UCCS Runners Roundup

By Gavin Rogers published July 25, 2008

Recent University of Colorado at Colorado Springs graduate and star cross country runner, Sarah “Shep” Shepard won the womenâ€TMs division of the La Sportiva Vail Hill Climb over the Fourth of July weekend. Additionally, UCCS cross country and track head coach Mark Misch won the 30-39 age group at the same event. Misch came in fifth overall while Shepard claimed 15th.

Misch claims that out of the 267 races he has run in his career, the Vail Hill Climb is among his “top five hardest races” because of its 2,123 foot gain over only 7.3 miles with an average grade of seven percent. Adding to the difficulty, according to Misch, is the fact that running switchbacks really suits shorter runners like Hill Climb winner Simon Gutierrez. As a point of comparison, Gutierrez, a national mountain running champion, comes in at 5â€TM6” while Misch comes in at 6â€TM2”.

Other UCCS runners also did well over the past few weeks. Cross country assistant coach David Harmer took third in the Superior (Colo.) Down Hill Mile and won the menâ€TMs division of the Race for Hope 5K in Colorado Springsâ€TM Memorial Park. Star runner Shannon Payne won the womenâ€TMs division of the Race for Hope 5K with a time of 17:46 which broke the previous womenâ€TMs record by 45 seconds. She was fifth overall.

Additional UCCS runners competing in recent days include Christy Severy and Dan Pinter in the Boogieâ€TMs Diner Buddy Aspen Five-Mile Run, and Carlos Ruibal and Kaitlin Frier in the Monument (Colo.) four-mile race. Severy, racing against five family members, and Pinter came in second in the womenâ€TMs and fourth in the menâ€TMs divisions respectively.

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