GOLDEN - After establishing a new school record in last week’s season-opener, junior Seun Ogunmodede once again led the Colorado School of Mines indoor track and field teams, besting the high jump competition at the 23rd annual Air Force Invitational at Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
The Castle Rock native cleared 6-9 (2.06 meters) for his second first-place result in as many weeks and equaled the program’s fourth-highest mark set by David Stuart in 2009. Ogunmodede now owns four of the top-seven all-time jumps in Mines history.
In his second collegiate meet, freshman Jacob Hollister added his name to the school’s top-five with the fifth-longest toss in the shot put at 46-1.50 (14.06 meters), ranking fourth among Division II throwers and 18th overall.
Led by top honors at 174 pounds for Josh Brown, the Colorado School of Mines wrestling team posted seven place finishes at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open on Saturday at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Brown posted a 3-0 record in the tournament, including a 10-4 decision over Ken Banning and a 6-5 decision over James Jones to move into the championship bout. There, he posted a third-period pin over unattached teammate, Michael Lunsford, to take top billing in the weight class.
Luis Gurule (125) and Sean Burroughs (157) both posted runner-up nods as well after each ended his day with a 3-1 record.
Alec Bird finished third at 285 pounds, while Colby Watters (133), Gable Prach (141) and Cory Wittwer (149) added fourth-place finishes.
The Orediggers will return to action on February 2, when the squad travels to Las Vegas, N.M., for a 4 p.m. matchup with New Mexico Highlands.
A 3-point basket by Brian Muller with eight seconds remaining tied up the ballgame, but home-standing and 20th-ranked Fort Lewis was able to score in the waning seconds to stop Mines’ upset bid, 71-69, on Saturday evening at Whalen Gymnasium in Durango.
Mines (10-7, 7-6 RMAC) tied a season low with just 12 free throw attempts during the contest and, after a hot-shooting first half, was limited to just 30.3 percent shooting in the second half.
Fort Lewis (14-2, 11-2 RMAC) was consistent on offense in all areas of the floor throughout the game, and held a strong advantage on free throws made (17) and attempted (25), which proved to be the difference in the end.
Muller led the squad with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor, including a 5-of-9 effort from the perimeter. The Billings, Mont., native knocked in five deep balls for the second time in the last four contests, while also notching his fifth 20-point output of the season and the sixth of his career.
The Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team allowed a season-worst 44 first half points to Fort Lewis Saturday and could not recover in the second as the Skyhawks won their 10th game in 11 meetings with the Orediggers, 80-73, at Whalen Gymnasium in Durango.
After shooting 35.1 percent (13-of-37) and 14.8 percent (4-of-27) behind the arc in yesterday’s home loss to Colorado Christian, the Skyhawks opened Saturday’s contest with a vengeance, jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 2:25.
FLC hit on nine of their first 15 looks and finished the half 17-of-33 (51.5 percent) and 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from distance, eventually building a 16-point advantage before entering halftime leading 44-31.
The Orediggers (11-8, 8-5 RMAC) got as close as seven on four occasions in the second half, the latter coming on a traditional three-point play from sophomore Taylor Helbig with 29 seconds left for the final margin.
Senior Kelly Unkrich was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year and the Colorado School of Mines softball team was picked to repeat as conference champions in the 2013 RMAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, announced this afternoon by the league office.
Unkrich was joined on the Preseason All-RMAC squad by senior outfielder Kamee Vessey.
The RMAC Pitcher of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, Unkrich led the conference in earned run aver age at 2.96, was second in strikeouts (156) and was third in wins (16) last season. Unkrich also recorded three saves, and helped lead the Orediggers to their third RMAC regular season championship in five years.
One season after advancing to the RMAC Tournament for the third time in school history, the Colorado School of Mines baseball team was picked to finish fifth in the league and third in the Mountain Division as part of the release of 2013 RMAC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll on Wednesday afternoon by the league office.
Also with the release of the poll, senior outfielder Bobby Egeberg was named to the Preseason All-RMAC squad.
Defending champion Colorado Mesa was again picked to finish first in the conference, with New Mexico Highlands, Regis and CSU-Pueblo filling in the top four spots in the poll ahead of Mines and Metro State, who tied for fifth with 34 votes. The Mavericks were picked as the unanimous favorite to win the league after capturing the program’s sixth RMAC title in the last nine seasons in 2012.