Western Colorado Mountaineers
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UniversityWestern Colorado University
ConferenceRocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorMiles VanHee
LocationGunnison, Colorado
Varsity teams11
Football stadiumMountaineer Bowl
Basketball arenaPaul Wright Gymnasium
Soccer stadiumGateway Field
NicknameMountaineers
ColorsCrimson and slate[1]
   
Websitewww.gomountaineers.com

The Western Colorado Mountaineers are the athletic teams that represent Western Colorado University, located in Gunnison, Colorado, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Mountaineers compete as members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for all 11 varsity sports.

Facilities

Facilities include the 65,000 square-foot Mountaineer Field House, completed in 2014; Mountaineer Bowl (elevation 7,771 feet (2,369 m)), completed in 1949, and Paul Wright Gym (elevation 7,723 feet (2,354 m)).

Media

KEJJ 98.3 FM and KWSB 91.1 FM broadcasts many of Western's football, basketball and wrestling contests and all broadcasts can be heard online through KWSB.org.

Varsity sports

The Mountaineers have collected an RMAC record 19 conference championships. Individual National Championships since 1986 include Men's Indoor Track & Field (13 National Champions); since 1996, Women's Indoor Track & Field (8 National Champions); since 1985, Men's Outdoor Track & Field (20 National Champions); since 1987, Women's Outdoor Track & Field (25 National Champions); since 1993, Women's Cross Country (5 National Champions); since 1999, Men's Cross Country (3 National Champions); since 1963, Wrestling (16 National Champions); in 1968, Men's Swimming & Diving (1 National Champion); since 1957, Men's Skiing (7 National Champions); and since 1997, Women's Skiing (2 National Champions). Since 1963 there have been 15 national championships between the NCAA College Division, NCAA Division II, and NAIA classifications in Wrestling (2 National Championships); Women's Cross Country (4 National Championships); and Men's Cross Country (9 National Championships). Western's first conference championship in 1954 began a tradition of success that has led to 88 more Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. Everett Brown earned the college's first All-America honor in 1934.

The Mountaineers have a combined 15 national team championships, 117 individual national NAIA or NCAA Division II championships, 94 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Titles, and 1,038 All-America honors since 1911.[2] [3][4][5]

Sports Illustrated's weekly "Faces in the Crowd" section has featured seven student-athletes, coaches, and administrators since 1959.[6]

Teams

Track & Field

The men's and women's indoor/outdoor track and field program in addition to the cross country program has been particularly successful, producing numerous team national championships including many individual national champions and All-Americans.

In 2016-17, Alicja Konieczek became the first Mountaineer to win four national track and field titles.[7] She has since won four more national titles—the most by any female in Western's history.[8][9]

National championships

The Mountaineers have won twelve NCAA team national championships.

Team

Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-up Score
NCAA (11) Division II (11) Men's Cross Country (9) 1995 Central Missouri State 69–98 (-29)
1999 Adams State 27–95 (-68)
2000 Abilene Christian 29–62 (-33)
2001 38–74 (-36)
2002 35–81 (-46)
2003 40–68 (-28)
2004 Adams State 39–76 (-37)
2005 51–108 (-57)
2011 27–69 (-42)
Women's Cross Country (3) 2000 North Dakota 38–131 (-93)
2001 Adams State 46–55 (-9)
2002 43–46 (-3)
Wrestling (2) 1963 Southern Illinois 62–57 (+5)
1964 Colorado Miners 51–49 (+2)


Mountain Sports and Club Sports

Mountain Sports

Club Sports

References

  1. ^ Western Brand Identity Guidelines (PDF). August 30, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "National Team Championships".
  3. ^ "Individual National Champions".
  4. ^ "RMAC Team Championships".
  5. ^ "Mountaineer All-Americans".
  6. ^ "Mountaineers in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd".
  7. ^ "Alicja Konieczek - 2016-17 Track & Field".
  8. ^ "Alicja Konieczek". Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).
  9. ^ The Western 2017-18 Administration Annual Report. p. 20, The Western 2017-18 Administration Annual Report.