Women’s cross-country team

The CMC Eagles women’s cross-country team celebrates their first place win. Team members photographed from left are Madisen Johnson, Abby Hagen, Anais Garcia, Ember Penas, Carmen Tallbear-Edmunds, Hope Maldonado and Kaylynn Shaffer.

The Colorado Mountain College cross-country team hosted the CMC XC Invitational Sept. 25 at the college’s Leadville campus.

CMC runner Kaylynn Shaffer of Salida scored a first place finish in the women’s race, running a time of twenty-five minutes and 23 seconds over the hilly 5K course. CMC runner Jason Macaluso of Vail placed first overall for the Eagles in the men’s 7.2K race with a time of 27:43.

Head coach Darren Brungardt said the CMC Eagles put together a strong effort out on the course Saturday, with both the men’s and women’s teams earning first place. The course is one of the highest college cross-country races in the world with runners peaking at 10,250 feet above sea level.

The college’s cross-country team competes as a National Junior College Athletic Association-sanctioned team. Even though the team is based at CMC Leadville, students from any of CMC’s 11 locations can compete from their home campus.

In addition to the college races, the CMC XC Invitational featured a full day of running events, including separate races for area middle school and high school athletes.

The top finisher in the boys’ high school 5K race was Cole Mazurana of Windsor High School with a time of 18:45. In the girls’ high school 5K race, Adele Horning of Lake County High School crossed the line first with a time of 23:11.

Next up on the schedule for the CMC Eagles will be the Colorado Springs XC Open on Oct. 8 at Cherokee Ridge Golf Corse. For more on the team, visit https://cmceagles.com/cross-country.

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