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CMU may add women's triathlon to sports stable

Colorado Mesa could add women’s triathlon as an emerging sport after the NCAA Legislative Council approved it at the NCAA Convention earlier this month.

Mavericks’ Athletic Director Tom Spicer said CMU will look at adding it, but he wants to do more research before the institution offers it as an emerging sport.

“I don’t see why we wouldn’t, but at the same time, I don’t have the answers,” Spicer said. “We will not move forward until I’ve done the research and analysis of those activities for us and at the same time, the interest and the abilities of the students that would represent us.

“If we put it in, we’ll do it in the right fashion in the right way.”

More than 90 percent of Division II and Division III schools approved triathlon as the next Emerging Sport for women (Jan. 18). It is also an emerging sport in Division I.

Emerging sports keep that status for 10 years to get the recommended number of institutions to sponsor the sport before it becomes an NCAA championship sport.

Triathlon will take place in the fall. Schools can add the sport at the varsity level beginning in August this year.

Institutions can use emerging sports to help meet the NCAA minimum sports sponsorship requirements, minimum financial aid requirements and gender equity standards.

He’s still got it

Colorado Mesa assistant wrestling coach Chris Freije showed he can still wrestle.

Freije, 28, wrestled unattached in the Mavericks’ Second Chance Open tournament last weekend at Brownson Arena and won the 157-pound title. He won two matches to reach the final, where he pinned a Utah Valley University wrestler in the first period.

“I was heckled into it a little bit,” Freije said with a laugh. “I was, ‘All right, I’ll wrestle.’ It was a night-before decision. If I was under 57s when I woke up, I was going to do it.

“I had a great time. I had so much fun doing it.”

It was his first tournament in four or five years, he said.

New faces on the Mat

Former three-time Utah state wrestling champion Colby Christensen transferred to Colorado Mesa this semester and will make his debut tonight.

The junior transfer from Division I Utah Valley University will wrestle at 133 pounds against California Baptist at 6 p.m. in Riverside, Calif., and again Saturday in the California Collegiate Open in San Francisco. He was 22-17 in two years at Utah Valley.

Mac Barrego is replacing Erick Vargas at 125 pounds. Vargas is out with a concussion. Jordan Passehl was cleared to wrestle this week after he banged up his knee last weekend against Chadron State.

The Mavericks moved up to 13th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II poll this week.

Jessie Hoffschneider (14-2) is ranked for the first time. The redshirt freshman and Grand Junction High School graduate is ranked fourth at 165 pounds.

James Martinez (14-2) kept his No. 2 ranking at 149 pounds, and Chester Granard (12-2) moved up to sixth at 174.

Preseason recognition

Colorado Mesa baseball players Nate Robertson, Kevin Mitchell and Garrett Carpenter were selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America team.

Robertson, a junior shortstop, made the second team. He hit .381 with five home runs and 47 RBI last season.

Mitchell, a junior first baseman, and Carpenter, a senior outfielder, made the third team.

Those three, along with relief pitcher Cody Lahman, made the NCBWA All-South Central Region team.

The Mavericks are ranked second in the region by the NCBWA. Last year’s regional champion, St. Edward’s is first.

RMAC Honors

One Colorado Mesa swimmer and two Mesa divers received weekly RMAC awards for their accomplishments last weekend in Mesa’s Bill & Peggy Foster Duals.

Thomas Stutzriem received the RMAC men’s swimmer of the week after winning the 50-yard breaststroke (27.18 seconds) and the 200 breaststroke (2 minutes, 10.32 seconds). The freshman also placed second in the 25 breast (12.33) and 400 individual medley (4:26.66).

Brock Martin is the RMAC men’s diver of the week for the sixth time. The senior scored another NCAA-qualifying mark of 497.85, his season high, in the 1-meter dive.

Amanda Jennings is the RMAC women’s diver of the week for the second time. The junior had a second NCAA-qualifying mark on the 1-meter board with a score of 401.6.


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