Cross Country Championships
That’s how Head Cross Country Coach Brian Medigovich said he felt after the Eagle’s performance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, in Chadron.
Last weekend’s meet marked the first time CSC hosted the 2017 RMAC Cross Country Championships. The women started the morning off with a 6-kilometer run and the men followed in an 8-kilometer. The Eagles struggled. The women came in ninth and the men 10th of 15 teams.
“We didn’t do as well as I expected,” Medigovich said. “We have a lot of room for improvement.”
Nicky Banzhaf, senior of Chadron, led the CSC women finishing 27th in 23 minutes, 10.5 seconds. Also scoring points for the CSC women were Alyse Henry, sophomore of Rock Springs, Wyoming, who finished 39th in 23:42.5; Julia Eskelson, freshman of Meeker, Colorado, who finished 53rd in 24:09.5; Taylor Allison, senior of Gordon, who finished 55th in 24:15.8; and Dominique Oden, sophomore of Anaheim, California, who finished 64th in 24:39. The women’s final score was 238.
In cross country, the team with the lowest overall score wins. Teams accrue points based on the places the first five members of each team finish the race. For example, if a team’s runners finish in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th their score would be 15.
Leading the men’s team, senior Phillip Duncan of Chadron, finished 42nd in 27:01.3 -2 minutes and 2.3 seconds behind the race leader, Colorado School of Mines’ Grant Colligan, redshirt junior of Holt, Michigan. That gap led to the Chadron State men scoring 288 points overall.
The Adams State women took their sixth-straight RMAC title scoring 22 points. The ladies secured the top four positions in the race with winner, Eilish Flanagan, sophomore of Gortin, Ireland, crossing the finish line in 21:44.2. Her twin sister, Roisin Flanagan, came in three seconds behind her.
In the men’s race, Colorado Mines beat Adams State 80-24, a 54-point difference. Grant Colligan took first place in the men’s race with a time of 24:59.9. Out of 121 runners, the first five of the Orediggers’ nine runners made it across the finish line in the top 10 positions. The last four runners finished in the top 25.
The championship course that wound through the foothills of CSC’s campus, along with heavy wind and cloud cover, provided unfavorable conditions for both the runners and spectators. However, Medigovich said he was happy with the setup of the course, which incorporated a series of rolling hills.
The Eagle’s next chance to compete is at the NCAA South Central Championships in Canyon, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 4.