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November 18th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s cross country finishes third at NCAA championships; men finish 8th

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women finished third and its men eighth here Saturday in blustery conditions at the 80th annual NCAA Cross Country Championships.

With impending thunderstorms headed into the area, the races were moved up an hour and 45 minutes, but the runners still had to battle against winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour and wet and muddy spots at various spots throughout the course.

In the women’s 6-kilometer race, No. 2 New Mexico won its second title in three years, upending the No. 1 ranked Buffaloes and holding off No. 3 San Francisco.   Colorado was in either second or third place at all the kilometer splits, as UNM and USF pretty much were dueling it out from the get go.  When all was said and done, the Lobos had 90 team points, outdistancing the Dons (105) and CU (139).  The Buffaloes did have the highest fifth-place finisher, or last team scorer, of all teams competing here.

            It was Colorado’s 10th podium finish in the 33 times it has qualified a team for the NCAA Championships dating back to 1976, its fourth third-place effort to go with two wins and four runner-up finishes.  The Buffs have been knocking at the door the last three years, finishing second in 2015 and third last year, scoring virtually the same point total all three times (129 in 2015, 134 in 2016).

The Lobos’ Ednah Kurgat claimed individual honors, as the sophomore won in a 19:19.5 time.  Junior Dani Jones had CU’s top finish, claiming 10th place in 19:47.0.  Sophomore Sage Hurta was Colorado’s next finisher, with her time of 20:09.6 good for 35th, while senior Kaitlyn Benner was behind her in 36th in 20:09.8.  Junior Makena Morley (50th, 20:20.8) and redshirt freshman Madie Boreman (62nd, 320:25.7) rounded out CU’s five scorers.

Jones, Hurta and Benner earned All-American honors for their top 40 finishes.  It was Benner’s third such honor, while being the second for Jones and Hurta.

“I feel pretty good about the women’s team,” CU head coach Mark Wetmore said.  “I don’t think anybody had a terrible day. We sent one person home who helped us earlier in the year, but she was legitimately hurt and if I would have plugged her in, she really wouldn’t have helped us.

“I think the team score gaps were big enough that even with a perfect day, our women were going to be third,” he continued.  “I kind of had that feeling entering the meet that San Francisco and New Mexico were kind of under ranked.  Dani wasn’t 100 percent healthy today but still at the front end of the race, whether she was fifth or 10th doesn’t change the team score very much.  She did well for someone with a head cold and losing her psychological momentum going into the race.  Behind her we had a couple of other All-Americans.

“It wasn’t a perfect day but I’m still happy with them. They beat some really good teams if you look who’s behind them and the rosters of those teams, they’re hard to beat. I’m happy with the women.”

Northern Arizona, the nation’s top-ranked team, defended its title in the men’s 10-kilometer race, as the Lumberjacks became the 19th team in NCAA history to win at least two back-to-back titles; Colorado was the last in 2013 and 2014.  NAU led practically from wire-to-wire, assuming the team lead by the 2-kilometer split and never nursed anything lower than a 30-point edge in team scoring the rest of the way in finishing with 74 points, easily topping Portland (127) and Brigham Young (165).

Colorado was in sixth place in each of the four splits (2, 4, 5 and 8k) before eventually settling for an eighth-place finish with 294 points.  The Buffs had entered Saturday as the nation’s fifth-ranked team, and had finished in the top six for six straight years (now in the top eight for seven consecutive NCAA’s).

Syracuse’s Justyn Knight was the individual champion in a time of 29:00.1; he held off NAU’s Matthew Baxter, who was seven-tenths of a second back.  Two more NAU runners were behind him in third and eighth.

Freshman Eduardo Herrera turned in the top performance by the CU men, finishing 33rd in 29:55.4 and earning All-America honors in the process.  Junior Ryan Forsyth (57th, 30:15.8), sophomore Joe Klecker (67th, 30:24.4) and senior Adam Peterman (89th, 30:34.7) were other Buffs to finish in the top 100; senior Zach Perrin was Colorado’s fifth scorer, placing 107th in 30.48.0.

“The men didn’t have a great day,” Wetmore said.  “Our lead guy, Joe Klecker, struggled maybe a little bit too much after eight days ago (when he won the Mountain Regional).  “I mentioned that to him that I didn’t need him to win a week ago, but he felt good and maybe he left some back there.

“(It was) a great race for Eduardo Herrera, a freshman.  At the end of the day, he’s in the top three or four freshmen in the country.  He was not a heralded cross country runner out of high school, more of a mile runner, so he had a great day.  I think Adam Peterman did a good job for us. He missed a year with an Achilles tendinitis problem, and he just started in late August so for the foundation he had, he did well.

“I’m very happy with the women, I’m happy with some of the men – now we have a big rest and back to work for next year.”



November 17th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer team season ends with 1-0 NCAA tournament loss to No. 2 North Carolina

From CUBuffs.com … No. 2 North Carolina scored in the 26th minute and held on for a 1-0 victory over Colorado on Friday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Buffs ended their season with a 12-6-4 record, while UNC improved to 17-2-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Marty Puketapu nearly put the Buffs in front in the third minute, sending a shot from the left wing towards the far post, but UNC goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak made a diving save to deflect it away.

The Tar Heels got on the board in the 26th minute. Jalen Tompkins stopped an initial shot by Sydney Spruill, but the rebound went to the center of the goal mouth and Bridgette Andrzejewski tapped it in for the score.

UNC had two chances in the 50th minute, the first when Tompkins misplayed a ball. But Hannah Cardenas was behind her to clear the shot. Moments later, Tompkins made a save to keep the score 1-0.

One minute later, Julia Ashley scored for UNC, but was offsides on the play, negating the goal.

In the 65th minute, CU had two shots on goal as Taylor Kornieck and Erin Greening both had chances, but both were saved.

The Buffs had possession for much of the final 15 minutes, but were unable to get a shot past Leshnak.

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November 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU cross-country teams among the favorites for national championships this Saturday 

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From CUBuffs.com … There are perhaps a handful of college programs in the nation — in any sport — whose expectations are to finish among the top five in the nation every year.

The Colorado cross country teams, men’s and women’s, are among that group. In the last 20 years — 40 competitions — CU’s cross country teams have accounted for 24 top-five NCAA finishes (15 men, nine women), with seven national titles in that stretch (five men, two women).

In other words, the Buffs have at least one top-five finish more often than not — and the expectation is that this year will be no different.

Come Saturday, when the Buffs line up at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., both CU teams will be among the contenders for podium (top four) finishes. The women enter the weekend as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation; the men are ranked fifth.

But rankings, however, are by no means a guaranteed indicator of finish. Many of the nation’s top-ranked squads play an interesting game of cat-and-mouse at this point of the year, holding some competitors out of league and even NCAA regional competitions in order to keep them as fresh as possible for the meet that matters most.

But Saturday is when every team will play its best hand possible. If all goes perfectly — a rarity with so many variables — Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore believes his women could be in the running for a national title and the men in contention for a top-three performance.

“The women were very good last weekend, they did everything we needed them to do,” Wetmore said of CU’s win last weekend at the NCAA Mountain Region meet. “Everybody was dialing it back a little bit — just enough to do the job and advance, as was New Mexico. They held out the woman who won the regionals a year ago. They didn’t play their whole hand; we didn’t play our whole hand. I was happy with how they ran, we can be a little better.”

Wetmore’s ace in his hand is junior Dani Jones, who could figure in the top five individually in the 6K race. A middle-distance specialist on the track (she won an NCAA indoor title in the 3,000 last spring and was fifth in the NCAA outdoor 1,500), Jones has also become a standout cross country runner, and will be among the favorites, along with New Mexico’s Ednah Kerghat, who is undefeated this year; Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer, the defending national champion; and New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier, who beat Schweizer and Jones earlier this year at the Pre-National meet in Louisville.

“I think (a top-five finish) is most people’s perception,” Wetmore said of Jones. “There are four or five pretty formidable women. Dani at the end of last year would not have been on that form chart, but she’s had a good year and I won’t be surprised to see her in the top five.”

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CU women’s soccer taking on No. 2 North Carolina in second round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s women’s soccer team will head to North Carolina on Friday to take on the No. 2-ranked Tar Heels in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It is a rematch of CU’s second-round match in 2014 when UNC edged the Buffs 1-0 in overtime.

Four players remain on CU’s roster from that 2014 match, including seniors Courtney Fedorand Joss Orejel, and redshirt juniors Nancy Best and Scout Watson.

At the time in 2014, North Carolina was ranked No. 6 in the nation and the Tar Heels certainly controlled the match, outshooting CU 22-2. But outstanding play by the Buffs defense and goalkeeper Kate Scheele forced the match to overtime. Scheele made six saves before Maya Worth put one past her in the 95th minute.

“I thought we competed really well in the game,” head coach Danny Sanchez said. “In hindsight, we didn’t do enough going forward to deserve a result. When they got one in overtime it wasn’t a big surprise. We were under pressure the majority of the match. Having said that, I thought we defended really well. Kate Scheele was spectacular in goal to keep us in it. We didn’t do enough to put them under enough pressure. They were able to send a lot of players forward so we’ll have to do a better job on Friday.”

The Buffs have a much more defined lineup this season heading into their second-round NCAA match. In 2014, injuries left players shifting positions prior to that match.

“This year, everyone knows where they stand and they know where everyone is playing,” Orejel said. “I feel that we are very prepared for this. Our freshman year, we were all over the place, still moving people around.”

“We had some injuries [in 2014], so up until that game we were moving people in and out of the back four,” Sanchez said. “We got some players back right before the tournament, but we were sticking with the players we had. I think this year’s group is really versatile. We have players that can play on different lines. But at the end of the day the core of the group is going to be the same as it’s been for the last six games.”

Taking on UNC is no easy task. North Carolina women’s soccer is perhaps the most dominant program across all NCAA sports. The Tar Heels are making their 36th NCAA Tournament appearance in the 39th season of their program. In those 36 postseason appearances, they have won an astonishing 21 national championships and have a record of 126-12-3 in the postseason.

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November 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer team rallies for 2-1 win over Denver in first round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado scored two second-half goals to rally for a 2-1 win over Denver on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Prentup Field. The Buffs improved to 12-5-4 overall, while DU ended its season at 11-9-1.

The Buffs controlled play for most of the first half, but fell into a lull late in the period. The Pioneers caught CU’s defense off guard in the 38th minute and Hannah Adler slid a pass through the Buffs’ back line to Leah Swander, who pushed a shot past Jalen Tompkins for the goal.

Colorado woke up early in the second half. Megan Massey got the Buffs on the scoreboard in the 50th minute to tie the match. Taylor Kornieck put Kelsey Aaknes ahead of DU’s defense near the right endline. Aaknes one-touched the shot to the center of the box for an easy shot for Massey to punch in for the score.

Kornieck was the scorer just two minutes later, giving the Buffs a 2-1 lead. Marty Puketapu set up Massey in the center of the box, who sent the ball just to her right and Kornieck struck it towards the far post for the goal.

In the 58th minute, Tatum Barton‘s shot from 25 yards out hit the crossbar and the rebound to Kornieck inside the six-yard box was also headed off the bar for two scoring chances.

UP NEXT: Colorado will face No. 2-ranked and No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday evening in Chapel Hill.


November 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer team earns NCAA berth; home match against DU

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s women’s soccer team was selected to the NCAA Tournament on Monday. It is the 10th appearance in the postseason in the 22nd season of CU’s program, and the fourth appearance in the past five seasons.

CU will host the University of Denver at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Prentup Field. Admission prices will be $8 for adults and $4 for youth and students with an ID. Tickets will go on sale through the CU ticket office on Tuesday. Season ticket holders will have to purchase tickets to Sunday’s match, but Prentup Parking Passes will be honored.

The two teams have already met once this season with the Buffs winning 6-1 in Denver on Sept. 16. The match was 1-0 CU at halftime, before the Buffs piled on five more goals against the Pioneers’ backup goalkeeper.

The Buffs (11-5-4) are on a roll of late, unbeaten in their past five matches and winners in their past three. During the five-match stretch, the Buffs have not conceded a goal.

Denver (11-8-1) earned an automatic bid to the postseason by winning the Summit League Tournament on Saturday. The Pioneers are also playing their best soccer of the season, winning their past five matches and seven of their past eight since the start of October.

Colorado is 8-9-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 4-3-0 under head coach Danny Sanchez, who is in his sixth season in Boulder. The Buffs have advanced to the second round in each previous appearance under Sanchez.

CU is 13-8-1 all-time against Denver, with a current five-match winning streak in the series, including 8-3-0 at home. CU has won both previous meetings between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament (2-1 in 2006 and 1-0 in 2013).

The Buffs are one of seven Pac-12 schools to be selected to the NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 seed Stanford, No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 3 seed USC. CU also played three NCAA Tournament teams in non-conference play in TCU, Texas and Denver.


October 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s cross-country team posts third straight Pac-12 championship; men finish second

From CUBuffs.com … For the third straight year, the Colorado women’s cross country team reigned supreme as the Pac-12 Conference Cross Country Champions, taking home the title at the Springfield Golf Club on Friday afternoon.

In addition to the team win, CU’s Dani Jones, a junior, took home the individual championship, becoming the first Buff since Jenny (Barringer) Simpson (2009) to win a conference title.

The men’s team ended up with a second-place finish, finishing behind Stanford by just six points (41-47), which was the identical score that CU recorded in 2016 when it defeated the Cardinal to win its sixth straight Pac-12 title.

THE WOMEN’S RACE: The third-ranked Colorado women won their fourth Pac-12 team title since joining the league in 2011. The Buffs did so in exciting fashion, defeating the host and top-rated Oregon Ducks, 53-71.

The Buffs trailed the Ducks through the first two splits, but moved up to first after the third split. The Buffs held a slight lead heading into the last split and was able to increase the lead to 18 points through the final kilometer. CU had all five scorers finish in the top 20, while UO’s top five all finished in the top 30.

Like she has done all season, Jones led the Buffs. She improved from a third-place finish in last year’s meet, to a first-place finish. She turned things up a notch heading into the homestretch, holding off the course record holder, Oregon’s Katie Rainsberger, by just over a second. Jones clocked in at 18:57.3, while Rainsberger finished in 18:58.5. Jones also out-kicked the 2016 Pac-12 Champion, Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale, who crossed the finish in 18:58.7.

Colorado placed another pair in the top-10. Senior Kaitlyn Benner recorded an eighth-place finish in 19:09.5, while sophomore Sage Hurta was ninth, clocking in at 19:12.2. The ninth-place finish for Hurta is her highest at the meet as she was 15th in 2016.

Junior Makena Morley also had a nice race, finishing 15th overall in 19:25.3. CU’s final scorer was sophomore Tabor Scholl, who finished 20th overall in 19:29.1.

The Buffs had three other racers toe the line at the meet and all three did quite well. Freshman Madie Boreman was 28th (19:39.5) and senior Melanie Nun was 31st (19:48.3). Sophomore Brianna Schwartzwas just behind Nun at 32nd (19:52.4).

THE MEN’S RACE: Colorado, which was ranked fifth, saw its Pac-12 Championship win-streak halted at six with sixth-ranked Stanford topping the Buffs 41-47. The Buffs were fourth around the midway point of the 8k race, and took over the top spot with about one kilometer left, but were not able to hang on and lost by a narrow six-point margin.

Sophomore Joe Klecker led Colorado with a second-place finish. He was right with Stanford’s Grant Fisher before Fisher took off with about 200-meters to go. Fisher finished in 23:44.9 and Klecker hung on for second in 23:48.0. This was a 17-place improvement for Klecker as last season he was 19th at the meet. It is also the best finish for a Buff since 2007 when Brent Vaughn won the Big 12 title.

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October 24th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Cross-country teams set to defend Pac-12 titles

… CU men have won all six Pac-12 titles since joining the conference; women have won three of six … 

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s top-five nationally ranked cross country programs are ready to compete at the 2017 Pac-12 Conference Championships this Friday, October 27, in Springfield, Ore., at Springfield Golf Course.

The women will run a 6-kilometer course first at 11:10 a.m. PT/12:10 p.m. MT, while the men (8k course) will follow at 12:10 p.m. PT/1:10 p.m. MT. A short awards ceremony will follow the championships.

The third-ranked CU women are the reigning Pac-12 Champions and have won the team title three times in the last six years (2011, 15 and 16). In 2011, the Buffs recorded 50 points to top Washington (73) and Stanford (75). In 2015, CU took down Oregon 45-51 for the title and last year, the Buffs recorded a 41-point margin a victory, the largest in Pac-12 history, defeating Washington 33-74.

The women are looking for their fourth Pac-12 title, but it won’t be easy. There are six teams ranked in the top 30. Oregon is ranked first and is followed by Colorado at third. Washington and Stanford are 13th and 14th, respectively, and Utah comes in at No. 27. California is the sixth conference team ranked at No. 28.

CU’s fifth-rated men have won all six Pac-12 team titles since joining the league in 2011. The Buffs won by seven points in 2011, defeating Stanford 46-53 and in 2012 they defeated the field with a score of 49-82, once again with Stanford coming in second. The Buffs won the 2013 title in front of the home crowd as CU hosted the championship in Louisville, Colo. The Buffs defeated Oregon 28-54 with all five scoring harriers in the top nine. CU defeated Oregon 30-57 in 2014 and in 2015, the Buffs again beat Stanford for the title (46-57). Colorado again edged out the field in 2016, taking the title by just six points (41-47) over Stanford.

The men will be looking for their seventh straight Pac-12 title at the meet, but like the women, other teams look to have a say in the matter.  CU is the top-ranked Pac-12 men’s team, but right below at sixth is Stanford. Oregon, another top-10 team, comes in a eighth. Following those three are UCLA (14), Washington State (20) and Washington (21).

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September 21st

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Fall Sports: Five of seven nationally ranked (other two receiving votes); three facing top ten opponents

From CUBuffs.com …  Roughly one month into the fall season, it’s been a good year already for Colorado athletics.

Five Buffs programs are currently ranked in the nation’s top 25, with two others receiving votes in the national polls. A host of CU student-athletes in almost every sport have received conference or national honors — and three Buffs teams will play host to top 10 Pac-12 foes this weekend in Boulder.

Overall, the Buffs have a 65-6-3 record thus far in all competitions.

A quick roundup:

Volleyball — Jesse Mahoney‘s team last week knocked off No. 22 Colorado State in the Rams’ home gym, a victory that bumped the 10-1 Buffs up into the No. 25 spot in this week’s national coaches’ poll. CU’s Alexa Smith was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and was also the VolleyMob National Player of the Week while Brynna Deluzio was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

This week, the No. 25 Buffs travel to No. 16 Utah on Friday, then play host to fourth-ranked and defending national champion Stanford on Sunday at noon at the Coors Events Center.

Soccer — Danny Sanchez‘s Buffs are 6-1-2 and are coming off a record-breaking 6-1 win over rival Denver. The Buffs reached as high as No. 25 in the national polls earlier in the year and are still receiving votes in the polls. Joss Orejel was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in late August and freshman Marty Puketapu last week played for the New Zealand National Team in a pair of games.

This week, the Buffs play host to top-ranked UCLA in a 3:30 p.m. match Friday at Prentup Field.

Football — Mike MacIntyre‘s Buffs are 3-0 and have been receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches’ poll.

This week, the Buffs play host to No. 7 Washington in a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 championship game. The nationally televised game (FS1) is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at Folsom Field.

Cross country — Mark Wetmore‘s team hasn’t hit the “meat” of its schedule, but the Buffs are once again ranked among the nation’s best. The latest coaches’ poll has the CU women ranked No. 1 in the nation and the men No. 4. The Buffs will split their squad next week, with some competing at the Joe Paine Invitational at Notre Dame on Sept. 29 with the rest taking part in the annual Rocky Mountain Shootout on Sept. 30 in Boulder.

The next “big” meet for the Buffs will be the Oct. 14 Pre Nationals in Louisville, Ky.

Women’s golf — Anne Kelly‘s Buffs opened the fall schedule with a third-place finish in the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., with sophomore Robyn Choi finishing in a tie for fifth. The Buffs were ranked 22nd in the nation in the latest GolfWeek rankings, and will compete next in the Gonzaga Collegiate Invitational next week.

Men’s golf — Roy Edwards‘ Buffs opened their fall season with a third place finish in the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Air Force Academy, with senior Yannik Paul finishing in a tie for third. The Buffs, ranked 15th in the latest GolfWeek rankings, play this weekend in the Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque.



August 29th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU cross country ranked in the top five in the nation for the sixth straight year

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado women’s cross country team is the preseason favorite, while the men are ranked fifth in the USTFCCCA rankings, which were released Tuesday afternoon.

The women received eight of 12 first-place votes for 355 points to claim the top spot over reigning NCAA Champion Oregon, which picked up two first-place votes and 331 points. Michigan, ranked third in the poll, recorded the other two first-place votes (330 points). New Mexico was picked fourth (323), while Stanford (313) rounded out the top five.

The CU women’s team returns all five scorers from the 2016 NCAA Championships, which includes four All-Americans. Dani Jones led the pack and was followed by Kaitlyn BennerMackenzie Caldwell and Sage HurtaMakena Morley and Tabor Scholl also finished well at the meet and will be back. Another Buff who will likely make an impact is redshirt freshman Madie Boreman, who placed second at the NCAA Championships last June in the steeplechase. The Buffs were third at NCAAs after winning the Pac-12 and NCAA Mountain Region titles in 2016.

The men recorded one first-place vote and 323 points in the preseason poll for their fifth place position. Northern Arizona, the 2016 NCAA Champion, is first with 349 points and seven first-place votes. Stanford was ranked second with 347 points and three first-place nods, while Syracuse recorded 335 points and the remaining first-place vote for third. Arkansas recorded just one more point than the Buffs (324) to place fourth.

This is the sixth straight year the Buffs have started the season ranked in the top five.

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CU senior left back Joss Orejel was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado senior left back Joss Orejel was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for her efforts in CU’s two wins this past weekend. She led the Buffs to a 1-0 win over TCU on Friday, keeping TCU from recording a shot on goal in the match, while assisting on Taylor Kornieck’s goal. On Sunday, Orejel was key in helping limit to UC Riverside to three total shot attempts in a 6-0 win, adding another assist in that match.

It is the first player of the week award for Orejel. For the team, it is the seventh defensive player of the week award from the Pac-12 since joining the conference in 2011, and the 12th overall player of the week award with the conference. The last CU player to earn a player of the week award was Morgan Stanton on Oct. 11 last season, picking up the defensive award.

CU is back in the top 25 in the United Soccer Coaches poll this week, coming in at No. 21. The Buffs were ranked 25th in the preseason, but dropped out last week after a 1-0-1 start to the season. With the record now standing at 3-0-1, the Buffs are ranked once again.

Colorado is also ranked No. 16 by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 18 by Soccer America.


August 27th

No. 25 CU soccer routs UC-Riverside, 6-0

From CUBuffs.com … Freshman Marty Puketapu scored three goals in the first 22 minutes to lift Colorado to a 6-0 victory over UC Riverside on Sunday at Prentup Field. The Buffs improved to 3-0-1 this season with their fourth consecutive shutout, while UCR dropped to 1-2-1.

Puketapu’s hat trick was the first for a CU freshman since Nikki Marshall in 2006 and her three goals in 21:44 was the earliest hat trick in school history, besting Marshall’s effort of three goals in the first 45:59 from that 2006 match against Clemson.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Puketapu broke the scoring open early, scoring at 4:40 after Joss Orejel served a ball up ahead of the defense. Puketapu took the arching pass with her right foot and scored top shelf on her second touch.

Megan Massey scored her first career goal at 12:07. Puketapu pushed the ball up to Massey in the right side of the box between several defenders and Massey finished the shot with her left foot towards the far post.

Puketapu scored her second of the match at 19:24 as Becca Rasmussen drove up the right side of the box and centered a pass to Puketapu who scored with her first touch for a 3-0 lead.

The two players connected again just two minutes and 20 seconds later at 21:44. Rasmussen fed a through ball from the midfield ahead of the UCR defense and Puketapu lifted her shot over a charging goalkeeper to score her third of the day.

Nancy Best got into the scoring column just before halftime in the 43rd minute. Hannah Scheid‘s corner kick was deflected by the goalkeeper to Best, who headed the ball in for her first career goal.

The Buffs added another score in the 55th minute as the Highlanders scored an own goal. Following a corner kick, Taylor Kornieck headed the ball towards the center of the box and UCR’s Kyra Taylor’s clear attempt sent the ball into the left corner of the net.

UP NEXT: Colorado will host Cal State Northridge at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Prentup Field. The Buffs will also be at home on Labor Day against No. 17 BYU at 1 p.m.

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CU volleyball 3-0 after defeating Oklahoma on the road

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes recorded their third straight win to start the season as they defeated Oklahoma (1-2) 3-1 on Saturday night in the final match of the NIKE Invitational. Senior Anna Pfefferle, junior Alexa Smith and freshman Brynna Deluziowere named to the all-tournament team after helping the Buffs to a perfect record in tournament play.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Buffs returned to McCasland Field House for the first time since 2010, a place where they had lost the last five straight played there. But that changed on Saturday when the Buffs made a statement, defeating the Sooners, 25-11, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14, to break the streak.

Smith led the Buffs with 15 kills, while hitting .323. Junior Frankie Shebby also reached double-digit kills with 13. She recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 digs and also added four block assists. Senior Joslyn Hayes tied Shebby with 13 kills and posted a pair of blocks.

Several Buffs had strong performances in the victory. Pfefferle led the match with a .700 hitting efficiency, hammering seven kills on 10 errorless attacks. She too was strong at the net, posting five blocks. Deluzio dished out 46 assists and added three kills, six digs, two aces and two blocks.

Defensively, junior Gabby Carta-Samuels recorded a career-best 19 digs. Junior Naghede Abuled both teams with seven blocks, two solo and five assists, and also tallied six kills.

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August 26th

CU volleyball 2-0 after sweep of Seton Hall

From CUBuffs.com … In the first ever meeting between the Seton Hall and Colorado volleyball programs, it was the Buffs who came out victorious, blanking the Pirates (1-1) to earn their second win of the season on Saturday morning at the NIKE Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma. Set scores were 25-22, 25-18, 25-19.

WHAT HAPPENED: For the second straight contest, junior outside hitter Alexa Smith led the Buffs, this time hammering 17 kills. She committed just one error on 33 swings to hit .485.  As impressive as that hitting percentage was, it was not the best on the team as junior middle blocker Naghede Abu hit over .500 (.562) with nine kills on 16 errorless attacks.

Junior Frankie Shebby recorded the second best kills total for the team with 10. Freshman setter Brynna Deluzio did a great job running the Buffs’ offense as she handed out 41 assists in the three sets in her second collegiate start.

… NEXT UP: The Buffs will be back in action tonight at 6 p.m. MT against Oklahoma. The match will be televised live on Fox Sports Oklahoma and a stream will be available on FoxSportsGo.com for those who have the sports package as part of their cable network. A link to the radio feed is available at CUBuffs.com with the live stats.

CU women’s soccer still unscored upon after 1-0 win over TCU

From CUBuffs.com … Taylor Kornieck scored a header in the 33rd minute to lift Colorado to a 1-0 victory over TCU on Friday at Prentup Field. The win was the second in a row for the Buffs, who improved to 2-0-1. TCU was handed its first loss of the season, dropping to 2-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Kornieck’s goal was the only offense in the match as the Buffs held TCU without a shot on goal.

The score was set up by Kelsey Aaknes, who played a ball from the left wing to Joss Orejel in the left corner. Orejel’s centering cross found Kornieck near the far post and she headed it in towards the left post.

The only other serious threat for either side came 86th minute when Becca Rasmussen‘s shot was stopped point-blank by TCU’s Katie Lund. Lund had come off her goal line to make the save.

KEY STATISTICS: The Horned Frogs managed 14 shot attempts, but none were on goal. The CU defense kept the majority of the shots from long distance and few were dangerous. Jalen Tompkins earned the shutout in goal for the Buffs, her eighth career clean sheet.

NOTES: Aaknes’s assist was her first career point … Orejel picked up her 10th career assist on the goal as well and she ranked in the top 10 in CU history in assists/game … it was the first time since Sept. 20, 2013, that CU has held an opponent without a shot on goal, and the first time the Buffs have held a Power 5 opponent without a shot on goal since Baylor in 2008 … CU improved to 3-2 against Big 12 schools since leaving that conference after the 2010 season … it is the fourth time CU has opened a season with three consecutive clean sheets–all have been under head coach Danny Sanchez (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017) … the Buffs had five consecutive shutouts to open the 2013 season.

UP NEXT: The Buffs host UC Riverside at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Prentup Field. It will be Touch-A-Truck Day at CU as several large trucks, including first-responder vehicles will be on hand prior to kickoff for fans and kids to explore.

August 25th

… Citius, Altius Fortius … 

CU Volleyball opens season with a win at NIKE Invitational at the University of Oklahoma

From CUBuffs.com … The 2017 season got off to a good start for the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday afternoon with a 3-1 win against Northwestern State on the first day of play at the NIKE Invitational at the University of Oklahoma.

Junior Alexa Smith shined for the Buffs, recording 18 kills and hitting .280. Frankie Shebby, a redshirt junior, had an excellent debut for CU with 13 kills and a .281 hitting efficiency. She also recorded a double-double with a team-best 11 digs while posting five block assists. One more junior, Naghede Abu, was a force at the net, recording 10 total blocks, one solo and nine assists.

Another Buff made her collegiate debut on Friday, freshman Brynna Deluzio, and it was just as nice as she handed out 43 assists and added nine digs and a pair of aces while leading CU to a .310 hitting percentage.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Buffs started the match strong, winning the first set 25-14, before losing a close second set 26-28. Colorado rallied back to take the next two frames, 25-17, 25-15, to start the season.

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August 20th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 25 CU soccer needs overtime to defeat Colorado College

From the CUBuffs …  Taylor Kornieck scored one minute and 13 seconds into the second overtime to lift No. 25 Colorado to a 1-0 win over Colorado College on Sunday at Prentup Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED: In a defensive battle, the Buffs were limited in their offensive chances throughout the afternoon. Tatum Barton had a great chance in the 44th minute on a header that took a leaping and diving save to keep it out of the net and Cassie Phillips hit the crossbar in the 71st minute from the top of the box, but those were the closest either team came to scoring before the goal.

Barton set up Kornieck’s score, holding the ball just inside the top of the box before sliding it to Kornieck, who finished the ball to the left side of the net off one touch.

KEY STATISTICS: CU outshot Colorado College 16-7 in the match, led by Kornieck’s five shot attempts. Scout Watson played the entire second half in goal and made two saves and Jalen Tompkins had one save in the first 45 minutes. Defender Kelsey Aaknes also had a key play in the game, heading a ball off the goal line to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard.

NOTES: It was Kornieck’s second career overtime goal, the first coming at 109:58 to upset No. 10 California last season (the latest goal scored in school history) … it is the ninth time in CU history the Buffs have started a season with back-to-back shutouts and the first since 2014 … the goal drought 211:13 to start the season is the third-longest in school history behind the 1997 team (219:00) and 2000 (217:41) … however both of those team started the season 0-2, while this season’s team is 1-0-1.

UP NEXT: CU will host TCU at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Prentup Field. That match will be televised on Pac-12 Mountain Network. The Frogs are 2-0-0 this season with a pair of 5-0 wins over ULM and UTSA.


August 19th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs play to a draw with CSU in season opener

From CUBuffs.com … 25th-ranked Colorado opened the 2017 season with a 0-0 draw at Colorado State on Friday at CSU Soccer Field in Fort Collins.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Buffs outshot CSU 20-8, including 10 shots on goal, but could not put a shot in the net.

Megan Massey had one of the best shots of the game in the second minute, but her blast from the top of the box was right at the goalkeeper.

Libby Geraghty had two near scores in the game. She hit a shot from point-blank range in the seventh minute that was deflected over the bar by the keeper. In the 81st minute, she hit the crossbar after her shot was tipped by the keeper following a great turn at the top of the box and a run in towards the goal.

KEY STATISTICS: Jalen Tompkins started in goal and made one save in the first half. Scout Watson came on for the remainder of the contest and had two saves. Taylor Kornieck had a game-high five shot attempts, including two on goal.

NOTES: CU is now 11-5-6 all-time in season openers … the Buffs dropped to 2-0-2 all-time against CSU with both ties coming in Fort Collins … it was the 11th shutout all-time for the Buffs in a season opener … it was the first match ever at CSU’s new soccer field.

UP NEXT: CU hosts Colorado College at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Prentup Field.


August 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Taylor Kornieck named preseason All-American

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado sophomore Taylor Kornieck has been named Preseason second-team All-America by Top Drawer Soccer. She is the first CU soccer player to be named preseason All-America since Nikki Marshall in 2009.

Kornieck was last year’s Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was named Top Drawer Soccer first-team Freshman All-America after scoring 11 goals and adding four assists.

Last week she was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, the award given to the top player in college soccer.


August 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Emma Coburn wins gold at IAAF World Championships 

From CUBuffs.com … Former Buff Emma Coburn won the gold medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships on Friday afternoon, making her the first American woman to win the event.

Coburn, powered away from the top group of runners right after the final water jump, sprinting to cross the finish line in 9:02.58. The time that now stands as the world championship meet and American record.

American teammate Courtney Frerichs finished in second to take silver clocking a 9:03.77 time. The reigning world champion Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi finished third to take the bronze medal with a time of 9:04.03.

No American woman has ever medaled in the event at Worlds and no America duo has swept a distance event at the world championships or Olympic Games since 1912.

Coburn’s time of 9:02.58 makes her the sixth fastest woman in steeplechase history.

The Buffs head home from the 2017 IAAF World Championships with some hardware as Jenny Simpson took silver in the 1,500-meters on Monday to go along with Coburn’s gold.


Jenny Simpson wins fourth international medal with silver at World Championships

From CUBuffs.com … Using a killer kick and incredible instinct, former Colorado Buffalo Jenny Simpson outsprinted several racers in the last 80 meters to earn a silver medal in the 1,500-meter run at the 2017 IAAF World Championships on Monday at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

After the gun, Simpson went right to the front of the pack with England’s Laura Muir, who led the field through the first 400 in just over 65 seconds. The pace slowed in the next lap to 72 seconds, with the field going through in 2:17.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands surged to the lead with 600 meters to go, and Simpson followed. At the bell it was Hassan, Faith Kipyegon and Muir, with Simpson on the rail in fourth. Hassan and Kipyegon sprinted, shoulder to shoulder, down the backstretch and built up a lead of several meters, but Muir put in a huge surge with 200 to go, and the race was on.

Down the stretch, Hassan began to tire as the quartet sprinted, with Olympic 800 gold medalist Caster Semenya of South Africa giving chase. Running in fourth, Simpson boldly took the rail to pass Muir on the inside, then chased down Hassan and nearly caught Kipyegon, who won in 4:02.59. Simpson was second in 4:02.76, followed by Semenya in 4:02.90 and Muir fourth in 4:02.97.

This is the fourth international medal Simpson has won in the 1,500. She won the world championship in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2013. Simpson also took home the bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.


August 5th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Two former Buffs advance in 1,500-meters at World Championships

From the Daily Camera … Step one is out of the way for Jenny Simpson.

The former Colorado Buffaloes All-American and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Simpson put the sort of efficient run always favorable in a preliminary round, finishing second in her heat Friday to advance to the semifinals of the 1,500-meter run at the IAAF World Championships in London.

Simpson set the pace for a solid day overall for the Americans in the event as all three U.S. runners, including another former Buffs star in Sara Vaughn, advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.

With three heats totaling 44 runners, the top six in each race received automatic semifinal berths, with the next six-best times filling the 24-runner pool for the semifinals. Vaughn finished eighth in the third heat, but her personal-best time of 4 minutes, 4.56 seconds was enough to nab one of the at-large spots.

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August 4th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU soccer team ranked 25th in preseason poll

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s soccer team is ranked No. 25 in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) preseason poll. It is the first preseason ranking for CU since 2007 (when the Buffs opened the season 14th and in case you’re wondering, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament that year).

The ranking comes on the heels of a 15-6-1 record in 2016 for the Buffs, including 8-2-1 in the Pac-12 as they tied for second place in the conference with national champion Southern California. CU finished last season ranked 23rd and eight starters return.

Five Pac-12 schools are ranked, including No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 USC.

Camp Notes …  The Buffs completed their second conditioning test this morning, called the “Beep Test” and Danny Sanchez was pleased with how his team performed … he also said the training session that followed was very sharp both physically and mentally, and he noted that the players did not show tired legs despite the session coming right after the beep best … this afternoon’s training session will be tougher and the team is now getting into the “grind” of fall camp when fatigue and soreness start to set in … the Pac-12 preseason coaches’ poll will be released on Tuesday.


June 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Club sports enjoy yet another banner season 

RelatedCU Club Sports website

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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19 Responses to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. buffnaustin

    Sending waves of Good Luck to our soccer team and our Cross Country teams.


  2. buffnaustin

    Awesome stuff from Simpson and Coburn.


  3. ep

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

  4. Bob Kroese

    University of Colorado Boulder
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  5. 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!

  6. Bob Kroese

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




  7. Bob Kroese

    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!

  8. Bob Kroese


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


  9. 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

    <Free Mac2
    Free RG

  10. 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.


    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.

    Free Mac2
    Free RG

  11. 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

  12. WarBuff

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

    I’d buy several

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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