid you not, everyone at Hesston, the community there was completely nice and willing to help you with anything.”