For the first time in program history, the UCCS women’s outdoor track and field program is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion. The UCCS men’s team climbed up the standings on the final day and claimed a second place finish. The teams combined for nine individual conference titles and 16 podium finishes.
The Mountain Lion women posted 161 team points in their championship run and cemented the first place spot with a 33.5 point cushion over second place Colorado School of Mines.
“It was an outstanding day and the women showed up with a vengeance,” Fellows said. “This was a great team effort. I have to give credit to our amazing coaching staff and support staff. The entire crew did an incredible job, and it’s a great day to be a Mountain Lion.”
Kaija Crowe scored 25 points with championships in the high jump and heptathlon, a runner-up performance in the 4×400-meter relay and a fourth-place finish in the long jump. She repeated as RMAC champion with 4,766 points on Friday and Saturday and finished first in four of the seven events. Crowe won the high jump with 5 feet, 4 1/4 inches, anchored the relay team that finish second in 3:53.03, and jumped 19-5 1/2 in the long jump. Her 27 points were the most for any Mountain Lion at the championships.
Heading into Sunday with the top preliminary times in the 1,500-meter run and 800-meter run, Skylyn Webb continued the pattern by winning RMAC championships in each event. Webb completed the women’s 1,500 in 4 minutes, 34.71 seconds, and finished the 800 in 2:15.55 for 20 points in the women’s point total.
Kayla Zink won the 200-meter championship in 24.28 seconds and finished second in the 100-meter dash with 11.75 seconds. The Mountain Lions scored a total of 32 team points in the two sprints along with fifth-place finishes in both events by Brittany Fuchs and sixth-place performances from Shewli Ghosh in the 100-meter dash and Dejah Glover in the 200-meter dash.
Deshon Elcock led the men’s team and earned RMAC Athlete of the Meet honors with 20 points with his first career championships in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, a runner-up finish in the 4×100-meter relay and an eighth-place performance in the 4×400-meter relay. He crossed the finish line in 10.60 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 21.40 seconds in the 200-meter dash for his individual titles. Elcock joined teammates Sam Repsher, Caleb Simons and Charlie Forbes for a second-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay in 42.10 seconds, and joined Simons, Andrew Thompson and David Higgins in the 4×400-meter relay for a time of 3:26.01.
Forbes scored 20 points with a championship in the 110-meter hurdles and runner-up finishes in the 400-meter hurdles and 4×100-meter relay. He won the 110 hurdles by nearly a half-second with 14.96 seconds and missed the 400-meter title by less than a tenth-of-a-second at 54.28 seconds.
Will Ross won his third overall triple jump championship and first in the outdoor season with 48-4 3/4, and used a personal-best 24-0 3/4 in the long jump for a runner-up performance. Dakota Abbott joined Ross on the podium in the triple jump with 47-6 1/4.
The championship is the first of the 2018-19 academic year for the Mountain Lion athletic department and the 24th in school history.