Dunsmoor only steps away from claiming RMAC Championship

DURANGO, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo senior Lauren Dunsmoor did all she could do to win at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday. Chiefly engaged with Adams State's top runner, Brittany Somers, Dunsmoor managed to stay in first place for most of the race, but fell short in a dramatic finish, coming in at second place just .46 seconds shy of the title.

It was only a matter of steps for Dunsmoor, and the only thing that lied between her and a conference championship was a little finishing lean employed by Somers. Despite finishing number two, Dunsmoor's effort was encouraging and impressive, Pack cross country coach Chad Perry said.

"She really dominated the course and almost always had the advantage over Somers," Perry said. "She did everything right, [Somers] just finished a bit better. It came right down to the tape."

Dunsmoor's performance was all the more impressive considering that she, along with a few other members of the CSU-Pueblo women's cross country team, have been battling a flu bug for most of the week. But after Dunsmoor's performance, onlookers had no idea that she hadn't been healthy for the whole week.

"She was sick all week, but it was awesome to watch her race and see her overcome it," Perry said. "If she was 100 percent healthy, I'd have no doubt that we would have won the race."

As a team, the ThunderWolves were able to finish 11th out of 13 teams, getting strong performances out of their other runners, as well. Lindsey Herrera was the Pack's second finisher, coming in at 58th place out of 100 runners with a time of 27:20, only five minutes off the pace set by Somers and Dunsmoor. Also rounding out the Pack's crew of runners was Vanessa Martin, Rebecca Packard, Kari Romero, Janie Tyler, Jenni Baker and Elizabeth Grossman.

The near-championship doesn't mark the end of the Pack's or Dunsmoor's seasons. In two weeks, the Pack will travel to the North Central Regional Championships, to be held in Vermillion, S.D. on Nov. 3.