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CSM men qualify for 2011 NCAA Divsion II Cross Country Championships

DENVER, Colo. - The Colorado School of Mines cross country teams both competed for a shot at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning at Washington Park with the men qualifying finishing third and the women just coming up short finishing in seventh place.

The men were right on the heels of Western State as the Mountaineers scored 61 points while Mines finished with 72 closing the gap from the RMAC Championships.

Sean Gildea, who led for part of the race, was the top finisher for the CSM men with another top ten finish as he placed eighth overall in a time of 33:16 in the 10 K race. Gildea earned All-Region honors along with five other Orediggers who finished in the top 25.

Derek Alcorn placed 13th with a time of 33:30 and right behind him in 14th-place was Neal Anderson with a time of 33:34. Andrew Epperson finished 16th (33:38), Tyler Curtis was 21st (33:57) and Mack McLain finished 23rd (34:05) as all five garnered All-Region accolades.

The Oredigger women finished seventh as they were led by Chloe Gustafson who finished 22nd overall earning All-Region honors in a time of 24:22 in the 6 K race. Gustafson will also be competing at the NCAA Championships as an individual.

The CSM men will compete at the 2011 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Spokane, Wash. on Saturday, Nov. 19th and will in search of a third consecutive top four finish.

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