Metro men’s and women’s cross-country teams won team titles at the Colorado College Invitational at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs Sept. 21. The men scored 26 points, while the women scored 37 points.
Senior Kirk Harvey won the men’s individual championship, crossing the line in 25:33, just seven seconds off the school record. Harvey won the race by nine seconds, just ahead of teammate Nick Kadlec, who ran the 8K personal best in 25:42.
Sophomore runner Janelle Lincks was named NCAA Division II national runner of the week by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association, making her the first cross country or track athlete to earn the honor for Metro.
Lincks finished first among collegiate athletes in the 6k race, with a time of 22:34, 38 seconds ahead of the next runner, teammate junior Amy Johnston. For the first time in school history, the Roadrunners finished ahead of No. 2-ranked Adams State, which featured several of its top runners and members of its 2012 NCAA championships team, and also placed ahead of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Regis, Colorado State-Pueblo and Fort Lewis.
Metro volleyball won two on the road against Chadron State Sept. 20 and Black Hills State University Sept. 21 to improve 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Kylie Haun had her fourth career double-double for a 3-1 win over Chadron State, converting a .278 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Alysa Heath contributed 11 kills and a team-high four blocks. On defense, senior libero Alex Green led the Roadrunners with 17 digs and Heath had a team-high four blocks.
It was junior right side Lauren Quijano who led the Roadrunners to a 3-1 win over BHSU with a season-high 15 kills. Haun reached double digits with 12 kills and Heath had 10. While Green was serving in the first set, the Roadrunners went on a five-point run winning the set 25-14, holding BHSU to a .000 hitting percentage.
Compiled by Angelita Foster
Author: Angelita Foster
Angelita Foster is the Sports Editor at The Metropolitan. She has contributed to The Metropolitan as a reporter since May 2011. Angelita is majoring in journalism with a minor in digital media. She expects to graduate in 2014. Her long-term goal: work for a print publication covering college sports.