Cross Country: UCCS Men, Women Each Grab Fourth in Season's First Meet

By Diana Aqra published September 8, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE -- The Mark Misch era at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs began Saturday with both the men's and women's cross country teams earning fourth-place finishes at the Lobo Invitational.

Misch, the Mountain Lions' first-year coach, was pleased with both the performance and teamwork of his squads.

"Both teams ran great," said Misch. "They ran together and moved up the entire way."

As expected, the two that led the team's efforts were seniors Jenna Dorsey-Spitz and Dan Pinter, who both placed first among UCCS runners.

Dorsey-Spitz placed 16th overall, covering the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 36 seconds, while freshman Paige Hall surfaced as second for UCCS and 21st overall with a time of 20:10. Two other freshmen, Kaitlyn Frier and Vivian Reed took third and fourth respectively among UCCS runners and 25th and 26th overall. A fourth freshman, Alicia Del Pardo, also competed.

"We had four freshmen do outstanding in their first college meet," said Misch.

Also running for the UCCS women were Whitney Lund, Christy Severy, Tavia Hammond and Leslie Bennett.

For the men, Pinter finished in 19th overall on the eight-kilometer course with a time of 27:32. Freshman Branson Bartlett trailed by just 14 seconds for 22nd place.

"The conditions were hot; over 80 degrees," said assistant coach David Harmer. "But everyone progressed each mile, never letting anyone pass them."

Gabe Small and Alex Tiernan finished shortly after in 25th and 29th places, respectively.

The Mountain Lions men were only beat by three teams, one of which, UTEP, ranks fourth nationally in NCAA Division I. UCCS also topped a Division I opponent, New Mexico State. 

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