CSC Distance Runners Conclude Cross Country Year

Photo Courtesy: UCCS Sports Info

The Chadron State College cross country team finished up 2020 at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in Colorado Springs on Saturday, turning in a 12th place finish out of 12 for the women and 11th of 11 for the men.

“It obviously wasn’t the result we envisioned,” said Head CSC Cross Country Coach Luke Karamitros, “but we grew up some as a team today, having to deal with adversity. I think we’ll remember where we’ve been and where we want to be as a program headed into the offseason and as we prepare for track and field.”

The CSC women were led by senior Madison Watson, who finished 60th out of 100 runners in the race. She ran the six-kilometer course in 24:16.4, which averaged out to a 6:30 mile.

Freshman Tukker Romey and senior Emma Willadsen were 68th and 69th, respectively.

Sophomore Jesse Jaramillo led the men with his eight-kilometer finish of 27:28.4, exactly one minute faster than his freshman championships performance from 2018. He placed 67th in the field of 104, averaging 5:31 per mile.

Not far behind Jaramillo were freshman Ethan Roberts, in 73rd, and sophomore Garrett Avery, who placed 75th.

Western Colorado was the women’s team champion, with 44 points, while the Colorado School of Mines men took home hardware in dominating fashion, taking six out of the top 10 spots for 22 points.

Both individual winners were also from Mines. Zoe Baker won the women’s race, and Dylan Ko won the men’s

The runners will regroup and rest before starting on training for indoor track and field. CSC hosts an indoor intrasquad meet on November 21, with the CSC Open January 16 currently slated as its first competition. However as teams continue to formalize their plans, another meet in winter 2020 may be added.

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