Cross Country Races to Nationals in Canyon, Texas

The Colorado School of Mines men’s and women’s cross country teams headed down to Canyon, Texas for the South Central Regional Championships and turned in spectacular results. The fifth ranked men’s team finished third out of 21 teams, losing only to No. 2 Adams State, and No. 1 Western State. The women’s team finished seventh out of 22 teams. Junior Derek Alcorn and Senior Andrew Epperson finished fifth and sixth overall respectively with times of 30:24 and 30:26 at the 10k distance.

Rounding out the top seven finishers for Mines were Phil Schneider in twenty-first with a time of 31:11, Drew Kerschieter in twenty-sixth with a time of 31:27, Seth Topper thirty-first in a time of 31:34, and Marty Andrie (36) and Frank Socha (51) in times of 31:59 and 32:33 respectively. Adams State finished with a total of 31 points, besting Western State with 38 points, and Mines with 89 points.

For the women, junior Chloe Gustafson finished tenth overall with a 6k time of 21:44. Rounding out the top fove for the Orediggers are: Nicole deMontigny in thirty-eight with a time of 22:38, Kirsten Farquhar in forty-second with a time of 22:44, Ann Miller in fifty-seventh with a time of 23:02, and Hanna Barringer in eighty-second with a time of 23:46.

For finishing in the 25, Alcorn, Epperson, Schneider, and Gustafson were all awarded All Region for the South Central Regional. The No. 5 men’s team qualified for the national championships in two weeks in Spokane, Washington (Alcorn’s hometown), and for her efforts, Gustafson also qualified for the national championships.

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