Year in review: 2017-18 season athletics season over the school year

May 1, 2018

Bryanna Winner

bwinner@uccs.edu

Basketball

    The Men’s Basketball team finished their season with a 15-14 record after losing to Colorado School of Mines in the first round of the RMAC tournament., while the women’s team finished with an overall record of 10-12.

    Junior Dalton Walker led the men’s team in three-pointers ,while senior Jonathan Barnes led the team in blocks. Junior Elijah Ross led in field goals, free throws, assists and rebounds.

    Senior Shanah Leaf led the women’s team in field goals and free throws . Junior Lauren Bennett led the team in three-pointers and blocks. Freshman Tatum Tellin also led the team in rebounds with 125, junior Kelly O’Flannigan led in assists and sophomore Kristen Vigil led in steals .

 

Cross Country

    The men’s team finished fifth out of 15 teams in the RMAC Championships and No. 10 out of 28 teams at the NCAA South Central Region Championships. At the NCAA Championships, senior David Kimaiyo was the lone representative and placed 172 out of 249 runners in the 10k.

    The women’s team finished No. 3 out of 15 teams in the RMAC Championships and  No. 4 out of 27 teams at the NCAA South Central Region Championships.

 

Soccer

    The men’s team finished the season 7-8-4, losing to Metro State in penalty kicks in the RMAC Tournament, while the women’s team finished the 2017 season 17-5-1. This fall, the women won their first RMAC Championship in program history and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

    This was the first time the team had competed in the tournament, making it to the final four for the first time in program history. They defeated the University of California, San Diego in penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals. They made it to the final four and lost to Carson Newman 1-2.

 

Women’s Volleyball

    The team finished the season with a record 15-12 after losing to Colorado Christian in the RMAC quarterfinal one set to three. This was the team’s fourth straight playoff appearance.

    Senior Taylor Hamilton led the team in points, kills, kills per set and blocks with 19. Junior Alyssa Brinton led the team in attempts and in serve aces. Senior Natasha Habert led the team in digs.

 

Indoor Track

    The team finished No. 2 out of 12 teams in the conference at the RMAC Indoor Championships. They finished with an overall score of 90.5 points behind Colorado School of Mines with 151.5 points.

    Junior William Mayhew was the lone competitor at the NCAA Championships finishing No. 5 n the 800m with a time of 1:50.32.  The team finished tied for 38 out of 80 teams.

    In February, the women’s team finished No. 1 at the RMAC Indoor Championships. This was their first championship win and had edged runner up Western State by one point. The team finished with an overall score of 118 points.

    At the NCAA Championships, junior Skylyn Webb finished No. 3 in the 800m, freshman pentathlete Kaija Crowe finished No. 7 in the pentathlon, senior Molly Klotz placed No. 5 in the mile with sophomore Kayla Wooten right behind her No. 6. The team finished tied for 13 out of 91 teams.

 

Outdoor Track

    At the Kit Mayer Invitational on April 14, senior distance runner David Kimaiyo finished the 3,000m steeplechase in third and then placed eighth in the 400m hurdles.

    Sophomore Tristan Hinkley finished No. 4 in the 100m with freshman Desmond Calhoun in No. 7.

    On the women’s side, freshman pole vaulter Brenna Kuskie won the event clearing 3.54m. Freshman sprinter Dejah Glover placed No. 6  in the 100m.

    Junior Skylyn Webb finished the 200m in No. 6 with Glover behind her in No. 7. Sophomore Katie Novak finished the 5,000m in No. 6.

 

Baseball

    The team made history with seven athletes on the All-Academic teams. Senior Zach Hall was voted to first team while junior Seth Barnes and seniors Scott Martinez, Tyler Butz, Jamie Crabtree, Jeremy Hochmuth and Matthew McDermott were named to Honor Roll.

    As of April 26, the team has an 18-13 record and are third in the RMAC standings. The team will finish the regular season on May 1 against the Air Force Academy.

 

Softball

    Five members of the team were named to the All-Academic List on April 25. Senior Whitney Weber was named to first team while junior Leigh Lancaster and seniors Lexi Belligan, Jordyn Cusimano and Christina Patton were named to the Honor Roll.

    The team had an 18-18 record and were sixth in RMAC standings as of April 26. They finished the regular season at home against Black Hills State on April 29.

 

Lacrosse

    Sophomore Madison Ellis and senior Carmen Plowman became the first Mountain Lions to be named to the All-Academic Honor Roll.

     After a 4-10 record their inaugural season, the team improved to a 7-9 record as of April 26. The team is in seventh in the conference.

    The team finished up the regular season on April 27 at Colorado State University Pueblo.


Golf

    The men’s team was looking for a three-peat at the RMAC Championships and was the top-ranked team in the conference going into it. However, the team finished in No. 4 out of eight teams.

    Senior Colin Prater finished the tournament in the top individual spot for the second year in a row.  Junior Jack Duguid finished the tournament tied for No. 3 and redshirt sophomore Tanner Comes was tied for No. 14

    The team will most likely receive an at-large bid to the super regionals since they were the top ranked team in the South-Central Region. The South-Central Region Championships will take place May 7-9 at the Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas.

   On April 24, the women’s team finished in No. 1. This was their RMAC Tournament win in program history.

    Freshman Julia Baroth finished the tournament in No. 1. Senior Alex Darwin finished in No. 2. Freshman McKenna Vanko tied for No. 5 with senior Timbrelee McNair finishing in No. 9 with a 229.

    The team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II West Regional being held at the Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, Colorado from May 7-9. This is the team’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

    For more information on any of the teams, go to gomountainlions.com.

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