CSC Cross Country Teams To Compete At RMAC Championships

The 2021 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships have arrived, and the Chadron State College distance runners hope to show well against the 14 other league teams heading into the final stretch of the season.

The women’s six-kilometer race begins at 10:40 a.m. on Applewood Golf Course, in Golden, Colorado, on Saturday, while the men’s eight-kilometer championship begins at 11:30 a.m.

The Eagles have competed three times this fall – at the Hardrocker Classic in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota, and the Fort Hays State Tiger Open in Kansas.

The Eagles women recorded their best times overall at the only six-kilometer course they ran this season, in Minnesota. There, their five runners averaged a 26:42 race, with the top time turned in by newcomer Alissa Wieman of Box Elder, South Dakota.

Wieman has led the CSC women at all three meets finishing in the top half of the field each time. At both five-kilometer courses, she improved on her 12th grade season best, finishing under 20 minutes at 19:55.1 in her most recent.

The lone senior on the women’s team is Sydney Settles of Lincoln. She ran her personal best of 20:08.6 at the most recent competition in Kansas.

On the men’s side, all three of the team’s races have been eight kilometers. Its fastest average time was at the Fort Hays race, coming in at 27:02. The Eagles men were led by Garrett Avery of Sheridan, Wyoming, at their first race and Cale Schafer of LaSalle, Colorado at their last two.

Avery, a sophomore, was third to cross for the Eagles at both the 2019 and 2020 championships. He was the lead runner at Rapid City and crossed second for CSC in Minnesota. He did not compete in Kansas.

Schafer is a second-year freshman who holds the fastest collegiate personal best on the team, running a 26:20.7 at the latest competition in Fort Hays. In fact, he has improved in each race he’s run as an Eagle, cutting nearly five minutes off his first 8k of 2020.

The CSC men’s roster consists of 12 freshmen, four sophomores, and two juniors. Other than Settles, the other eight women are freshmen.

The top returner for each team, junior men’s runner Jesse Jaramillo and freshman women’s athlete Tukker Romey, will not compete due to injury.

Chadron State was 12th of 12 teams at last year’s championship meet in Colorado Springs. Three teams – Colorado State-Pueblo, New Mexico Highlands, and Regis – did not field a team.

The defending RMAC Champions are the Western Colorado women’s team and the Colorado School of Mines men. The league’s coaches slated Mines to take both titles this year in the preseason.

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