Routt County collegiate athlete update for Nov. 18
Chris Zirkle, cross country
Steamboat Springs — 2011 graduate of Hayden High School, senior at Northwest Christian University
Zirkle has helped lead the way for his squad on and off the course. He earned all-academic honors in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Running, he’s helped his team to a No. 20 ranking in the NAIA. The team next races Saturday at the NAIA championships in Lawrence, Kansas.
Zirkle recorded his best result of the season Nov. 8 in Portland, Oregon, placing sixth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship. His 8-kilometer time of 25 minutes, 15 seconds set the school record at the distance by 13 seconds.
Speaking about the feat, coach Heike McNeil praised Zirkle: “Chris has been sick, so it was nice to see him come back the way that he did. He goes out there and doesn’t worry about anything and just races, and that’s what he did today.”
Jake Miller, basketball
2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, junior at Nebraska Wesleyan University
Miller scored 12 points, sinking six of eight shots Saturday as the Prairie Wolves opened their season with a 132-118 loss to Iowa’s Central College. Miller also hauled down three rebounds, all in 13 minutes of action. He was one of seven players on his team to score in double digits in the game.
Megan Stabile, soccer
2013 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, sophomore at Mars Hill College
Stabile was a fixture on the field for Mars Hill, starting 16 of the team’s 17 games. She logged one assist for the squad, which struggled through a winless season. The team ended with a 0-16-1 record, playing its final game Oct. 31.
Shelby Struble, soccer
2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, senior at Milwaukee School of Engineering
Struble started all 19 games for her team, which went 10-7-1 in the regular season, earning the No. 6 seed in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament. The Raiders lost that game, 3-0, to end their season.
Treyben Letlow, football
2011 graduate of Hayden High School, redshirt junior at CSU-Pueblo
Letlow has played in 10 of the Thunderwolves’ 11 games as a tight end and caught four passes for 30 yards, three of those coming Nov. 8 in a 52-3 win against Colorado Mesa. His team finished the regular season 10-1 and earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division 2 playoffs. That spot came with a bye and the squad will next play Nov. 29.
Christi Valicenti, tennis
2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, junior at Lake Forest University
The Foresters finished their fall season last month, and when they did, Valicenti finished with 95 career wins in singles and doubles. That ties her for second in the history of the program.
Maggie Stanford, volleyball
2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, junior at Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee finished the season earlier this month with an 8-19 record. Stanford saw plenty of action. She finished with 101 kills, fourth on the team, and with 53 blocks (eight solo). That ranked her second on the team.
Carly Fox, crew
2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, senior at the University of Puget Sound
Fox and her team competed for the first time this season, and the only time this fall, Nov. 4, at the Head of the Lake race in Seattle. Fox, rowing with the women’s varsity eight boat, helped her team to a fifth-place finish in the event. The season kicks into high gear in March.
Ali Diehl, tennis
2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, junior at George Fox College
Diehl is in her third season on the tennis team and played singles and doubles in four fall dates on the George Fox schedule. She won one singles match, defeating Ashley Evans, of Willamette University, 6-2, 6-0. She went 7-12 in singles and was 12-7 in doubles a year ago.
Thomas Tarcha, lacrosse
2013 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, sophomore at Colorado School of Mines
Tarcha will play his second year for Mines this spring. As a freshman, he started for the squad on attack and was honored as a Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association scholar athlete and was honorable mention on the MCLA all-conference team.
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