ENMU runners edged in regionals

CMI staff

CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University cross country team qualified junior Mikey Davila for NCAA Division II national competition in Saturday’s South Central Regional, hosted by West Texas A&M.

The Greyhounds and Zias weren’t that far from getting their teams in, either.

Junior Mikey Davila qualified by posting the third-fastest time for a runner from a non-qualifying team, finishing 23rd overall with a time of 31 minutes, 20 seconds over 10 kilometers. Junior Kaspars Briska was nine seconds behind Davila and one spot away from qualifying.

ENMU’s men finished seventh with 214 points while the Zias were eighth with 247 points. The top six teams on each side advance to the national meet, scheduled for Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash.

Adams State swept both team titles, winning the men’s competition with 31 points to 38 for fellow Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference member Western State. The other team qualifiers were Colorado School of Mines (89), Metro State and West Texas A&M (171) and New Mexico Highlands 192.

The Zias were led by sophomore Amber Saiz, 36th in 22:37 over the women’s 6K course, and junior Sabrina Huelga, one second behind her and in 37th place.

Western State’s Vegard Olstad kept Adams State from a 1-2-3 individual finish in both races, taking the men’s race in 29:57. Lauren Martin led the ASU domination on the women’s side, clocking 21:14.

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