Adams State women dominate 2023 RMAC Cross Country Championships

Adams State women won the 2023 RMAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, making it 13 titles in the last 14 conference action. Dominance! Brianna Robles named Women's Runner of the Year and won the 6k in a time of 20:34.1.

Adams State cross country team wins 2023 RMAC Cross Country Championships
Adams State cross country team wins 2023 RMAC Cross Country Championships

DENVER, Colo. — Adams State University’s women’s cross country team clinched the 2023 RMAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, further solidifying their reign in collegiate cross country. The event, held at Washington Park in Denver, Colorado, saw the Grizzlies women’s team outpace a slew of ranked competitors, led by senior Brianna Robles, who secured the Women’s Runner of the Year title.

2023 RMAC Cross Country Championships Highlights:

  • Adams State women’s team wins 2023 RMAC Cross Country Championships.
  • Senior Brianna Robles named Women’s Runner of the Year with a 6k time of 20:34.1.
  • Freshman Tristian Spence and Coach Damon Martin also receive top honors.
  • Team amasses just 32 points, beating No. 3 Colo. School of Mines who had 56 points.
  • Adams State extends their conference title wins to 13 out of the past 14 years.
  • Allison Beasley, Holly Moser, and Anna Fauske among top five finishers in the 6k race.
  • Next stop for the team is the NCAA South Central Regional meet in Lubbock, Texas on November 4th.

For complete team results, visit here. For complete 6k results, visit here.

A Stellar Performance

Robles clocked in at 20:34.1 for the women’s 6k, a time that not only earned her first place but also her second individual title in the past three years. Adams State has also now won 13 of the past 14 conference titles after Saturday’s triumph.

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Following her was teammate Emily Schoellkopf, who finished third with a time of 21:02.9. Ava O’Connor, Morgan Hykes, and Elena Carey also contributed to the team’s low score of 32 points with their top-12 finishes.

Notable Competitors and Podium Finishers

Allison Beasley of Western Colorado was a close second in the 6k race, finishing with a time of 20:48.4. Holly Moser of Colorado School of Mines took fourth place, clocking in at 21:04.4. Anna Fauske of UC-Colorado Springs rounded out the top five with a time of 21:05.2.

Fresh Talent and Coaching Excellence

The Grizzlies’ success was not solely the work of seasoned athletes. Tristian Spence, a freshman, was honored as the Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year.

In addition, Coach Damon Martin, a man known to being in the spotlights with the Adams State team, received the Women’s Coach of the Year award.

The Competition

Adams State’s closest competitor was the No. 3 ranked Colorado School of Mines, which finished with 56 points.

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They were followed by 2020 champion No. 4 Western Colorado with 94 points. No. 7 CSU Pueblo and No. 6 UC-Colorado Springs completed the top-5 with 115 and 124 points, respectively.

Looking Ahead

With this win, Adams State has set the stage for the upcoming NCAA South Central Regional Cross Country meet in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled for November 4th. The team will aim to carry this momentum into the regional competition, eyeing a spot in the NCAA Championships.

Covers meetings in the United States, including the USA Championships, meetings in Florida and Miami, as well as promoting on social media @worldtrack. Campbell discovered his writing ability at South Broward HS in Hollywood, FL, before graduating from Florida International University and continued to sharpen his skills.

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