A look ahead: men and women's cross country
Having an All American on the roster is a luxury most teams donâ€TMt have. So, when the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs womenâ€TMs cross country team learned that Sarah Vigil, an All American in 2001, would not be returning to the team for her senior yearâ€"it made some people nervous.
Some people, that is.
Junior Tina Gray is optimistic about her teamâ€TMs upcoming season. â€œDonâ€TMt get me wrong, we all are going to miss Sarah, but weâ€TMll make it,â€ said Gray who became an All American herself during the 2003 outdoor track season. â€œThe team will definitely be in the top ten at nationals.â€
A confident Gray knows that four fellow members from last yearâ€TMs national qualifying team will join her on this year's squad.
Those four include sophomore Megan Lund, juniors Chelsey Cerrillo and Sara Cowhick, and team captain and lone senior Kelly Smith.
Joining the team will be a slew of Coach Graeme Badgerâ€TMs recruits who are notorious for making a big impact very quickly.
â€œI know there will be some girls who make a big jump when they join this team, and be ready to contribute,â€ said Lund. â€œWe are going to surprise people this season.â€
But, the biggest surprise of all might just come from the menâ€TMs team.
The menâ€TMs cross country team at CU-Springs is still waiting for their first birth to nationals. This year, the wait might be over.
With All American sophomore Levi Brathall leading the way, a healthy Moses Tum, and transfer student Danny Nohava, who was an All American at Adams State College, this team has the potential to make it to the national meet.
Try telling Tum any differently. â€œI will be fast, and at the end of races, I will make people hurt,â€ said Tum. â€œAnd Levi is tough, man.â€
For the men, after the third spot, itâ€TMs wide open.
Paul Mann, Phil Astras, Josh Lane, Jay Luna, Brad Winn, Kyle Reno, and Aaron Rubaccaba-Lopez will all be in the hunt for a spot in the top seven.
Both the men and womenâ€TMs team will start their seasons at the Cowboy/Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyoming on Sept. 5. The meet, which is hosted by the University of Wyoming, will be at an altitude of over 7,000 feet.
But that doesnâ€TMt make the Mountain Lions nervous.
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