If Nelson, 26, looks comfortable in the fieldhouse, it is likely because he spent five years as an undergraduate at CU. Then, after making the 2008 Olympic team a month after his senior year, he signed a professional contract and moved to Eugene, Ore., in the fall of 2008 to compete for the Oregon Track Club. Now, Nelson has returned home, to raise his family in Longmont; help CU get the best prep runners here as the track team’s recruiting coordinator; and to see how much faster he can run in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
The No. 9 University of Colorado men’s cross country teams finished second at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship on Saturday to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship on November 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. The No. 8 women’s team placed third overall, just missing an automatic bid but still have a good chance to earn one of the 13 at-large bids for the championship, which will be announced on November 14.
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 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.
An experiment is being conducted in the Locomotion Lab on the CU Campus trying to understand how speed and incline affect the elastic energy return of the muscles and tendons. They are looking for males or females between the ages of 18-40 who can run a 5k in less than 20:00 minutes.
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.