UCCS Men Headed to Cross Country Nationals

By Matt Rigby published November 16, 2011

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's cross-country team will be on the national stage as the Mountain Lions compete at the 2011 NCAA Division-II Cross Country National Championship on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

It will be the third time in program history that the men's team will be represented at the championship meet, having also qualified in 2004, when the Mountain Lions finished 11th, and 2008, when they took 17th.

The 2011 championship meet will also mark the third time in program history that an individual Mountain Lion man will race at nationals twice during his collegiate career with senior Casey Weaver, who also ran in the 2008 National Championship. The other Mountain Lion men who competed twice at a national championship meet are Trent Briney (1998 & 1999) and Levi Brathall (2002 & 2004).

Traveling to Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane with Weaver will be Mike English (Jr), Ryan Derrick (So), Oliver Williams (Jr), Michael Johnson (Sr), Ted Schultz (Jr), Ian Penn (So) and Sam Feldotto (Jr) as the team alternate.

You can watch the Mountain Lions run at NCAA.com where all national championship competitions are streamed online. The men's race will start at 1 p.m. MST (Noon PST). For those who are opting to attend the championship meet tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

There will be 24 teams and 19 individual runners for a total of 187 participants in the men's championship field. During the 2011 season the UCCS men raced against seven teams who will be in the championship field. The teams UCCS ran against are; Adams State, Western State, Metro State, Colorado Mines, Queens N.C., Western Oregon and Western Washington. The UCCS men jumped over the nationally top 25 ranked teams Minnesota State-Mankato (No. 14) and New Mexico Highlands (No. 15) to advance through the Central Regional in Denver in Nov. 5.

UCCS will be joined by four other men's teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in Spokane. Adams State won the Central Regional, is currently ranked No. 1 in the D-II national rankings and is looking to win its fourth national title in a row. The RMAC is well known as the best cross country conference in the country, with 15 of the last 20 men's cross country national championship teams having come out of the conference.

The UCCS men's cross-country program has had three All-Americans in its history; Trent Briney placing 11th in 1999, Greg Augspurger placing 36th in 2001 and Moses Tum placing 8th in 2004. There is an opportunity for the men to add to those All-American numbers on Nov. 18th.  The top 30 finishers regardless of nationality along with the top 30 American finishers obtain All-American status.
 

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