Sandoval Leads Mountain Lions to Fourth at RMAC Championships

By Ashley Sikora published October 26, 2013

SILVER CITY, N.M. - Veronica Sandoval led the No. 10 University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's cross country team to a fourth place finish at the RMAC Championships in Silver City, N.M.

Sandoval finished No. 12 with a time of 22 minutes, 32.9 seconds, an improvement from last season's No. 19 finish at the RMAC Championships.  Sandoval claimed second team All-RMAC while teammate Angie Martell was named third team All-RMAC. Martell finished No. 19 in 22:48.1.

It was the fourth time in program history that the Mountain Lions finished with multiple All-RMAC runners in the same meet. Today also marked the first time in program history that UCCS has had multiple All-RMAC runners in back-to-back championships after the four all-conference performances in 2012.

Lina Arista and Alyssa Wendt finished a few seconds apart placing No. 25 and No. 27 in 23:02.3 and 23:08.5, respectively.  Sam Bauer was the final score for UCCS as she finished No. 31 with a time of 23:14.8.

The Mountain Lions were five points from the third place team, Metro State, who is ranked No. 8 in the national polls. It was the first time since the 2005-06 championships when UCCS finished in the top four of the conference championships in back-to-back years after the third-place finish in 2012.

The team performance also earned four more points for UCCS in the Steel & Silver Series against Colorado State-Pueblo. The ThunderWolves finished No. 14, which moves the UCCS athletic department into a 10-0 lead in the all-sport competition between the two institutions.

UCCS will enjoy next weekend off to prepare for the 2013 NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships in Canyon, Texas, on Nov. 9.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Veronica SandovalVeronica SandovalSr.
Angie MartellAngie MartellJr.
Lina AristaLina AristaFr.
Alyssa Wendt Alyssa Wendt So.
Sam BauerSam BauerJr.
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