The University of Colorado track and field team will host the Potts Indoor Invitational this Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, at Balch Fieldhouse.
The Buffaloes will host several Front Range schools as Air Force, Colorado State, Colorado School of Mines, Northern Colorado, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Wyoming will all send athletes to compete.
Colorado will race at the 2009 NCAA Championship on Monday, November 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. The University of Colorado women’s and men’s cross country teams are each ranked No. 6 and Jenny 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).
The No. 6 ranked women’s team won the regional for the first time since 2006 and the No. 5 ranked men’s team took second; ending a streak of six straight regional titles. Senior Jenny Barringer also won the women’s race and was the first CU woman to win the individual title since 2004 when Renee Metivier took home the crown.
When Matt McCue was a freshman walk-on to the University of Colorado cross country team in the summer of 2001, he showed up for his first run at the Potts Field track. The were only three runners at Potts that day; future NCAA champions and Olympians Jorge Torres and Dathan Ritzenhein, as well as Edwardo Torres. McCue got hammered that July morning, but he hung tough with the “skinny Trinity” the entire 12-mile run.
The weather is turning colder but the University of Colorado men’s and women’s cross country teams are looking to heat up their seasons at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, October 17, in Terre Haute, Ind.