CU X-Country Moves Up In Polls
BOULDER— The University of Colorado men’s and women’s cross country teams each moved up in this week’s USTFCCCA Coaches Top 30 Poll, released on Tuesday.
The men’s team moved up to fourth place and are tied with Big 12 rival Oklahoma State with 319 points. The Buffs were ranked sixth in the last poll prior to winning their 19th straight Rocky Mountain Shootout title on Saturday. Senior Kenyon Neuman led the Buffs at the meet by recording the 12th fastest 8k time in course history (24 minutes, 51 seconds).
In the regional rankings, CU fell one spot to second behind Northern Arizona, which is ranked No. 2 in the national poll. Colorado’s women moved up one spot to No. 19. The Buffs recorded 133 points after winning their 11th consecutive Rocky Mountain Shootout title.
Senior Jenny Barringer set the Buffalo Ranch 5.8k course record and became the second female to ever finish the course in less than 20 minutes with a mark of 19:25. The Buffs rank second in the region behind NAU, which is No. 27 in the national poll.
Barringer, who was named this week’s Big 12 Runner of the Week, is also up for the 2009 USATF Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award presented by Nike. Fan voting goes until Tuesday, October 13, and can be done at: http://www.usatf.org/promotions/JesseOwensAwardVote/index.asp.
For the third straight poll, Washington has the top ranked women’s team with 360 points. Stanford moved up two spots in the men’s poll to take the top place with 355 points. Oregon, which had been No. 1 for the first two weeks, fell to seventh with 293 points.
Some of the Buff will head to the Fort Hays Invite on Saturday, October 10, in Fort Hays, Kan., but the next big meet for the varsity squad is NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday, October 17, in Terre Haute, Ind.