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Rivalry Plays Out At Wash Park

Posted by The Minkster on October 26, 2009

Sat. in the Park w/ Sports ChickOn a gorgeous Colorado fall day the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference held its cross country championships at Denver’s Washington Park.  The course was set-up in the center of the park where volleyball nets and soccer balls rule during a typical summer weekend.  This past Saturday true college athletes competed for the love of the sport.  They don’t expect million dollar contracts when finished with school, but instead are studying to actually get a degree and go work for the man like the rest of us. 

Men's Race Lap 2There was great support from the local running community, family members and the student body.  It was inspiring for this “29 and holding” recreational runner to see these young men and women out there giving all they had whether fighting for a top finish or not to become the RMAC cross country version of Mr./Ms. Irrelevant.  If you haven’t been to a college competition in Colorado that doesn’t feature a puck, basketball or football you should add that to your bucket list.  Not only are most of them free, but you get see some of the nation’s top athletes compete right here in your own backyard. 

Finishing strong!Adams State swept the men’s and women’s RMAC championships with Western State right on their heels.  The Grizzlies took the top three spots in the men’s race and 1, 3 and 4 in the women’s.  Western State showed they had more heart than any team out there.  After giving rival Adams State a run for their money and finishing a solid second in both races, the team loaded up and drove to Thornton to attended the funeral of assistant coach Lisa Thomas (23) who died in a one car crash last week.  Her energy and support was an inspiration to WSC on a beautiful fall day in Colorado, and one has to wonder if LT was out there running stride for stride pushing each one them down the home stretch.

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