Photo Courtesy: Chip Bromfield, ProMotion Ltd.

Photo Courtesy: Chip Bromfield, ProMotion Ltd.

University of Colorado senior Jenny Barringer won the individual crown at the 2009 Big 12 Cross Country Championship on Saturday morning, while the CU men’s and women’s teams each took second place.

Barringer took off from the gun, running up the first of many hills, and never looked back as she captured her first conference cross country title.

“This took me five years. It took me three years of college to get to the Olympics (3,000-meter steeplechase), and five years of cross country to get to the Big 12 Championship. It means a lot and it means a lot that I came back with a really strong team. This is absolutely the most fun race I’ve had in college so far. It was a really fun day.” – Jenny Barringer

“She was cruising and had a huge smile on her face, It was an easy run for her and she was having fun the whole way.” – Colorado Head Coach Mark Wetmore

On the men’s side, the top four finishers were Cowboys as OSU got all five of its scorers across the finish in the top 14. Colorado had all five scorers finish in the top 15.

The first Buffalo to cross the line was senior Kenyon Neuman. He was seventh with a time of 25:10.33 on the 8k course. Christian Thompson, who led the Buffs at pre-nats, earned his first top-10 finish by placing ninth (25:18.83). He was 29th in 2008.

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