Women's Team Takes Third at RMAC Championships

By Christie-Marie Butler published October 25, 2003


The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's cross country team, currently ranked number seven in the nation, fought for a convincing third place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday morning at Cattails Golf Course.

Their rivals, claiming first and second respectively, were Adams State College, ranked first in the nation and Western State College, ranked No. 2. While not placing among the top ten finishers, the Mountain Lions top nine runners, nevertheless, had cause to be pleased with their race.

Finishing first on her team and 13th overall was junior Tina Gray with a time of 21:43 on the six-kilometer course. Consistently running in the top four, this was the first time Gray led the pack to the finish.

"We're all proud of Tina," said sophomore Ashley Birger, who came in 5th on the team and 21st overall at 22:36. "She's more than a good runner. She's a constantly improving good runner."

Following Gray was captain Kelly Smith at 21:50, with sophomore Megan Lund behind her at 22:02, and sophomore Sarah Shepard at 22:30.

Freshmen Danielle Brown, coming in between 7th and 9th on team consistently, pulled sixth on the team and 28th overall at 22:58 with junior Keri Samuelson ten seconds behind. Juniors Sarah Cowhick and Chelsey Cirrillo rounded off the pack at 23:14 and 23:26.

"It was good to see a little shake up on our team," said Samuelson. "Everyone knew that making top seven wasn't going to be a walk in the park on this team."

The Mountain Lions have two weeks of hard training ahead of them before the NCAA North Central Regional meet on November 8th, where the top seven will compete for the opportunity to race as a team at nationals.

"There are no superstars on this team," Kelly Smith summarized. "We push each other, work for every spot and run as a team. We'll be ready."

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