Former Buff running standouts, Sara (Gorton) Slattery (2000-05) and Ted Castaneda (1972-74) were included in the Class of 2016 University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame for their achievements while attending the University of Colorado.
Slattery compiled one of the most impressive women’s cross country and track resumes during her time at Colorado: she was a 10-time All-American and a six-time Big 12 Conference champion (14 All-Big 12 performances). A two-time NCAA champion, winning the 2003 Indoor 5,000-meter run and the 2005 Outdoor 10,000-meter run, she remains the CU record holder in the indoor mile (4:40.35), the indoor 3,000 (9:07.16) and the outdoor 5,000 (15:24.97). She was just the second Buff to earn three All-American titles in cross country (2000-02-04, the same years she earned All-Region and All-Conference accolades) and was the Big 12’s Female Cross Country Newcomer of the Year in 2000. She was on CU’s first national championship in women’s cross country in 2000 (as a freshman), led CU its second crown as a senior in 2004 and was a member of four Big 12 champion cross country teams. She was the Big 12’s Indoor Freshman of the Year for 2001, earning Indoor All-America honors in the 3k (2001, 2003) and the mile (2002), while outdoors, she was the Big 12 champion in the 5,000-meter run twice (2003, 2005) and in the 10k (2005). She is the NCAA record holder for sophomores in the Outdoor 5k (15:24.97), still the fourth-fastest collegiate time.
In May, Slattery returned to the elite field of the Bolder Boulder 10k after winning it 10 years previously, the last time an American has done so.
“Winning in Boulder was the best feeling I have ever had,” said Slattery. “It is an amazing feeling and the highlight of my career.”
Slattery, who met her husband, Steve (also a cross country standout) at CU returned with her family from Arizona to celebrate the occasion.
On instagram she posted:
Castaneda may very well have laid the groundwork for CU’s success in distance running today. A five-time All-American in cross country and track, his best times included 1:52.4 in the 800, a 3:58.5 in the mile, an 8:29 two-mile, a 13:32 in the 5,000-meter run, a 28:30.6 in the 10k a 2-hour, 15-minute marathon. He held the American record in the 3-mile run albeit briefly: he ran a 13:10.6 at the 1973 NCAA Outdoor Championships but it was broken in the next heat by the legendary Steve Prefontaine. He still holds some of the top 5k and 10k times in CU history: his 28:30.6 time in the 10k set a CU record back in 1973 and stood for 31 years. He also set the Colorado “soil” record in the mile in 1976, running in 4:04.86; that mark stood for 37 years. He competed in two U.S. Olympic trials (5K, 10K in 1976, marathon in 1980).
Castaneda served as head coach of the men’s cross country team at Colorado College since 1980, then became the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams in 1994, a position he still holds today.
He was one of the seven original inductees into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame in its inaugural 2007 class.
The documentary A Runner’s Life details Ted’s accomplishments.