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November 21, 2009

CSM men place 3rd at NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships, Laws finishes 10th; Three Orediggers earn All-American honors

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 21, 2009) - The Colorado School of Mines men's cross country team and women's runner Sydney Laws competed in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon, November 21st, at the Broadway Complex.  The Oredigger men finished 3rd out of the 24 teams while Laws posted a 10th-place finish out of 184 total female runners.

For men's individual & team results, CLICK HERE.

For women's individual & team results, CLICK HERE.

For team pictures, CLICK HERE.

The CSM men's third-place showing was the best-ever finish at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships by a cross country team at Mines, male or female.  The CSM men were led by All-Americans Aaron Swift and Ben Zywicki.  Swift was the top finisher for Mines placing 18th (31:58.8) and earning All-American honors for the first time in his career.  Zywicki placed 24th overall (32:10.5) and became CSM's first three-time All-American in cross country.

Prior to the 2009 season, the best finish by the CSM men at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships was sixth place in 2005.

Laws' 10th-place finish was the best-ever finish by a CSM female at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.  Laws earned All-American honors for the first time in her career posting a time of 21:08.6 - the second fastest time by a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) female runner.

In 2003, Mines' Heather Beresford finished 22nd overall.

The CSM men have now finished in the top ten at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships five straight years and have earned 10 individual All-American honors since 2005.  Sydney Laws became the third female at Mines to earn All-American honors in cross country.

For more information about Colorado School of Mines Athletics, please contact Assistant Sports Information Director Katie Simons at ksimons@mines.edu.

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