Senior Richard Medina and sophomore Shalaya Kipp led the University of Colorado cross country teams to victory at the 26th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout at the Buffalo Ranch on CU’s South Campus. Both Medina and Kipp took first place overall to earn their first Rocky Mountain Shootout crowns.
Medina won the 8-kilometer race with the fourth fastest time ever in course history, crossing the finish in 24 minutes, 39 seconds. The Grand Junction, Colo. native redshirted last season, so this was his first cross country race in almost two years.
“It’s really special to me; I’m so blessed,” Medina said. ‘I’m so thankful for everything: my coaches, my teammates, God, my family. I was really looking forward to this race after this big block of training, and it was really nice.”
Medina defeated teammate Andy Wacker, who was the runner-up with a finishing time of 25:00. Wacker’s time ranks 22nd overall on the all-time Buffalo Ranch course record book.
Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore was very happy with Medina’s performance as well as the team as a whole.
“Some of those times (in the record book) were performed here when the course was in immaculate condition, so that’s a very, very nice run for Richard,” he said. “Plus, he’s had so many little interruptions that, believe it or not as a fifth -year senior, he’s inexperienced on this course.
“And it was a good run for Andy. Andy was a little bit impetuous, I would say. But his training has been great and he’s just burst into race because he hasn’t raced since June, and I think he was just a little optimistic earlier.”
The No. 7 ranked Buffs also took fourth and fifth overall. Christian Thompson was third with a time of 25:20 and Martin Medina was fourth in 25:32. Jonny Stevens rounded out the score for CU. He was eighth overall with a time of 25:48.
The men showed how much depth they have this season with Blake Theroux taking 10th (26:04), Dillon Shije placing 12th (26:16) and Matt Biegner coming in 15th (26:35). Aric Van Halen and Hugh Dowdy also had top-20 finishes. Van Halen was 17th overall with a time of 26:40 and Dowdy was 20th, finishing in 27:00.
The women’s race was also full of excitement. Kipp’s time of 20:29 tied for 10th in 5.8k course history with teammate Laura Tremblay who recorded that mark at the 2010 shootout. Kipp had a decent lead on the field after the first half of the race and defeated the runner-up, Kristen McGlynn, by 27 seconds (20:56). The time was a personal best for Kipp as she bettered her mark of 20:42 from the 2010 meet.
“It didn’t feel like I had a huge lead the whole time, because I knew the girls were fast behind me,” Kipp said. “They ran a lot faster than last year; I was pretty excited. It definitely made me feel like I was in good shape.”
Lara Darco was the second Buff in the black and gold to cross the finish, doing so in 21:15. Right behind her in sixth was Camille Logan (21:19) and Katie Cumming was seventh (21:26). Diana George rounded out the team scoring with an 11th-place finish, crossing the line in 22:17.
The Buffs had several other great finishers, also showing that they have a great deal of depth this season which has given then the fourth-place ranking in the nation. Staci Foster was 14th overall (22:28), Courtney Bouchet took 18th (22:52), Liz Tremblay was 19th (22:54) and Kelly King placed 21st (23:01).
“I am super excited,” Kipp said about the way the team performed. “Last year at this time, we didn’t have nearly as much of the depth, and this year, it was exciting that we had seven or eight girls running faster than four of us last year.”
Wetmore was pleased with the women’s finishes, but acknowledged there is some work for them to do between now and the next race.
“Frankly, I would say the women were a little behind what coach Burroughs and I had hoped for,” Wetmore said. “It was a very nice run for Shalaya, kind of out front the way with not a whole lot of help. I think we need to rest a little more. We didn’t rest much today. The rest of the women were good but not excellent so we have to get a little better rest.”
Overall CU won both men’s and women’s team titles. The men recorded 15 points, placing 1-2-3-4-5. Wyoming was the runner-up with 52 total points. Air Force placed third overall with 76 and Northern Colorado was fourth (112). Garden City Community College won the non-Division I team part of the meet with 34 points (1-3-7-11-12).
The women also defeated Wyoming for the title, taking 16 points (1-2-3-4-6) to UW’s 49. Air Force was third (91), Northern Colorado placed fourth (108) and Nebraska-Omaha was fifth (135). Colorado Mesa University, formerly Mesa State, won the non-Division I team meet with 33 points (1-4-7-9-12).
The Buffs will be back in action on Oct. 16 at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
(for complete results go to CUBuffs.com/crosscountry)
26th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout
Buffalo Ranch, CU South Campus
MEN’S 8K DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1.Colorado, 15; 2. Wyoming, 52; 3. Air Force, 76; 4. Northern Colorado, 112.
MEN’S 8K NON-DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1. Garden City CC, 34; 2. Western State, 54; 3. Fort Lewis, 70; 4. So. Dakota School of Mines, 86; 5. Western New Mexico, 143; 6. Colorado Mesa, 176; 7. Regis, 178.
MEN’S FINISHERS (Top 15):
1. Richard Medina, CU, 24:39; 2. Andy Wacker, CU, 25:00; 3. Christian Thompson, CU, 25:20; 4. Martin Medina, CU, 24:32; 5. Glen Randall, 25:41; 6. Amma Moussa, unattached, 25:47; 7. Matt Tebo, unattached, 25:58; 8. Jonny Stevens, CU, 25:48; 9. Garrett Zans, unattached, 26:00; 10. Blake Theroux, CU, 26:04; 11. Kevin Batt, unattached, 26:07; 12. Dillon Shije, CU, 26:26; 13. Brandon Johnson, unattached, 26:21; 14. Wesley Cheruiyot, Gillette, 26:34; 15. Matt Biegner, CU, 26:35.
Other CU Finishers: 17. Aric Van Halen, 26:40; 20. Hugh Dowdy, 27:00; 23. Garrett Ward, 27:06; 26. Mike Goodger, 27:16; 31. Steve Kasica, 27:36; 38. Ryan Savercool, 27:51
WOMEN’S 5.8K DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1.Colorado, 16; 2. Wyoming, 49; 3. Air Force Academy, 91; 4. Northern Colorado, 108; 5. Nebraska-Omaha, 135.
WOMEN’S 5.8K NON-DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1. Colorado Mesa University, 33; 2. Black Hills State, 52; 3. Fort Lewis, 114; 4. Regis, 125; 5. Western New Mexico; 129; 6. CSU-Pueblo, 166; 7. So. Dakota School of Mines, 183; 8. Garden City CC, 202; 9, New Mexico Military, 223; 10. DU-Club Team, 231
WOMEN’S FINISHERS (Top 15):
1. Shalaya Kipp, CU, 20:29; 2. Kristen McGlynn, unattached, 20:56; 3. Rachel Gioscia-Ryan, 21:04; 4. Rachel Baptista, unattached, 21:10; 5. Lara Darco, CU, 21:15; 6. Cami, lle Logan, CU, 21:19; 7. Katie Cumming, CU, 21:26; 8. Brooke Hughes, Wyoming, 21:44; 9. Kara Lubreniecki, unattached, 22:03; 10. Alexis Skarda, Colorado Mesa, 22:03; 11. Diana George, CU, 22:17; 12. Kristin Johansen, unattached,22:20; 13. Amanda Scott, unattached,, 22:25; 14. Staci Foster, CU, 22:28; 15. Megan Horsch, unattached, 22:34.
Other CU Finishers: 18. Courtney Bouchet, 22:52; 19. Liz Tremblay, 22:54; 21. Kelly King, 23:01; 65. Becky Popiel, 24:44
Courtesy of CUBuffs.com