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April 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse up to No. 11 in national poll

… Stanford ahead of CU in coaches poll, despite CU going 2-0 over Stanford (including a road win last Friday) … 

Related … “Brown & Kiernan Sweep Pac-12 Player Of The Week Honors Again” … from CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado women’s lacrosse team moved up in all three polls this week after earning a pair of Pac-12 wins last week. The Buffs, who are now 11-4 overall and 8-1 in Pac-12 play, are ranked 11th in the NIKE/US Lacrosse Magazine poll, 13th in the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse media poll and is 15th in the IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll.

The Buffs moved to the top of the Pac-12 standings with their 11-10 overtime thriller against Stanford on April 13. CU led the entire game, but with just over a minute remaining, the Cardinal tied the game up at 10-10. In overtime, both teams has changes, but CU’s Samantha Nemirov ended the game 2:49 into the frame after she found the back of the net. CU also had a decisive 18-11 victory over California on April 15.

Colorado leads the Pac-12 in two of the three polls. Stanford (12-4, 7-2 Pac-12) sits ahead of the Buffs in the coaches poll (13th) and is 14th in the media and USL polls. Southern California (8-7, 5-4 Pac-12) is ranked 21st in the coaches poll and is receiving votes in the other two polls.

The Buffs will play their final regular season game on Friday, April 20, at Kittredge Field against Oregon at 3 p.m. A ceremony honoring the 2018 senior class will follow the game.

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April 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 16 CU Lacrosse captures Pac-12 regular season title with 18-11 win at Cal

From CUBuffs.com … Senior attacker Darby Kiernan became the Colorado career assists leader and set the CU single-game points record (10) as she helped the Buffs to an 18-11 victory against the California Bears on Sunday afternoon.  Kiernan also tied CU’s single-game goals record as well with seven.

Kiernan recorded her record-breaking 65th assist on the first goal of the game, but she did not stop there as she led both teams with seven goals and added three assists for 10 points.

The Buffs are now 11-4 overall and have an 8-1 mark in Pac-12 play with one game remaining in the regular season. The Bears dropped to 6-10 overall (2-7 Pac-12).

WHAT HAPPENED: Both teams scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes. CU scored the first marker with Sophie Castillo scoring off a pass from Kiernan, but then the Bears tallied the next two to take a 2-1 lead. Miranda Stinson tied the game up at 2-2 at 25:35 when she scored her first of the game.

Kiernan recorded her first goal of the game less than a minute later, converting on the free-position attempt to put the Buffs back in the lead (3-2) and Stinson found the back of the net for the second time of the game at 22:19. Kiernan then recorded back-to-back goals to give the Buffs a 6-2 lead before the first 10 minutes of the frame had gone by, forcing the Bears to use a timeout.  Kiernan could not be slowed down and she recorded her fourth goal of the game with 19:32 left in the first half (7-2).

The Bears were able to respond a while later with their own back-to-back goals to get within three points before halftime (7-4).

Colorado scored the first goal in the second frame as Samantha Nemirov earned her first marker of the game (26:38), but California answered back at 25:57 to bring the CU lead back to three goals (8-5). Anna Collawn tallied a goal at 24:45, but again, the Bears answered back.

Stinson and Kiernan added another two goals to put the Buffs up 11-6 before Cal responded with a pair of goals of its own, again cutting CU’s lead to three (11-8). CU then recorded a pair of goals from Kiernan and Castillo to put the Buffs up by five (13-8) with 16:34 left to play.

Kiernan notched her seventh goal of the game at 13:46 to give the Buffs a 14-8 advantage, which was short-lived as Cal scored at 13:02 and again at 9:59.

At that point, the Buffs went on a 4-0 run with a pair of goals from Castillo and another two from Stinson to take an 18-10 lead with less than two minutes remaining. Cal managed to score once more (18-11), but that is where the score would stay as the clock ran out.

NOTABLE:

  • Two Buffs have scored at least one point in every game this season: Samantha Nemirov andDarby Kiernan.
  • CU leads the all-time series 4-2 and has won the last four meetings between the two teams.
  • On the first goal of the game, Kiernan recorded her 65th career assist, which made her CU’s all-time career assists leader.
  • Kiernan tied a CU single-game record with seven goals in the game. The only other person to record seven goals in a single game is Miranda Stinson.
  • Kiernan also set the CU single-game record with 10 points (seven goals and three assists) in the win. The previous record was nine, which was set by Miranda Stinson on March 12, 2017.

UP NEXT: Colorado will be back home in Boulder to finish the regular season on Friday, April 20, against Oregon. Colorado will host the inaugural Pac-12 Championships at Prentup Field in Boulder, April 26-29.

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April 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

No. 16 CU Lacrosse team takes control of Pac-12 race with 11-10 overtime win over No. 12 Stanford

From CUBuffs.com … With first place in the Pac-12 Conference on the line, the No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes and No. 12 Stanford Cardinal knew their game on Friday night was going to be a battle; so it was fitting that after regulation, the two were tied 10-10 and needed an overtime period to determine the top of the Pac-12.

In the overtime, both teams had their chances. But it was the Buffs who emerged victorious after junior Samantha Nemirov scored her second goal of the game 2:49 into the period, giving the Buffs the 11-10 win.

The win moves the Buffs to 7-1 in league play (10-4 overall) with two games left in the regular season. Stanford is now 11-4 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12.

WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado scored a pair of goals within 21 seconds of each other to put CU up 2-0 in the first four minutes of the game. Freshman Sadie Grozier tallied the first marker of the game at 26:56 and then senior Sarah Brown recorded a free-position goal at 26:35. Nemirov kept the scoring going for the Buffs with a goal at 13:45, giving CU a 3-0 lead.

The Cardinal eventually scored its first goal of the game at 12:50 as Galen Lew found the back of the net off a quick pass from Kelsey Murray.

CU responded with another pair of goals to go up 5-2. Junior Miranda Stinson notched her first of the game at 11:16 on a free-position attempt. Less than two minutes later, junior Sophie Castillo found the back of the net after a pass from freshman Devon Bayer.

At that point, the Cardinal took a timeout. Stanford scored the final two goals of the half to bring the score within two (5-3). The Buffs’ redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Julia Lisella played well in the first half, making seven saves.

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UP NEXT: Colorado heads to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the California Bears on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. MT.

April 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

Jenny Simpson inducted into Colorado Running Hall of Fame

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Jenny Simpson, a former standout runner on the University of Colorado’s cross country and track team and current volunteer assistant coach, was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame on April 10.

Simpson is one of the most decorated American distance athletes, winning four international medals. She won the 2011 IAAF 1,500-meter World Championship to become the first American since another former Buff, Mary Decker Slaney, won in 1983. In 2013, she narrowly missed defending her world title as she finished second overall. The 2014 season brought more success as Simpson won the IAAF Diamond League Crown at 1,500-meters and earned the world No. 1 ranking in the event.

Simpson earned another first in 2016 when she became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500, a bronze. She followed that up with another silver medal at the 2017 IAAF World Championships where she finished second in the 1,500-meters.

Easily one of the most decorated athletes ever at CU, Simpson won four NCAA Championships, three in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and one indoor 3,000. She also broke six NCAA records and seven CU records in 2009 en route to being named the first female recipient of the USTFCCCA’s The Bowerman Award, which is given to the top male and female collegiate track and field athlete of the year.

Simpson also performed well at the national and world level while competing for the Buffs. She made two world teams and qualified for the 2008 Olympics in the steeplechase. After graduating from CU, Simpson signed with New Balance and switched gears from the steeplechase to the 1,500. She has won nine USA track championships, four indoor and five outdoor – in five different events: 1,500, mile, 3,000, 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000.

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April 12th

… Citius, Fortius, Altius … 

No. 16 CU Lacrosse taking on No. 12 Stanford for first place in the inaugural Pac-12 title chase

From CUBuffs.com … The No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes are heading to Northern California for a pair of contests this weekend. The first stop will be Stanford, Calif., where CU will take on No. 12 Stanford at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT, on Friday, April 13. Then on Sunday, April 15, the Buffs will face off against California in Berkeley, Calif. at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT.

HOW TO WATCH: Both games will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Digital platform. Links to the streams, as well as live stats, are available at CUBuffs.com.

ABOUT THE BUFFS: Colorado is ranked 16th in the IWLCA poll and is 17th in the media and USL polls.  CU is 9-4 this season and is tied for first in the league standings with a 6-1 record.

Darby Kiernan leads the team with 60 points this season, which is second in the Pac-12, 15th in the NCAA. She has earned 42 goals and 18 assists; her 42 goals is first in the Pac-12.  She is also fourth in the NCAA, first in the Pac-12, with 8.31 draw controls per game.  Miranda Stinson is a close second for the Buffs with 51 points (fifth in the Pac-12).  Stinson has 39 goals this season (fourth in the Pac-12) and has 12 assists.

Sarah Brown and Kelsie Garrison lead CU with 1.46 caused turnovers per game (19 total) and 2.62 ground balls per game (34 total). Brown also adds 3.77 draw controls per game, which is second on the team. Julia Lisella has recorded an 8-2 record in goal this season.
She has allowed 7.80 goals per game, which is first in the Pac-12 and third in the NCAA.  Lisella also leads the conference with a .542 save percentage, which is fifth in the NCAA.

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April 10th

… Citius, Fortius, Altius … 

CU Spring Sports roundup … Lacrosse and women’s golf leading the way

From CUBuffs.com … Spring has sprung. In Colorado — along with the occasional snowstorm or two — it also means CU coaches are now beginning to look closely at conference meets and NCAA competitions.

There’s plenty for CU coaches to keep an eye on. As Colorado’s spring sports head down the stretch run, here’s a quick roundup of some key Buffs storylines:

LACROSSE … Coach Ann Elliott‘s team has completed the transition from startup to consistent top-25 program. Now 9-4 overall and tied for first in the Pac-12 with a 6-1 mark, the Buffs are ranked No. 16 in the most-recent coaches poll, with a huge three-game stretch on the immediate horizon.

That stretch begins with perhaps the most-important game of the three, a Friday evening encounter at co-conference leader Stanford (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network live stream). The Buffs handed the Cardinal its only conference loss of the year thus far, an 18-16 win in Boulder in early March. The winner Friday will take control of the league lead …

WOMEN’S GOLF — Anne Kelly‘s team entered the week ranked No. 20 in the nation. The Buffs this week are competing in the Silverado Showdown in California, a meet they co-host with Oregon, and one that features eight top-20 teams, with six of those from the Pac-12.

Senior Brittany Fan and sophomores Kirsty Hodgkins and Robyn Choi have been the Buffs’ most consistent players thus far this year. Choi and Fan both have nine top-20 finishes in the fall-spring seasons combined, while Hodgkins has seven. Choi also has five top-five finishes …

MEN’S GOLF — Roy Edwards‘ crew has one more regular-season competition, this weekend’s Arizona State Thunderbird Intercollegiate in Tempe.

Ranked 44th in the nation in the most-recent GolfStat rankings, the Buffs have had a consistent year, in particular senior Yannik Paul, who is averaging a steady 70.33 per round this spring, followed by senior Spencer Painton (71.40) and sophomore Daniel O’Loughlin (71.92) …

TRACK AND FIELD — Mark Wetmore‘s squads are just hitting the meat of their schedule, with key dates still ahead at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. (April 18-19), the Cardinal Invite at Stanford (April 20-21), the Oregon State High Performance meet (April 27-28) and the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford (May 3).

Then comes the Pac-12 championships at Stanford (May 5-6 for multi-events, May 12-13 for all other events), followed by the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento on May 24-26.

It all then culminates with the NCAA Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field on June 6-9.

As we said, it’s early — but the Buffs are already putting their names on the NCAA qualifying charts. Colorado currently has 13 individuals and one relay in the top 50 in the nation, with 48 competitors (24 in each preliminary) earning berths …

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April 8th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Linebacker/sprinter Davion Taylor wants to get his 100-meter time down to 10.4

From the Daily Camera … At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Colorado’s Davion Taylor is impressive as he glides across the track and cruises past the finish line.

It’s not common to see a man of Taylor’s size complete a 100-meter sprint in 10.74 seconds, and yet after his run on Saturday in the CU Invitational at Potts Field, he was hardly satisfied.

“I’m still kind of disappointed, because I wanted to run a 10.6 today,” said Taylor, whose time was a season-best. “My goal (this season) is to run a 10.4, 10.3, but I really see what I need to work on. My reaction from a block start was bad. As soon as I started, I felt it. I need to work on it and I need to work on my finishing, too, but in between I think is perfect. I just need to fix the little things.”

If Taylor is feeling some rust on the track, it’s certainly understandable.

In his first semester at CU, Taylor is here on a football scholarship, and the transfer from Coahoma (Miss.) Community College is expected to play a key role on the Buffaloes’ defense next season. He’s projected as a potential starter at “Buff” back, a safety/outside linebacker hybrid, and completed his first spring with the football team just two weeks ago.

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April 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 18 CU Lacrosse routs Arizona State to move to 7-1 in Pac-12 play

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado used a pair of 8-0 runs to continue its dominating ways at Kittredge Field, taking down Arizona State 16-3 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 9-4 overall. Junior Miranda Stinson led the Buffs with five goals and one assist for six points.

With the win, No. 18 CU (6-1 Pac-12) is tied for first in the Pac-12 Conference standings with Stanford, which also has a 6-1 league mark.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Buffs tallied the first eight markers of the game. Stinson scored the first goal just 59 seconds in. Sophie Castilloearned her first of the contest at 26:43 and then Stinson tallied her second marker at 25:04.

Sarah Brown kept the scoring going for the CU, recording her second of the season at 22:46 and then Samantha Nemirov scored a goal at 16:12. Carly Cox scored the following two goals for CU at 12:31 and 7:26. Stinson scored her third of the half at 6:53 to give the Buffs a commanding 8-0 lead.

Arizona State (6-10, 1-7 Pac-12) ended the Buffs’ run with a goal at 1:41, which was the final goal of the half.

The Sun Devils recorded the first goal in the second frame at 28:13, but the Buffs responded with goals from Darby Kiernan (26:11) and a pair from Stinson (25:06 and 24:02) to bring the score to 11-2.

Kiernan notched her second of the day at 23:07, which put CU up by 10 for the running clock. The Buffs recorded another pair of markers from Castillo (19:06) and Anna Collawn (17:32) before ASU took a timeout.

The Buffs did not slow down. Brown caused an ASU turnover at 14:44 and CU marched down the field. Less than 15 seconds after the turnover, sophomore Annika Nissen scored her first career goal to give CU a 15-2 advantage. Blair Sisk scored her first goal since returning to the CU lineup after suffering an injury against Virginia Tech on March 4.

ASU put a stop to CU’s second 8-0 run at 3:48, scoring the last goal of the game.

UP NEXT: Colorado heads to Northern California next week for a pair of games. The Buffs will take on Stanford on Friday, April 13, and on Sunday, April 15, the Buffs will face California.

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April 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 18 CU Lacrosse takes out No. 16 USC, 10-7

From CUBuffs.com … After suffering an overtime loss to No. 16 Southern California on March 16, the Colorado Buffaloes knew they would need to have a strong performance on Friday afternoon. That is exactly what happened. The 16th-ranked Buffs used a 7-1 first half to upend the Trojans (7-6, 5-3 Pac-12), recording the 10-7 upset in snowy and cold conditions at Kittredge Field.

CU (8-4, 5-1 Pac-12) was led by senior attacker Darby Kiernan, who tied her career-high with eight points in the win as she recorded five goals, three on free-position attempts, and three assists.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Buffs scored the first four goals of the game. Freshman Sadie Grozier started things off at 26:41 after a quick pass from Kiernan. Then at 23:09, it was Kiernan’s first marker of the day with the helper from senior Carly Cox. Kiernan would score the next two goals, one on a free-position attempt and the other from a Cox assist, to put CU up 4-0 with just under eight minutes played.

The Trojans ended the CU run at 12:44 when Kerrigan Miller notched her first goal of the afternoon, but the Buffs did not take long to respond with Cox recording a goal at 9:26 to give the Buffs a 5-1 advantage. CU would score two more before the half, one from Samantha Nemirov and another from Sophia Castillo for a 7-1 lead.

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April 2nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU ski coaching legend and longtime television commentator Bob Beattie passes away at 85

From CUBuffs.com …  Bob Beattie, who was the head coach of the University of Colorado’s first national championship team in any sport, passed away at his home in western Colorado on Easter Sunday (April 1).  He was 85.

CU’s head ski coach for nine years (1957-65), he led the Buffaloes to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1959 and 1960.  In a dual role, he was named as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team in 1961; he presided over the first medals won by U.S. skiers in the Olympics, when Billy Kidd won the silver and Jimmie Heuga the bronze in the slalom at Innsbruck in 1964.

The Buffs also finished as the national runner-up three times under Beattie’s watch, and regionally, won four Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association titles (with three more second place efforts).  His skiers earned 13 first-team All-America honors (three second-team), and produced 13 individual NCAA champions.  Just 23 when he was named CU’s ski coach, he came to Colorado in 1957 after serving for one year in the same capacity at Middlebury, his alma mater.

“Bob was a wonderful man, I had the opportunity to meet with him on several occasions,” said CU athletic director Rick George.  “He loved the Buffaloes, would always want to talk about all our programs, and was Mr. Colorado when it came to skiing, not only for what he did for our program back in its early years, but for the state.”

He resigned his post at CU after the 1965 ski season devote his full time to the National Ski Team (which he did until 1969), when he began a long broadcasting career with ABC Sports, mainly covering skiing and other Olympic sports.  He was a ski commentator for ABC’s coverage of the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics, and also reported for other ABC programs including Wide World of Sports.  By chance, he was in the CU press box for the Oct. 25, 1986 football game against No. 3 Nebraska.  When it became apparent that the Buffs were going to upset the Cornhuskers (20-10), he phoned ABC, which arranged for a live feed from its Denver affiliate on site and the last few minutes of the game were televised nationally.

Beattie served as the president of World Wide Ski Corporation, was founder and Executive Director of the World Pro Racing Tour, Executive Director of the International Ski Racers Association, Commissioner of NASTAR, founder of Bob Beattie Summer Racing camps at Mt. Bachelor, and organized such national ski racing programs as the Michelob Light Town Challenge and Appleton Rum Runs.  He also authored three books on skiing and ski racing.

Beattie, who retired to Fruita outside of Grand Junction, was also responsible for helping to develop and begin the Alpine World Cup competition.

“Bob was always enthusiastic.  He was well organized and had the determination to achieve any goal he set for himself and his ski teams,” said Gary Gisle, a member of CU’s first national championship team under Beattie.  “He was a great recruiter and promoter of CU.  He represented the University in an outstanding fashion.  Above all, he was a great motivator and teacher.

“His mantra for our team was, “when the going gets tough, tough guys get tougher.’  With that, he coached us to always do our best, to win, and to succeed.  For me, his lessons and coaching carried over and served me well in my personal and professional lives.  It has been fun to stay in touch with Bob over the past 61 years; to call him, email him, and see him, and to talk about the days when we truly put CU on the national ski map.  He will be greatly missed.”

At Middlebury, Beattie was a three-sport star, playing on the line in football and on the tennis team in addition to skiing.  He used to refer to himself as the, “grubby guard” when reminiscing about his football career.

Beattie was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1984, the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1986, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1993; the Aspen Hall of Fame in 2004, and the CU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 (in its 10th class; the entire ’59 ski team was inducted in 2006 as part of the school’s sixth class).

The family is planning a public memorial in the fall.  He is survived by his son Zeno, daughter Susan, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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March 26th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse back up to No. 14 in national polls

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado women’s lacrosse team moved up one position to 14th in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and held steady at 15th in the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse media poll and the NIKE/US Lacrosse Magazine poll.

The Buffaloes earned a 14-9 win against Oregon on March 23 to improve to 7-3 overall. Junior Samantha Nemirov tallied a career-high six goals in the game, five of which came in the second half as the Buffs out-scored the Ducks 8-3. She also added an assist for a career-best seven points. Senior Darby Kiernan and junior Miranda Stinson each had three goals in the win. Kiernan also had 12 draw controls in the contest, accounting for all but three of CU’s 15.

The Pac-12 Conference, which has a three-way tie at the top of the standings as CU, Stanford and Southern California all finished the first half of the league schedule with a 4-1 record. CU is ranked the highest in the IWLCA Poll (14th), while SU is 14th in the media poll. USC is 14th in the USL poll.

Colorado will play its final non-conference game of the regular season on Thursday, March 29, against in-state rival Denver. The game is set for a 7 p.m. start at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium and will be televised live on Altitude.

CU men’s golfers finish third at K-State Invitational

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s golf team had its best single round this weekend here Saturday, and thus was able to move up two spots into a third place finish as the inaugural Kansas State Bighorn Invitational came to a close.

No. 15 Illinois broke open a tightly contested logjam at the top of the standing, running away from the field with a team score of 40-under par 824 after firing a sizzling final round score of 20-under 268.  The Fighting Illini entered the day with a four-shot lead with five teams separated by a total of eight shots, including the Buffaloes in fifth.  No. 76 Mississippi State played its best event of the year in finishing second, 10 shots back at 30-under 834, with the No. 47 Buffaloes in at 21-under 843 to take the bronze spot in the standings.  No. 30 Brigham Young and No. 35 Kansas tied for fourth at 13-under 851.

The Buffaloes got off to a great start on Saturday, scoring four birdies on the No. 1 hole, which played as the third toughest in the second round (+0.21 over par).  The four players who would score on the day for CU made the turn at a combined 11-under par, scoring 15 birdies and just four bogeys with the rest pars.  That thrusted the team from fifth place and eight strokes back of the lead at the start of the day into second and four shots out.

Colorado had it as low as 13-under early on the back nine, but some late bogey troubles, including one double, reduced the day’s effort to a 9-over 279, still CU’s fifth-best single round team score of the season.

“It was good to see a really hot start out of four of the guys,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “They all hit it really close and made good putts.  We just tapered off a little bit in the end, but that didn’t hurt us in the standings.

“We beat some good teams, Illinois just ran away with it and Mississippi State had a good week,” he added.  “Going in, I thought we had a chance if we could turn in a round of 15-under or so, but Illinois shot lights out.  Kansas and BYU have had good years, so we picked up some quality wins here and did it on a course where you had to manage your game or you could be all over the place.”

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March 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs finish second at NCAA ski championships 

From CUBuffs.com … The 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships came to a close here Saturday with the men’s and women’s freestyle races at Howelsen Hill where the Colorado Buffaloes finished as runner-up at the 65h annual national championship.

Denver held a 26-point lead going into the fourth and final day of the championships and pulled away from CU on Saturday to win its third title in the last five years.  The Pioneers scored 604 points, the most in the five seasons at a NCAA Championship in the current scoring format that went into effect in 2014, as DU claimed its 24th overall national title in skiing.

Colorado has now finished as the runner-up eight times, with eight titles, in 28 seasons under head coach Richard Rokos.   All-time overall, CU has 20 championships and 13 runner-up finishes in the sport, including three straight second place showings since its last title in 2015.

CU finished with 563 points, the most the Buffs have scored at an NCAA Championship in the current scoring format.

“It’s honorable, but someone scored a little more,” Rokos said.  “DU, they deserve it. They definitely have the strongest team, very well balanced.  Not to diminish out effort, we were there, we have a good team and did pretty much even in all disciplines, but not as much as DU.

“It was a good year, evaluation of the season was we were there on any given day. In the end of it, we were a little short.”

Colorado’s point total would have been enough to win the title in three out of the last four years.

CU claimed five more All-America honors on Saturday – three in the men’s 20K freestyle race and two in the women’s 15K freestyle.  That gave Colorado a total of 17 All-America accolades earned this winter, which ties with DU for the most by any school.  Eleven of the 12 Buffaloes here earned All-America honors in the meet, four netting first-team status.

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March 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs halfway to national championship – lead NCAA finals after Day Two

From CUBuffs.com … The 2018 NCAA Skiing Championship heated up Thursday under the sun at Howelsen Hill where the Colorado Buffaloes were able to take over the top of the leaderboard at the midway point of the national championships.

In the first Nordic races of the four-day event, Colorado won the women’s 5K classical to start the day and then finished third in the men’s 10K in the early afternoon. Overall, the Buffs scored 146 points Thursday and now has 276 total points after 4-of-8 events to hold a slim nine-point advantage over the Denver Pioneers who are right on the Buffs’tail.

“It is pretty exciting right now and no one is running away with the trophy,” head coach Richard Rokos said.

Colorado earned four All-America honors on Thursday and saw two Buffs get up on the podium. Anne Siri Lervik, in her first NCAA Championship race, finished second in the women’s race to start the day and then Petter Reistad also finished second in the men’s race. Both earned first-team All-America honors; for Reistad it is his fifth career All-America honor (three first-team), but first time he got up on the podium in his third and final NCAA Championship.

Petra Hyncicova finished sixth in the women’s race and Sondre Bollum seventh in the men’s in his first NCAA race. Hyncicova, the defending classical and freestyle NCAA Champion and 2018 Olympian, earned the sixth All-America honor of her career (three first-team, three second-team).

“I’m happy with the team, it was an awesome day,” head Nordic coach Bruce Cranmer said. “It looks like we are in the lead and still have a lot of fighting left to do on both the alpine and Nordic side. We are only halfway there, but at least we don’t have a big hole to dig ourselves out of it. It is tight and it will be interesting.”

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Colorado in second after first day of NCAA championships

From CUBuffs.com …  Led by the men’s alpine team accomplishing a feat that had been done just two previous times in the last 30 years, the Colorado Buffaloes opened up the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships with 130 team points at Steamboat Resort to sit in second place after the running of the giant slalom races Wednesday.

It was one of the tightest opening days to a national championship in quite some time. Vermont took the lead with 134 points, but its four-point day-one lead over CU represents the smallest margin between first and second since 2006 (1½-points), and smallest between first and third since the sport went coed in 1983. Denver sits in third place with 129 points.

“It was a very good race, we had fantastic conditions and I don’t think we could ask for more,” head coach Richard Rokos said.

MEN’S GIANT SLALOM RACE: Colorado placed three in the top seven, with the final two Buffalo skiers tying for seventh place and its first scorer, Ola Johansen, in third. CU was the only team to place all three racers in the top 10, but it finished second in the race with 82 points. Dartmouth, who had the first- and second-place finishers, won the race with 92 points.

This was the first time since 2001 that all three men’s alpine racers finished in the top eight to all earn All-America honors and just the third time under Rokos, CU’s coach who has eight national titles in his now 28-year tenure with the Buffs.

“I think that is where we belong and it was good to step it up at the championships because we did do what we were supposed to do the last couple of races,” said David Ketterer. “Today is the most important race so it is always good to live it when it counts.”

Ketterer tied with teammate Max Luukko for seventh place. Ketterer was the defending national champion in the giant slalom and Luukko repeated his performance from last year to earn second-team All-America honors in the event for a second-straight season.

For Johansen, his third place and podium finish was a sweet revenge for the Buff who is in his last year of eligibility. At last winter’s NCAA Championships, he did not finish the giant slalom race and Colorado found itself in fifth place after the first day and in a 57-point hole.

His performance on Wednesday was expected, as he carried over a lot of confidence from the season where he scored the most NCAA qualification points of any men’s alpine racer out of the west. He earned the second, first-team All-American honor in his career; he did so in the slalom in 2016 after finishing fifth at NCAA’s that year, which CU also hosted at Steamboat Springs.

WOMEN’S GIANT SLALOM RACE: The women’s team added on 48 points to the team total by tying with Montana State for fifth place on the team scoreboard for the event.

The race was a super tight one on the women’s side with just 34 one-hundredths of a second separating first and seventh place and 56 one-hundredths of a second between first and 10th.

Junior Tonje Trulsrud led the women’s team, finishing seventh in the race. She put down the second-fastest first run in the field, but on the first flat of run two she lost her speed and was unable to recover or make up for it the rest of the way down the hill.

CU’s other two racers combined to score 23 points for the Buffaloes. Nora Christensen finished 18th and Isabella Fidjeland 21st.

First number is points from men’s giant slalom, the second from women’s giant slalom, and the total points for Day One.

1 Vermont …  63 … 71  … 134
2 Colorado … 82 … 48 … 130
3 Denver …  46 …  83 … 129
4 Utah   …   57   …  46 … 103
5 Dartmouth … 92 … 4.5 … 96.5
6 New Mexico …  19 … 74 … 93
7 Montana State … 29 … 48 … 77
8 Middlebury … 20 …  55 …  75
9 Alaska Anchorage … 11 … 29 … 40
10 St. Michael’s … 21 … 15 …  36

The CLASSICAL races open the Nordic events on Thursday, March 8, with the women’s 5-kilometer race at 9 a.m. and men’s 10k at 10:30 a.m.

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March 7th

... Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

NCAA ski championships get underway Wednesday morning 

From CUBuffs.com … The 65th annual NCAA Skiing Championships are set to begin here Wednesday, with 20-time champion Colorado looking for a ninth title under head coach Richard Rokos.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championship.

Quickly
The 65th NCAA Ski Championships are set for March 7-10 in Steamboat Springs, the 14th time the state of Colorado is hosting the event with the last six all in Steamboat (dating back to 1979; the University of Colorado is the official host and has won six times when the event has been in the Buffs’ home state … The Buffaloes have won 20 national championships in skiing: 11 men’s (1959-60-72-73-74-75-76-77-78-79-82), eight coed (1991-95-98-99-2006-11-13-15) and one women’s (1982, AIAW) … CU has finished first (2006-11-13-15) or second (2008-09-10-17) in nine of the last 12 NCAAs (third in ’07 and ’12, fourth in ’14) … The skiers are gunning for CU’s 12th national championship since 2000, as CU has five in men’s cross country (2002, 2004, 2006, 2013, 2014) and two in women’s cross country (2000, 2004) to go with the 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2015 ski crowns (all titles transferred to the Pac-12 count, which stands at 504) … CU has finished in the top three in 71 of its last 76 ski meets (a school-record 31 straight is within this run); the Buffs have finished first or second 52 of their last 62 times out (29 wins) … Of CU’s 20 ski titles, 10 have been won in the west and 10 in the east … The University of Vermont will host the 2019 NCAA Championships (March 6-9); Montana State will host the 2020 affair and Middlebury in 2021 … Official website for these championships: www.CUBuffs.com/NCAAski, with a live stream of all events at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.

The Schedule
The GIANT SLALOM races will open the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, March 7, with the men’s first run at 9:00 a.m. MST, followed by its second run at around 10:30 a.m.; the women’s runs follow at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively. The CLASSICAL races open the Nordic events on Thursday, March 8, with the women’s 5-kilometer race at 9 a.m. and men’s 10k at 10:30 a.m. The SLALOM races are set for Friday night (a Steamboat tradition), March 9, with the women’s first run at 6:45 p.m., followed by the men’s first run at 7:30 p.m.; the second runs will follow at 9 p.m. for the women and 9:30 p.m. for the men. The FREESTYLE races will finish off the NCAA meet on Saturday, March 10: the men are first with their 20-kilometer run at 9 a.m., with the women’s 15k to follow at 11 a.m. Flower ceremonies follow each event, and the awards presentation is set for about Noon on Saturday. (All times listed are mountain)

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March 4th

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No. 22 Colorado Lacrosse mauls No. 19 Virginia Tech, 18-3

From CUBuffs.com … Playing its third top-25 match-up in five games, the Colorado lacrosse team knew it needed to make a statement. And that is exactly what the No. 22 Buffaloes did as they defeated No. 19 Virginia Tech in dominating style (18-3) on Sunday afternoon at Kittredge Field.

The win moved the Buffs to 3-2 overall as they enter Pac-12 Conference play next week, while the Hokies are now 4-3.

Three Buffs accounted for 13 of CU’s 18 goals. Junior Miranda Stinson tallied five goals, while senior Carly Cox and junior Samantha Nemirov each had four goals.

But it was not all offense as CU’s defense held strong and allowed a season-best three goals against an offense that entered the game averaging 13.17 goals per game. Redshirt sophomore Julia Lisella, in just her second career start, stopped a career-high 11 shots.

  • The win streak at Kittredge Field was extended to 12 games and dates back to 2016. In total, the Buffs have won 13 straight in Boulder as they played one contest in the Indoor Practice Facility on March 19, a 16-11 victory against Oregon. (Note … the Pac-12 championships will be played in Boulder, April 26th-29th)
  • Overall, CU is 28-5 in games played in Boulder.

UP NEXT: Colorado opens Pac-12 Conference play next Friday, March 9, against Stanford at Kittredge Field. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m.

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February 27th

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CU ski team names team for NCAA finals … list includes nine skiers with NCAA experience

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado qualified a full 12-skier squad for the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships that the Buffaloes are hosting March 7-10 at Howelsen Hill and Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

The NCAA announced Monday the 74 men and 74 women from 23 schools that were selected to participate in the championships.

Colorado was one of eight schools that qualified a full 12-skier squad. Among them, six came out of the West (Alaska Anchorage, Denver, Montana State, New Mexico and Utah join Colorado) and two from the East (Dartmouth and Vermont).

CU’s NCAA squad consists of nine skiers who have competed at the NCAA Championships before, making a combined 16 appearances with four individual national titles. CU also boosts the top NCAA qualifier out of the West region in Ola Johansen and Tonje Trulsrud, both alpine skiers. The Buffs also have one Olympian on their squad, as senior Petra Hyncicova has returned from PyeongChang and will make her fourth NCAA appearance.

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Bill Toomey to be inducted into Pac-12 Hall of Honor next weekend

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame member and Olympic Champion Bill Toomey will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, the conference office announced on Monday.

The Pac-12 will honor 11 former student-athletes and a former coach with their induction on Friday, March 9, during a ceremony prior to the semifinals of the 2018 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life.

A two-time NCAA All-American in the pentathlon (1960, 1961), Bill Toomey was the first and remains the only CU athlete to win a gold medal as an individual in the Olympics. Toomey competed in 38 decathlon events and won 23 of them, scoring over 8,000 points on a dozen occasions.

At CU, he was considered one of the nation’s top five intermediate hurdlers and won numerous AAU national titles in both the pentathlon and decathlon. He was named the national Amateur Athlete of the Year for 1966 when he was the U.S. decathlon champion, a title he won four straight years, and also captured gold in the decathlon at the 1965 Universiade Games and 1967 Pan American Games. Toomey was ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year for 1968, the year in which he set a then-Olympic Games record with 8,193 points en route to decathlon gold. He was also the recipient of the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award in 1969, which is presented to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.

He is a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the fourth with CU ties when inducted in 1971, was inducted into Colorado’s Athletic Hall of Fame in its fifth class in 2004 and deemed one of the top 20 student-athletes in the school’s history. Toomey formed his own company, Sports Directions Unlimited, where for over two decades he extensively worked with underprivileged children.

The Hall of Honor induction ceremony will be streamed live starting at 5 p.m. MT Friday on the Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com to authenticated subscribers. The inductees will also be recognized in the Pac-12 Fan Plaza prior to Friday’s semifinal session as well as on court at halftime of the first semifinal game.

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February 21st 

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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    Free RG

  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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