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February 21st 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU ski team looking for back-to-back RMISA regional titles

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado ski team, winners of the 2018 RMISA regular season title by a 156½-point margin, now looks for back-to-back RMISA/NCAA West Regional championships as the Buffs head off to Steamboat Springs to compete in the RMISA Championship meet that doubles as the NCAA Western Regional this weekend.

The championship schedule is as follows:
Friday, Feb. 23 – men’s and women’s slalom (Howelsen Hill)
Saturday, Feb. 24 – men’s and women’s 5/10K classic (Howelsen Hill)
Sunday, Feb. 25 – men’s and women’s giant slalom (Mt. Werner) & men’s and women’s 15/20K freestyle (Howelsen Hill)

Also on the weekend lineup is the RMISA alpine qualifier that will run Saturday at Mt. Werner. The second of two alpine qualifiers on the year, both being giant slalom races this winter, the qualifiers are used as an extra opportunity for skiers to earn qualification points for the NCAA Championships.

At last season’s RMISA Championship/NCAA Western Regional, the Buffs took home their 28th all-time title (dating back to 1950). The win came by just a 7½-point margin of victory over Denver, the third smallest margin in the last 20 years.

This year, Colorado had a dominant regular season, winning three of the four meets. It marked the first time since 2013, a year CU swept all six meets including the RMISA and NCAA Championships, that a school had won three or more meets in the regular season.

CU leads the conference in individual race victories with 13, eight of those coming on the alpine side and five on the Nordic.

The Buffs have race winners in all four categories – alpine and Nordic for both women and men. This is the first season since 2012 where Colorado has had individual race victories in all four areas before the RMISA Championships and the 13 overall victories are the most in a regular season since 2009 when the Buffs posted that same figure.

Colorado also leads the RMISA in podium finishes (37; seven more than the next highest), individual top 5s (57; 11 more than any other school) and individual top 10s (89, six more).

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February 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU student wins bronze at Winter Olympics 

Related … “Kiszla: Snowboarder Arielle Gold, the biggest Broncos fan at the Olympics, wins bronze in the halfpipe” … from the Denver PostTypical Kiszla – mentions that Arielle Gold is from Steamboat Springs, that she is a Broncos fan … but no mention that Kim is a CU student (shocking!)

From USA Today … With her shoulder dislocated, Arielle Gold wondered if this would be Sochi all over again.

In her first Olympics four years ago, the halfpipe snowboarder suffered that injury after falling in the poor halfpipe in training. She didn’t even get to compete in qualifying and has struggled with it recurring since.

So dislocating it again two days into practice in Pyeongchang, momentarily left her with doubt.

“To just be able to kind of push through that is proving more so to myself than anything that I’m capable of overcoming whatever’s thrown at me,” Gold said.

Gold, 21, has worked with a sports psychologist since Sochi to overcome the fear that came from getting hurt the first time. In Sochi, she had landed the trick and was riding out of it before catching her board on a bump in the halfpipe.

Over the past season, she’s developed a more positive approach that has helped with that fear and made her love snowboarding again.

On Tuesday, overcoming the same challenge she faced four years ago made her podium finish all the more gratifying.

“It feels amazing,” she said.

Steamboat resident and a CU student, Gold, who pondered retirement last summer, edged teammate and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark for bronze.

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February 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU ski teams wins sixth RMISA crown in past 13 years

From CUBuffs.com …  The Colorado men’s and women’s Nordic teams put a cap on the Denver Invitational by winning both 5/10K classic races on Sunday at Maloit Park Trails, giving CU the meet victory as well as the 2018 RMISA regular season title.

For Colorado, it has now won six RMISA regular season titles in the last 13 years, the most of any school. CU won the 2018 regular season championships with 2,423 points, a 130½-point margin of victory over second place Denver.

“Considering the fact that throughout the season we were never in full number and strength due to Olympic preparation and World Cups, all kind of outside competition, it is an accomplishment,” head coach Richard Rokos said of the Buffs winning the regular season title. “It is good to see the depth in the team and especially on the women’s Nordic side, they have a really, really strong team. That is all very encouraging for upcoming regionals and nationals.”

Thanks to the strong Nordic performances, CU was able to win the DU Invite with 657 points, a 66½-point cushion over Denver who finished second.

Colorado won all four Nordic races at the DU Invite and was led  by freshman Alvar Alev, who won the two on the men’s side.

The women’s team again dominated the top of the leaderboard with three Buffs finishing in the top six and a fourth in ninth place. After tying for the freestyle race win on Saturday, the CU women won Sunday’s classic race by four points.

“It was a really good weekend for us,” head Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said. “It is not one that we were pointing at as a big deal so to have good results without trying to really peak for this race or anything, we are just trying to keep our eye open for the last two races of the year. I was really happy with the way things went.”

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February 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Two Buff skiers compete in first full day at Olympics

From CUBuffs.com … The first results are for Colorado Buffaloes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Petra Hyncicova, a senior on the CU ski team and two-time NCAA individual champion, raced Saturday at the Alpensia Cross Country Center in the Ladies’ 15K skiathlon that combines 7.5K of both cross country disciplines. She finished in 47th place with a time of 45.42.4. There were 61 racers, of which 60 finished Saturday.

Her 7.5 classic time was a 23.42.0 and her pit stop between switching disciplines and skies as 37.9. In the last 7.5K freestyle skate, she clocked in there at 21:22.5.

Former CU Nordic skier Joanne Reid, who won the 2013 NCAA freestyle championship, is with the USA Biathlon team and competed in the women’s 7.5K sprint at the Alpensia Biathlon Center Saturday.

She finished 86th with a time of 26:18.8.

Hyncicova’s next race is the Ladies’ Classic Sprint qualification heats that start at 1:30 a.m. MT on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Also on Feb. 13, University of Colorado graduate Brian Hansen, who is making his third Olympic appearance, will be competing in the men’s 1500m for Team USA starting at 4 a.m. MT.

Wiley Maple of the U.S. alpine team will be competing in the men’s downhill on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Wiley’s father, Mike, helped lead the Colorado ski team to two NCAA titles in the early 80s while his sister, Alex, also skied at CU on the club team.

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February 5th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse team ranked second in Pac-12 preseason poll

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes have been picked second overall in the inaugural Pac-12 Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced on Monday afternoon by the league’s office.

The Buffs earned 21 points, which included one first-place vote, to finish behind the preseason favorite: Southern California. The Trojans recorded five first-place votes and 25 points to finish in front of Colorado.

Stanford placed third in the poll with 17 points and Oregon came in fourth (13 points). California was fifth overall (eight points) and Arizona State, which is entering its first season of varsity competition, was selected sixth (six points).

The Buffaloes will host the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament, April 26-29, at Prentup Field. The winner of the tournament will earn the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Six Buffs to be honored by Sportswomen of Colorado

From CUBuffs.com … The Sportswomen of Colorado will honor six University of Colorado athletes in March for their outstanding 2017 performances in their respective sports. CU’s recipients include:  Sarah Brown (lacrosse), Petra Hyncicova (skiing), Dani Jones (cross country), Kennedy Leonard (basketball), Alexa Smith (volleyball) and Jalen Tompkins(soccer).

Full release can be found here

 

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January 30th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse team ranked 17th in preseason poll

From CUBuffs.com … With the start of the 2018 NCAA Lacrosse season less than two weeks away, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has released its preseason poll, which has the Colorado Buffaloes coming in 17th overall.

The poll, which has been expanded from 20 to 25 teams this year, had the Buffs ranked 16th at the end of the 2017 campaign. CU finished that season 16-4 overall while earning it’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Buffs return seven of its 12 starters from last season, most notably senior Darby Kiernan, who led the Buffs with 77 points. The IWCLA Third Team All-American tallied a team-best 52 goals and added 22 assists. She led CU with 120 draw controls, which was 11th in the NCAA. CU also returns senior Sarah Brown, an IWLCA Second Team All-American, who recorded a team-best and CU single-season record 33 caused turnovers. She added 41 draw controls and 39 ground balls.

The 2017 NCAA Champion Maryland is the preseason favorite, picking up 24 of 25 first-place votes. Stony Brook earned the other first-place vote and is second in the preseason poll. North Carolina, Penn State and Florida round out the top-five.

Colorado will start the season on Friday, February 9 against Michigan in Florida. Then on Feb. 11, the Buffs will take on the fifth-rated Florida Gators.

The first IWLCA regular season poll will be released on Monday, February 19.

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January 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Four Buffs to participate in Winter Olympics

From CUBuffs.com …  Petra Hyncicova, the defending NCAA Champion in both the classic and freestyle disciplines, was named to the 2018 Czech Republic Olympic team in the Nordic skiing, announced Friday by the Association of Skier of the Czech Republic.

Hyncicova, along with former Buff Joanne Reid, will become the 35th and 36th CU ski team member to make it to the Olympics.  Hyncicova will be one of 10 Nordic skiers competing for the Czech Republic in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

“I’m really honored to represent the Czech Republic,” Hyncicova said. “It’s just something special, reminds you of how much you love your home country and how proud you are to be from there.

“I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this without all the people who supported me and cheered for me through all the times,” she continued. “I’m really thankful for my family, friends, my coaches and the team here at CU.  I will do my best to represent Czech and the Buffs in a good way.”

Hyncicova is a senior on the CU ski team.  In 2017, she was named the women’s Nordic National Skier of the year by the Ski Coaches Association and FasterSkier.com, and was named the 2017 Women’s Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.  She became the 15th female skier – and fourth from CU – to sweep the Nordic races at the NCAA Championships, capturing the 5K classic and the 15K freestyle titles.  She won five races on the season and placed no lower than fifth in any of her eight races.

Through two meets and six races in 2018, she has won one race and finished second in four of the other five races. In 34 career races as a Buff, she has six victories, 16 podium appearances and has finished fifth or better 25 times.

The PyeongChang Games kick off in South Korea on Feb. 9 and will conclude Feb. 25.  Nordic skiing starts on Saturday, February 10 and runs through Feb. 25.  There are six women’s races in which skiers can compete.  It hasn’t yet been determined exactly which of the six races in which Hyncicova will compete.

She will miss both the New Mexico Invitational and Denver Invitational and could potentially be back by the RMISA Championships, which the Buffs will host in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 22-25.  The Buffs also host the NCAA Championships at Steamboat Springs on March 7-10.  With her strong early season results, she has put herself in good position for NCAA qualification purposes.

KEY DATES
Feb. 9: Opening Ceremony
Feb: 10-25: Cross Country Skiing Events
Feb. 25: Closing Ceremony

OTHER CU OLYMPIC TIES: Hyncicova is the fourth known participating in PyeongChang from the University of Colorado.  Along with Reid, the duo joins Brian Hansen and Kendall Wesenberg, both CU Boulder students.  Hansen won a silver medal in 2010, and will be making his third Olympic appearance in speed skating.  Wesenberg will compete in the skeleton.

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December 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s volleyball taking on No. 5 Nebraska in NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen

From CUBuffs.com … Technically, the Colorado volleyball team has not been in this position in 20 years.

But in many ways, Friday’s Sweet 16 noon matchup against NCAA Tournament fifth-seed Nebraska — CU’s first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1997 — is nothing new. Rather, it is just the latest in a long line of matches this year against top 25 teams.

When you play in one of the nation’s premier conferences, it’s what you do.

Already this year, the 24-9 Buffs have faced 11 top 25 teams, with a 6-5 record in those matches. That includes a sweep of No. 18 Baylor (No. 12 NCAA seed) in the second round of last weekend’s NCAA play.

Now, the Buffs are doing their best to treat Friday’s match against the 28-4 Huskers in Lexington, Ky., as simply another big match that will demand their best effort — something they believe they are ready to deliver.

“We are really excited to be where we are,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “(But) we didn’t really make one of our goals this season. We don’t talk in terms like that. We have been talking about getting better in the preseason, getting better in the first half of the Pac-12, getting better in the second half and really peaking for the NCAAs. … We don’t look at this as an end result or an end goal. This is just the next match in front of us. We are going to prepare and then go out and play.”

In terms of peaking, the Buffs appear to be doing just that. They are 9-3 over their last 12 matches, a streak that includes wins over No. 11 Washington and No. 15 Oregon along with last weekend’s win at Baylor.

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Game Notes … The 24-9 Colorado Buffaloes will take on No. 5 Nebraska on Friday, December 8, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament in Lexington, Ky. First serve is set for 12 p.m. MT/2 p.m. ET. It will be streamed on ESPN3.

The winner of the contest will take on the winner of the other match-up between the No. 4 seeded Kentucky and the No. 13 seeded BYU.

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: Links to the live stats can be found at the tournament central page: http://buffs.me/2zP7PiS.

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December 2nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU volleyball upsets Baylor, advances to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com …  For the first time in two decades, the Buffs will dance past the first weekend of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.  The Colorado Volleyball team swept Baylor, 3-0, to win and advance in the 2017 version of The Dance.

The 25-12, 25-22, 25-20 win puts the Buffs in the program’s fourth Sweet 16 and first since 1997.  The Buffs also advanced in 1993 and ’94.  CU is now 24-9 on the season and Baylor, ranked No. 18 and seeded No. 12, ended its season at 24-7.

WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado jumped out quick in the first set and rolled to a 25-12 win to take a quick 1-0 lead.  The second set was much closer, and the Buffs used a late rally to win, 25-22.  In the third set, the Buffs had a 4-0 run midway through and maintained that lead throughout the end of the match, winning 25-20.

Brynna DeLuzio again paced the Buffs offense with 38 assists as three of the Buffs five starting hitters hit .300 or better in the match.  As a team, the Buffs hit .320, the best percentage hit against Baylor all season, with 43 kills and just 11 errors on an even 100 attacks.  Alexa Smith led the way offensively with 14 kills and hit .394.  Frankie Shebby hit .308 with 11 kills and added 14 digs defensively.  Naghede Abu had eight blocks to pace the Buffs defense and added seven kills.  Joslyn Hayes had seven blocks and five kills and Anna Pfefferle had four kills and four blocks.  Gabby Carta-Samuels added 13 digs from the libero position.

NOTES:  The Buffs are now 23-10 against Baylor all-time, and now 2-0 since the Buffs left the Big 12 in 2011.  CU is now 6-0 against former Big 12 teams since joining the Pac-12.  The Buffs are now 13-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 4-7 in the second round.  This is the Buffs fourth Sweet 16 appearance and first in 20 years.  The Buffs also got to the Sweet 16 in 1993, ’94 and ’97.  The Buffs have never advanced past the Sweet 16.  The Buffs earned the program’s seventh sweep in NCAA Tournament action and second sweep in the second round, along with 1993.  The win tonight was the program’s first in a road match in NCAA Tournament action in 15 tries, improving to 1-14.  CU is 6-3 in neutral court matches and 6-1 in home matches.  The Buffs won their 24th match of the season, now alone for third-most in program history and most since 1993.  The 1991 team was 25-10 and the ’93 squad was 26-6.  This is the Buffs sixth win over a ranked team, as Baylor was No. 18 in the AVCA poll.  The six wins matches the school record, also set two seasons ago in 2015. The Buffs are now 12-4 in the last 16 matches since Oct. 13 and also won five of the last six dating back to Nov. 17. These are the first two NCAA wins for head coach Jesse Mahoney. He is now 2-2 in NCAA Tournament matches as he was 0-2 while coaching at Denver.

NEXT UP: Colorado advances to the Sweet 16 and will face another old foe in No. 5 seed Nebraska in Lexington, Ky., next week.  The Huskers beat Washington State 3-0 in the second round to advance.  Host Kentucky, the No. 4 seed, will play No. 13 seed BYU in Lexington, as well.

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December 1st

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU volleyball sweeps James Madison in first round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado advanced to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Volleyball Tournament by sweeping James Madison, 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-12), Friday here at the Farrell Center.

The Buffs improve to 23-9 on the season and have now won four straight first-round matches in NCAA Tournament action dating back to 2005.  The Dukes end their season with a 23-6 record.

WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado and James Madison played the first set fairly evenly before the Buffs took control and never looked back.  Setter Brynna DeLuzio got the middles involved early in the second set and that proved to be the difference in that set then Frankie Shebby took over the third set to get the sweep.

NOTES:  This was the first match-up between Colorado and James Madison.  Colorado improved to 3-0 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Conference, also having sweeps over Hofstra (11/29/90) and UNC Wilmington (8/31/07).  The Buffs improved to 12-18 all-time in NCAA Tournament action and are now 9-8 in the first round.  The Buffs have won four consecutive first-round NCAA Tournament matches dating back to 2005.  This is the sixth NCAA Tournament sweep in the CU’s NCAA Tournament history. CU is now 6-3 in neutral court match-ups in the NCAA Tournament.  The Buffs now have 23 wins on the season, the most since 1994 and tied for third-most in CU history.  That 1994 team also had 23 while the 1991 squad had 25 wins and the 1993 team 26.

TEAM STATISTICS: Colorado hit .305 in the match with 43 kills and 11 errors on 105 attacks, holding James Madison barely in plus-territory with a .029 percentage with 25 kills and 22 errors on 105 attacks.  CU had 55 digs to the Dukes’ 43 and led with seven blocks to three and three aces to two.

NEXT UP: Colorado advances to face the winner of No. 12 seed Baylor and Miami (Ohio).  The match will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday here in Waco, Texas.

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November 29th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU researchers: Organizations charged with governing Olympic sports in the United States get a “D”

From CUBuffs.com …  The organizations charged with governing Olympic sports in the United States received a median score of D for the way they govern themselves in a first-of-its kind evaluation unveiled this week by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

The research, presented Wednesday at the international sports governance conference Play the Game in Eindhoven, Netherlands, found that out of 22 national governing bodies (NGBs), Track and Field ranked first, with a score of 79 percent. U.S.A. Cycling, U.S.A. Triathlon and U.S.A. Swimming all scored lower than 60 percent. U.S.A. sailing ranked last.

NGBs are nonprofit federations responsible for selecting and sending teams to the Olympic games and supporting the growth of the sport all the way down to youth levels.

“Sports organizations have not historically been well known for following procedures of checks and balances and democratic processes because we haven’t been paying much attention,” said lead researcher Roger Pielke Jr., director of the Sports Governance Center at CU Boulder.

“But with so much attention being paid to doping, sexual abuse scandals and corruption in sport, we thought it would be useful to ask: How well are U.S. organizations governing themselves?”

For the evaluation, Pielke and a team of student researchers used parameters established in a 2015 report by the Danish Institute for Sports Studies, which assessed the self-governance of international federations, like the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), charged with preserving the integrity of their sport on a global scale.

That study found that of 34  international federations assessed, the median score was 46.3 out of 100. In the new evaluation, the median score for U.S. NGBs was 62.

“The good news is that U.S. organizations are, in general, better governed than their international counterparts, but there is a lot of room for improvement,” Pielke said.

The United States is home to 72 national governing bodies, 39 for summer sports, eight for winter sports and 25 for Paralympic sports. The researchers assessed 22 of the summer and winter sports and did not assess Paralympic sports yet due to a lack of available information.

They based their rankings on 36 indicators in four categories: democratic process (how decisions are made and who makes them); transparency (how easy it is for the public to get information); checks and balances; and solidarity (which includes things like ethics guidelines and support of grassroots sports.)

U.S.A. Track and field ranked well above the rest for its robust ethics committee and transparency.

“They are paying attention to governance and it shows,” said Pielke, stressing that some sports organizations ranked low in part because they are small, or new, and have lacked the resources to improve self-governance.

The evaluation did not assess NGB sex abuse prevention policies, which have been the subject of much scrutiny in the wake of revelations of widespread sexual misconduct among coaches in several Olympic sports. It also did not assess how NGBs implement play or how well athletes perform.

Pielke believes better sports governance can ultimately impact such issues.

“If money is not being spent well or people in leadership are not being held accountable — that could trickle down to what happens on the field or the court.”

Pielke said he intends to finish evaluations of the remaining NGBs within a year and publish them in a peer-reviewed journal. He said he released the preliminary results now at the world’s largest sports governance conference—not to shame those with low ranking — but to spark improvement across the board.

“Our hope is that this is the start of something that can be done regularly, providing a report card to help organizations figure out how they are doing and how they can do better,” Pielke said.

The project was supported by CU Athletics. Jackson McCabe, a Paralympic soccer player, Sarah Sutherland, a CU Boulder graduate and elite middle-distance runner, and Jared Adler, a business and psychology major at CU Boulder, contributed to the report.

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November 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s volleyball team earns NCAA tournament invitation

From CUBuffs.com … For the 19th time in Colorado volleyball history, the Buffaloes have advanced to the NCAA Tournament, as announced on Sunday night by the NCAA.

The Buffs will travel to Waco, Texas to face James Madison (23-5) in the first round on Friday, Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. MT. Baylor, which earned a No. 12 seed with a 23-6 record, will host Miami (Ohio) in the other first round match-up. The Redhawks earned a 23-8 record during the regular season.

The winners of Friday night’s matches will meet on Saturday for the right to advance to the NCAA Regional competition in Lexington, Ky., Dec. 8-9

“We are looking forward to playing another match after Thanksgiving, so we are excited about that,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “We’ve known for a while that we were going to be in the tournament, but we weren’t sure where we were going to go. It’s a new season and we are happy to still be playing. We are doing a lot of really good things; we finished the second half of the Pac-12 conference with a 7-3 record and had some big wins. Offensively I think we are peaking and defensively we are getting better.”

CU finished the regular season with an overall record of 22-9 and finished tied for fifth in the Pac-12 (12-8). The 22 wins this season ties the fourth most in school history, which has been done six times now.

The Pac-12 Conference had nine teams qualify for the tournament, the most by any conference. The other teams to qualify are Oregon, Oregon State, Southern California, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State.

Emma Coburn named USATF athlete of the year

From CUBuffs.com … Former Buff and Steeplechase world champion Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) has been named the 2017 USATF Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award winner, USATF announced this week.

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award honors the top female USATF athlete of the year while the Owens Award honors the top male athlete. Winners are determined by a vote of the U.S. track and field media and an online fan vote. Coburn and Kendricks will be honored at the 2017 Jesse Owens Banquet on Saturday, December 2 in Columbus, Ohio as part of the USATF Annual Meeting. Tickets are available online.

Coburn is the second Buff to win the award as Jenny Simpson won in 2014.

Coburn made history as the first American ever to win a world title in the steeplechase, setting championship and American records in the process, while Kendricks turned in an undefeated season, including his first career world title.

“In an enormously successful year for Team USATF, Emma and Sam are being honored as the best of the best,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “On behalf of USATF, we congratulate them on historic seasons and thank them for inspiring their teammates, the country and the next generation of athletes.”

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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.”

 

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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.

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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.

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23 Responses to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. Jowa

    Best use of athletic imagery—The Olympic motto, also coined by Rings designer Coubertin, is Citius, Altius, Fortius, which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.

  2. Bob Kroese

    Congrats to UCCS student, Mirai Nagasu, on being the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

    https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofColoradosystem/?hc_ref=ARRjRkL602WWLLUgcz8jiSvH-40VaH5VEdq3UFRSJPqKJlIWBoGoIvJ1XjIcgdbcPBg

  3. Bob Kroese

    University of Colorado Boulder

    Go Buffs to Arielle Gold! Arielle, a psychology major, just earned a bronze medal at the Olympics for Team USA in the halfpipe.

    https://www.facebook.com/cuboulder/?hc_ref=ARSMVmYAN-q_mrEx_YPkh4jeozeayyveO0huwsWWVcXWDWbQUWiD9RIxVN_XtKV-q8o&fref=nf

    U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team
    11 mins ·
    And it’s bronze for Arielle Gold!! 🥉🇺🇸🙌

    https://www.facebook.com/usskiandsnowboard/?hc_ref=ARRhdHR_Y09CTIMhzFCvWFFTzNd_TkBMxcKZpPPDEFthoJ8UmbZIXdimkuwhG5Pclkc&fref=nf

  4. VKberlin

    Go Buffs.

    Great coaching staff.

    16-4 last year

    not gonna see a 8 and 12 from this coaching staff.

    Buffs.

    Note: Take a memo up in the Champions Center

  5. buffnaustin

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

    GO BUFFS!

  6. buffnaustin

    Awesome stuff from Simpson and Coburn.

    SKOBuffs

  7. ep

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

  8. Bob Kroese

    University of Colorado Boulder
    Boulder, co

    Recent updates
    https://www.linkedin.com/school/3771

  9. 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

  10. 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/

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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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  15. 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

  16. WarBuff

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

    I’d buy several

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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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