Buffs Head to Nationals Monday Ranked 6th
BOULDER— The University of Colorado women’s and men’s cross country teams are each ranked No. 6 in the final USTFCCCA Coaches Top 30 after placing first and second, respectively, at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship on Saturday.
Colorado will race at the 2009 NCAA Championship on Monday, November 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. The men are slated to run first at 10:08 a.m. and the women will race at 10:58 a.m.
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Barringer will be eying the individual championship as she has been the runner-up the last two times she has raced at the meet (2006, 2007). Both championship races will be broadcast live on Versus Network (Comcast Channel 73) and streamed online via NCAA.com.
The Buffalo men collected 296 points in the poll for their No. 6 ranking. They dropped from fifth to sixth while BYU moved up from 14th to fifth with 306 points. BYU defeated the Buffs by a single point at regionals. CU had all five scorers place in the top 24 to earn all-region honors, but BYU had its top five finish in the top 16 to win the title. Stanford remained the top team in the poll and has had the ranking for the last six polls. The Cardinal earned 11 first-place votes to take the top honor with 359 points, while Oklahoma State is No. 2 with 349 points.
The CU women picked up 299 points in the poll for their sixth-place ranking. Colorado won the women’s regional championship for the first time since 2006. Jenny Barringer became the first CU female to win the regional title since 2004. Washington has been ranked on top of the poll for all eight polls. The Huskies took 10 of 12 first-place votes on the women’s side with 358 points. Villanova, the second-place team, recorded the other two votes and took 350 points.
Courtesy of CUBuffs.com