Mountain Lion women show well at CU-Rocky Mountain shootout

By Matt Rigby published October 2, 2010

The UCCS men's cross-country team went up against a field that included four of the top ten NCAA D-II teams and a pair of NCAA D-I top 25 teams. The men got of to a bad start, quite literally. They were completely buried at the jump off of the start line. All of the UCCS men were in the back one third of the total field, of 252 collegiate runners.

You can not win a race at the start, but you can lose a race in the starting stretch. None of the controlled aggressiveness to get into a good race position the men ran with at the Rust Buster, was in Boulder on this day.  

Sam Feldotto and Mike English were both able to move into the first half of the overall field. There is not much to say about the rest of the men's for this race. Though, hopefully the men have studied some of their history. Two years ago UCCS came to the Rocky Mountain Shootout and probably ran worse then the men's team did today. The 2008 men learned from the experience and in November of that year became the first ever UCCS cross-country team to qualify for the NCAA D-II National Championship.  

Coach Mark Misch, concerning the men at the Rocky Mountain Shootout said, "No excuses, just plain disappointing."

Now, for the Mountain Lion women, it was a somewhat better race day. The women got off the line and had a great start. All of the ladies entered the race course in the top half of the field of about 200.

On the race course, the UCCS women fell back through the first big hill with Kaitlin Frier leading the way at the half way point of the race. Then most of the women gain position through the second big hill and on through the finish line. The women's team finished with a sixth place in the non-division-I team race.

The new freshman of Madison Neher and Natalie Miller thought it was great learning experience after completing their first full-length collegiate race.

"I thought our ladies did okay, we're not completely healthy and we weren't as aggressive as we needed to be early on. But again we're young so it was a learning experience. We'll take it and move on", said Coach Misch.

So, it is true that the race results of either the UCCS men or women will not make headlines. But, neither did any of the race results of the 2008 UCCS Men's team until the regional. The current individual runners on the 2010 UCCS men's and women's teams had much better race times and competitive race places in high school then the individual runners on the 2008 Men's team. The great thing about cross-country is that everything matters at the regional race. The question is, how will the 2010 cross-country team respond to the overall sub-par race results in Boulder today?

The Mountain Lion men top seven runners in Boulder
         33        Sam Feldotto             27:37
         34        Mike English             27:38
         47        Michael Johnson          28:05
         49        Ian Penn                 28:13
         53        Josh Jones               28:27
        (54)       Luke Dankin              28:27
        (64)       William Edwards          28:47

The Mountain women top seven runners in Boulder  
         22        Kait Frier               23:38
         31        Melissa Buchanan         24:05
         33        Madison Neher            24:12
         34        Veronica Sandoval        24:15
         47        Sara Kettelkamp          24:41
        (54)       Alicia Del Pardo         24:54
        (63)       Natalie Miller           25:32


Next up for UCCS Cross-Country is the Metro State Invitational at Washington Park in Denver on October 16. This is a great race to go to because Washington Park is a beautiful cross-country race setting.


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