Colorado School of Mines athletics enjoyedÂ a phenomenally successful 2015-16. During theÂ winter season, Oredigger teams won five RMACÂ regular-season championships and three RMACÂ Tournament titlesâ€”the most ever in a single year.Â The athletics program has also made a splash onÂ the national scene, ranking third in the final winterÂ Learfield Directorsâ€™ Cup standings, which measureÂ the best overall programs in NCAA Division II.
The womenâ€™s basketball program won itsÂ first RMAC Championship in 36 years after anÂ improbable underdog season established theÂ Orediggers as the leagueâ€™s top team. PickedÂ ninth in the pre-season coachesâ€™ poll, MinesÂ went 21-7 (including a program record 13-gameÂ win streak in mid-season) under RMAC CoachÂ of the Year Brittany Simpson and all-RMACÂ selections Courtney Martin, Laura Tyree, and AnnaÂ Kollmorgen. The team advanced to the NCAAÂ Tournament for only the second time in its history.
The menâ€™s basketballÂ team put together itsÂ third consecutive 20-winÂ season, going 24-8 andÂ earning a runner-up finishÂ in the RMAC Tournament,Â along with its sixth NCAAÂ Tournament berth in theÂ last seven years. RMACÂ Defensive Player of theÂ Year and First-Team AcademicÂ All-American GokulÂ Natesan led a high-scoringÂ Oredigger team that wonÂ 10 straight games to endÂ the regular season.
MENâ€™S AND WOMENâ€™S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
It was an historic indoor season for Mines track & field,Â as the men clinched their first RMAC Indoor ChampionshipÂ on February 27, 2016. RMAC Coach of the Year Matt SparksÂ orchestrated a come-from-behind win thanks to four individualÂ champions. At NCAA Indoor Championships, Mines earnedÂ seven all-Americans, including two awards for senior MartyÂ Andrie in the 3,000-meter run and the distance medley relay.Â The Mines women placed seventh at RMAC Championships andÂ qualified their distance medley relay to nationals.
MENâ€™S ANDÂ WOMENâ€™SÂ SWIMMING
Junior Carrie KralovecÂ became the firstÂ Mines female swimmerÂ to qualify for NCAAÂ Championships sinceÂ 2010, capping a record-breaking
season byÂ appearing in the 100-,Â 200-, and 500-free. TheÂ Mines men finishedÂ fourth at RMAC Championships,Â while theÂ women took fifth.
The Mines wrestling team produced its best dual meet recordÂ since 1960, going 8-6 overall including the best start to a seasonÂ ever. Senior 197-pounder Paul Wilson won the RMAC and NCAAÂ Super Regional championships to end the season ranked first inÂ the nation at his weight class.