The weather could not be any better for the 18th Annual PUMA/Joe I. Vigil Open at the Cattail’s Golf Course in Alamosa as the Western State College Mountaineers won the team title with 27 points while the host Adams State Grizzlies were in second place with 45 points. Western State senior Lauren Kleppin won the individual title.
Colorado Mesa University took third place as they tallied 82 points to edge the Regis University Rangers by two points, as Regis had 84. Garden City Community College rounded out the team scorers with 148 points.
The Grizzly men edged the Mountaineers for the team title
Kleppin’s time of 17:04 on the 5,000-meter race, was just three seconds off the course record which was set by Adams State’s then-senior Kristen McGlynn (Bailey, Colo.).
Adams State sophomore Kelly Lamb (Creede, Colo.) lead the way for the Grizzlies as she finished in second place with a time of 17:17. She was closely followed by teammate Alica Nelson (Craig, Colo.) who was clocked with a time of 17:18.
McGlynn, who was racing for ASC’s Elite team, finished in sixth place as she had a time of 17:44.
Redshirt freshman Lauren Martin (Alamosa, Colo.) had a 12-second personal record time as passed the finish line with a time of 18:33 to take 15th place and nabbing nine points for the Grizzlies.
Freshman Melissa Roberts (Boulder, Colo.), who was running unattached for the Grizzlies, finished in 18:40 claiming the 19th place. Freshman Jessie Brunett (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) was the next closest for the Grizzly attached runner through the finish line as she finished in 22nd place with a time of 18:56.
Freshman Kelsey Corbin (Mancos, Colo.), competing unattached, finished in 19:39, good enough for a 28th place finish. Redshirt freshman Tyler Warren (Evergreen, Colo.) took 33rd place with a time of 19:51. Junior Lindsey Grasmick (Fowler, Colo.) had a stellar race as she finished in 35th place in 20:07.
Vivian Ochoa (Burbank, Calif.) and Teri Mitchell (Tustin, Calif.) were competing unattached and took 41st and 42nd place, respectively. Ochoa had a time of 20:28 while Mitchell was five seconds back at 20:33.
Redshirt freshman Emalie Barnett (Greenville, S.C.) had a time of 21:22 take 51st place.
Three ASC unattached runners then rounded out the Grizzlies in the race as junior Jenna Iwaniec (Carver, Ind.), junior Shelby Rushing (Alamosa, Colo.) and junior Alyssa Guy (Akron, Colo.) finished the race with times under 24 minutes.
Earlier in the day, the Durango High School Demons won the high school race with a score of 13 points, just three away from a perfect score. Demon runner Karli Freeman won the individual title with a time of 19:53
The Grizzlies will continue their campaign next Saturday competing at the Colorado College Invitational at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs. The men’s race will start at 9 a.m. and the women will follow at 10 a.m.