Cross Country Teams 17th, 28th in NCAA Championship : At the NCAA Cross Country Championships hosted by the University of Northern Iowa, the Colorado State men finished 17th and the women placed 28th.
Senior Austin Vigil paced the men?s team in the 10K race, finishing 31st with a time of 30:18.4, while sophomore Josh Glaab finished 40th with a time of 30:25.5. Bill Michel was 72nd with a time of 30:49.4, while Mike Nicks and Paul Michel rounded out the scoring in 123rd and 170th, respectively.
The women were led by sophomore Nicole Feest, who ran the 6K race in 21:18.4 and finished 80th. Michelle Carman was 112th with a time of 21:30.7 and Katie Yemm was 118th with 21:33.2. Crystal Clark and Colleen Blair were 127th and 137th, respectively to round out the scoring.
Also competing for the Ram men were Paul DiGrappa in 177th and Matt Cianciulli in 196th. Jennifer Kintzley and Sarah MacKay were the other two women runners, placing 146th and 179th, respectively.
Vigil and Glaab both earn All-American honors for the Rams
Rams Sign Four: The Colorado State cross country team received commitments from four athletes this past week. The following is a list of the athletes and some of their accomplishments.
Heather Loseke - Pueblo, Colorado (Pueblo East High Schoo)l: State champion in the 2 mile run, state runner up in the 1 mile run, named All-State Cross Country in 2002, and was the runner up in the 2001 state cross country meet.
Kirsten Anthony - Colo Springs, Colorado (Liberty High School): Cross country state champion in 2002, placed second in the 3000 meters at the USA Junior Olympics West, named All-State in 2001,2002 and 2003 in both the 1 mile and 2 mile runs.
Katie Sammons - Phoenix, AZ (Desert Vista High School): Placed third in the state cross country meet in 2003, finished fourth in 2002 at the state cross country meet, earned All-State honors in both the 1 mile and 2 mile runs.
Jeff Whal - Littleton, Colorado (Columbine High School): Finished sixth in the mile in 2003, placed 10th at the 2003 state cross country meet.
Head Coach Del Hessel
Del Hessel ranks as one of the most successful distance and cross country coaches in the nation. He is the only coach to have coached at three different Division I schools and been able to lead each into the national rankings and the NCAA Championships. Colorado State has finished as high as eighth in the men?s championship and the women had their highest finish ever when they placed 12th in 1997. In 2000, Hessel was named both the men?s and the women?s Mountain West Cross Country Coach of the Year for his teams? accomplishments.
On the track, Hessel has produced numerous All-Americans in distance events. Bryan Berryhill was the first Ram to win two national championships when he won the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championship and the 1500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2000. At one point in his career, Hessel coached four runners under 13:50 in the 5,000 meters. Under Hessel?s guidance, Billy Mangan won the Penn Relays at 13:44, Mike Klass won All-American honors after finishing the 5,000 in 13:41.6, Dave Murphy won the 10,000 meters at the Tom Black Invitational in 28:14 and Ibrahim Kivina was the national runner-up at the NCAA Championship in the 10,000 meter with a finishing time of 28:04.
Hessel has toured with several international teams while serving as event chair for USA Olympic Development for the 800 and 1,500 meters. He has served on the World Cup staff in Spain, served as head coach for the Olympic Sports Festival and travelled to Europe for the past 10 years with some of the nation?s best middle distance runners including, Olympians Brian Woodward, Steve Holman and Rick Kenah.
Hessel has also written three books and given lectures throughout the country. He is a member of the Colorado State Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a nationally ranked 800 meter runner. In 1963, Hessel set a CSU record for the indoor 800 meters with his time of 1:50.50. That mark stood for 35 years until it was finally broken by Berryhill in 1998.
Women?s NCAA Championship Final Results Fin. Team Points 1 Stanford 120 2 BYU 128 3 Providence 222 4 Michigan 232 5 Colorado 269 6 North Carolina State 290 7 UCLA 293 8 North Carolina 294 9 Princeton 348 10 Notre Dame 352 11 Villanova 380 12 Missouri 383 13 Columbia 401 14 Arizona State 406 15 Northern Arizona 407 16 Georgetown 427 17 Michigan State 435 18 Florida State 455 19 Washington 486 20 Duke 492 21 Wake Forest 496 22 Marquette 509 23 Penn State 510 24 Tennessee 513 25 Baylor 516 28 Colorado State 574 Men?s NCAA Championship Final Results Fin. Team Points 1 Stanford 24 2 Wisconsin 174 3 Northern Arizona 190 4 Iona College 191 5 Arkansas 215 6 Colorado 261 7 Georgetown 283 8 Air Force 330 9 Michigan 335 10 North Carolina State 346 11 Villanova 353 12 Indiana 387 13 Cal Poly 404 14 Miami (Ohio) 413 15 Ohio State 418 16 Oklahoma State 435 17 Colorado State 436 18 Central Michigan 437 19 Texas A&M 447 19 BYU 447 21 Oregon 449 22 Washington 452 23 Arizona 539 24 Providence 553 25 Georgia 555 2003 Cross Country Schedule Date Day Event Location Time/Result Sept. 5 Friday Wyoming Inv. Laramie, Wyo. M 1st/W 1st Sept. 13 Saturday Lobo Inv. Albuquerque, N.M. M 1st/W 1st Sept. 27 Saturday Roy Griak Inv. Minneapolis, Minn. M 3rd/W 7th Oct. 4 Saturday Rocky Mountain Shootout Boulder, Colo. M not full team Oct. 18 Saturday Penn State National Race University Park, Pa. M 1st/W 4th Nov. 1 Saturday Mountain West Championships Albuquerque, N.M. M 3rd/W 2nd Nov. 15 Saturday NCAA Mountain Regional Ogden, Utah M 5th/W 3rd Nov. 24 Monday NCAA Championships Waterloo, Iowa M 17th/W 28th
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