CSC XC Headed To Colorado Springs For Finale

The Chadron State College cross country squad will conclude its season on Saturday when it enters the 2020 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, to be held at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs. The races, hosted by the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, begin at 9:30 a.m.

While both teams have shown improvement over previous seasons, they had only two other opportunities to compete this fall. They both were fourth of the four teams at the Colorado Springs Cross Country Open, and they both finished behind South Dakota Mines in a head-to-head competition. That has been the extent of the Eagles’ season, which was forced to be delayed until the latter half of September.

However with a lack of competition, it is difficult to quantify the team’s improvement, other than to compare personal bests across multiple courses.

On the men’s side, CSC Head Cross Country Coach Luke Karamitros believes Jesse Jaramillo took on a leadership role this season. Jaramillo, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, led the men at both races this fall, finishing in the middle of the pack at Colorado Springs and taking a silver medal at the home meet. Karamitros thinks he established himself as the one to possibly pull the other members of the team along with him.

For the women, two seniors are typically leading the pack, but one true freshman shined at the home meet.

Tukker Romey, a rookie from Gering, took home a silver when CSC hosted South Dakota Mines on October 3. She ran the five-kilometer loop on CSC’s campus by a minute and 45 seconds faster than she ran the same distance at Colorado Springs. Had she run the same race against last year’s CSC Open field, she would have won it by nearly 1:30.

The two senior captains, Emma Willadsen of Eaton, Colorado, and Madison Watson, from Mitchell, Nebraska each had respectable CSC Open races as well, taking 1:21 and 1:44 off of their respective 2019 times. Willadsen led the way for the team at Colorado Springs, finishing 22nd of 46 runners.

Right on the heels of the seniors is junior Sydney Settles, of Lincoln, who Karamitros thought was one of the most improved runners on the team.

The RMAC cross country meet is the only championship being contested in fall sports, after the league decided that the harriers were at low risk for coronavirus spread. The football championship was completely scrapped, while the volleyball season will start in January, and the golf championship is in the spring as always.

The top 40 percent of the teams at the RMAC championships, as well as a select few individuals, will be invited to the Division II Cross Country National Invitational in Lubbock, which several conferences informally created to replace the cancelled NCAA Championships.

Links to live results and a video stream can be found either at the schedule page at ChadronEagles.com, or on the host’s athletic website at gomountainlions.com.

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