Metropolitan State University of Denver Roadrunners
UniversityMetropolitan State University of Denver
ConferenceRocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorDr. G. Anthony Grant
LocationDenver, Colorado
Varsity teams15
Basketball arenaAuraria Events Center
Baseball stadiumAuraria Field
MascotRowdy the Roadrunner
NicknameRoadrunners
Fight songA Rowdy Encounter
Websitewww.gometrostate.com

The Metro State Roadrunners are the athletic teams that represent Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Roadrunners participate in 15 intercollegiate sports and compete in the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

History

Metro State has produced 239 All-Americans and was one of the seven charter members of the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1989 before joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1996. Metro State competed as a NAIA member until 1983, when the Roadrunners jumped to the NCAA Division II ranks. Since 1998, Metro State has captured 32 regular season conference titles, 35 conference tournament championships, as well as the 2000 & 2002 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships and the 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer national crowns. Metro State also boasts five individual national championships. Men's swimmer Darwin Strickland won national championships in the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle in 1995 and also won the 100 free in 1996. Anthony Luna won men's track championships in the 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2009.[1] Metro State's main rivals are Colorado School of Mines, Fort Lewis College, and Regis University.

A new 12.5 acre complex will be the home site for six of the Roadrunners’ 15 sports, including, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's tennis. The site of the new athletic complex will be located south of the Colfax viaduct adjacent to Shoshone Street, east of I-25. In addition to hosting the athletic and academic programs, the University will host activities for the community's youth. The baseball, softball and soccer fields will be synthetic turf surfaces.[2]

The 2016 Division II National Championships Festival will mark the ninth occurrence of the distinctive Division II event, and will be hosted by Metro State University-Denver and the Denver Sports Commission, May 16–21, 2016. 76 qualifying teams and 20 qualifying individuals will represent their institutions by competing for national championships in men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, and men's and women's tennis.[3]

NCAA

Sport National Championships Seasons
Men's Basketball 2 2000, 2002
Women's Soccer 2 2004, 2006
Total 4

Runners Up

Final Four

Regional host

NCAA individual champions

RMAC

Sport Championships Seasons
Men's Baseball 2 1998, 2002†
Men's Basketball 17 1998, 1999†, 2000‡, 2001†, 2003†, 2004‡, 2005‡, 2007‡, 2009‡, 2010†, 2013‡, 2014‡
Men's Soccer 3 2003†, 2004†, 2007
Men's Tennis 8 1998†, 1999, 2000†, 2001‡, 2002‡, 2006†, 2007‡, 2008‡,
Women's Basketball 4 1998‡, 2005†, 2011, 2012
Women's Golf 1 2015†
Women's Soccer 8 2002‡, 2003, 2004‡, 2005‡, 2006, 2007, 2008‡, 2009
Women's Softball 3 2009‡, 2010‡, 2011
Women's Tennis 3 2001‡, 2002‡, 2003‡
Women's Volleyball 6 1998, 2001‡, 2002‡, 2003‡, 2006†, 2009†
Total 55 Since 1996

† Tournament champions
‡ Regular season & Tournament champions

RMAC All-Sports Cup

The RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup is awarded to the institution which accumulates the most points over the year based on its teams' outcome in the RMAC's four core sports, along with six wildcard sports. The four core sports are football or men's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball, while the six wild card sports consist of three men's sports and three women's sports, which are designated by that institutions' best finish in those 16 Olympic sports (21 total RMAC sports). Total RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup points are calculated based on how the teams finish in the RMAC regular season standings. In the scenario where teams do not have regular season standings, conference championship results are used.[6]

Champions Year
2 2006–2007, 2008–2009

Sports

See also: Metro State Roadrunners men's basketball

See also: Metro State Roadrunners women's soccer

Metro State has produced 239 All-Americans and was one of the seven charter members of the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1989 before joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1996. Metro State competed as a NAIA member until 1983, when the Roadrunners jumped to the NCAA Division II ranks. Since 1998, Metro State has captured 32 regular season conference titles, 35 conference tournament championships, as well as the 2000 & 2002 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships and the 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer national crowns. Metro State also boasts five individual national championships. Men's swimmer Darwin Strickland won national championships in the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle in 1995 and also won the 100 free in 1996. Anthony Luna won men's track championships in the 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2009.[7] Pep Band[8]

Facilities

Club sports

Rivals

Camps and clinics

Roadrunners in the Pros

Active

Name Nationality
David Barlow Australia
Paul Brotherson Australia
John Bynum United States
Steven Emory United States
Shakir Johnson Jamaica
Luke Kendall Australia
CJ Massingale United States
Ben Ortner Austria
Hayden Smith Australia
Lester Strong United States
Benas Vikalas Lithuania
Jesse Wagstaff Australia
Mark Worthington Australia

Brandon Jefferson SIG Strasbourg France

Retired

Name Nationality
Patrick Mutombo Democratic Republic of the CongoBelgium

Roadrunner Olympians

Name Nationality Team
David Barlow Australia Men's Basketball: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics
Todd Schmitz United States Swimming Coach: 2012 Summer Olympics
Mark Worthington Australia Men's Basketball:2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics

References

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  2. ^ "Metropolitan State University Of Denver". Metropolitan State University.
  3. ^ NCAA.com (2016-05-21). "2016 DII Festival: Denver, Colorado". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  4. ^ "Hall's FTs lift Drury past Metro State, 74-73". CBSSports.com. 7 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Drury vs Metro State - DII Men's Basketball". NCAA.com.
  6. ^ "Metropolitan State University of Denver". Metropolitan State University.
  7. ^ http://www.rmacsports.org/information/members/schools/mscd
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  11. ^ "Home". Metro State Football.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2011-09-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Metro State Men's Lacrosse". ialax.com.
  14. ^ "Metro State Soccer Camps". metrostatesoccercamps.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31.