’Runners run to No. 1 in the nation

Skyhawks slip three spots to 20th in the Division II top-25 poll

West Liberty lost last weekend.

Metro State did not, and the Roadrunners on Tuesday took the No. 1 national ranking from the West Virginia school.

Fort Lewis College head coach Bob Hofman called it Saturday night, too.

“They, without a question, will be the No. 1 team in the nation this week,” Hofman said of the Roadrunners after Metro State beat FLC 71-65 on Saturday night in Denver. “They’re undefeated for a reason. Their margin of victory is incredibly good, but I think it showed the guys what we need to do to compete with the nation’s best.”

FLC slipped three spots in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll and checked in at No. 20.

Adams State was ranked 18th, and Colorado Mesa was the final Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference representative with 12 votes for top-25 consideration.

No. 1 Metro State is 15-0 and received 13 first-place votes.

No. 2 Western Washington is 16-0 and received three first-place votes.

Kentucky Wesleyan (14-0) was ranked third, West Liberty (16-1) fourth and Seattle Pacific (13-2) fifth.

FLC (12-2, 9-1 RMAC) beat Regis 74-52 on Friday, then lost “a good, hard-fought game,” Hofman said, to the nation’s best the next night.

FLC will host Colorado Christian (7-12, 2-9 RMAC) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Colorado School of Mines (10-5, 7-4) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium. Both games will be broadcast live on KIUP 930 AM.

Ashland (19-0) was ranked first in the USA Today Sports/WBCA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, followed by Bentley (15-0) and Clayton State (16-0).

Colorado Mesa (15-0) of the RMAC was ranked fourth in the women’s poll.

Western Washington (13-2) was ranked fifth.