Hurysz Breaks CU’s 9 Year Mile Record

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SEATTLE — University of Colorado senior Jake Hurysz ran his first mile run in a Buffs’ uniform here Saturday at the Husky Classic and it is one he will remember for quite some time as he broke a nine-year-old CU record.

Hurysz clocked in at 3 minutes, 58.18 seconds to take fifth in the top section of the mile. He cruised past Stephen Pifer’s previous record of 3:59.55, which was also set at the Husky Classic on February 11, 2006. Hurysz and Pifer are the only two Buffaloes who have ever finished the mile under four minutes. The time currently ranks 10th in the NCAA Division I standings.

“No doubt the highlight of today was Jake’s new school mile record,” coach Mark Wetmore said. “Stephen Pifer called him within just a few minutes of losing the record. There are a lot of pretty big names behind Jake on the CU all-time list. He has worked hard and had some disappointments along the way, so I was happy for him to get to be the star for the day.”

The Husky Classic is a huge meet and attracts some of the best distance competition during the indoor season, which makes it a great meet for the Buffs. “Annually, this is the weekend we break the distance runners out from their post-cross country break,” Wetmore said. “This venue is historically fast, and they get excited to come here.” Also during the weekend junior Pierce Murphy took home top honors in the 5,000-meter run on Friday night In a field full of talented collegiate runners Murphy outkicked two of his competitors down the stretch and finished the race in 13:39.29. He defeated UTEP’s Anthony Rotich by less than a second (13:40.14) and Texas’ Craig Lutz took third (13:40.30). Murphy’s time also put him third on CU’s all-time performers list behind Adam Goucher (13:38.23) and Brent Vaughn (13:38.30). The other three Buffs in the race did quite well and also clocked in with personal bests. Senior Morgan Pearson and junior Ammar Moussa were leading the race around the 10 minute mark; Pearson ended up fourth (13:43.37) and Moussa placed eighth (13:48.34) to give CU three finishers under 13:50. Pearson’s time is currently ninth in the nation, while Moussa’s is 11th.  Sophomore Ben Saarel also raced and finished 14th in 13:58.19. “The performance we are most happy with today is Pierce’s,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “He ran a time that is very fast for him and that has always advanced to the NCAAs, so we feel very optimistic about that. Morgan’s time is also very good and is probably right on the edge of making NCAAs, but we’ll have to see since there aren’t any automatic qualifying times anymore.  

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