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February: Spring sports recap

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Tomia Johnson, #13 on the Colorado State University Pueblo’s Women’s basketball team, goes up for a layup shot agaisnt Black Hills State. Photo by Ashlyn Dury.

By Dylan Weaver

Track: Before moving on to the NCAA Indoor Championships, the track team of CSU Pueblo saw action recently when they competed in the RMAC Indoor Championships, and to their name collected five gold medals over a bunch of others. At the end of the two-day event, Pack track had the men’s team finishing third out of a field of 12 schools and the women’s team finishing sixth in a field of 13 schools. Leading the way in Gold honors was Nate Miller who won the shot put event with a distance of 18.64 meters. Following behind him with their own Golds were the duo of top-performing women on the weekend Katherine Higgings in the shot put and Helen Braybrook in the 800-meter run. The other Gold winners for the Pack included Reece Sharman-Newell in the 800-meter run as well as the relay team for the 4-x-400 meter relay made up of Tyrell Smith, Kaleb Tipton, Carl Schmidt, and Sharman-Newell. The final medal winners included Keith McInnis with a silver medal in the high jump, Justin Jenks getting silver in the shot put, Terrel Johnson with a bronze in the heptathlon, and Tipton taking home silver in the 800-meter run.

Wrestling: In the finale of wrestling season nine different members of the Pack ended up stamping their names into the West Super Regionals with four of them finishing top six. Michael Atencio was the top finisher as he concluded the year with a fourth-place finish in the 141-pound bracket. Following behind him were Cyruss Meeks and Ben Gould who both finished in fifth place with Meeks in the 157-pound bracket and Gould in the 285-pound bracket. Elijah Valdez finished in sixth place at 165 pounds. Three other members competed as well for the Pack and including Conor Goucher, Cameron Nesbit, and Donn Greer who all collected single wins on the day.

Baseball: Wrapping up the non-conference phase of their season the CSU Pueblo baseball team found themselves facing familiar foes in a three-game weekend series (3/3/23-3/5/23) when they took on the likes of Colorado School of Mines, Regis University, and Metropolitan State University. On the weekend the Pack collected a 1-2 record as after they faltered late in a 10-6 loss to Mines they turned it around with an 11-4 victory over Regis on Saturday the fourth. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep the win streak alive as they fell to Metro 16-0 in the third game. Currently on the season the baseball team is 2-12 overall and heads into RMAC play now as they tackle the Mountain Lions of UCCS as their first opponent.

Lacrosse: Back in action after almost a month since their last match the men’s lacrosse team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah where they faced off with Lynn University for a non-conference matchup. A strong offensive push for the Fighting Knights was too much for the Pack to handle as they fell short with a 15-8 loss. Returning to the field the very next day on the sixth, the lacrosse team once again faced a setback as they couldn’t get much going in a 22-1 loss to the Westminster College Griffins.

Women’s Basketball: In a season that featured many up and down moments, the ladies of the CSU Pueblo women’s basketball team capped off the finale of their year as they headed into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament for postseason play. Facing top-seeded Regis University and in a valiant attempt to continue their year, the Thunderwolves concluded their season on Feb. 28th when they lost to the Rangers by a score of 72-57. The Pack finished with an overall record of 14-15 and went 11-11 in conference play. Highlighting the year were three all-conference selections for the team in a second-team player of Janaiya Davis and both Charisse Fairley and Tomia Johnson garnishing honorable mention selections.

Softball: Continuing their conference schedule the softball team took a trip up I-25 to face Metro State University this past weekend as they looked to improve on their standings. A tough four-game set had other plans though, as the Pack would drop all four games to the Roadrunners and end up being mercy ruled in the final two. Overall the women are 6-13 on the year but have struggled within the RMAC as they are 1-11 in the conference. An away series at Fort Lewis College comes next for the Pack.

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