Three Mavs in top 13 at Metro State invite
Three Colorado Mesa University women’s cross country runners placed in the top 13 Saturday at Washington Park in Denver, leading the Mavericks to third place in the Metro State University Invitational with 77 points.
Shannon Emery finished 11th in 24:56, Mayra Garcia was 12th in 25:13 and Melissa Bauer took 13th in 25:32.
The University of Northern Colorado won the women’s team title with 22 points. The Bears claimed five of the top seven places. Metro State was second with 67. The Colorado Mesa women’s club team was sixth.
Colorado Mesa’s men’s team was seventh with 159 points, led by Justin Shaver, who placed 18th in 28:00. Ben Hunter was 20th (28:08) and Mark Stogdill 34th (29:23).
Air Force won the men’s team title with 34 points, taking four of the top eight spots. Adams State was second with 50 points, and Metro State took third with 69.
The Mavericks dropped a pair of 5-4 decisions to Metro State, then swept evening matches.
The men’s team downed Colorado School of Mines 9-0, and the women beat Mills (Calif.) College 9-0.
The Mavericks’ men’s team led Metro 2-1 after doubles, with the No. 1 team of Jordan Lyden and Andres Hernandez and the No. 3 team of Andres Garcia-Rojas and John Hendrickson both winning.
The Roadrunners, though, won three three-set matches in singles and a second-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles to wrap up the team win.
Against the Orediggers, Mesa won every men’s match in straight sets, and won a tough doubles match at No. 2 when Trevor Brown and Taylor Macres held off Jordan Pease and Scott Strachen 9-8 (7-5).
Mesa’s women’s team lost two of three doubles matches but came back to tie the match at 4-4 when Shannen McNamara, Kristyn Wykert and Rachel McLaughlin won at Nos. 2, 3 and 5 singles, respectively.
Metro’s Kelly Vu won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 6 over Skyler Nelson to clinch it.
Against Mills, a Division III school in Oakland, Calif., the Mavericks had no trouble, losing only one game in doubles and eight in singles.
Kaylee Davis claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles, and the rest of the Mavericks followed suit. Nicole Lessley (No. 4) and Emily Dodson (No. 6) won their matches 6-0, 6-0.
The weekend wrapped up the fall season for the Mavericks. The men went 6-2 in duals, the women 3-5.
Michelle Stripp is tied for 15th place after a first-round 84 in the RMAC No. 3 meet in Silver City, N.M. The Mavericks are in seventh place at 348 in the eight-team tournament.
Western New Mexico leads on its home course at 322 strokes, with Lara Pocs of Regis shooting 2-over-par 74 to lead the field.
CMU’s Jessica Sinner shot a first-round 86 and is tied for 21st, and Lucille van Vooren is 28th after shooting an 88.