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June 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Club sports enjoy yet another banner season 

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From CUBuffs.com …  Club sports present an opportunity for students at universities nationwide to continue their athletic careers while pursuing a college degree.

At the University of Colorado, club sports present a rare opportunity to become a national Champion.

CU currently fields 33 club sports teams, with over 1,400 athletes participating during the 2016-17 season. Buffs club teams and individuals captured several national championships this year, and many others enjoyed successful seasons.

CU’s triathlon team captured its eighth consecutive overall team title at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championship. Colorado won its first women’s team title since 2012, while the men placed second. Colorado also boasted some of the country’s best individual performers, as Erica Hawley and Dan Feeney each took home their respective individual draft-legal titles and combined national championships, while Nick Noone was the Olympic distance champion. CU’s Timmy Winslow, who finished fourth in the draft-legal competition, was also honored as USA Triathlon’s 2016 Rookie of the Year.

Once again, CU freeskiing was among the best at the USCSA National Championships, with both the men’s and women’s clubs finishing among the top three. The CU women finished second in both the slope-style and rail-jam competition, enough to make them the national runners-up in combined scoring. The men’s team also finished second in the rail-jam event and fourth in slope-style for a third-place finish in combined scoring.

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June 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Women Named Runner Up NCAA Program of the Year

From CUBuffs.com … Consistency and unprecedented success were rewarded on Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the University of Colorado women were named runner up NCAA Division 1 Program of the Year.

Arkansas men and Oregon women were named NCAA Division I Programs of the year.

The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is given annually to the most outstanding cross country and track & field programs in each of the NCAA’s three divisions, the NAIA and for each gender in those organizations. The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons) based on finishes at the NCAA or NAIA Championships.

To be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA or NAIA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at those meets (1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, etc.) and the team with the lowest combined score is crowned champion.

Colorado women finished in second with 22 total points while Arkansas tied for third with 30 points. On the men’s side, the team finished in 12th with 85.5 points.

The women’s cross country team earned a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in November to kick start their strong year. For the indoor track season the women finished in seventh, which is their highest indoor finish since 2001 where the team came in sixth overall. The outdoor championships just closed out here Saturday as the women finished in 12th place to give them a second overall finish in the program of the year rankings.

For the men the team finished sixth in cross country and went on to add a 16th finish in indoor and 59th for outdoor to earn their 12th overall program finish.

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June 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Madie Boreman finishes second in steeplechase at NCAA Track and Field championships

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado freshman Madie Boreman finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final on day four of the 2017 NCAA Track and Field Championships here Saturday at Hayward Field.

WHAT HAPPENED
Freshman Madie Boreman keeps Colorado’s strong steeplechase tradition alive with a second-place finish dropping 3.52 seconds off her already huge PR time from prelims. Boreman right from the start jumped out into the top group and never let up. Boreman held steady in the top pack until the top two separated themselves and Boreman ran alone in the third position. With 200 meters left, she sprinted all out to the finish line crossing second beating out Tori Gerlach of Penn State by .3 seconds. Boreman finished her impressive freshman campaign with a PR time of 9:46.48 moving to fourth on the CU all-time performers list.

Dani Jones kicked off action for the Buffs in the 1,500 meters. In one of the most competitive 1,500 meter races coach Wetmore has seen, Jones finished in fifth place crossing the finish line in 4:14.35. The race started and Jones put herself in a strong position, the pace was slower than usual as the field was full of runners with lethal kicks along with Jones’. The race came down to the last 200 meters as the top-eight places were separated by only one second.

In her second race of the NCAA Championships, Erin Clark earned second team All-America honors in the 5,000 meters. Clark finished in 16th place with a time of 16:04.91. This is her fifth career All-America honor after already adding first-team accolades in the 10,000 meters on Thursday.

Final Women Team Standings
The women finished in 12th place overall with 16 total points. This marks the team’s best finish since 2005 when the team finished 12th as well.

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June 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

Three more Buffs earn All-American honors at NCAA championships

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men finished the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a tri of first team All-America honors here Friday night.

WHAT HAPPENED
Ben Saarel kicked off the day for the Buffs running in his first NCAA finals heat of the 1,500 meters. Saarel started off solid then got pushed back a few spots in the pack. Not liking the pace Saael made his move into first holding it for the 700 meter and 1,100 meter split until the bell lap where Josh Kerr, Justine Kiprotich and Craig Engels took off. Saarel finished in eighth overall with a time of 3:44.78 to earn the team a point.

The Buffs were loaded in the 5,000 meters as Joe Klecker (first-team), John Dressel (first-team) and Zach Perrin (second-team) all earned All-America honors. The unusually slow pace was set by the front group and it held until around the bell lap. Joe Klecker stayed in the top-five for most the race as he crossed the finish line in 14:38.03 to finish seventh overall. John Dressel crossed right behind in eight place with a time of 14:38.03, while Zach Perrin placed 11th (14:41.50)

UP NEXT
Nationals conclude on Saturday with the women. Dani Jones will run in the 1,500, Madison Boreman in the steeplechase and Erin Clark in the 5,000 meters.

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June 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Erin Clark earns first-team All-American honors with 5th-place finish in 10,000 meters

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women had an excellent start to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships here Thursday as Erin Clark finished fifth in the 10,000 meters to earn first-team All-America honors.

WHAT HAPPENED
Erin Clark earned her fourth career All-America honor in the 10,000 meters as she crossed the finish line in 33:03.22 to finish fifth overall. Clark ran a vary smart and mature race staying within the top group throughout the entire race. This marks the highest finish for a CU athlete in the 10k since Sara (Gorton) Slattery who won the title in 2006. Teammate Makena Morley finished in 17th place overall with a time of 33:58.17.

Sophomore Dani Jones kicked off the solid day for the Buffs with the 1,500 meters. Jones competed in the first heat where she ran a personal best time of 4:10.74 crossing the finish line first to automatically qualify. This time moves Jones up the CU all-time list as she now moved to third, only behind only Jenny Barringer (Simpson) and Emma Coburn. Jones heads into Saturday’s finals with the top time amongt the field.

Madison Boreman easily advanced to the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after winning the first semifinal heat. Boreman held steady with the top group of four running a very smart race. She entered the final lap in third place and hit her stride. Boreman made her move on the final water jump as she cleared it perfectly to move into first place. Boreman won the heat clocking an incredible PR of 9:51.00, a 15 second improvement. This time moves Boreman to fifth on the CU all-time performers list, joining a very elite group. Teammate Sage Hurta finished in 22nd place with a time of 10:20.59

UP NEXT
Nationals continue on Friday with Ben Saarel competing in the 1,500 meter finals at 6:42 p.m. MT. Joe Klecker, John Dressel and Zach Perrin will also be competing in the 5,000 meters scheduled for 8:25 MT.

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June 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Ben Saarel Advances To Finals in the 1,500 Meters at NCAA Championships

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado junior Ben Saarel kicked off the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Buffs here Wednesday as he qualified for finals in the 1,500 meters, which is scheduled for Friday.

WHAT HAPPENED
There were two heats of the 1,500 and the top five advance per heat plus the next two times. Saarel, determined to make finals, popped right out into front and set the pace quickly. He clocked 58.8 at the 400 meter mark and kept pushing the pace. Saarel held the lead all the way through the 1,100 meter mark and ran steady. The first heat was faster than the second as all top five finishers clocked 3:40 times. Saarel finished fifth in his heat with a solid 3:40.71 to automatically advance.

This marks Saarel’s first appearance in the finals event for the 1,500 meters. He is also the CU record holder for the event with a 3:39.77 time and will compete in finals on Friday at 6:42 p.m.

UP NEXT
The women will start action at the Championships on Thursday.

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June 5th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

1,500-meter runner Dani Jones looking to improve on 9th-place finish in NCAA finals

Related … “Nine Buffs Headed to NCAA Outdoor Championships” … from CUBuffs.com

From the Daily Camera … When asked about a ninth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA track and field championships, Colorado’s Dani Jones gave a wry smile and a slight eye roll.

To finish ninth as a true freshman, as Jones did a year ago, is somewhat impressive — but not to Jones.

“We were pretty disappointed,” she said this past week as she prepares to return to the NCAA Championships. “Me and my teammate (then-senior Maddie Alm) were both in the final and it was both our first time at nationals and it was a big learning experience.

“I kind of got out there and was a little bit in a daze and finished disappointed. This year I’ve grown a lot.”

Jones will compete in the national semifinals of the women’s 1,500-meter run Thursday in Eugene, Ore. The finals are slated for Saturday.

One of nine Buffs competing at nationals, Jones is eager to see what she learned from last year’s experience.

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CU women’s golf No. 21 final ranking second-highest in school history

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s golf team finishes the 2017 season ranked No. 21 in the country in the final GolfStat Poll released this week. This marks the Buffs second best finish in school history behind the 2011-12 team who finished 11th.

The Buffaloes finish with a 96-43 record, which ties for the third best overall record in school history. The team recorded 10 top-10 finishes in 11 events played while recording their best conference finish in program history at the Pac-12 Championships finishing ahead of four top-20 schools.

Arizona State, despite winning the the 2017 NCAA title, finished second overall with 257 total votes. Stanford earned all 260 votes to finish as the No. 1 team in the country. The Buffs earned 240 out of 260 votes to close out their season in 21st place.

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May 30th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s lacrosse team finishes record-setting season with a No. 16 final ranking

From CUBuffs.com … After a historic season that saw the Colorado Buffaloes record numerous firsts in the fourth year of the program’s existence, including competing in their first NCAA Tournament, CU finished the season ranked 16th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday afternoon.

The Buffs recorded a 16-4 record in 2017, marking the most wins in a single season. They beat four ranked opponents and started the campaign with 11 straight wins. Despite suffering a first round NCAA Tournament loss to Massachusetts on May 12, it was a season the team could be very proud of and will surely build off of in the years to come.

Maryland, the 2017 NCAA Champion, recorded all 20 first-place votes for the top spot in the poll. Following the Terps are Boston College, Penn State, Stony Brook and North Carolina in the top five, respectively.

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May 28th

... Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

A total of nine CU athletes qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships

From CUBuffs.com … On the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round, University of Colorado runners Dani Jones (1,500), Ben Saarel (1,500), Joe Klecker (5,000), John Dressel (5,000) and Zachary Perrin  (5,000) punched their tickets to compete for the Buffs at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

WHAT HAPPENED
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Colorado now has a total of nine athletes who will compete at Nationals, June 7-10, in Eugene, Ore. Saturday’s qualifiers join Erin Clark (10,000 meters), freshman Madison Boreman (3,000-meter steeplechase), Sage Hurta (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Makena Moreley (10,000 meters), who qualified for NCAA’s earlier this week.

Dani Jones added her name to the list by placing second in the second heat of the 1,500 meter run. She clocked a time of 4:18.55 to also finish second overall behind Nikki Hiltz of Arkansas. Ben Saarelalso advanced to nationals in the 1,500 meters. He finished second in the second heat with a time of 3:47.83. Saarel ran a smart and strong race pushing his way into first and held on to it until the last 50 meters where Thompson of Oklahoma State just barley crossed the finish line ahead of Saarel (3:47.38).

Erin Clark, who already qualified in the 10,000 meters added the 5,000 meters Saturday finishing fourth in her heat to automatically qualify with a time of 16:43.97. Clark finished 11th overall. Teammate Makena Morely crossed the finish line in 16:47.92 to finish ninth in the second section and will not advance in the event.

On the men’s side, all Colorado athletes advanced to NCAAs in the event. Both sophomores in the first heat advanced as they finished in the top-five of a very strong section. Joe Klecker crossed third with a time of 14:14.75 to automatically advance. John Dressel finished right behind Klecker clocking a 14:15.23 to place fourth in the heat and advance. The duo ran very strong races in a very fast heat, holding steady in the middle until they moved into the top-six and that pack broke off from the rest of the group. They held strong making sure to finish in the top-five as they sprinted through to the finish line to earn personal best times. In the second heat, Zachary Perrin  ran a smart race holding in the middle of the pack until the last 200 meters where he fired out a strong kick to finish second in his heat with a time of 14:33.84 to automatically advance.

In the 110 meter hurdles, Jaron Thomas recorded a time of 14.04 to place fifth in the second section. Overall his time was unfortunately 15th and he did not advance.

UP NEXT
The nine Buffs who qualified will head to Eugene Oregon for the 2017 NCAA Championships on June, 7-10.

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May 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU track and field teams post best-ever finishes at Pac-12 championships

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado track and field team swept both the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters en-route to its best Pac-12 conference finish in school history here Sunday at the Pac-12 Championships.

TEAM SCORES

The women finished in third place with 78 total points to earn their highest finish in Pac-12 history. Last season, the Buffs earned a sixth-place finish, which was their previous best finish. On the men’s side, the Buffs took fourth with 73 total team points. The men’s previous top finish came in 2013 when CU finished in sixth overall.

WHAT HAPPENED

Dani Jones took home two conference titles to help push the women to their best conference finish in over 10 years. The Colorado women also swept all distance events including the 1,500 meters (Dani Jones), the Steeplechase (Madison Boreman), the 5,000 meters (Dani Jones) and the 10,000 meters (Erin Clark).

Jones won her first conference title on Sunday as she took the 1,500 meters title with a time of 4:22.09. Jones, just like her two national title races held steady throughout her race but in the last 100 meters put her lethal kick into action as she went from fourth to first in the last straight away. On the men’s side, Joe Klecker placed eighth with a time of 3:56.48 while Ben Saarel finished in 3:56.98 to place 11th overall.

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Team Scores:
Women: (1. Oregon, 189) 2. USC, 135; 3. Colorado, 78; 4. Washington, 72; 5. UCLA, 63; 6. Arizona State, 58.5; 7. Stanford, 47; 8. Arizona, 46; 9. Washington State, 45; 9. Cal, 45; 11. Oregon State, 21.5; 12. Utah, 16
Men: (1. Oregon, 175) 2. USC, 115.5; 3. UCLA, 101; 4. Colorado, 73; 5. Cal, 72; 6. Washington State, 69.5; 7. Washington, 61; 8. Arizona State, 51; 9. Arizona, 50; 10. Stanford, 49

 

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May 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s golf team sets sight on advancing to NCAA finals

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From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s golf team arrived here Saturday ahead of the NCAA Championship Regional with one singular goal in mind: advance to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 2002.

The Central/Purdue Regional begins Monday, with coach Roy Edwards team getting in some practice when it arrived here ahead of a practice round on the Kampen Course at the Birck/Boilermaker Golf Complex, a 7,411-yard, par-72 links-style layout that has been rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana.

Colorado, ranked No. 32 in the nation (GolfStat; No. 26 Golfweek) is the No. 6 seed in the field, its highest since the regionals went to six sites in 2009, when the Buffaloes were a No. 7 seed.  This is the fifth straight year the Buffaloes have qualified for the NCAA postseason, and the 21st time in the 29-year history of regional play.

With final exams complete and the team celebrating three graduates last Friday, the Buffaloes can now focus on finishing in the top five of 13 teams competing here, which would earn CU its first trip to the NCAA Finals in some 15 years.  Colorado has come close several times, including a sixth place finish in this very state two years ago after the Buffs owned the first round lead.

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CU women’s track team in first place at Pac-12 championships

From CUBuffs.com …  For the sixth straight year, the Pac-12 women’s Steeplechase title goes to University of Colorado, as freshman Madison Boreman took home the event title here Saturday at the Pac-12 Championships.

The Colorado women put together a strong showing on the first day as the team placed first and second in both the Steeplechase as well as the 10,000 meters. The women are currently in first place after the first day of competition with 44 points. UCLA sits in second with 37 points.

WHAT HAPPENED

Freshman Madison Boreman won her first conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase crossing the finish line in a PR time of 10:06.83. This is the Buffs ninth straight steeplechase conference title for the women, and six straight in the Pac-12. Overall, five Buffs have won 10 steeplechase titles in the last 11 years. Jenny (Barringer) Simpson won a pair of titles (2007 and 09), Emma Coburn captured three crowns (2010, 11 and 13). Shalaya Kipp was a two-time winner (2012 and 14) while Erin Clark earned back to back titles in 2015-16. Teammate and sophomore Sage Hurta came in right behind Boreman finishing with a PR 10:07.87 time to finish second.

Colorado also picked up big points from the 10,000 meters as Erin Clark won her third overall Pac-12 conference title after winning the 10k. This was Clark’s first 10k of the season, and she made it count, recording an impressive time of 33:23.92 to win the event. Clark moves up to fourth on the all-time top performers for CU and becomes the fifth Buff to win a 10k conference title. The last time was Sara Slattery who won the title in 2005.

The Buffs dominated the 10,000 meters as Makena Morley placed second with a time of 33:29. Annie Kelly finished fifth (33:39.35), Melanie Nun came in sixth (33:46.49) and Carrie Verdon finished in ninth (33:46.63). These distance runners helped push the Buffs into the lead on the women’s side.

On the men’s side of the 10,000 meters Ryan Forsyth placed seventh with a PR time of 29:32.38. Ethan Gonzales finished right behind in eight place with a 29:33.47 time.

UP NEXT: The championships conclude Sunday. Action starts at 1:45 p.m. with the men’s discus. The Buffs are currently in first on the women’s team race with 44 points, while the men are in 10th with 13 points.

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May 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Record-setting season for CU Lacrosse team comes to an end in first round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com …  The Colorado Buffaloes had a year to remember, but their season ended on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, falling 13-7 to Massachusetts (17-3) at Penn Park.

The Buffs finish the season with a 16-4 record, the best in school history.

WHAT HAPPENED: CU’s Darby Kiernan got the scoring started in the game, finding the back of the net at 28:19. UMass came back to even the game three minutes later with its first marker.

Katie Macleay put the Buffs back in the lead at 21:22 with her first goal of the tournament and Miranda Stinson gave CU a two-goal lead, scoring her seventh man-up goal this season at 18:52.

The Minutewomen answered 30 seconds later with their second goal of the game, but Macleay scored her second marker at 15:25, giving the Buffs a two-goal advantage. The lead did not last long as UMass responded with its third goal at 12:58.

After a media timeout, the Buffs came out fast, winning the draw and attacking quickly. Macleay recorded a hat-trick at 12:47 off a pass from Marie Moore, again putting CU up by two. But UMass went on to score the next three goals before the end of the first half, giving the Minutewomen a 6-5 advantage at halftime.

Kiernan scored the first goal of the second half (27:02), tying the game up at 6-6, before the Minutewomen tallied five straight goals to take an 11-6 led.

The Buffs were not going to give in and Kiernan recorded her 13th hat-trick of the season, tallying CU’s seventh goal of the game at 11:06. But that would be the last goal the Buffs would get as UMass finished the scoring for the game with two consecutive goals.

NOTABLE:

  • Colorado finished the season with a 16-4 record, its best mark in the four-year history of the program.
  • This was the first time CU advanced to an NCAA Tournament.
  • Darby Kiernan became the first Buff to record 50 or more goals twice in a single season with her 50th goal this campaign. She owns the single season record with 52 from 2015 and ’17.
  • Kiernan also increased her single-season assists record to 25 with two assists in the game.
  • Miranda Stinson added to her single-season man-up goals record, bringing the record to seven with CU’s third goal of the game.
  • Katie Macleay has scored three or more goals in eight of 20 games played this season. She is the first Buff to score a hat-trick in an NCAA Tournament game.

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May 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse to take on UMass (Friday, 5:00 p.m., MT) in first round of NCAA tournament

Related“Lull in action well-timed for CU Buffs women’s lacrosse” … from the Daily Camera 

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado will face Massachusetts on Friday, May 12, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, marking the Buffs first ever appearance in the national championship since starting the program in 2014.

CU and UMass will square off at 5 p.m. MDT/7 p.m. EDT in Philadelphia, Pa. Penn was selected the No. 7 seed and is the host of the first and second rounds. The Quakers will face Navy in the other first round match-up at 2 p.m. MDT/4 p.m. EDT.  The winners of the two games will meet in the second round on Sunday, May 14, at 11 a.m. MDT/1 p.m. EDT.

All games will be played at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field, which was the site of the 2012 Ivy League Championships.

ABOUT THE MINUTEWOMEN: UMass won the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament last week to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, finishing the regular season with a 16-3 record. One of those three losses came against CU (11-7) last February.

THE SERIES: This will be the third meeting between the two teams, the second this season, with the series tied up at 1-1. UMass won the first meeting on March 14, 2014, 17-4. At the time, UMass was ranked ninth. The second meeting went in favor of CU, 11-7, on Feb. 17, 2017. The Buffs were ranked No. 14/11 at the time, while UMass was 16th.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME: Penn will stream all three games live. A link to the stream, as well as live stats, will be available at http://www.pennathletics.com.

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May 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s golf team rallies, but comes up one shot short of qualifying for NCAA finals

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s golf team put together its best round of the tournament here on Wednesday in the final 18 holes at the NCAA Columbus Regional, but its rally to finish in the top six and advance to the NCAA Championships came up short. Only ­­one heartbreaking stroke separated the Buffs from No. 33 ranked Michigan to continue postseason play.

Colorado carded a 909 or 45-over par final score for the event while Michigan closed at 44-over 908 to take sixth place and the right to advance.

“Heartbroken to say the least,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “The team played their hearts out and to miss two years in a row by only one shot is hard to take. But, this team will bounce back and learn from this experience. I’m so proud of them! They gave it their all and that’s all I can ask of them as a coach.”

The Buffaloes, who entered the day tied for ninth place, posted a 297 or 9-over par team score in the final round and in the process, put the pressure on both No. 13th ranked Arkansas and Michigan down the stretch. Colorado, moved into sixth place after hole No. 14 where three Buffs dropped a birdie and Kirsty Hodgkins fired out an eagle to push the team above the red line. From the 14th hole and on it was a battle between Michigan, Arkansas and CU. The Buffs and the Razorbacks were through their round and Michigan still had a few holes to go and held on to their lead finishing one stroke ahead of CU.

… This is the second year in a row the Buffs have missed the NCAAs by one stroke. Last year the Buffs finished in seventh one stroke behind Virginia.

CU 17 sports all reporting positive APR reports

Press release from CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado Academic Progress Rate (APR) report based on information for the four year period from 2012-13 through 2015-16 was released by the NCAA Wednesday with those of all other Division I schools, with CU once again reporting positive news for all 17 of its intercollegiate athletic programs in that time frame.

For the sixth consecutive year, the APR result, averaged across the sport programs, is the highest in school history since the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program was introduced in 2003.  Here are the significant accomplishments that CU student-athletes recorded in the latest NCAA report:

  • Of CU’s 15 programs (the NCAA combines indoor and outdoor track), 11 have averages that exceeded the multi-year national average for their sport with another equaling it;
  • The women’s basketball team earned the NCAA’s APR Recognition Award for the second straight year, achieving a perfect four-year APR score of 1000 (top 10 percent in its sport); the women’s golf also earned the honor for this report;
  • Six programs increased their annual APR scores, led by the men’s golf team that improved 77 points.  Lacrosse, men’s skiing and women’s track had significant gains of 27, 27 and 26 points, respectively, with the women’s cross country team also improving in double-figures (19 points);
  • Eight teams scored a perfect 1000 in their 2015-16 annual APR, tying the school-best achieved previously in 2010-11; in addition to the women’s basketball and women’s golf teams earning four consecutive perfect annual scores,  men’s golf and men’s skiing along with women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, women’s skiing and women’s track earned the perfect 1000 scores;
  • Overall, all programs boast an annual score of 955 or higher (12 over 970, including the eight with a perfect score); while all own overall four-year APR scores of 970 or greater with seven at 990 or greater.
  • In the two sports most scrutinized, football and men’s basketball continued to exceed national averages.  Football continued its upward trend, recording another record with a 974 score (topping last year’s 973); it is well above the 962 nationally for the sport.  In Mike MacIntyre‘s seven years as a head coach, his teams at Colorado and San Jose State have exceeded the national average for football in six of those seven years (including all four at CU).  Men’s basketball also inched up a point from last year’s report to 981, and in six of Tad Boyle‘s seven seasons at the helm of the program, CU’s number has been above the national mark (966 this year);
  • In the multi-year score, eight CU programs improved their APR number from last year’s (with two others remaining the same), helping the school to its highest-ever APR average across all teams, a 986, since the inception of the Academic Performance Program.  The men’s golf team recorded the greatest improvement in the multi-year score, raising its previous four-year score 21 points to a 971; the men’s ski team was next, improving 13 points to 987.  Football, which had the largest increase of 11 points last year, improved another two points to 970.
  • Colorado’s composite APR score of 983, one point lower than last year’s record figure; this number takes into account roster sizes across all sports and then determines a true composite APR score from points earned through eligibility/graduation and retention.  This statistic is not provided by the NCAA, but CU utilizes it as one of its academic goals in its strategic plan.

“As I come to the end of my faculty career, it is gratifying to reflect on the academic strides that CU’s student-athletes have made since I was appointed Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) in 2005,” said Dr. David Clough, who is retiring after this semester after 12 years in the role and 43 overall as a professor in CU’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.  “The current APR scores, when taken together with graduation rates and team cumulative grade point averages, provide indisputable evidence of the academic success of our student-athletes.”

Clough has served as a member of the NCAA Committee on Academics since its inception, which has responsibility for oversight of the Association’s Academic Performance Program and Academic Progress Rate measure.

As previously mentioned, the NCAA doesn’t compute APR results for all sports combined at every institution, but Colorado’s overall APR picture has been outstanding.   The team annual APR averages for all CU student-athletes have improved from 943 for the 2006-07 report to the current 986.  CU tracks the composite APR as a measuring stick for a declared a goal reaching and maintaining at least a 980 in the school’s current strategic plan.  That number was 986 for 2014-15 and is 984 for 2015-16, both exceeding the standard.

“These results are because of the efforts of many, first and foremost our student-athletes who have done a tremendous job,” athletic director Rick George said.  “The coaches are at the forefront in creating the right kind of culture for them to engage, plus the support and dedication provided by Kris Livingston (director of the Herbst Academic Center) and her staff is second-to-none.  They do a wonderful job year-round in providing leadership and counseling to play a large role in the student-athletes’ success.”

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Pac-12 football composite scores (as tweeted by Jon Wilner):

Stanford – 985
Washington – 984
Utah – 983
California – 978
Oregon – 974
Arizona State – 971
UCLA – 971
Colorado – 968
USC – 968
Washington State – 964
Oregon State – 956
Arizona – 955

Sixteen CU Lacrosse seniors want to go out on top

From CUBuffs.com … Four years ago, a group of college freshmen took a chance on a women’s lacrosse program that consisted of little more than a vision.

No permanent field, no locker rooms, no history. It was a startup in every sense of the word, a program that would be built from scratch by a coach in her inaugural season as the head of a program.

But those soon-to-be Colorado Buffaloes freshmen bought what head coach Ann Elliott was selling. And now, four years later, those players are the backbone of a team that will make its NCAA Tournament debut Friday in Philadelphia when the Buffs square off with Massachusetts in a 5 p.m. (MDT) game on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

“I think it’s something we’re incredibly proud of,” senior goalkeeper Paige Soenksen said Tuesday. “Coming in when there was no Colorado lacrosse program — just a vision — and four years later actually being able to compete in the NCAA Tournament is something we all take great pride in. We have this sense of ownership of the program and what we’ve been able to do.”

It’s not as if Soenksen and her classmates — there are 16 seniors on this year’s team — didn’t have other opportunities. All were accomplished high school players who could have gone to more established programs.

But when they heard Elliott’s pitch, they knew CU was the place they wanted to be.

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17 Responses to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. ep

    Amazing that the CU women distance runners just keep on coming and have surpassed the school owned by the maker of track shoes

  2. Bob Kroese

    University of Colorado Boulder
    Boulder, co

    Recent updates
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  3. Bob Kroese

    Road National Champion CU Cycling Team! This is awesome group of Buffs finished #collnats with a substantial lead over the nearest competitor. Well done, Buffs!
    https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/content/?keywords=%23collnats&origin=HASH_TAG_FROM_FEED

  4. Bob Kroese

    CU Boulder Cycling team takes the overall National Championship win with 492 points to 347 and 313

    CU Cycling is the 2017 ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPION and NATIONAL TIME TRIAL CHAMPS!

    https://www.facebook.com/CU-Cycling-Team-110480138968864/

    http://www.colorado.edu/sportsclub/cycling/

  5. Bob Kroese

    CU NATIONAL TIME TRIAL CHAMPS!
    The men had an exceptional race today, winning by over 30 seconds to 2nd place CSU and putting in the fastest time of the day!
    The women also had a fantastic race, flying into 3rd place!
    https://www.facebook.com/CU-Cycling-Team-110480138968864/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

  6. Bob Kroese

    CU CHAMPIONSHIPS

    CU triathlon team wins eighth consecutive national title
    Published: April 28, 2017

    http://www.colorado.edu/today/2017/04/28/cu-triathlon-team-wins-eighth-consecutive-national-title

  7. Victor King

    Welp, coaches sure do make the difference eh? Lacrosse, Wbb, Mbb, Track, Football, yup right yup.

    WBB on a nice roll. This game against Iowa is critical. Very Critical for the future and the past.

    Can WSU beat UC Davis? They are pretty good and beat CSU.
    I would like WSU to win. And of course the Buffs to kick butt as well. Because I wanna see the rematch (WSU-CU) WSU 2, CU 1 Really really want to see that.

    Okay tonight is the night where the WBB takes a step to the future. Elite 8 Womens NIT? Man errrrrrrrrrrr woman, Buffalo Up

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  8. VK

    Womens Lacrosse team is on fire. 4 years and rocking. Very impressive

    Womens basketball. What a great overtime win. Wow. (Tad take a memo)

    And don’t forget the track team. Some outstanding individual and team performances. Scary really.

    Golf teams too.

    Soccer just starting. Time to pick it up.

    Dang it these sports are pretty dang neat.

    Buffs.

    Note: IN the WNIT. 16 teams left. Of the 8 sites for the sweet sixteen, 4 are big ten schools.

    Go Big Buffs Womens Basketball………..Bring the “Payne” to the birdbrains.


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  9. WarBuff

    Hey Stuart,

    Just ran across this about Jenny Simpson, really great story http://www.flotrack.org/.

    Don’t know if you wish to feature it, but thought you would be interested

  10. WarBuff

    Need a t-shirt “HOLY CRAP……COLORADO!!!!”

    I’d buy several

  11. WarBuff

    Can’t say enough about the Lady Buff Lacrosse team. They are making noise after a short startup time period, and its looking like the trend will continue.

    It would be nice to see more support for them. They deserve it.

  12. Victor King IV

    Whatever that cup is that the Buffs were ranked in the top 10 (used to be the Sears cup I think) is gonna be heavily influenced by the Ski team and the Lacrosse team. Pretty neat. Course the Buffs don’t be having swimming, wrestling,baseball, gymnastics, beach volley ball, water polo, mens lacross, etc etc, so them other schools gonna be moving on up.

    Regardless, Rick George as the leader of this group has done a marvelous job don’t ya know.

    Buff up and go big Mighty Buff women’s teams.

  13. Adam

    An incredible autumn for the Buffs in every sport. I must confess that I had no idea how loaded the Pac-12 was in women’s soccer until I realized that just about every game that Coach Sanchez’s gang plays in conference is against an opponent that is nationally-ranked. Kudos to the Lady Buffs for being that good against that consistently tough level of competition.

    Food for thought: Coach Wetmore’s men’s cross-country team remains the ONLY champion that the Pac-12 has ever crowned. As constituted, the Pac-12 has existed for six years and the Buffs have captured all six conference titles. Six for six. Extraordinary.

  14. Bufftrax

    Okay, Lady Buffs soccer wins another against a top 10 team. Taylor Kornieck is a (What do you call a female who is the equivalent of a stud football player ?) Well that is what she is. I hope she wouldn’t be offended because I mean that in the nicest way.

    I would love to see the girls play. I think Coach Sanchez is doing a brilliant job… especially in recruiting.

    Go Lady Buffs.

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