For the first time, the NCAA Division II semifinals come to Golden as Super Region 4 champion Colorado School of Mines hosts Super Region 1 winner Shepherd on Dec. 10 for the right to a spot in the national final.
Dillon Powell's individual title set the pace for Mines history as the Oredigger men won their third NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country national championship since 2015, and Mines' women finished third in the nation.
The decorated distance runner and student researcher is the first Mines student-athlete to reach the finals for the prestigious national award. NCAA will announce the winner at its annual convention in January.
Baker, a 2022 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and three-time RMAC Champion in cross country and track and field, is the first Mines athlete to reach the Top 30 for the prestigious national honor.