Student-athletes earn accolades and honors
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:00 AM
Colorado Mesa University’s spring athletic season is drawing to a close. This eventful semester brought a new varsity sport — sand volleyball — and many accolades for the university’s student-athletes.
CMU Baseball hosted the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) South Central Region Tournament this month. The Mavs’ season ended when the team dropped an 8-6 decision to the Angelo State University Rams in an elimination game. CMU finished the season with a 48-9 record.
Senior Austin Wallingford was named baseball’s Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Daktronics after being named Player of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). He was a first team selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as well.
Wallingford’s teammates Alex Serrano and Kyle Fife were also selected for the first team by all three organizations. Senior Ryan Reno, freshmen Bligh Madris and Zach McLeod and junior Tyler Ehlers were also honored by at least one of the organizations. Reno also earned Capital One Academic All-Region Honors. Serrano was an All-RMAC First Team and All-RMAC First Team Academic selection.
The CMU softball season came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Metropolitan State University of Denver in the RMAC tournament on May 1. The Mavericks finish the season 33-23. On May 11, junior Makayla Kovac and freshman Brooke Hodgson were named to the Daktronics Softball South Central All-Region Team.
On May 6, sophomore golfer Trevor McKune became the third Maverick men’s golfer to qualify for the NCAA Regional, which took place May 18–22 in Conover, N.C. Both CMU golf teams were represented in the RMAC all-conference golf teams. McKune, juniors Sara Swaney and Zoe Woodworth, sophomore Taylor Walters and freshman Carolina Yamada were among those named. Swaney also earned All-RMAC First Team Academic Honors.
The Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) released their All-Western teams on May 6. CMU’s men’s team had four representatives on the team — juniors David Solomon and Zach Weaver, sophomore Brady George and senior Zach Bullett. Head coach Vince Smith was honored as Coach of the Year. In his first season, Smith led the Mavericks to an unblemished 6-0 record in WILA play and a 9-3 overall record.
Lindenwood University defeated the Mavericks in the semifinals of the RMAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament on May 2. CMU finishes the season 9-6 — the highest number of wins in program history.
The men’s tennis team finished third and the women’s team second at the RMAC Tournament in Pueblo, Colo. on April 25. Senior Jordan Lyden was named the RMAC Player of the Year and the RMAC Academic Player of the Year.
Seniors Shane Niksic and Whitney Rowe will represent CMU at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., on May 21–23. Both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for the NCAA championships this year in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Fifteen track and field student-athletes were named to the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll on May 13.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations