The UCCS Mountain Lions placed 5th at the RMAC Championship on Oct. 21 at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Washington Park. 15 teams competed at the championship with nine Mountain Lions clocking personal best times (four for women, five for men).
Women’s Cross Country
Currently ranked No. 6 in national rankings, UCCS women’s cross country finished fifth overall with junior Anna Fauske finishing fifth with a personal best time of 21:05.2.
Redshirt junior Rachel Richtman finished 22nd and clocked a time of 22:04.0, while Nadine Almarsi finished 29th with a time of 22:29.4. Rachel Goodrich finished 35th with Molly Breuer finishing slightly behind at 39th place.
The athletes finished with times of 22:43.5 and 22:49.8 respectively.
UCCS’ top four placers finished the race with personal best times. Freshman Emma Montoya competed in her first 6k for UCCS and placed 63rd with a time of 23:54.5. Anna Fasuske and Rachel Richtman received all-conference accolades for the Mountain Lions.
Men’s Cross Country
The UCCS men’s cross-country team is currently ranked No. 23 in national rankings and placed fifth overall with redshirt sophomore Jagger Zlotoff leading the team placing 13th and earning the All-RMAC First Team accolade for the Mountain Lions and clocking a personal best time of 24:48.0.
Gavin Harden placed 27th with a time of 25:12.5, earning an all-conference award and RMAC Second-Team recognition. Logan Cole finished 31st with a time of 25:21.7 recording a personal best. Brett Davis and Michael Burke Jr. finished 41st and 44th with times of 25:39.8 and 25:42.8, respectively, in their first conference championship.
The Mountain Lions will compete on Nov. 4 at the NCAA South Central Regional in Lubbock, Texas. The women’s team will compete at 8 a.m. followed by the men’s team at 9:15 a.m. After the regional meet, the Mountain Lions will compete at the NCAA DII National Championship on Nov. 18 in Joplin, Missouri.
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