Sports Briefs for Oct. 23, 2012: Moffat County grad wins conference championship

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Alicia Nelson once again made her mark on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference over the weekend.

The Moffat County High School graduate, who is now a senior at Adams State University, won the conference cross country championship as an individual, while her teammates also placed in the top ten to take home the team title as well.

It was Nelson’s first ever cross country win, after a slew of top ten finishes, and earned her RMAC Runner of the Year honors.

Nelson had finished second in the conference championships last year, but her time of 21:57 was good enough to take the 2012 title by 16 seconds Saturday, beating out teammate Kelly Lamb for the championship.

The Grizzly women dominated the team scoring as well, placing four runners in the top five, and five in the top 10 of the race to post a team score of 21 points to win the meet. Western State was second with 46 points.

It was ASU’s 25th women’s RMAC title, and the team’s ninth in 11 years. But the Grizzlies had lost to Western State in 2010 and 2011 by narrow margins.

The Grizzlies, ranked second for most of the season in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Division II rankings, will now set their sights on the NCAA Division II National Championships. The national meet will take place Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo., hosted by Missouri Southern State University.

Special Olympics Colorado gives athletes championship opportunity

Special Olympics athletes get to enjoy running, jumping and throwing at track and field meets every year.

This year, Special Olympics Colorado upped the ante, giving athletes a chance to score a touchdown in the inaugural Flag Football Championships Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. 150 athletes and 40 unified partners made up 16 co-ed teams that turned out for the event.

The teams played in four divisions, based on age and level of play, for the right to be the first ever champion.

The DDRC Mean Machine was crowned champions in the Division 1, while Fort Collins (D-II), Aurora Community Partners (D-III) and Greely Juniors (D-IV) were also victorious.

50 coaches and 50 volunteers also turned out to make the event possible.

Volunteers still sought for Parks and Rec basketball

Craig Parks and Recreation is still looking for adult volunteers to fill several roles with youth basketball, scheduled to start this month.

Parks and Rec is seeking officials and gym supervisors for its third through sixth grade basketball leagues.

Officials and gym supervisors must be 14 or older. Interested parties must call to ask about the positions.

For more information, contact Craig Parks and Recreation at 826-2004 or 826-2006.

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