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February 22nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU ski team off to RMISA championships at Beaver Creek

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes are off to the 2017 RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regionals hosted by the University of Denver this weekend in Beaver Creek (alpine) and Minturn (Nordic).

The opens Friday, Feb. 24 with the men’s and women’s giant slalom. Saturday sees both disciplines in action with the men’s and women’s slalom in alpine and the women’s 5K and men’s 10K classical events in Nordic, with the women’s interval starts beginning at 10 a.m. and the men at 11 a.m. The Nordic teams continue on Sunday, March 11, with the women’s 15K and men’s 20K freestyle races. The men start first on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by the women’s race at 11 a.m.

• The Buffaloes seek a 28th RMISA Championship. CU has won more RMISA Championships than any other college or university in the west region, which dates back to 1950. Since the introduction of the NCAA Skiing National Championship in 1954, schools from the RMISA have captured 58 of the 70 team titles (including co-titles and AIAW).

• In four of the last six seasons that CU won the RMISA/NCAA West Regional Championship (2006, ’11, ’13 and ’15), the Buffs went on to win the NCAA Championship. The two seasons it won regionals but not the NCAA title (2008 and ’10), CU finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships.

Richard Rokos is in his 27th season as the University of Colorado head coach and 30th overall at the school. In his head coaching career he has led the Buffs to eight NCAA Championships (2015, ’13, ’11, ’06, ’99, ’98, ’95, ’91), 13 RMISA/NCAA West Regional Championships (2015, ’13, ’11, ’10, ’08, ’06, ’02, ’00, ’99, ’95, ’94, ’93, ’91) and coached 38 individual NCAA Champions and 227 All-Americans.

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February 20th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse (3-0) continues to rise in national rankings

From CUBuffs.com … After starting the season 3-0, the Colorado women’s lacrosse team is receiving more national attention, this week cracking the top-10 of the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse media poll at ninth.

The Buffs moved up five spots from last week’s No. 14 ranking with an 11-7 win against then-No. 16 UMass and a 22-3 decision against Stetson.

Colorado also broke into the IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll this week for the first time in program history, debuting at 13th. (This is the first coaches’ poll of the season and the Buffs were not ranked in the preseason poll that came out on Jan. 30.)

In the NIKE/US Lacrosse Magazine poll, the Buffs stayed at 11th for the second straight week.

North Carolina (3-0) was the top team in each of the three polls.

Colorado will open its final season of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Sunday, Feb. 26, against UC Davis in Boulder. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. at Kittredge Field.

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February 19th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse team runs record to 3-0 with rout of Stetson

From CUBuffs.com … Stetson was no match for No. 14 Colorado as the Buffs easily cruised to a 22-3 victory against the Hatters, earning their third straight win to start the season.

WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado (3-0) recorded six goals in the first five minutes to put the game out of reach for Stetson (0-2).

Senior Katie Macleay got the scoring started for the Buffs just over a minute into the game (28:51) off a pass by Darby Kiernan. At 27:12, junior Sarah Brown tallied the Buffs’ second goal. Sophomore Samantha Nemirov got a goal at 26:41 and 20 seconds later, senior Cali Castagnola found the back of the net. Macleay earned her second goal of the day at 26:08 with an assist from senior Marie Moore, who short time later had her first of three goals (25:36).

The Hatters finally got on the board with 19:39 left in the first half, but were unable to get past CU’s strong defense for the rest of the period. The defense was so good that senior Paige Soenksen only faced two shots in the half.

Colorado made a change a goalkeeper to start the second half, putting senior Sophia Gambitsky in for the first time this season. She made four saves while allowing two goals.

CU scored 15 goals in the first half alone and added another seven in the second half. Thirteen different Buffs scored goals in the win. Moore, senior Emily Knapp and sophomore Sophia Castillo each tallied a hat-trick, while Macleay, Castagnola and senior Johnna Fusco recorded two goals each.

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… UP NEXT: The Buffs return to Boulder to host UC Davis on Sunday, Feb. 26. First draw is set for 12 p.m.

 

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February 18th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s golf team posts NCAA-best round of the year 

From CUBuffs.com … Palm Desert, California — The University of Colorado men’s golf team didn’t finish the first round the way it would have liked on Friday, so the Buffaloes took it out on the course and 21 other teams here Saturday in the second round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

Colorado turned in a 22-under par 266 second round score, the best in the nation this season in relation to par as well as shattering the school record by five strokes.  CU, ranked 21st by Golfweek and 24th by both the Golf Coaches Association of America and GolfStat, used the effort to post a 19-under score of 557 through two rounds and move into second place behind No. 10 Oregon.

The Ducks did their best to hold the Buffs at bay, firing a 17-under 271 to finish 36 holes with a 23-under total of 553 and a four-stroke advantage heading into Sunday’s third and final round.  No. 32 Kansas holds third at 7-under 569, with No. 5 Texas Tech (570) and No. 66 TCU (577) rounding out the top five.

Colorado started on No. 10 and thus played the front nine holes last, and had its struggles, the four scorers playing those holes at 6-over par (and all five at 10-over).  But talk about a complete 180 degree turn Saturday, and the four scorers were 15-under par on that side (with nearly as many birdies – 15 – as pars, 21).

The best single round in a major tournament this season in relation to par had been a 21-under par 267 by Duke in the second round of the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro last October.  There are two 264 scores by Kent State and Clemson, but those were 20-under on par-71 layouts; there was one other 266, by Georgia but also on a par-71 course.

Colorado was able to tear it up due to four players scoring in 60s in the same round, marking just the fifth time in program history that has occurred.  However, the four combined for 22-under par whereas the previous collective best was 17-under in the 2015 Air Force-Miranda Invitational.  All four players finished the day in the top 14, the most by any school.

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February 17th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 14 CU women’s lacrosse team takes down a second ranked team in a row

From CUBuffs.com … The 2017 Colorado women’s lacrosse season is off to an incredible start as the Buffs (2-0) recorded their second win against a top-20 ranked team in as many games, knocking off the No. 16 UMass Minutewomen, 11-7, on Friday afternoon.

Junior Darby Kiernan led CU with four goals and an assist, lifting the Buffs past UMass (0-2) in the second ever meeting between the two programs. Three of her goals were free-positon shots, while the other was scored when CU was a man-down midway through the first half.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Buffs, who are ranked 14th in the Inside Lacrosse poll and are 11th in the U.S. Lacrosse poll, led 5-3 after the first half, but the Minutewomen came back with two quick goals within the first minute of the second half, evening the game at 5-5.

Senior Johnna Fusco answered for the Buffs with 25:14 left in the second, recording her first of three goals of the day to give CU a 6-5 advantage. From there, the Buffs would never trail and kept adding to their score. Senior Katie Macleay and Kiernan scored the next two before sophomore Samantha Nemirov tallied her first goal of the season. Fusco scored the final two goals of the game for the Buffs.

Colorado out-shot UMass 35-24, which included 21 shots for the Buffs in the first half alone. CU also had the edge in groundballs (13-6). The Buffs converted on 6-of-12 free-positions shots, while UMass went 0-4. The Minutewomen had the slight advantage in draw controls at 12-8.

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February 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU lacrosse team earns first-ever national ranking 

From CUBuffs.com … The firsts keep coming for the Colorado women’s lacrosse team. Just one day after defeating a ranked team for the first time in program history, the Buffaloes have catapulted into the NIKE/USL Division I Women’s Top 20 Poll at No. 11 and senior goalkeeper Paige Soenksen was named the Epock/USL Player of the Week.

“We are very proud of our defensive efforts yesterday versus Northwestern,” head coach Ann Elliott said. “Northwestern has so many weapons on offense that we just wanted to try our best to contain them and contest any shots we could. Paige did an incredible job keeping us in the game. She is incredibly consistent in goal and came up with some huge saves that allowed us to keep the game close throughout.”

CU shocked then-No. 9 Northwestern, 11-10, in overtime on Sunday afternoon to open up its fourth season. Soenksen played a huge role in the victory, recording a career-high 19 shots. She stopped 10 of 16 shots in the first half and then made another nine saves on 13 attempts in the second half. (She was not tested in the overtime period as teammate senior Katie Macleay scored the game-winning goal just 55 seconds into OT.)

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February 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s basketball upsets No. 24 Cal on the road

From CUBuffs.com … Coming so close so often apparently got old for the Colorado women’s basketball team, and on Sunday afternoon the Buffaloes shook that stigma and came away a winner.

Ahead from buzzer to buzzer but having to dig in valiantly to hold a fourth-quarter lead, CU dispatched California 64-59 to snap a 16-game Pac-12 Conference road losing streak that stretched to the 2015 season.

The win also was the Buffs’ first in the regular season over a ranked Pac-12 opponent (Cal was No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll) since they joined the conference for the 2011-12 season.

CU’s list of heroines was long: Bay Area native Zoe Correal recorded her first double-double (16 points, 15 rebounds) in Pac-12 play, Alexis Robinson went 3-of-6 from beyond the arc (15 points) with all of her triples being of the clutch variety before Kennedy Leonard hit the biggest trey of the game in the final 38 seconds, and Monica Burich made the biggest of the Buffs’ nine steals in the last 12.8 seconds.

“I’m proud of us most games of our effort, but just so happy that we finally were able to finish one off,” CU coach JR Payne said. “Not for us, for the coaches, but for the players. Just to come that close so many times and to not finish it, it’s heartbreaking sometimes.

“The really neat thing about this game is so many people did so many great things. Correal’s numbers obviously were just amazing. Lexi hit big 3’s with foul trouble, and Kennedy’s three and free throws down the stretch. [It was] just a tremendous effort and discipline down the stretch.”

CU Lacrosse opens season with 11-10 upset win over No. 9 Northwestern

From CUBuffs.com … Opening up the season with a win is always nice, but starting with a stunning upset overtime win against a ranked opponent is even better.

The Colorado women’s lacrosse team did just that, defeating the ninth-rated Northwestern Wildcats 11-10 on Sunday afternoon at Kittredge Field. The win is the first ever against a ranked team in program’s four-year history.

WHAT HAPPENED: Senior Katie Macleay scored the game-winning goal 55 seconds into the overtime period, securing the Buffs first-ever win against the Wildcats. It was her second goal of the game which came off a pass from senior Johnna Fusco‘s second assist of the day.

It was an all-around team victory for the Buffs with seven players recording goals, as well as great goalkeeping by senior Paige Soenksen, who tied a career-high with 19 saves.

TURNING POINT: Colorado scored back-to-back goals within 20 seconds of each other to take a 9-8 lead late in the second half. Macleay scored her first goal of the season at 11:29 with an assist from Garrison and Stinson earned her second career hat-trick with her third goal of the game 20 seconds later (11:09). The Buffs would never trail at that point despite two more ties.

KEY STATISTIC: The game saw nine lead changes and nine ties before the Buffs were able to take home the 11-10 victory. Stinson led the Buffs with four points. Senior Marie Moore led the Buffs with two caused turnovers and picked up three ground balls, which tied for the team lead with Garrison.

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January 28th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson team up in world record-setting distance medley relay

From CUBuffs.com … In a meet that saw six world leads set, it was the women’s distance medley relay that reigned supreme. Bettering the world record that was set two years ago at this meet, 2016 Olympians Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado), Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey), Brenda Martinez (Rancho Cucamonga, California) and Jenny Simpson (Oviedo, Florida) teamed up to break the DMR world record at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in 10:40.31.

Coburn got things started for Team USA, handing off the baton to McLaughlin ahead of the team from Europe, with the Olympic bronze medalist splitting 3:18.40 on the 1200m leg. With a bit of ground to make up to get the team back on pace, McLaughlin cruised through her 400m leg and shaved a second off the gap between Team USA’s pace and the record, coming through in 52.32.

Martinez ran a masterful third leg to put the U.S. back within world record contention, storming through her 800m leg in 2:01.94 to give Simpson a two second cushion with just the 1600m leg remaining. Simpson kept a calculation going in her head throughout her time on the track, ticking off the seconds and making sure she could hold on the lead Martinez gave her. With the crowd on its feet, Simpson sprinted through the bell lap and pointed triumphantly at the clock as she crossed in 10:40.31, a 4:27.66 1600m split, to better the previous record of 10:42.57.

The 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is available on demand on USATF.TV +PLUS starting at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 29.

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January 27th

... Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

 

Mark Wetmore and Ceal Barry to be presented with Lifetime Achievement awards

From the Daily Camera … University of Colorado basketball coach and administrator Ceal Barry will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sportswomen of Colorado.

Sportswomen of Colorado will honor Colorado’s top female athletes and contributors to women’s athletics at its 43rd Annual Awards Celebration on Sunday, March 12, at the Infinity Park Events Center.

Barry is currently the senior associate athletic director at Colorado. She is in her 10th year as the department’s senior woman’s administrator.

Barry coached the women’s basketball team from 1983-2005. She complied 427-242 record with 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Sportswomen of Colorado will also honor Colorado cross country coach Mark Wetmore as their coach of the year. Wetmore led the women’s cross country team to a third-place finish at NCAAs.

Wetmore also trained Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, who both won bronze medals, for the Olympics.

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January 24th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Lacrosse third in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coaches’ preseason poll

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado lacrosse team has been picked to finish third in the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Tuesday. This is the final season CU will play in the MPSF as the Pac-12 will officially add women’s lacrosse for the 2017-18 season.

The Buffs, who finished third in 2016 with a 7-2 league record, recorded 51 points in the poll. Southern California recorded 64 points, which included eight of the nine first place votes, for first, while Stanford earned the other first place vote and 56 points for second. Behind the Buffs were Oregon (38), UC Davis (36), San Diego State (28), California (23), Fresno State (20) and St. Mary’s (8).

“We are really excited about entering our fourth season and our final year in the MPSF,” coach Ann Elliott said. “We know how important conference play is for us in terms of accomplishing our goals. With returning NCAA Tournament teams in USC and Stanford, we know to be at the top of our conference will take a lot of work and we are focused on getting better one day at a time and one game at a time. We have increased our non-conference schedule to help prepare us for our conference play and in year four we are simply excited about every opportunity and challenge we have in front of us.”

CU ski team building another NCAA championship contender

From CUBuffs.com … The 2017 collegiate ski regular season is halfway complete.  At least that is the case for the skiers in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association, who have completed two of four regular season meets just a few short weeks into competition.

With the end of the regular season now just one short trip to Alaska away, where do the Buffs sit in their annual quest to win a national championship?

That’s never an easy question to answer and the fun thing about college skiing is that anything can happen.  But what’s become evident after the first two meets is that this team has the talent to claim the school’s 21st National Championship in New Hampshire the second week of March.  What’s not as evident is whether the Buffs will just have a shot or if they will go in as one of the favorites.  For that to happen, a few things need to align (which isn’t much different than any other season).

To date, the Buffs have won both meets on the college schedule, squeaking out a nine-point win over Denver (610-601) in the Utah Invitational and then running away with a 67-point win in the Montana State Invitational over both Denver and Utah.  The most impressive fact about those two wins is the Buffs accomplished both without their best skier on the Nordic side, and then won by a bigger margin without two other key skiers on the alpine side.

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CU tennis runs all-time record against Colorado State to 31-0 after 7-0 sweep 

From CUBuffs.com … Building off their first win of the season, the University of Colorado women’s tennis team won their second match of the weekend sweeping their in-state rivals, the Colorado State Rams 7-0 here at the Fort Collins Country Club.

The Buffs, having already beating the Northern Colorado Bears in Boulder on Saturday, came to Fort Collins looking to continue their early season roll and thanks to another strong performance in doubles and a winning performance from CU’s top three the Buffs did just that.

This was the back end of a back-to-back the Buffs had this weekend, and it’s already the second win of the season for the Buffs against schools in Colorado.

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January 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU ski team wins Montana State invitational in dominant fashion

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado women’s Nordic team cleaned up in the 15K classic race, finishing with four in the top seven and CU had two overall event winners in a dominating day at Bohart Ranch that saw the Buffs win the Montana State Invitational.

Colorado has now won the first two meets to open the ski season. Sunday, the Buffs capped off the Montana State Invitational with a 66.5-point victory over second place Utah while on Saturday CU’s alpine teams finished off the Utah Invitational with 610 points to hold off Denver by nine points.

CU had event winners on both the men’s and women’s Nordic teams Sunday, as well as well as a win in the slalom race at the NCAA qualifier being held at Snowbasin, Utah. Petra Hyncicova won the women’s 15K classical, her third win in four races this winter and sophomore Petter Reistad won the 20K men’s classical to pick up his first career race win. In the men’s slalom, Ketterer took first place yet again and now has won all three slalom races to open his CU career.

The women’s Nordic team has especially been on fire. On Saturday in the 5K freestyle race, CU placed three in the top six with Hyncicova winning it and Ane Johnsen coming in second. The Buffs topped that Sunday with four in the top seven in the 15K classic.

“We’ve been close to these kind of results, but it was awesome to have that today,” head Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said of the women’s dominating weekend. “It is fun to see and it is great when you can do it. It is not always that you have that all together.”

MONTANA STATE INVITATIONAL (FINAL)—1. Colorado 670; 2. Utah 603.5; 3. Denver 602; 4. New Mexico 440; 5. Montana State 436.5; 6. Alaska Anchorage 350; 7. Westminster 246; 8. Alaska Fairbanks 236; 9. Wyoming 114; 10. Colorado Mountain 33.

 

CU fares well at home track and field meet

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado track and field team collected eight event titles on the final day of the Potts Invitational here Saturday at the Sklar Family Track in the CU Indoor Practice Facility.

QUOTABLE (CU Head Coach Mark Wetmore):
I’m wearing two hats here today. The associate meet director hat along with Casey Malone, and the head coach hat by myself. As an associate meet director, I’m very happy the meet went off on time. There were no big mistakes, nobody got run over, we managed the crowd pretty well. We were trying really hard to keep the infield clear so that the fans could see the races without having to look over people milling around. I feel really happy with how the meet went logistically and management-wise.

In my head coach’s hat, I’d have to say we didn’t look really good. We’re just back from four weeks of Christmas break and we looked it. We have big things coming in a month with another meet here in three weeks and some sea-level trips in a month. A lot of people have a lot of work to do.

There were good individual performances. I’m always happy with individual wins. Duane’s [McClurkin Jr.] 400, that was a good run. Karina Mann won in the 800, nice for a sophomore. [She’s] quite a bit ahead a year ago at this time. Ethan Gonzales, a local guy with his whole family here, won in the 3,000. There were some highlights, but there were some ‘meh’-lights. We have a lot of work to do.

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January 14th

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CU ski team wins Utah invitational; holds the lead at Montana State invitational

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado ski program wrapped up the Utah Invitational with a team score of 610 to win its first meet of the season while building on its lead at the Montana State Invitational in a big day for the Buffs on Saturday.

CU picked up two event victories from Petra Hyncicova on the women’s Nordic side and men’s alpine skier David Ketterer, while also earning four total podium and eight top 10 finishes Saturday.

Both Hyncicova (43.5 seconds) and Ketterer (one minute and 34 seconds) enjoyed very large margins of victories that you don’t see too often in the sport.

At the Utah Invitational, CU took the meet by nine points over Denver while up at the Montana State Invitational CU holds a 52-point lead heading into the final day of Nordic racing on Sunday with the 15/20K classical races.

“Congratulations to both alpine and Nordic teams for doing a great job today,” a happy head coach Richard Rokos said. “For our women’s Nordic team, that is one of best results that we’ve ever had.”

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CU soccer star Danica Evans drafted 22nd overall in National Women’s Soccer League draft

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado women’s soccer player Danica Evans was drafted with the second pick of the third round (22nd overall) of the NWSL Draft on Thursday by the Orlando Pride.

Evans, a native of Lakewood, Colorado, is second CU player to be drafted in the NWSL, which started in 2013. Amy Barczuk was selected in the second round (14th overall) by the Western New York Flash in 2013.

Evans is coming off an outstanding senior season for the Buffaloes. She started all 22 matches at forward, leading them to a 15-6-1 record and the second round NCAA Tournament as the Buffs finished tied for second place in the Pac-12 with national champion Southern California. She scored 11 goals and had six assists for 28 points, the second-highest point total in a single season in Colorado history. She caught fire late in the season, totaling 17 points on seven goals and three assists over the final nine matches of the season.

Evans was a first-team all-Pac-12 selection and named NSCAA third-team all-Pacific Region. She is currently in camp with the U-23 United States Women’s National Team in Carson, California.

Evans is the sixth Colorado player to be on a roster in the NWSL. Barczuk played in 48 matches for the Western New York Flash and Boston Breakers in three seasons in the league before retiring in 2016.

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January 10th

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Emma Coburn, Jenny Simpson and Mike MacIntyre to be honored at Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

From CUBuffs.com … Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller from the Denver Broncos, Olympic track bronze medalists Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, and University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre will be among those honored at the 53rd annual Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 27, at the Denver Marriott City Center.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Selection Committee of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame named Miller the Male Athlete of the Year for 2016 and Simpson and Coburn the co-Female Athletes of the Year. MacIntyre, the near-unanimous national college football coach of the year who led CU to its first winning record in more than a decade, was selected King of the Hill. The Selection Committee also picked Colorado collegiate standouts Justin Dvorak (Colorado School of Mines football) and Ellen Nystrom (Colorado State basketball), along with high school honorees Dylan McCaffrey (Valor Christian football) and Brie Oakley (Grandview runner) as athletes of the year. Joy Rondeau (Nordic skier from Granby) is the recipient of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame’s 2016 Athlete with Disabilities Award.

… Simpson and Coburn, both former CU cross country and track standouts, were among the major highlights for Colorado athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Simpson, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame’s College Female Athlete of the Year in both 2008 and ’09, became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500 meters when she claimed bronze. Shortly thereafter, she won the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City.

Coburn likewise broke new ground at the Games by becoming the first woman from the U.S. to medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Olympics, also taking third place. Earlier in the year, she broke the American record — set by Simpson — in the steeplechase by placing third at the Prefontaine Classic. She broke it again in the Olympic finals.

MacIntyre received one national college football coach of the year honor after another following a big-time turnaround for the Buffs in 2016. After five years of finishing last in the Pac-12 South (1-8 in 2015), CU won the division this past season (8-1). Under MacIntyre, the Buffs posted their first winning season since 2005. Their 10-4 record marked CU’s first 10-plus-win season since 2001.

 

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January 9th

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CU ski team positioned well in first competition of the season

From CUBuffs.com …  The University of Colorado women’s Nordic team cleaned up on Sunday in the classic sprint races at the Utah Invitational and the Buffalo alpine teams opened up the Montana State Invitational in the lead after the running of the giant slalom at the Big Sky Resort.

In all CU earned six podium finishes in Sunday’s split action, including at least one in all four events, and had nine total top 10 finishes.

The Buffaloes lead the Montana State Invitational with a score of 176 on the first day while after two days and four events in the Utah Invitational CU stands in the lead with 303.5 points.

CU’s men’s alpine team finished 2-3-4 in the giant slalom to give the Buffs the win in the event with 102 points. Ola Johansen and Max Luukko both got on the podium with their second- and third-place finishes and David Ketterer was right behind in fourth with his two-run time of 2:10.26.

Two Buffalo women finished in the top 10 in the giant slalom led by sophomore Tonje Trulsrud, who finished second with a two-run time of 2:15.76. The next Buff behind Trulsrud was fellow sophomore Nora Christensen, who had a two-run time of 2:18.16.

“With our guys finishing two, three, four, that is very strong and on the ladies’ side we were second, ninth and 16th, so not a bad day,” head coach Richard Rokos said.

Montana State Invitational (2 of 8 events)1. Colorado 176; 2. Utah 156.5; 3. Montana State 139.5; 4. Denver 131, 5. New Mexico 106; 6. Westminster 99; 7. Alaska Anchorage 90; 8. Colorado Mountain 27

Utah Invitational (4 of 8 events)1. Colorado 303.5; 2. Denver 295; 3. Utah 277; 4. New Mexico 259.5; 5. Alaska Fairbanks 252; 6. Alaska Anchorage 225; 7. Montana State 196; Wyoming 104

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November 19th

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CU women’s basketball team shocks No. 15 Kentucky, 79-69

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball team upset No. 15 Kentucky Saturday night at the Coors Event Center 79-69. It was the first time since 2012 that the Buffs upset a top-25 ranked opponent at home.

The Buffs had four players score in the double digits tonight. Sophomore Alexis Robinson led the charge with 19 points, followed by senior Haley Smith with 18, sophomore Kennedy Leonard with 14 and junior Zoe Correal with a career-high 10. Zoe Beard-Fails added eight points off the bench.

Unlike the quick start the Buffs took last Sunday against Air Force, they were scrambling to find rhythm within their high tempo offense. They got into a scoring drought in the first period allowing eight unanswered points.

But it was the defensive efforts led by Correal and Beard-Fails that gave the Buffs the opportunities they needed offensively to find momentum in the second period. It was a hard-fought game which the Buffs prevailed in physically.

“I thought our effort was awesome tonight to compete on the glass,” Coach Payne said. “I’m really proud of us individually and as a team.”

Next up for the Buffs is North Dakota State on the road on Tuesday. Then they head back home to kick off the Omni Classic on Friday.

 

Colorado cross-country teams unable to deliver hoped-for national championships

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado women’s cross country team earned a third place finish, while the men placed sixth, at the 2016 NCAA Championships on Saturday.

The women’s third place finish marks the second straight year they have placed on the podium after a second place finish in 2015. In total, they have placed on the podium nine times under the direction of head coach Mark Wetmore. This is the sixth straight year the men’s team has finished in the top 10.

THE WOMEN’S RACE: Top-ranked Colorado suffered its first loss of the season, recording 134 points in the 6-kilometer team race. No. 12 Oregon won the championship by one point over fifth-ranked Michigan (125-126).

Like they had been doing all season, the Buffs finished in a very close pack with four recording All-America honors (as top 40 finishers). The Buffs were led by sophomore Dani Jones, who placed 22ndoverall (20:14.2) for her first All-America nod. Junior Kaitlyn Benner, now a two-time All-American, was just behind Jones at 26th (20:15.6).

THE MEN’S RACE: Colorado’s second-ranked men finished the 10-kilometer race sixth overall with 223 points. Top-ranked Northern Arizona won the meet with 125 points and No. 5 Stanford placed second overall (158).

The Buffs were led by senior Ben Saarel, who caught his teammate, redshirt freshman Joe Klecker, down the final stretch. Saarel finished his final cross country race 21st overall, clocking in at 30:11.8. Klecker was just behind at 28th, finishing in 30:15.6.

Another Buff, sophomore John Dressel, crossed the finish shortly after Klecker, placing 33rd overall in 30:21.3. With those finishes, Saarel, Klecker and Dressel were named All-Americans. It was the fourth time for Saarel, second for Dressel and first for Klecker.

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November 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU cross-country teams out to bring home national championships this weekend

From CUBuffs.com … Every year, the Colorado cross country teams begin their season in the hot days of August with a cold November day in mind.

It means three months of training and racing, three months of preparing mentally and physically, three months of building to a peak for the one day they know will define their season.

That day comes Saturday, when the Buffs women and men will line up at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., where — to no one’s surprise — they will be among the favorites to win another national title.

The CU women, a unanimous No. 1 in the last two national coaches poll, are favored to win a third national title, adding to the trophies collected by the 2001 and 2004 CU women.

The CU men will enter the race as underdogs, carrying a No. 2 national ranking into the race behind No. 1 Northern Arizona, also a unanimous No. 1 in the latest poll. An upset victory would mean a sixth Colorado men’s national title, adding to those won in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013 and 2014.

What happens Saturday is anyone’s guess. Upsets happen in cross country, as the CU men found out a year ago when they went into the NCAAs as the nation’s top-ranked team all season, only to finish second to Syracuse.

But what is guaranteed is that the Buffs will be as well prepared as any team in the field. While the names on the start lists have changed through the years, the one constant with CU’s national championships has been head coach Mark Wetmore and associate head coach Heather Burroughs.

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November 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 20 Colorado advances to second round of NCAA tournament with 3-1 win over Oklahoma State

From CUBuffs.com … No. 20 Colorado was the beneficiary of two first-half own goals and defeated Oklahoma State 3-1 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Prentup Field.

CU improved to 15-5-1 this season, tying the school record for most wins in a season.

WHAT HAPPENED: CU took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when OSU defender Haley Woodard headed in a flip throw-in by Danica Evans.

The Buffs pushed the lead to 2-0 on another own goal in the 37th minute. Mikaela Kraus sent a free kick from midfield into the box and OSU’s Natalie Calhoun headed it in off the left post.

The Cowgirls got within a goal in the 53rd minute when Courtney Dike dribbled into the box from the left side, beat a defender, and slipped the ball between goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins and the near post.

With CU attacking on a late counter, Emily Bruder sent the ball up to Evans on the left side and Evans beat the goalkeeper in the middle of the box for an easy breakaway goal with 12 seconds remaining in the match.

UP NEXT: Colorado will face third-ranked South Carolina, a No. 1 seed in the tournament, next weekend on the road in the second round.

NOTES: CU is now 8-8-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to the second round in each of the past three appearances, all under head coach Danny Sanchez … this was the first game in school history CU has had two own goals scored by its opponent.

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5 Responses to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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