Colorado Mesa University’s (CMU) men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Chadron, Neb. on Saturday to compete in the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championships.

When the championship was finished, the men’s team finished in seventh place out of 15 teams. Meanwhile, the women’s team finished in 11 place out of 15 teams.

Courtesy Trevor Smith

CMU’s men’s team finished the day with 197 total points. Colorado School of Mines (CSM) came in first place with a score of 26, as the team finished with five top ten finishers. In second place was Adams State University (ASU) with 80 points and in third was Western State University with 85 points.

Senior Blake Graf was the first Maverick finisher as he came in 24 place with a time of 26:06.8. In second place for the Mavericks was Mako Watanabe who finished in 28 place with a time of 26:12.5. Outside of those two finishers, the Mavericks other runners came in 42, 53 and 65 place overall.

CMU’s women’s team finished the day with 263 points total. ASU finished in first with 22 points, while CSM finished in second with 61. Rounding out the top three was University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS) with 76 points.

Freshman Abigail Oglesby was the top finisher for the Mavericks, coming in 49 place with a time of 23:50.8. Sophomore Ashlyn Brent was the next CMU finisher in 55 place with a time of 24:02.8. Outside of them, CMU’s other top five runners came in 61, 72 and 75 place.

CMU will compete next at the NCAA South Central Region Championships on Nov. 4 in Canyon, Texas.

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Bryce Reedy is a mass communication major with a minor in sports management. Reedy began his newspaper career with The Criterion back in 2014 as a writer. Reedy worked his way up to sports editor, then managing and finally editor in chief for the 2016-17 year before deciding that he wanted to return to his roots as the sports editor for his senior year.


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