GOLDEN – With berths to the National Championships in Joplin, Missouri on the line, the Colorado School of Mines cross country teams will make the short trip to Willis Case Golf Course in Denver this Saturday for the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Cross Country Championships.
The USTFCCCA No. 2 Oredigger men will attempt to secure one of the six automatic qualifying spots in the 10K distance at 10:30 a.m., while the No. 20 women will look to nab one of five berths in the 6K race, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Less than two weeks ago at the RMAC Championships in Colorado Springs, Mines had of its most successful finishes in recent memory as the men captured second and the women claimed fourth. Outdistancing themselves from reigning national champion Western State by 23 points for second, the men matched their highest finish at the meet in program history (1972, 1975), while the women equaled their finish from a year ago, trailing only No. 2 Adams State, No. 4 Western State and then-No. 15 UC-Colorado Springs.
Sophomore Phil Schneider and Sean Gildea stopped the clock in second and third, respectively, with times of 25:10.50 and 25:14.50, while senior Hannah Schuster was tops on the women's side for the fourth-consecutive meet this season as she took 10th in 22:59.80 for her first career top-10 finish.
In addition to the championship races Saturday, the cross country teams will also host a Meet-and-Greet breakfast at the golf course's restaurant, the Willis Case Tavern.
The free breakfast begins at 9 a.m. and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis