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Cowpoke Open 1

Buffs Are Record Breakers

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cu track field 2Shaw Gifford and Emily Hunsucker combined for three first place finishes for the University of Colorado at the Cowpoke Open on Saturday.

Gifford smashed his previous records and finished first in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. In the 200, Gifford surpassed his old personal record, crossing the finish in 21.02. He also tied his personal best, established just last weekend at the Jack Christiansen Invitational (4/26). With the wins this weekend, Gifford has now recorded six first place finishes, including three in the 200.

Hunsucker also finished first in the hammer throw, winning with a big 206-05 mark. Like Gifford, Hunsucker now has six first place finishes, all in the hammer throw.

At the Longhorn Invitational, Jaron Thomas competed in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third overall in both events. In the 110 hurdles, he finished in 13.87, and in the 400 hurdles, he finished in 51.77, both of which are new personal bests for the freshman.

The Buffs will be back in action next weekend in Pullman, Wash. as the combined events athletes take on the Pac-12 Championships

 

Source: CU Buffs

 

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Record Breaking Buffs

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cu track field 2At the Cowpoke Open on Saturday, Shaw Gifford and Emily Hunsucker combined for three first place finishes for the University of Colorado.

Gifford smashed his previous records and finished first in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. In the 200, Gifford surpassed his old personal record, crossing the finish in 21.02. He also tied his personal best, established just last weekend at the Jack Christiansen Invitational (4/26). With the wins this weekend, Gifford has now recorded six first place finishes, including three in the 200.

Hunsucker also finished first in the hammer throw, winning with a big 206-05 mark. Like Gifford, Hunsucker now has six first place finishes, all in the hammer throw.

At the Longhorn Invitational, Jaron Thomas competed in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third overall in both events. In the 110 hurdles, he finished in 13.87, and in the 400 hurdles, he finished in 51.77, both of which are new personal bests for the freshman.

The Buffs will be back in action next weekend in Pullman, Wash. as the combined events athletes take on the Pac-12 Championships

 

Source: CU Buffs

 

Ben Saarel 1

How Fast Is CUs Saarel?

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Ben Saarel 2Saarel, of Park City, Utah, arrived in Boulder already in the passing lane.

An engineering physics major with an interest (bet on it not being mild) in chemistry, he earned a 4.0 GPA in his first semester. And that, said Wetmore, was because “you can’t get a 5.0 . . . he finishes practices, takes his shoes off and goes to the library.”

When the Buffs leave the state for meets, as some will do this weekend for competitions in Austin, Texas and Stanford, Calif., Wetmore says Saarel “studies on the bus to the airport, studies at the airport and studies on the airplane. He’s a willing worker when he gets to practice and will do anything we ask of him. If he’s ever tired he doesn’t show it. He’s intense in practice, intense about his school work. I’d like to find a way for him to get a 3.999 (GPA) and relax a little, gear it down a little more.”

Saarel didn’t start running until he was a high school freshman, and that came at the urging of his sister, Emma, now a runner at Swarthmore (Pa.) College. After starting in cross country, he branched out to track, and in a short time reached a comfort level in both.

After winning the Utah State Class 3A cross country championship in the second-fastest time (14:56.7) ever run on the course, he was named the 2012 Gatorade Utah Cross Country Runner of the Year. Other accomplishments that year included first place at the Foot Locker West Regional and a second-place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championship. In track as a senior, he also won Utah state titles, with record times in the 800 (1:51.13) and the 1,600 meters (4:07.95).

Like all else he attempts, Saarel is into it in a big, big way at CU. Last fall, in his first cross country season for the Buffs, his finishes earned All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Mountain Region and All-America honors. In his first race for the Buffs – the NCAA Pre-Nationals – he was CU’s No. 2 scorer with a ninth-place finish. In the NCAA Championships, he finished eighth as the Buffs won their fourth NCAA team title since 2001. He became CU’s first true freshman since Billy Nelson to earn All-America recognition. Nelson, who finished 42nd that year (2002), now is one of Wetmore’s assistants.

Saarel is among 14 CU student-athletes who will compete on Sunday in the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford, while a pair of CU sprinters will run at the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday in Austin. Saarel is scheduled to run in the 5,000 meters on Sunday night.

 

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Melanie Nun

Nun in 3000 Meter Steeplechase

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In her debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Melanie Nun turned heads, with a first place finish on Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invitational.

Nun recorded a time of 10:59.36, which was more than a minute faster than the runner up, who recorded a time of 12:14.34.

Alex Kizirian and Emily Hunsucker got the weekend off to a hot start on Friday with first place finishes in the hammer throw. Kizirian recorded a new personal best with a toss of 198-11. Hunsucker threw for a mark of 208-10. Hunsucker dominated on the women’s side, throwing almost 18 feet further than the runner up.

In addition, Brittany Lewis added a second place finish in the long jump with a mark of 18-10.50. Abrianna Torres finished just after Lewis to earn third for the Buffs with a mark of 18-7.75.

Dillon Shije also recorded a second place finish in the 1500-meter run, recording a time of 4:01.47, a new personal best.

The sprinters found success at the meet as well. Shaw Gifford finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.37, followed closely by Austin Mitsch in third place with a 21.48 finish. Gifford also finished third with a time of 10.66 in the 100-meter dash, again followed by Mitsch in fourth place. Mitsch recorded a time of 10.67 in the event.

The men finished the 4×100 meter relay in second place, after CSU, for a combined time of 40.77.

On the women’s side, Lindsy Mattson recorded a third place finish in the 200-meter dash, running in 24.55.

As a team, CU’s men’s side tied for second place with Air Force Academy combining for 112.50 points. The women finished fourth with a total of 101.50 points.

The Buffs will be back in action next weekend at the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday, May 3 in Austin, Texas and at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif. next Sunday, May 4.

 

Source: CU Buffs

 

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CU Buffs Place 12

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cu track field 2University of Colorado’s track and field team placed 12 student-athletes on the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic teams, announced on Monday by MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird.

The men had three honorees, while the women placed nine on the team. Juniors Lindsy Mattson and Bridget Sweeney had the two highest GPAs on the team. Mattson has recorded a 3.814 GPA while majoring in economics and Sweeney has accumulated a 3.813 GPA while majoring in communication. The other women who were named to the team include: Courtney Bouchet, Maddie Alm, Jenny DeSouchet, Emily Hunsucker, Ewelina Pena, Kelsey English and Shalaya Kipp.

Junior Morgan Pearson, an economics major, led the men’s selections with a 3.470 GPA. Joe Bosshard, a graduate student, also carries an impressive 3.425 and is majoring in business. Blake Theroux was also named to the team.

To be chosen for this distinction, honorees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, must be a sophomore academically, must have completed at least one academic year with their institution and must have competed in at least 50 percent of the institution’s competition.

 

Source: CU Buffs

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CU to Host Invitational

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cu track fieldThe CU Invitational this Friday and Saturday will be hosted by the University of Colorado track and field team, April 11-12, at Potts Field.

The men’s and women’s javelin and hammer throws will be contested on Friday, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday’s events will start at 11 a.m. with the shot put, discus, pole vault, long jump, high jump and steeplechase.

The field events will run on a rolling schedule while the track events will follow a time schedule. The final event scheduled for the track is the men’s 4×400-meter relay at 3:30 p.m.

The Buffaloes will host many Front Range schools this weekend, including region rivals Colorado State along with many unattached athletes.

The forecast for Friday is a high of 81 F with partially cloudy skies and light wind. Saturday’s outlook is also partly cloudy with a high of 73 F and a 20 percent chance of precipitation with winds that can reach up to nine mph (as of Thursday afternoon). Should inclement weather force a cancellation of the meet, such notice will be posted on www.CUBuffs.com as well as a message left on the track and field office voice mail at 303/492-5227.

 

Source CU Buffs

 

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CU’s X-men and X-women both rise in Cross Country standings

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NEW ORLEANS – The University of Colorado men’s cross country team held strong at second in the USTFCCCA Top-30 Coaches’ Poll this week for the second straight week, while the women moved up two positions to 12th overall.

 

The CU men are once again the top Pac-12 program in the poll. They picked up 341 points this week and finished 19 points behind Oklahoma State. The Cowboys recorded a perfect score of 360 points with all 12 first-place votes this week. Northern Arizona remained at third with 335 points and Oregon stayed at fourth this week with 326 points.

CU's 2012 Pac-12 men's X-Country team

CU’s 2012 Pac-12 men’s X-Country team

 

Providence continues to be the top team in the women’s poll. The Friars received 359 points with 11 of the 12 first-place votes this week. Florida State held strong at second (342) and Arizona stayed at third this week. The Wildcats also received the final first-place vote for a total of 340 points.

 

The regional rankings were released on Monday and have both the men and women ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Mountain Region. The men are above Northern Arizona and the women are in front of New Mexico.

 

The Buffs are off until October 19 when they will compete at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational at Terre Haute, Ind. Indiana State will once against host the NCAA Championships (November 23) and this meet offers teams a chance to preview the course.

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Buff cross-countryers ranked nationally pre-season

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XC Men Start Season at No. 3; Women Ranked 14th

 

NEW ORLEANS – The 2013 cross country season is just about to begin, and once again the University of Colorado men’s and women’s programs are starting off the season on a familiar note as both teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA Top 30 Preseason Poll.

 

The men’s team is ranked third overall and the women are 14th in the poll. They are both ranked quite high in the regional rankings as well, which came out on Monday afternoon.  The women are the top rated team in the Mountain Region and the men are ranked second behind Northern Arizona.

 

CU’s men are the top Pac-12 program in the national poll, recording 337 points for third-place. Oklahoma State recorded the top place in the poll with 358 points and received 10 of the 12 first-place votes. NAU is second with 349 points and the two remaining first-place votes. The Buffs recorded 30 more points than the fourth-place vote getter, BYU (307).

 

On the women’s side, Providence is the preseason favorite with 359 points (11 first-place votes). Florida State is second (343) and Oregon is third with 334 points, accompanied by the final first-place vote.

 

The Buffs will start their season on Saturday, August 31, with the Alumni/Open/Time Trial on CU’s South Campus at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course. The men’s 8-kilometer race is at 8:30 a.m. and the women’s 5.8k will follow at 9 a.m. Parking and admission are free.

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CU Buffs tracksters ready for World Championships

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BOULDER—University of Colorado senior Shalaya Kipp is poised to compete at her second major international competition, the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletes, August 10-18, in Moscow.

 

Kipp, the 2012 NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase champion, qualified for her second U.S. team after placing third at the USATF Championships in June. The Salt Lake City native made her first international team in 2012 when she qualified for the Olympic Games in London.

 

Kipp enters the world championships fresh off of her best performance of the season, placing fourth with a season-best time of9:37.23 at the Diamond League Meet in Monaco. The time was just shy of her personal best (9:35.73) which she ran at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

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She is joined at the world championships by two-time Olympian and CU volunteer assistant coach Jenny Simpson. Simpson is the reigning 2011 world champion in the 1,500 and is one of nine Americans who enter the meet as reigning champions. Simpson ran the 1,500 at the meet in Monaco and won her first Diamond League Meet in 4:00.48. She was named the USATF Athlete of the Week for her performance.

 

Former Buff and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein is also a member of the U.S. team and will run in the 10,000 at worlds. Ritzenhein finished second at the U.S. championships to advance to Moscow.

 

Parts of the meet will be televised on Universal Sports and NBC. A complete schedule can be found here: http://buffs.me/13JVOHL.

 

 

IAAF World Championships in Athletics (all times Mountain)

 

Women’s 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

(Shalaya Kipp)

Saturday, August 10, Round 1, 7:20 a.m.

Tuesday, August 13, Finals, 11:25 a.m.

 

Men’s 10,000 Meters

(Dathan Ritzenhein)

Saturday, August 10, Finals, 8:55 a.m.

 

Women’s 1,500 Meters

(Jenny Simpson)

Sunday, August 11, Round 1, 12:25 a.m.

Tuesday, August 13, Semifinals, 10:40 a.m.

Thursday, August, 15, Finals, 11:20 a.m.

 

COLORADO BUFFALOES

 

 

Linda Sprouse

Assistant Sports Information Director

Volleyball/Cross Country/Track & Field

University of Colorado

linda.sprouse@colorado.edu

303-492-5626

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