Grizzlies put distance between themselves and competition with win
ALAMOSA, Colo. -- Adams State, claimed each of the first three and eight of the top 12 spots en-route to a comfortable 19-42 win against No. 2 Western State and the rest of the field at the 19th Annual PUMA/Joe I. Vigil Open.
Adams State's Kevin Batt, making his Grizzly cross country debut, led the way finishing the 8-kilometer course in 25:33.56, a 5:08.5-per mile pace. Tabor Stevens finished second in 25:36.04 while Jovanny Godinez earned the bronze medal in 25:47.58.
David Sanchez also finished in the top 5, taking fifth in 25:50.38 while Matt Daniels was eighth in 25:56.52 to complete the Grizzlies' team score.
John Lutterbach, Andrew Roberts and Bryce Gregoire took 10th, 11th and 12th as they all finished ahead of Western State's No. 4 man.
Western State, who won last year's NCAA Division II National Championship, had the fourth place finisher overall in Adam Sinda (25:48.37) and two other top-10 finishers in Ian Butler (6th, 25:52.36) and Michael Cernoia (7th, 25:53.72), but did not have the depth of ASU to match the 23-point margin of victory.
West Texas A&M had one top 10 finisher in ninth place Dylan Doss and finished fourth in the team standings with 117 points.
Fort Lewis College, ranked ninth in the USTFCCCA's Central Region Preseason Rankings behind the No. 1 Grizzlies and No. 3 Mountaineers, claimed third with 100 points.
Dine College of Shiprock, N.M. was fifth with 153 points while Garden City (Kan.) Community College took sixth with 163.
A total of 114 runners finished.