Martell Leads Mountain Lion Women at Rust Buster

By Jared Verner published September 9, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Newcomer Angie Martell led the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's cross country team at the fifth annual Rust Buster meet held Saturday morning at Monument Valley Park in downtown Colorado Springs. The Mountain Lions turned in personal bests among all of the returners on the course among the 82 runners on the four-kilometer course.

"The team showed that we have strength in depth this year," said Head Women's Cross Country Coach David Harmer. "We had many returners on the women's that set new personal bests on the course, which is encouraging for the season ahead. It was great to see some of our alumni at the meet, along with support from our administration, and the men's soccer team."

Martell finished the course in 15 minutes, 16.1 seconds and eighth overall. She started a pack of UCCS runners, who claimed five of the 11 spots from eighth through No. 18. Veronica Sandoval finished in 15:17.4 and ninth overall for a 33-second improvement off of her best time on the course. Megan Burrell competed for the first time on the cross country course in nearly two years and finished third on the team and No. 12 overall in 15:28.5.

UCCS placed 14 runners ahead of New Mexico Highlands' second-best runner and Metro State's third-best runner. Although the meet was not scored because of the lower distances, the Mountain Lions had 12 runners ahead of Division I Wyoming's five would-be scorers and two displacers.

Up Next: The Mountain Lions compete Monday afternoon on Sept. 17 at the Regis Invitational in Denver. The course will be the same one as last year's RMAC championships and this year's regional championships.

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