Adams State Takes RMAC Titles

PUEBLO, Colo.  Both the Adams State Men's and Women's cross country teams repeated as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions on a chilly Saturday morning at Elmwood Golf Course in Pueblo.

The Grizzlies beat out second-place Western State by 10 points on the women's side to win their fifth-straight RMAC title. Western State's Esther Komen won the 6k race with a time of 21:42. UCCS Shannon Payne finished with a time of 21:50 placing second, the highest individual finish at the conference meet in school history.

Four of the next five runners were from Adams State led by Brittany Somers time of 21:56. Next came Heather Wood (22:08) followed by Tanya Gaumer (22:13) and Western State's Anges Kroneraff.(22:15)

UCCS finished third in the team rankings while Fort Lewis was fourth and Nebraska-Kearney finished fifth.

Lauren Dunsmoor was the top CSU-Pueblo runner, placing 24th with a time of 24:24. Sarah Lile placed 58th (25:59), while Kristin Heinl was 71st (27:46)

On the men's side the Grizzlies dominated the race as the won their third championship in the last four years. Six of the first seven finishers were Grizzlies paced by Jesus Solis who got through the 8k course with a time of 24:39, ten seconds ahead of second-place Kim Hogarth of Western State.

ASC's Derek Yorek took third with a time of 25:03 followed by Jake Raines (25:08) and Aaron Bruan (25:09).

Colorado School of Mines finished third followed by Metro State and UCCS.

Adams State coach Damon Martin received RMAC Coach of the Year for both the men and the women.