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RMAC champions, the team also broke CMU’s record for the most wins in a season


Mavericks come out on top in tournaments

Last month brought success for Colorado Mesa University athletes at both regional and national levels.

The women’s basketball team hosted the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament March 15, 16, and 18. After winning their first two games against Fort Lewis College and the University of Texas-Permian Basin, the Mavericks made CMU history by defeating Midwestern State University 69-65 and becoming the South Central Region champions. The championship earned the them a spot in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The Mavericks, ranked number four in the nation with an overall record of 31-1, will play the East Region champions, Dowling College, in San Antonio on March 26. This will be the first Elite Eight game in the program’s history.

RMAC champions, the team also broke CMU’s record for the most wins in a season. After the team won the RMAC Shootout Tournament, CMU’s Katrina Selsor was named Tournament MVP. Kelsey Sigl was named RMAC Player of the Year, and Taylor Wagner was named RMAC Coach of the Year. Sigl, Selsor and her sister Sharaya made the RMAC All-Conference First Team. Bruna Deichmann made the RMAC All-Conference Third Team.

The men’s basketball team reached the semifinals in the RMAC Shootout Tournament, losing to Metro State 93-64. CMU’s Colton Burgon made the RMAC All-Conference First Team. Jeff Hart made the RMAC All-Conference Second Team.

Brock Martin represented CMU in the swimming and diving portion of the NCAA Division II National Championships in Birmingham, Ala., finishing fourth in the one-meter dive competition and earning All-American status. Earlier in the championships, Martin placed eighth in the three-meter competition, garnering All-America honors in that event as well.

Swimmer Mehdi El Hazzaz earned All-American Honorable Mention in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing eleventh overall. Amanda Jennings also received All-America Honorable Mention honors in both the one-meter and three-meter dive competitions, finishing fourteenth overall in both events.

CMU wrestlers James Martinez and Nick Petersen both earned All-American honors at the NCAA National Championships. Martinez finished in sixth place in his weight class, Petersen in seventh.

Shane Niksic is the first CMU indoor track and field runner to qualify for the NCAA National Championships since the program’s inception a year ago. Niksic was ranked eleventh in the NCAA when he entered the race and came away with a tenth place finish in the event, the highest finisher in the race among RMAC runners. Niksic finished third in his heat, improving his time by more than two seconds. He was three-tenths of a second from qualifying for the eight-runner final and an All-American honor.

CMU’s cycling team placed fifth overall at BMX Nationals on March 3. The team is ranked first nationally among Division II schools. This win widened the spread between CMU and its closest competitor, Mars Hill College, to 13 points.

The rodeo team will host a regional competition at the County Fairgrounds in Orchard Mesa on April 12. It will feature competitors from schools throughout the Rocky Mountain region. This is the first rodeo CMU has hosted since the program began. •

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