Western Colorado Mountaineers

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Western Colorado Mountaineers
UniversityWestern Colorado University
ConferenceRocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorMiles VanHee
LocationGunnison, Colorado
Varsity teams11
Football stadiumMountaineer Bowl
Basketball arenaPaul Wright Gymnasium
Soccer stadiumGateway Field
ColorsCrimson and Slate[1]

The Western Colorado Mountaineers are the athletic teams that represent Western Colorado University, located in Gunnison, Colorado, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Mountaineers compete as members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for all 11 varsity sports.


Facilities include the 65,000 square-foot Mountaineer Field House, completed in 2014; Mountaineer Bowl (elevation 7,771 feet (2,369 m)), completed in 1949, and Paul Wright Gym (elevation 7,723 feet (2,354 m)).


KEJJ 98.3 FM and KWSB 91.1 FM broadcasts many of Western's football, basketball and wrestling contests and all broadcasts can be heard online through KWSB.org.

Varsity sports[edit]

The Mountaineers have collected an RMAC record 19 conference championships. Individual National Championships since 1986 include Men's Indoor Track & Field (13 National Champions); since 1996, Women's Indoor Track & Field (8 National Champions); since 1985, Men's Outdoor Track & Field (20 National Champions); since 1987, Women's Outdoor Track & Field (25 National Champions); since 1993, Women's Cross Country (5 National Champions); since 1999, Men's Cross Country (3 National Champions); since 1963, Wrestling (16 National Champions); in 1968, Men's Swimming & Diving (1 National Champion); since 1957, Men's Skiing (7 National Champions); and since 1997, Women's Skiing (2 National Champions). Since 1963 there have been 15 national championships between the NCAA College Division, NCAA Division II, and NAIA classifications in Wrestling (2 National Championships); Women's Cross Country (4 National Championships); and Men's Cross Country (9 National Championships). Western's first conference championship in 1954 began a tradition of success that has led to 88 more Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. Everett Brown earned the college's first All-America honor in 1934.

The Mountaineers have a combined 15 national team championships,117 individual national NAIA or NCAA Division II championships, 94 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Titles, and 1,038 All-America honors since 1911.[2] [3][4][5]

Sports Illustrated's weekly "Faces in the Crowd" section has featured seven student-athletes, coaches, and administrators since 1959.[6]


Track & Field[edit]

The men's and women's indoor/outdoor track and field program in addition to the cross country program has been particularly successful, producing numerous team national championships including many individual national champions and All-Americans.

In 2016-17, Alicja Konieczek became the first Mountaineer to win four national track and field titles.[7] She has since won four more national titles—the most by any female in Western's history.[8][9]

Mountain Sports and Club Sports[edit]

Mountain Sports[edit]

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Cycling
  • Trail Running

Club Sports[edit]

  • Men's Baseball
  • Men's and Women's Boxing
  • Figure Skating (co-rec)
  • Men's and Women's Ice Hockey
  • Men's and Women's Rugby
  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Women's Volleyball


  1. ^ Western Brand Identity Guidelines (PDF). August 30, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "National Team Championships".
  3. ^ "Individual National Champions".
  4. ^ "RMAC Team Championships".
  5. ^ "Mountaineer All-Americans".
  6. ^ "Mountaineers in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd".
  7. ^ "Alicja Konieczek - 2016-17 Track & Field".
  8. ^ "Alicja Konieczek TFRRS Athlete Profile".
  9. ^ The Western 2017-18 Administration Annual Report. p. 20, The Western 2017-18 Administration Annual Report.

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