Author: Tim Flynn

The strength of Orediggers

Alumni in action Mines’ athletic rosters will have an unusual look this school year: 13 alumni will be competing for the Orediggers. That’s right, alumni. This year will see a group of student-athletes put on the blue and silver having already earned a bachelor’s degree from Mines, continuing to lead their teams while working toward master’s degrees. While not unheard of—a typical year might see three or four students pull off the feat—the sheer number of graduates on Mines rosters this year is by far the most in school history.   How can a student-athlete double up on their...

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Staying on top

RMAC Triple Crown Winning one RMAC championship? That’s a challenge. Winning two? Pretty tough. But to win three in the same year? It’s almost unheard of. But that’s exactly what the Mines men’s cross country and track & field teams did this year, capturing the program’s first-ever RMAC “Triple Crown” of championships. Mines became the second school in conference history to win all three conference championship meets: the 2017 cross country race and both the 2018 indoor and outdoor track & field championships. In cross country, Mines runners finished 1-2-6-8-9 to score 26 points and win by 54 points...

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Reviewing the winter season and welcoming a new Oredigger

A new member of the family Mines introduced the newest member of the Oredigger family at the annual Rock the Lock basketball games on Feb. 16, 2018. Mines welcomed a new mascot, Blaster, to join Marvin the Miner as a new figure of Oredigger athletics. Of course, the “real” Blaster the Burro has been a beloved part of the Mines family since the 1950s and will continue to be a mainstay at football games and many other campus events. But there are many indoor spaces on campus that aren’t as burro-friendly—like basketball courts—and the introduction of the new mascot...

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A brief look at another successful sports season

MEN’S SOCCER The men’s soccer team had a historic fall, capturing both the RMAC regular-season and RMAC Tournament championships on the way to an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. Mines went 17-4-1 behind the play of all-American forward Johnny Haist, who tied the program record with 22 goals scored, and all-American midfielder Niki Grotz, who set the Mines career assists record as a senior with 41. The season was highlighted by a heart-stopping 2-1 win over rival Colorado Mesa University on Nov. 5, 2017, to win the RMAC Tournament (pictured), as second-half goals by Trevor Amann and Haist...

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Mines Wrestling Giant Gets His Due

Dedicating nearly four decades to an athletics program is no small feat and ensures one leaves a lasting legacy, both in its athletes and the school itself. Honoring a figurehead in the schools’ athletics history, Mines dedicated the Jack Hancock Wrestling Center on July 20, 2017, celebrating the longtime athletics coach. Hancock, a member of the Mines, RMAC, Northern Colorado and NCAA wrestling halls of fame, served in numerous roles in the school’s athletics program over 37 years, including as head wrestling and tennis coach, assistant football coach and head athletic trainer. He was the head wrestling coach throughout...

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