CSU cross country finishes top-10 amidst stiffer competition

Jess Boxrud

Colorado State’s men cross country team, ranked No. 10 in the country, placed sixth at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. CSU’s women cross country finished 21st an the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

Senior Cole Rockhold ran 23:29.3 and finished in ninth place out of 224 runners, which was the highest ranking by any Ram individual in the men’s 8k in the 10-year history of the meet while fellow senior Eric Hamer was ranked 22nd place with a time of 23:42.5. Hamer’s mark was the third-highest rank by any Ram at the meet.

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All five CSU runners placed in the top 100, including senior Carson Hume in 60th place with a time of 24:05.3, senior Trent Powell in 78th place with a time of 24:18.2 and sophomore Jacob Brueckman in 92nd place with a time of 24:24.6. CSU finished ahead of 11 ranked teams and accomplished its projected finish in terms of US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranking. At the meet, the Rams entered as the USTFCCCA’s seventh-highest ranked team.

Colorado State placed 21st of 33 teams in competition in the women’s championship 6k, finishing ahead of No. 27 ranked Georgetown, Texas and five other Power-Five conference programs.

Leading the Rams in the field was senior Bailey Ness with a time of 20:58.8, who was ranked 73rd of 227 runners. Senior Ali Kallner joined Ness in the top 100, finishing her run at 21:10.4 to earn 94th place. The Rams’ three remaining scorers included senior Roxy Trotter in 114th place with a time of 21:22.3, freshman Lily Tomasula-Martin in 124th place at 21:27.6 and freshman Ivy Gonzales in 166th place with a time of 21:56.0.

We wanted to come out here and prove that we were still a top-10-caliber team. We did that, and I think if we keep working hard we have a lot more we can improve on given that it’s still early in the season,” Coach Art Siemers said.

The Colorado State cross country team has next week off from competition before returning to action at Pre-Nationals and at the FHSU Tiger Open respectively Oct. 13.