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Spring sports wrap up as Mavericks exceed high expectations

Spicer begins tenure as Director of Athletics

Colorado Mesa University’s new Director of Athletics began his tenure April 3. Tom Spicer brings more than 40 years of experience as a coach, instructor and administrator. Spicer will be in charge of CMU’s 21 intercollegiate varsity teams.

For the last nine years, he served as the Director of Athletics at Colorado School of Mines. Under his guidance, CSM claimed its first-ever RMAC All-Sports Cup Championship and finished in 15th place in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings for all Division II institutions. Spicer aided in the expansion of numerous CSM athletic facilities.

Spicer, who strives to ensure student-athletes achieve academic goals and attain institutional standards, has been involved in six academic national championship victories.

Women’s basketball team ranked eighth in final poll
The CMU women’s basketball team finished their season ranked eighth by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, their highest standing in school history. The Mavericks’ 31-2 record is also the best in CMU history.

NCAA South Central regional champions, CMU also won its first RMAC Shootout in 11 years. The team reached the NCAA Elite Eight National Championships, falling to Dowling College 60-44 in the quarterfinals.

Sigl and Hart earn All-America Academic Honor
Senior Maverick basketball players Kelsey Sigl and Jeff Hart were named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team after earning all-district honors earlier in the month. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Sigl, a kinesiology student, has a 3.63 GPA. Hart, a finance/economics and marketing student, has a 3.85 GPA.

Maverick Baseball Team Ranked Sixth
The latest National Collegiate Baseball poll ranks the CMU baseball team in sixth place. CMU leads the RMAC with a 20-2 conference record. The Mavericks are coming off a series win over rival CSU-Pueblo; they improved their record to 26-6 on the season.

CMU to host RMAC Tennis Championships
The CMU men’s and women’s tennis teams will host the RMAC Championships April 18-19 at the Elliott Tennis Center. The men will enter the tournament as the number two seed, the women as the number three seed.

Rowe hits NCAA mark in New Mexico
The CMU men’s and women’s track and field teams sent a contingent to the University of New Mexico to compete in the Dan Kirby Tailwind Invitational.

Sprinter Whitney Rowe won her 100-meter dash heat in a time of 11.91, an NCAA provisional time in the event. Rowe had the 14th-best Division II time in the country. Rowe also placed 13th in the 200-meter dash.

Augustus Barnes placed third in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 48.77. Barnes defeated runners from UNM and UCCS.

Shane Niksic placed seventh in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800-meter run, with a time of 1:53.89. The provisional mark in the 800-meter is 1:52.50.

A team consisting of Barnes, Jordan Riggins, McCady Finley and Justin Wallace placed second in the 4×100-meter relay, behind UNM.

Rodeo team rounds up fans
The CMU rodeo team hosted its first rodeo at the Mesa County Fairgrounds April 12 and 13. The regional competition featured approximately 160 competitors from 10 schools throughout the Rocky Mountain region and attracted more than 1,500 spectators over the course of the two-day event.

Five of eight CMU teams made it into the short round for their events. CMU students Wiley Button and Haillie Taylor placed second in the team roping long round, and went on to win the short round and the average. Freshman Sabrina Walker placed second in the long-round goat tying event.

“We’ve had good support from our sponsors, and the community response has been amazing,” said advisor Kevin Bates. “It went way past our expectations.”

More than 300 cyclists expected for Maverick Classic
Hundreds of cyclists from the western United States are expected to converge in the Grand Valley April 20-21 for the three-race Maverick Classic, the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Championship. Events will be held in Palisade, Fruita and downtown Grand Junction.

The three-race event begins with a 16.7-mile team time trial on rolling farm roads north of Fruita at 9 a.m. on April 20. An individual open class time trial will follow. The second race of the day, the Downtown Criterium at Night, begins at 4 p.m. The course is a 0.8-mile flat loop through downtown Grand Junction with wide and narrow corners that includes a segment winding through Main Street. The Palisade road race begins at 9 a.m. on April 21 with a parade lap around downtown Palisade. Riders will proceed across the Colorado River and uphill along the Fruit and Wine Byway.

For more information, call 970.248.1902 or visit coloradomesa.edu/maverickclassic.

By Tish Elliot

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