Adams State women’s cross country
claims NCAA title
Make it 23 national cross country titles for the Adams State women’s cross country program. The Grizzlies won the NCAA DII Cross Country Championship on a hilly golf course in St. Leo, Florida, on Saturday. Brianna Robles paced Adams State by finishing sixth overall in 20 minutes, 36.3 seconds for the 6K course, and the Grizzlies placed two other runners, Franziska Althaus and Precious Robinson, in the top 10 for scoring to hold off Grand Valley State in the team standings.
The 2021 title makes it 19 NCAA DII cross country championships that Adams State women have won. They also have four NAIA cross country titles in the program’s history, the first one 40 years ago in 1981 when Adams State women’s and men’s teams swept the NAIA titles in the same year for the first time ever.
The Adams State men’s team finished second to Grand Valley State in the men’s NCAA DII Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Adams State’s Isaiah Rodarte finished fifth overall in 30 minutes, 26.3 seconds for the 10K course. Grand Valley of Allendale, Mich., has risen in recent years to challenge Adams State in the national competitions in both the men’s and women’s races.
Grand Valley runners Hannah Becker and Isaac Harding won the women’s and men’s individual titles, and Grand Valley runners finished second in both races. Adams State’s depth secured the women’s team title. Freshman Morgan Hykes was 15th and sophomore Nicole Lawrence finished 21st. Both Adams State and Grand Valley fielded teams stocked with underclassmen, and so the annual showdown between the two running schools will continue.
Full results are here.
Centauri High advances to
state championship football game
Maybe the third time will be a charm for Centauri High. The year was always leading to Centauri High vs. Limon High for the Class 1A state football championship. On Saturday, the matchup became a reality.
A packed house at Centauri High saw the Falcons easily defeat previously unbeaten Buena Vista, 42-6, to advance to the Class 1A State Championship Game on Saturday in Pueblo. Limon, meanwhile, had no trouble with Wray, 42-8.
The showdown between the two undefeated teams will come at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at CSU-Pueblo Thunderbowl Stadium.
Limon is playing for its fourth consecutive state championship, while Centauri has made it to three state title games but has yet to win one.
“I know a lot of people thought it would be us two at this point and we’re just excited to be here so we can take our crack at them,” Centauri head coach Kyle Forster told the Colorado Preps Scoreboard Show. “Just for us coaches and our kids, you know, these seniors who have made it to every semifinals, it was nice to get over this little hump and give us a chance to go fight for that state championship,” Forster said.
Centauri is the last team to beat Limon. That was in 2017 in a state semifinal playoff game. The Falcons get another shot at the title two days after Thanksgiving.
Sanford High ends its football season
After an emotional win a week ago against Vail Christain, Sanford fell in the semifinal round to Mancos, 26-16, to end its football season. Sanford held an 8-0 first quarter lead on the road, but then Mancos put together scoring drives in the second quarter to lead 14-8 at halftime. Mancos then scored two more times in the third to put the game away.
Adams State men’s basketball gets pair of wins
The weekend was good to the Adams State men’s basketball team, which won a pair on the road at the Al Kaly Shrine Classic in Pueblo. The Grizzlies topped Bacone College, Oklahoma, 92-80 on Friday and then Spurgeon College, 113-63, on Saturday.
Adams State heads to Puerto Rico for the Thanksgiving weekend to play a pair of games. On Friday, Nov. 26, it’s the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon and then University of Puerto Rico-Cayey on Saturday.
Adams State returns to Plachy Hall on Dec. 3 for a game against New Mexico Highlands to open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, and then Dec. 4 against CSU-Pueblo.
Adams State women’s basketball
notches its first win
The Adams State women’s basketball notched its first win of the season last week, 83-54 over Northern New Mexico of Espanola. The Grizzlies are on the road for the Thanksgiving weekend at the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic in Grand Junction.