Colorado Mountain College cross country teams second at first-ever junior college regionals |

Colorado Mountain College cross country teams second at first-ever junior college regionals

Runners begin the men’s cross-country race at the NJCAA Region IX Championships on Oct. 3, in Alamosa, Colorado. The Colorado Mountain College Eagles, shown here in the blue jerseys, raced to a second-place team finish.

Colorado Mountain College’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed at the NJCAA Region IX Championships Oct. 31 in Alamosa. Both teams placed second behind Trinidad State Junior College.

It was the first time CMC has competed at the regional level in just the second year of the college’s multi-campus cross country program, and the first year for the women.

On the men’s side, Jason Macaluso was CMC’s top finisher, placing fourth overall with an 8-kilometer time of 28 minutes, 57 seconds, and earning a spot on the all-region team.

Macaluso was followed by Autry Lomahongva (10th at 30:36), Reese Fledderjohn (11th at 30:51), Adam Garcia (12th at 31:10), Luke Plummer (13th at 31:17), Jack Setser (15th at 31:32), Skyler Winter (16th at 31:44) and Dylan Dunbar (19th at 32:56).

For the women, Kya Jackson was the top finisher for CMC, placing sixth with a time of 23:58 at the 5K distance.

It was the first time this season that the women’s team had all five runners competing, allowing them to score as a team. Madisen Johnson came in seventh at 24:25, Cami Trujillo 10th at 27:03, Anayeli Almanza 11th at 28:11 and Ember Penas 14th at 40:33.

The CMC Eagles are to close out their 2020 season Saturday at the NJCAA Division 1 National Championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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