BOULDER —The University of Colorado men’s and women’s cross country team will host the 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday, September 29 at the Buffalo Ranch on CU’s South Campus.
The meet is one of the longest running collegiate cross country races in the nation and will have participants from some of the top NCAA Division I and Division II programs along the Front Range, which include Colorado’s seventh-ranked men and 15th-ranked women.
The shootout has two categories for team scoring. The NCAA Division I opponents are scored against each other, while the non-Division I opponents are scored as one, resulting in two team champions per gender. There is only one individual winner per gender.
For the fourth straight year the Rocky Mountain Shootout will only have two races. Open runners will compete in the same race at the collegiate competitors. The men’s 8-kilometer race will kick off the meet at 9 a.m. and the women’s 5.8k race commence at 9:45 a.m.
CU’s men have won the last 21 shootout titles and 22 of the last 26. The last men’s Division I team to beat the Buffs was BYU in 1990. The women have won the previous 13 titles and 19 of the last 20 races.
Colorado captured four titles at last year’s shootout. Shalaya Kipp won the individual women’s title and Richard Medina was the men’s champion. Both the men’s and women’s teams took the overall Division I titles, besting runner-up Wyoming.
The Buffaloes will race against Division I opponents Air Force, Northern Colorado and Wyoming at this year’s meet. Nebraska-Omaha will also be in the mix as the Mavericks are in their second year of transition to Division I from Division II.
Results will be available at CUBuffs.com. Admission and parking are free.
27th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
Buffalo Ranch, CU South Campus (US-36 and Table Mesa Road)
9 a.m. Men’s 8k
9:45 a.m. Women’s 5.8k
From Denver 36 West. Exit Table Mesa Road/Foothills Parkway. Bear right at the fork. Left at the light on to Table Mesa Road. At the second stop light, take a left into the gated property with a flagstone rock.
From Boulder 36 East. Exit Table Mesa Road. At the light go straight into the gated property marked as CU’s South Campus on the Flagstone rock.