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ENMU roundup: Rotich 60th at national meet


December 2, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Mercy Rotich completed her Eastern New Mexico University cross country career Saturday, finishing 60th at the Division II championship meet at Schenely Park.

Rotich crossed the 6K finish line in 23:58.8.

Grand Valley State swept the team titles, with the men topping Colorado Mines 89-99 and the women clobbering the field by more than 40 points.

Individual titles went to Marcelo Laguera of CSU Pueblo (31:46.4, men's 10K) and Sarah Berger of Grand Valley State (22:07.7, women's 6K).

The men won their first title in school history, after finishing second to Adams State in four of the last five seasons.

They were the only men's team with two finishers in the top 10 with Zach Panning second and Enael Woldemichael sixth.

The GVSU women, led by Berger, had four of the top eight finishers.

Rotich will now go into a recovery week, followed by a training change to track and field season.

Softball signs baker's dozen — There's no indication just yet how the ENMU softball team is going to fare in 2019. But it's already fair to say there should be plenty of help in 2020.

The university announced 13 signings by new coach Kara Zeiter during the week. All of them are seniors at their current high schools, and are on schedule to join the Greyhounds for the 2020 season.

The signees are second baseman Juliana Vidal from Centennial High School in Las Cruces; catcher Jaelynn Vialpando from Atrisco Heritage High in Albuquerque; catcher Mackenzie Shaw from Sonoro High School in La Habra, California; outfielder Bella Mendoza from Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque; outfielder Gabriella McCoy of Rio Rancho High School; pitcher Azalea Martinez of Albuquerque High; catcher Breanna Loyoa of Buena High School in Ventura, California; pitcher Brook Leger of Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque; third baseman Kianna Galindo of Sahuarita High School in Arizona; outfielder Abigail Dennis of Savanna High School in Anaheim, California; pitcher Jordan Bowman of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma; and a sibling pair in third baseman Tianna Boone and pitcher Tava Boone of Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Arizona.


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