Sports Briefs, May 16, 2017
College Track & Field
Mesa sending 5 to Division II meet
Some of the most recent times and marks from Colorado Mesa helped the Mavericks qualify more athletes for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships than ever, the school announced Tuesday.
Mesa will send five to the national meet in Bradenton, Florida, from May 25-27.
Among recent qualifiers was senior Bacall Sterling, whose mark of 40 feet, 8 3/4 inches at the Colorado Mines Last Chance Meet in Golden last weekend broke her own school record and qualified her for the national meet.
Mesa’s John Cusick also qualified thanks to his time of 3:53.98 in the 1,500 meters, which was converted to 3:47.70 to account for altitude.
Also qualifying with marks earlier in the season was sophomore Nolan Ellis with his mark of 16-8 3/4 in the pole vault, Nathan Oglesby in the 800 with a time of 1:50.28, and Alexia Chapman, like Cusick, made it in the 1,500 in 4:30.82. Ellis’ mark is tied for eighth-best nationally.
Dere, Garza earn top SWL honors
Fruita Monument freshman striker Lila Dere was selected as the player of the year and Wildcats coach Alex Garza was tabbed the Southwestern League’s top coach when the all-SWL awards were announced.
Dere was the Wildcats’ leading scorer and helped Fruita to an 11-4 record and a second-place finish in the SWL behind Durango. She was joined by Katie Smith and Michaela Dangler on the first team, with teammates Jessica Jolly, Alyssa Maraschin and Ali Schmalz getting second-team recognition.
Central’s Nikki Madaris and Chloe Marston, along with Grand Junction’s Roxie Cote, also made the first team. The Tigers’ Taylor Hein, Tatum Neimeyer and Lucy Raaum were second-team recipients, as were Central’s Kaitlyn Milholland and Rylea Rottman.
Junction, Fruita each place two on All-Mountain League team
Grand Junction and Fruita Monument each had two members of their teams earn first-team honors when the all-Mountain League boys lacrosse team was announced.
Goalie Randall Fox and defenseman Jack Wilkinson were selected to the first team along with Grand Junction midfielder Xavier Renteria and attacker Josh Newhouse. Second-team selections included Fruita’s JD Clifford, Michael Steele and Michael Anton, and Grand Junction’s Bryce Keever.
‘Cats, Tigers make all-SWL team
Grand Junction and Fruita Monument each had two team members selected to the all-Southwestern League team.
Fruita seniors Kelli DeCrow and Hannah Thornburg, along with Grand Junction freshman Gracie Olkowski and junior Savannah Balint each received all-league honors. Olkowski, Thornburg and DeCrow will each play at the Class 5A state tournament May 22 and 23 at the Club at Rolling Hills in Golden.