Cross-Country team takes second at the Dan Libera
Pulling together once more without their top runner, Levi Brathall, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs menâ€TMs cross country team ran their way to a second place finish at the Dan Libera Memorial Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Northern Colorado. Moses Tum lead the pack earning a second place finish overall with his time of 26:14.
The menâ€TMs 8-kilometer course, like the womenâ€TMs 5-kilometer, was fast, but not as fast as last year. â€œWe werenâ€TMt sure why there was a difference,â€ said Coach Badger. â€œWe only wish they had cut the grass [on which the course was run] this year.â€
In turns out that the difference this year was about 300-meters, because last year the course was short.
â€œOur men have really had to work together to stay competitive without our front runner [Brathall],â€ said team captain, Kyle Reno. â€œEveryone ran like the race depended on their performance.â€
The â€œMountain Lion Awardsâ€ on the menâ€TMs side went to freshman Aaron Rubalcaba-Lopez whose time of 26:37 placed him second on the team and sixth overall, and sophomore Matthew Chavez (28:48) who came in ninth on the team.
â€œRubalcaba-Lopez had an outstanding race,â€ Badger explained when handing out the awards. â€œAnd Chavez has shown remarkable and consistent improvement in every race.â€
The men, following Tum and Rubalcaba-Lopez were Jay Luna (24:48), Phil Harrison (26:58), Paul Mann (27:04), Brad Winn (27:10), and Kyle Reno (27:46).
Although both teams will continue to train together for the next five weeks, only the top nine from each of the men and womenâ€TMs team will run at conference on October 25th and only the top seven runners will race at the regional meet on November 8th .
At the regional meet, pulling together is a must, because thatâ€TMs where a team qualifies for the national meet.
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