Metro State Roadrunners

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Metro State Roadrunners
University Metropolitan State University of Denver
Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Joan McDermott
Location Denver, CO
Varsity teams 15
Basketball arena Auraria Events Center
Baseball stadium Auraria Field
Mascot Rowdy the Roadrunner
Nickname Roadrunners
Fight song A Rowdy Encounter
Colors
     Berry       Navy
Website www.gometrostate.com

The Metro State Roadrunners are the athletic teams that represent Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Roadrunners participate in 15 intercollegiate sports and compete in the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

History[edit]

Metro State has produced 239 All-Americans and was one of the seven charter members of the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1989 before joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1996. Metro State competed as a NAIA member until 1983, when the Roadrunners jumped to the NCAA Division II ranks. Since 1998, Metro State has captured 32 regular season conference titles, 35 conference tournament championships, as well as the 2000 & 2002 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships and the 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer national crowns. Metro State also boasts five individual national championships. Men's swimmer Darwin Strickland won national championships in the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter freestyle in 1995 and also won the 100 free in 1996. Anthony Luna won men's track championships in the 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2009.[1] Metro State's main rivals are Colorado School of Mines, Fort Lewis College, and Regis University.

A new 12.5 acre complex will be the home site for six of the Roadrunners’ 15 sports, including, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis. The site of the new athletic complex will be located south of the Colfax viaduct adjacent to Shoshone Street, east of I-25. In addition to hosting the athletic and academic programs, the University will host activities for the community’s youth. The baseball, softball and soccer fields will be synthetic turf surfaces.[2]

NCAA[edit]

Sport National
Championships
Seasons
Men's Basketball 2 2000, 2002
Women's Soccer 2 2004, 2006
Total 4

Runners Up

  • 1999 Men's Basketball
  • 2013 Men's Basketball[3][4]

Final Four

  • 2002 Women's Soccer
  • 2004 Men's Basketball
  • 2008 Women's Soccer
  • 2010 Women's Softball
  • 2014 Men's Basketball

Regional Host[edit]

  • Cross Country: 1995, 2011
  • Men's Basketball: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014
  • Women's Soccer: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Women's Volleyball: 2001, 2003

NCAA Individual Champions[edit]

  • 1995 Darwin Strickland (Men's Swimming/50 Free)
  • 1995 Darwin Strickland (Men's Swimming/100 Free)
  • 1996 Darwin Strickland (Men's Swimming/100 Free)
  • 2009 Anthony Luna (Men's Indoor Track/800 meters)
  • 2009 Anthony Luna (Men's Outdoor Track/800 meters)

RMAC[edit]

Sport Championships Seasons
Men's Baseball 2 1998, 2002†
Men's Basketball 17 1998, 1999†, 2000‡, 2001†, 2003†, 2004‡, 2005‡, 2007‡, 2009‡, 2010†, 2013‡, 2014‡
Men's Soccer 3 2003†, 2004†, 2007
Men's Tennis 8 1998†, 1999, 2000†, 2001‡, 2002‡, 2006†, 2007‡, 2008‡,
Women's Basketball 4 1998‡, 2005†, 2011, 2012
Women's Soccer 8 2002‡, 2003, 2004‡, 2005‡, 2006, 2007, 2008‡, 2009
Women's Softball 3 2009‡, 2010‡, 2011
Women's Tennis 3 2001‡, 2002‡, 2003‡
Women's Volleyball 6 1998, 2001‡, 2002‡, 2003‡, 2006†, 2009†
Total 54 Since 1996

† Tournament champions
‡ Regular season & Tournament champions

RMAC All-Sports Cup[edit]

The RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup is awarded to the institution which accumulates the most points over the year based on its teams' outcome in the RMAC's four core sports, along with six wild card sports. The four core sports are football or men's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball, while the six wild card sports consist of three men's sports and three women's sports, which are designated by that institutions' best finish in those 16 Olympic sports (21 total RMAC sports). Total RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup points are calculated based on how the teams finish in the RMAC regular season standings. In the scenario where teams do not have regular season standings, conference championship results are used.[5]

Champions Year
2 2006–2007, 2008–2009

Sports[edit]

Metro State has produced 239 All-Americans and was one of the seven charter members of the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1989 before joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1996. Metro State competed as a NAIA member until 1983, when the Roadrunners jumped to the NCAA Division II ranks. Since 1998, Metro State has captured 32 regular season conference titles, 35 conference tournament championships, as well as the 2000 & 2002 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships and the 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer national crowns. Metro State also boasts five individual national championships. Men's swimmer Darwin Strickland won national championships in the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter freestyle in 1995 and also won the 100 free in 1996. Anthony Luna won men's track championships in the 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2009.[6] Pep Band[7]

Facilities[edit]

  • Auraria Events Center - Basketball/Volleyball
  • Auraria Field - Baseball/Soccer/Softball
  • CommonGround Golf Course, Green Valley Ranch Golf Club - Women's Golf
  • Roadrunners Athletic Complex[8] (construction phase)

Club sports[edit]

Rivals[edit]

Camps and clinics[edit]

  • Metro State Soccer Camps[13]

Roadrunners in the Pros[edit]

Active[edit]

Name Nationality
David Barlow Australia
Paul Brotherson Australia
John Bynum United States
Steven Emory United States
Shakir Johnson Jamaica
Luke Kendall Australia
CJ Massingale United States
Ben Ortner Austria
Hayden Smith Australia
Lester Strong United States
Benas Vikalas Lithuania
Jesse Wagstaff Australia
Mark Worthington Australia

Retired[edit]

Name Nationality
Patrick Mutombo Democratic Republic of the CongoBelgium

Roadrunner Olympians[edit]

Name Nationality Team
David Barlow Australia Men's Basketball: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics
Todd Schmitz United States Swimming Coach: 2012 Summer Olympics
Mark Worthington Australia Men's Basketball:2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics

References[edit]

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