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CMC Cross Country Running Team
Coach Darren Brungardt shares high altitude running tips with CMC Running Club members.
Coach Darren Brungardt shares high altitude running tips with CMC Running Club members.

Six student athletes will represent the Colorado Mountain College Cross Country Team

On your marks, get set, GO! This fall, Colorado Mountain College Leadville launches the first competitive cross-country running team in CMC’s history. Students will compete with men’s and women’s teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)—women compete on 6K courses, and men on 8K courses.

Student athletes, mostly from Colorado high schools and as far away as Kansas, will compete against bigger universities in the state in preparation for regional competition, where they will compete against four NJCAA teams from Wyoming, Colorado and western Nebraska.

The Colorado Mountain College Cross Country Running Team is proud to introduce Tyrone Chavez, from Valley High School in Gilcrest, CO; Jason Macaluso, from Battle Mountain High School Edwards, CO; Connor McDermott, from Elizabeth High School, in Elizabeth, CO; Caleb Neel, from Green Mountain High.

CMC Cross Country Team Race Schedule 2019

Though the home base is in Leadville, the Cross Country Running Team is open to all full-time Colorado Mountain College students. In fact, two athletes—Jason Macaluso and Connor McDermott—will take classes at Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley and Spring Valley campuses. Jason and Connor will follow the online workout schedule, attend virtual meetings and travel for meets.

School in Lakewood, CO; Chris Rohlf, from Summit High School in Dillon, CO; and Jack Setser, from Wichita North High School in Wichita, KS.

This is the first year that the CMC Cross Country Team is a competing member of the NJCAA, an association of community college, state college and junior college athletics in the United States. The CMC Leadville Running Club has been active since 2016 and now, under Coach Darren Brungardt, student athletes will compete against two-year colleges of similar size in the Wyoming, Colorado and western Nebraska region. We’re looking forward to cheering these athletes on!