When Callum Hawkins, an elite 10,000 meter runner from Scotland, came to Boulder on Tuesday, he found lodging with former marathon world record holder Steve Jones. Thursday, Hawkins did his household proud by outkicking Stephen Pifer to win the West End 4K. Hawkins clocked 11 minutes 42 seconds for the roughly 2.5 miles, four seconds up on Pifer, a former mile star at the University of Colorado. Ryan Poland was third in 11:57. “It was tough,” said Hawkins, a 28:49 10K runner, “with the uphill, altitude, heat, and Pifer pushing the pace.”
After going out too fast in last year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K and leading her unsuspecting teammates into early oxygen debt and a third-place team finish, Renee Metivier-Baillie vowed to run smarter this year. That she and her teammates, Amy Hastings and Magdalena Lewy Boulet, did on this cloudy Memorial Day, placing second in the 2011 International Team Challenge.
If Nelson, 26, looks comfortable in the fieldhouse, it is likely because he spent five years as an undergraduate at CU. Then, after making the 2008 Olympic team a month after his senior year, he signed a professional contract and moved to Eugene, Ore., in the fall of 2008 to compete for the Oregon Track Club. Now, Nelson has returned home, to raise his family in Longmont; help CU get the best prep runners here as the track team’s recruiting coordinator; and to see how much faster he can run in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
A very pregnant Sara Vaughn nearly gave birth to her second child when she jumped up in excitement, cheering along with the other 50,000 fans packing the University of Colorado football stadium when she saw husband Brent Vaughn sprint in for fourth place at the 32nd Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K at Monday’s Memorial Day tradition.
When Matt McCue was a freshman walk-on to the University of Colorado cross country team in the summer of 2001, he showed up for his first run at the Potts Field track. The were only three runners at Potts that day; future NCAA champions and Olympians Jorge Torres and Dathan Ritzenhein, as well as Edwardo Torres. McCue got hammered that July morning, but he hung tough with the “skinny Trinity” the entire 12-mile run.
Sara Slattery has had several big races in her career, including the NCAA 3000 meter indoor and 10,000 meter outdoor titles at the University of Colorado, along with being part of the Buffaloes 2000...
Back when she was 15 and wanting to go out for the Durango High School track team, Elva Dryer promised her father that he if bought her a pair of running shoes, she would...