The University of Colorado cross country teams are ready for the 15th Annual Big 12 Championship on Saturday, October 30 at the Oklahoma State University Cross Country Course.
This will be the final Big 12 championship for the Buffs who have a rich tradition of winning team and individual titles. The CU men have won 12 of 14 conference titles, while the women have taken 11. The Buffs have won 17 individual titles; the men taking eight and the women with nine. The last time a male won the conference crown was Brent Vaughn in 2007 and Jenny Barringer won the title last year.
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 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.