Popick, Christensen players of the year

Colorado Mesa seniors Jeff Popick and Jared Christensen led the RMAC in several categories this season.

As a result, Popick received the RMAC co-player of the year and Christensen is the RMAC pitcher of the year. Mesa had 13 players make the All-RMAC team, including six on the first team.

Popick led the RMAC in RBI (60), was second in batting average (.411) and on-base percentage (.517). He was third in hits (69) and slugging percentage (.643).

Christensen led the RMAC in wins (11) with a 3.53 earned run average while limiting opponents to a .267 batting average. He was unanimously selected the RMAC pitcher of the year.

Mesa coach Chris Hanks was selected the coach of the year unanimously by his peers. The Mavericks won the RMAC regular-season title for the eighth time under Hanks.

First-team selections were pitchers Christensen, Nolan Snell, Derek Benham, first baseman Dustin Fackrell, shortstop Braden Box, and Popick.

Garrett Carpenter, Justin Rosales, Colton Litle and Mitch Corwin made the second team. Dylan Evans, Colton Schoelkopf and Austin Kaiser are on the third team.


Colorado Mesa freshman Rachel Sutton was selected the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association freshman of the year, the league announced.

The midfielder, who led the Mavericks with 38 goals and 44 points, made the first team with Mesa freshman defender Lauren Elliott.

Mesa sophomore midfielder Allie Henderson and senior defender Myka Wiebe made the second team.

Freshman attacker Lexie Chavez, sophomore midfielder Amanda Simon and sophomore goalie Lauren Wells were honorable mention.

Track & Field

Three Colorado Mesa women track & field athletes were selected to the RMAC All-Conference team Wednesday.

Sierra Wiggins made the first team in the javelin throw with a second-place finish at the RMAC Championships.

Whitney Rowe and Cathryn Ambler made the third team. Rowe placed fifth in the 100 and Ambler was fifth in the 400.

The Mavericks took ninth place in the RMAC Championships.


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