DENVER, Colo. – Lauren Kleppin and Tyler Pennel led their respective Western State College cross country teams to a sweep of the RMAC Championships Saturday at the Willis Case Golf Course in northwest Denver. It’s the first individual sweep by Mountaineers since 1995 and the first team sweep since 2001. Jennifer Michel earned RMAC Coach of the Year honors for both the men’s and women’s performances.
Led by a second place overall finish from junior Alicia Nelson, the Adams State women placed three runners in the top five at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Cross Country Championships at Willis Case Golf Course in Denver on Saturday morning, but the Mountaineer women placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 10 by a narrow 27-31 margin.
The Mountaineers’ 4-point margin of victory was the closest RMAC XC Championship finish since Adams State claimed a 29-30 win over Western in 1999.
No. 4 Chico State at CCAA Championships
SANTA ROSA – Injured, Alia Gray had to stand by and watch as her teammates won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship last year. Saturday, Gray was feeling no pain. Running on her hometown trails, the senior from Santa Rosa roasted the field at Spring Lake Park to win the CCAA individual title and lead the Chico State women to their fourth consecutive conference crown and eighth in the last 10 seasons.
Teammate Amy Schnittger crossed the line third and Shannon Rich, Katie Spencer and Tiffany Heflin took spots 10-12 as the Wildcats easily outdistanced second-place Cal Poly Pomona 37-98.
No. 3 Ferris State and No. 2 Grand Valley State at GLIAC Championships
ASHLAND, Ohio — The Ferris State University women’s cross country team placed second while the men came in fourth at the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships held on Saturday in Ashland, Ohio.
The Bulldog women, who are ranked first in the Midwest Region and third nationally, earned runner-up honors with 57 points behind champion Grand Valley State, which finished with 21 points in the 13-team field. The Lakers entered the meet ranked second in the nation and also second in the region behind FSU after winning the NCAA Division II Championship last year.