The University of Colorado men’s and women’s cross country team will host its first varsity team scoring meet of the season on Saturday, October 2, when CU hosts the 25th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout 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 includes Colorado’s fourth-ranked men’s and 13th-ranked women’s teams.
The shootout has two categories for team scoring. The 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 second 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 10 a.m.
CU’s men have won the last 19 shootout titles and 20 of the last 24. The last men’s Division I team to beat the Buffs was BYU in 1990. The women have won the previous 11 titles and 17 of the last 18 races.
Colorado captured four titles at last year’s shootout. Jenny Barringer won the individual women’s title after running a course record of 19 minutes, 25 seconds. Kenyon Neuman (@KenyonNeuman) was the men’s champion, finishing in 24:51. 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. Adams State is the top ranked team in the NCAA Division II poll while Western State is ranked second on the men’s side and eighth on the women’s side. The men’s team at Colorado School of Mines is ranked third overall.
Results will be available at www.CUBuffs.com. Admission and parking are free to the public.