CSU hits the road Friday for the Roadrunners Open

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – For the first time this season, Colorado State’s cross country programs will head south to compete in the Roadrunners Open Friday in Denver at Washington Park.

The men will start their 8,000-meter race at 4:30 pm and the women’s team will follow at 5 pm in their 6-km race. On Tuesday, women earned a spot in the USTFCCCA Coaching Survey and are now ranked No.26 nationally.

“It should be a great local race involving the best Division II competition in the country,” assistant coach Andrew Epperson noted. “The level of racing will be high and it will be a great opportunity for our student-athletes to compete after leaving the Wyoming invitation.”

The race alongside the Rams will host Metro State, as well as Colorado Christian, Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, Fort Hays, Regis and UC-Colorado Springs.

Last time around, CSU swept the Wyoming Invite, while the Wyoming men and women finished second and fifth, respectively. The women of Mines, ranked second in the NCAA DII, also took fourth place in the competition. The new competition that will challenge the Rams will feature UCCS on both sides with their men ranked 9th and women ranked 10th. It will also be the first time the men will be pushed by Mines, who are defending their 2019 NCAA D2 Championship title, as the postponement of the rain removed them from the Wyoming Invite. Both Colorado Christian teams are also featured in DII national rankings.

“This competition gives our student-athletes another opportunity and a chance to really get into cross country at the college level,” Epperson continued. “It will be a perfect race for them to gain experience and to help us, the coaches, to continue making decisions about choosing teams in the future.”

Men’s Team Notes: This meeting, CSU will be in the race Calvin banta, Ryan birkmeier, Dawson LaRance, Preston Norris, and the junior transfer of newcomers from Seattle Pacific, Jared putney. USTFCCCA Mountain Regions Ranking: 8

Women’s team notes: This encounter, CSU will run Bailee Carr, Devon peterson, Kylie poole, Maggie Smith, and Carly Mur. USTFCCCA ranking of mountain regions: n ° 5

The Head Coach Siemers Art with the remainder of the distance, the Rams will remain in Fort Collins for continued preparation for next week’s Bill Dellinger Invitational in Oregon.

Dated: Friday, September 17, 2021
Or: Washington Park – Denver
701 Franklin Street
Denver, CO 80209
Competing teams: Metro State, Colorado Christian, Wyoming, Mines, Fort Hays, Regis, UCCS
Departure times: 4:30 p.m. MT – Men’s 8 km | 5:15 p.m. MT – Women’s 6 km
Car park: Available on site
Course: Flat grass park
Rating: The top five riders from each team will be used for the score. Runners six and seven will be displacements.
Live results: https://csura.ms/3tKbeMq.

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