UCCS women's cross country nabs third at Colorado College Invitational
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's cross-country team placed third in the team standings at the Colorado College Invitational at Monument Valley Park Saturday Morning.
NCAA Division I Northern Colorado was the class of the field, winning the team race with a score of 30 points. Regis came in second with a team score of 34 points. UCCS, with a score of 90 points, secured third place, beating cross-town rival Colorado College, which was fourth-96 points. Steel and Silver Series rival Colorado State-Pueblo was fifth with 98 points, but Saturday's meet will not count towards the rivalry series between UCCS and CSU-Pueblo.
The CC cross-country meet was first women's race at the 6,000-meter distance on this season.
"We did what we needed to do.", said Head coach Mark Misch, "The women got done what they needed to do. Five of our seven runners ran in their first full-length collegiate race today."
The UCCS women were led my freshman Samantha Bauer, who placed 13th overall in a time of 24 miinutes, 51 seconds.
"My first full collegiate cross-country race was a good experience," said Bauer. "I had a good overall race. I would like to make it to nationals and I am going to keep running for that goal."
Even though Bauer runs in the strongest conference in division II, she is off to a good start to her collegiate career. If she keeps getting stronger and improving as a runner Bauer will have a good shot at advancing to the national championship during her four years at UCCS.
Sophomore Veronica Sandoval was the second Mountain Lions finisher in 21st place overall with a time of 25:30. The next group of Mountain Lion women crossed the finish line in a pack of three: Sarah Treese-25th in a time of 25:49, Alexa Urban-26th in a time of 25:56 and Sarah Kettelkamp-27th in a time of 25:59. The other two UCCS women were freshman with Amber McAfee at 38th place in time of 26:34 and Kim Fitzgerald at 41st place in a time of 27:10.
Only three of the UCCS men ran in the Colorado College Invitational men's 8,000 meter race. Those three runners were all freshman and completed the course as follows; Carson Aberle in 29th place with a time of 29:38, Dante Mendoza in 44th place with a time of 31:01 and Dustin Bills coming in at 46th place with a time of 31:18. The majority men's team will be running at a loaded race in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 24.
After the cross-county meet in Spokane the next action for the both cross-country teams will be on Saturday, October 8th for the Metro State Invitational at Washington Park in Denver.
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