Roadrunners race for the RMAC championship

Spearfish Canyon Country Club in Spearfish, South Dakota, was the place for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, RMAC cross country championships on Oct. 22.

Metro State men’s cross country team held their first home cross country meet at Washington Park Oct. 3.
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The men of MSU Denver finished ninth out of a total of 15 teams and the women finished in 11th place, also out of a total of 15 teams. Junior Brandon Krage, named second team all-RMAC, continued his trend of pacing the Roadrunner men and finished the 8-kilometer course with a time of 26:17. He came in 28th overall out of 126 runners, beating 78 percent of the competition. Freshman Sam Berg finished next for the team, coming in 41st place with a time of 27 minutes flat.

The ever-consistent junior Erica Ruiz, who was named first team all-RMAC, led the Runners’ women’s team in their 6-kilometer race with a time of 23:14. She finished 14th out of 116 competitors, finishing ahead of 88 percent of the competition. Junior Rachel Shimabukuro finished second for the Runners, coming in 58th place overall with a time of 25:09.

The men’s team competed against some of the best cross country teams in Division II, including the No. 1 and No. 3 teams Adams State and Colorado School of Mines, respectively.
No. 6 Western State, No. 8 CSU-Pueblo and No. 13 Black Hills State rounded out the remainder of the nationally ranked teams involved in the men’s race.

Reigning NCAA Division II national champion Colorado School of Mines grabbed their first RMAC Championship at the meet. Mines claimed five of the top six individual finishes to give them the title.The Adams State team came in second place.

The women’s championship race included three nationally ranked teams: No. 1 Adams State, No. 4 Western State and No. 21 CSU-Pueblo. Adams State won their fifth-consecutive RMAC Championship, claiming four of the top 10 individual finishes.
The NCAA South Central Region Championships, which will be on Nov. 5, are next for MSU Denver’s teams and may be their last opportunity to secure a spot in the NCAA National Championship. Both Runners teams will have the altitude on their side as the meets will be held in Denver at Washington Park.

Author: David Schaut

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