ALAMOSA, Colo. – No. 1 Adams State rallied behind senior Nathan Sellers, who finished second overall and as the first team scorer, to take a 27-28 victory against rival and second-ranked Western State at the Joe I. Vigil Invitational.
The win extends the Grizzlies winning streak when facing the Mountaineers to 12 meets. Western State last topped ASC at the 2007 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. Since that time, the Grizzlies have claimed three consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, NCAA Division II Central Regional and NCAA Division II National crowns, and have not been beaten by a single Division II team.
Running in his first Vigil Open, Sellers clocked the fastest time of any collegiate runner in the field, completing the 8k course in 24 minutes, 28 seconds — six seconds faster than last year’s top college time run.
Ryan Haebe led the Mountaineer men and finished second among the collegiate runners with 24:43 on the eight-kilometer course. Western State scored runners at second, third and fourth as its bid to top champion Adams State fell short. Tyler Pennel joined Haebe and two other runners, including overall champion and assistant coach Josh Eberly, with times faster than 25 minutes on the course.
No. 3 Grand Valley State at Bulldog Invitational
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Valley State placed five runners in the top 11 at the Bulldog Inviational hosted by Ferris State. Sophomore Joe Graves led the way finishing second in the event with a time of 26:06.12, just seven seconds behind the winner.
GVSU sat out 12 members of the cross country team for this meet, but the entire squad will be competing next weekend at the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State.
Sophomore Brandon Cushman was the next best finisher for the Lakers, placing seventh with a time of 26:28.32. GVSU placed three more sophomores in the top 11 beginning in ninth place.
Finishing ninth was Jimmy McKeiver (26:37.30) followed by Kyle LeMieux (26:40.64) and Bryce Pulley (26:41.36).
No. 4 Colorado Mines at Rust Buster Open
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sean Gildea was one of two Diggers who finished in the top-10 as No. 4 Colorado Mines competed in the Rust Buster Open.
Gildeo finished second with a time of 18:45:50 to lead the way for the Diggers. Andrew Epperson was Colorado Mines’ next best time finishing the 6k in 19:11:94. The Diggers also had top-20 performances from Mack McClain and Russell Drummond who finished 13th and 16th respectively.
No. 5 Chico State at Humboldt Invitational
TRINIDAD, Calif. — Chico State opened the 2011 season in impressive fashion Saturday, as nine runners finished in the top 10 to fuel a Wildcat victory at the Humboldt Invitational. Anthony Costales, an All-West Region runner last season, took top honors in the 8k event with the day’s lone sub-25 minute time, clocking in at 24:58.89. Four other Chico State runners posted personal best times at Patrick’s Point State Park, just north of Trinidad.
All 16 of Chico State’s runners finished among the top 32 in the 71-member men’s field. Johnny Sanchez finished just behind Costales with a time of 25:05.15, while Alfonso Cisneros came in fourth place at 25:08.11. The Wildcats rounded out the top 10 with Joseph Rivera (fifth place, 25:08.93), Dayne Gradone (sixth, 25:21.03), Joey Kochlacs (seventh, 25:24.21), Josh Linen (eighth with a personal best time of 25:27.62), Jeremy Brummitt (ninth, 25:34.48) and Kevin Svahn (a personal best 25:38.86, good for 10th place).
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.