cross country team on start line

The CMC men’s cross-country team huddles together by the starting line just moments before the start of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Cross-Country Open on Oct. 8.

CMC Eagles cross-country team competes in Colorado Springs
Runners put forth strong effort against NCAA powerhouses

The Colorado Mountain College Eagles traveled to Colorado Springs on Oct. 8 to compete in the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Cross-Country Open.

Jason Macaluso of Vail was the first runner to cross the finish line for the Eagles in the men’s 8k race with a time of 29:15. Kaylynn Shaffer of Salida was the lead runner for the college in the women’s race, running a time of 27:29 over the 6k course.

In team results, the men’s team placed 6th and the women’s team finished in 7th place.

Head coach Darren Brungardt said the CMC Eagles competed well against several NCAA Division I, II and III powerhouses such as the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado State University and Wyoming University.

“The course was long, slow and all on soft wet grass, but the Eagles were tough as nails,” Brungardt said. “We are so proud of their efforts and are looking forward to more racing later this month.”

Next up on the schedule for the CMC Eagles will be the NJCAA Region IX Championship at Central Wyoming College on Oct. 30. For more information on the team, visit

Meet Results for CMC Runners

Men’s 8k Results

47th Jason Macaluso (Vail, Colorado) 29:15

61st Reese Fledderjohn (Grand Junction, Colorado) 30:46

62nd Christian Brenny (Hastings, Minnesota) 31:03

66th Autry Lomahongva (Kayenta, Arizona) 31:42

68th Adam Garcia (Erie, Colorado) 32:02

69th Luke Plummer (Seymour, Indiana) 32:06

73rd Dylan Dunbar (Silt, Colorado) 35:18

Women’s 6k Results

39th Kaylynn Shaffer (Salida, Colorado) 27:29

59th Abby Hagen (Lockport, Illinois) 30:23

62nd Hope Maldonado (Colorado Springs, Colorado) 31:34

63rd Madisen Johnson (Windsor, Colorado) 31:46

66th Carmen Tallbear-Edmunds (Charlottesville, Virginia) 34:14