Orediggers Shine at Conference Championships

The Colorado School of Mines track and field teams headed for Alamosa, Colorado in search of provisional’s and all-conference distinction. The RMAC Championship lasted two days from Friday to Saturday.

On Friday, Kayla Johnson (senior) set the school record in women’s pentathalon byfinsihingin fourth, good enough for second team.

In the 800, Patrick Weaver (freshman), finished sixth in a provisional worthy time of 1:55, and in the men’s400, junior Garrett Hoch and sophomore Austin Shaffer finished 3-4-5 respectively along with Matthe Drotar. Michelle Rigsby eaned all-conference distinction placing fifth in the long jump with a distance of 18-1.75 (5.35m).

In the 5K, Derek Alcorn and Chloe Gustafson ran a provisional time in their events. Gustafson garnered first team all-RMAC with her race and Alcorn earned a respectable third team all-conference medal.

In pole vault, Justin Gildmeister (junior ) and freshman Jessie Berndsen received all-RMAC honors for a second and fourth place jump of 14-7.50 (4.46m) and 10-8.00 (3.25m)respectively.

Finsihing third of 14 throweres, Ryan Ewen garnered second team all-RMAC with a throw of 58-6.50 (17.84m. Earnign third team all-conference, Jacob Hollister (fifth place) and Austin Roup, finished sixth.

On Saturday, McKenzie Zeman (sophomore) placed fifth in the women’s 400 m to garner anal-conference nod. In the women’s triple jump, Michelle Rigsby finished seventh with a distance of 37-9.25 (11.51m).

In the Men’s 4×400 relay, the team of Shaffer, Weaver, Matthew Drotar, and Hoch captured the victory in a time of 3:17.70. This time earned an NCAA provisional time (fastest high-altitude time in the country) and a first team all-RMAC nod.

In the 400 m, Drotar and Hcoch both captured second team all-conference, with Hoch finishing third (49.58) and Drotar, fourth (49.98). Kayla Johnson claimed fourth in the 60 meter hurdles and sixth in the triple jump (both earned her all-RMAC honors). This a day after she won the women’s pentathlon.

In the 3000m (3K), redshirt Freshman Seth Topper garnered third team all-RMAC with a time of 9:01.42 (good enough for fifth out of 25), while Sean Gildea (senior ) finished seventh.

Overall, the men finished fourth out of eight, and the women’s team finished eighth out of 10 teams. The next task for the Orediggers is the Division II Indorr Championships. They are held March- in Winston_Salem, North Carolina

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