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Colorado Olympic Sports


May 26th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Lucky 13 – CU qualifies 13 athletes for NCAA Track and Field championships

From … The University of Colorado track and field program put together an outstanding final day at the NCAA West Preliminaries, adding four more events qualified to the NCAA National Championships.

After the three days Colorado qualified 13 total student-athletes to the NCAA Championships, tying the second-most individuals at an outdoor championship in school history with the 2007 and 1999 squads. 10 women will compete in five events, while the men get three through in three events. CU will compete in 13 total competitions in Austin in two weeks.

“Before each year at this meet I make a projection chart and think if we all have a brilliant day how many get through and if we have an excellent weekend how many get through and I would have to say we exceeded my optimistic projection,” said head coach Mark Wetmore.

The men had a strong evening led by John Dressel in the men’s 5,000. The junior put his body on the line for the chance to compete in the double at Austin. Dressel went out in a slow first heat of the men’s 5,000 and kept himself in the chase as he stuck around sixth with 14 men in the peloton with 800 left. The group dropped the hammer with 700 meters left and Dressel moved into fifth in the final turn. Down the homestretch he was on the verge of getting caught when he dove from two meters out to move from nearly caught in sixth to fourth in the heat and automatically qualifying. His time ended up 14:07.972, flying past BYU’s Clayton Young by five-thousands of a second for fourth.

“It was breezy here tonight and there were a lot of tired people in the race that had run other events, either the steeplechase or the 10,000 so they didn’t want to lead,” said Wetmore. “The people that were fresh felt let’s leave it until the sprint because I have fresh legs and so it was slow. It was very tactical and cagy and then it got winding up with a mile to go. John was among the tired people in there but he raced his heart out and dove at the tape. I’m looking for a way to find the photo, I’d love to see the photo of the finish.”

For the women, the highlight of the night was the women’s 4×400-meter relay going from fifth to third in the final lap to qualify for nationals for the first time since 1996. Dani Johnson and Valerie Welch led off the first half of the relay with huge personal bests of 53.74 and 53.81 unofficial splits, respectfully. Henderson had a strong third leg of 55.22 and handed off to Gabby Scott in fifth who went to work right away. She moved to fourth after just 120 meters and closed the gap on Kansas for the final auto-qualifier spot, passing the Jayhawks in the final 10 meters. She split an outstanding 51.81, sending the women to the championships with the eighth-best time of 3:34.92.

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May 25th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Track and Field team up to eight NCAA Finals qualifiers 

From … Two more Colorado track and field women are through to the NCAA National Championships after the second day of competition, bringing the CU total to eight athletes with tickets punched to Austin, Texas.

Gabby Scott and Val Constien both automatically qualified, Scott in the 400 hurdles and Constien in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Constien’s weekend is done, while Scott will anchor the women’s 4×400-meter relay tomorrow evening.

Constien closed out the night for the Buffs and did so in spectacular fashion. She took control of the race from the gun, immediately taking the inside rail position and leading the race to wear out the competitors. Two other athletes stuck with Constien’s lead through 2,600 meters, but by the bell the three automatic spots were decided. Constien’s pace had given the three athletes a 50-meter cushion and at that point she let the two other athletes pass and remained safely behind the duo. Constien crossed the line in a new personal best of 9:44.51, moving her to fourth all-time in school history in the event.

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May 24th 

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CU qualifies four to national finals in First Day at NCAA track and field championships

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From … It was a busy day in Sacramento for Colorado’s track and field program, but the final event of the day qualified four Buffaloes to the NCAA National Championships in the 10,000-meter run.

The women were the first up for 25 laps of racing, and it was Kaitlyn Benner and Makena Morley that persevered. The two stuck with the lead pack of 11 women a majority of the race until the leader decided to leave the pack in the final 1,600 meters. Eight women remained in the chase pack, allowing Benner and Morley to stick with it to do just enough to qualify to nationals. The two crossed the finish line side-by-side in 33:40.70 and 33:44.72 with Benner placing eighth and Morley ninth.

Next up were the men where John Dressel and Ryan Forsyth found themselves in a much larger group than the women faced. With seven laps to go Dressel was right behind the leader in an enormous pack of half of the field of 48 athletes. Forsyth remained in the top-12 through to 1,600 meters left when Forsyth moved up to 10th and Dressel moved right behind him. BYU athletes pushed the pace and it wasn’t until the start of the final lap that a clear qualifying group formed as seven athletes fell off the final pack of 13. Dressel and Forsyth found themselves near the back of the pack with 100 meters left but another athlete had fallen off pace in the backstretch, allowing the Buffs to cruise in to the qualifying spots. Dressel finished ninth in 29:00.98 and Forsyth finished 12th in 29:03.07. Both men ran personal bests in the race.

The four 10,000 runners that qualified will all have tomorrow off but will return Saturday evening for the finals of the 5,000.

The very first event on the track for Colorado produced the highest qualifying times with Gabby Scott and Eriana Hendersonmoving onto the next round in the women’s 400 hurdles. Scott ran 57.79 seconds on her way to a win in the fifth heat and the third-fastest time of the day. Henderson ran a new personal best of 58.42 seconds and automatically qualified for finals after finishing second in the second heat. She has the 11th-best time going into the 12-person final. Henderson’s time moves her to third in school history in the event.

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CU Volleyball heading to China in June

From … The University of Colorado volleyball team will be traveling to Beijing, China, from June 11-20 in conjunction with Pac-12 Global, the conference’s international platform, and the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC).

“This will be a great experience for our team, and not just from a volleyball perspective,” said head coach Jesse Mahoney. “The opportunity to learn and experience another culture, to interact with other student-athletes half a world away and share the love of our sport, and to have the extra time to bond with all of our new players will all have a huge positive impact on our program.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The team will take all 19 student-athletes in the program, including nine new to the program this year. The team will have three training sessions and compete in three matches against different universities. In addition, the team will visit several different universities and participate in workshops with the Chinese collegiate athletes and coaches.

CU will also get the opportunity to see the Great Wall of China, Silk Market and Forbidden City in their travels. The team will also hold a youth volleyball clinic.

The team will reconvene in Boulder on June 4 and have six days of practice as well as participate in group research assignments in preparation for their overseas travel.

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May 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

From NCAA berths to recruiting to research – CU athletics had a solid spring 

From … It’s been a successful spring on virtually every front for the Colorado Buffaloes. From NCAA Tournament berths to school records to great recruiting classes, the Buffs have had some solid showings across the board.

Here’s a quick look at some of those moments that no doubt deserve a second look:

1. NCAA Tournament for women’s lacrosse.

2. Women’s track team makes waves at Pac-12.

3. Volleyball secures top 10 recruiting class. 

4. Excellent first season for tennis coach Danielle Steinberg.

5. Two golfers advance to NCAAs

6. Academic success.

7. Research grant for study concerning student-athlete health.

Also this spring, Danny Sanchez‘s women’s soccer team notched a 2-1-1 record in spring play that included a win over Nebraska and Tad Boyle‘s men’s basketball team is being mentioned in a number of early top-25 rankings.

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May 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 1 Boston College ends CU season in second round of NCAA tournament

From … The No. 21 University of Colorado lacrosse team was unable to keep pace with Boston College on Sunday afternoon, falling 21-9 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Newton Campus Field.

BC is the No. 2 seeded team in the tournament but is the top-ranked team in all three national polls. The Eagles improved to 20-1 on the season, while the Buffs finish their campaign with an 11-8 record.

“It was a tough game and match-up for us,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “I thought we did a good job in our settled situations of executing the game plan. As we saw Friday night, it’s tough to play when you don’t have possession of the ball. We got beat on draw controls a lot in that first half and we had trouble breaking out the ball. And our inability to give ourselves more possessions really hurt us. And against a good team that can execute, if you give them too many chances, that can really hurt you.”

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May 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs Overcome No. 18 Dartmouth; Advance To NCAA Second Round with 16-13 win

From … For the second straight season, the University of Colorado lacrosse team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating No. 18 Dartmouth, 16-13, on Friday at Newton Campus Field.

“Dartmouth (11-6) is a tough team and is very well coached,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “I thought it was a battle for 60 minutes. The first half went a little more back-and-forth. In the second half, we struggled a lot on the draw and to gain possession, so we were struggling at times and let in a few goals defensively.

“I thought we were able to lock it down a little bit better (later in the half) defensively and then we were able to capitalize on offense, which was huge. So for the amount of possessions we gave up just by losing the draws, I was really proud of our team for continuing to believe and battle.”

The 21st-ranked Buffs (11-7) were led by Samantha Nemirov’s five goals. Five other Buffs scored 11 goals in the victory.

“Offensively we did a great job of capitalizing on everybody being a threat,” Whidden said. “I thought we were a little slow at the start, but when Miranda got hurt, I thought some people stepped up and did a really good job of making plays. And when she was back in there, I though she did a good job down the stretch of finding her opportunities and putting them away. Overall, I think offensively they did a great job as a team.”

In goal, Julia Lisella put on a strong performance, recording 15 saves, which is the third most in a single game for the Buff. CU also caused six opponent turnvers.

“Julia did a great job of standing tall in there and making stops when we needed stops,” said Whidden. “I thought our defense did a good job of trying to collapse on the ball and force some shots in under pressure, which was great.”

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May 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Volleyball Recruiting Class named the No. 10 in the nation

From … The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team’s 2019 recruiting class was named the No.10-ranked class in the nation by, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.

“This group has the potential to impact the program as much as any class we’ve ever had here at Colorado,” said head coach Jesse Mahoney. “Not only does each player have tremendous volleyball ability but they are all great people who come from good families as well.  Our team can’t wait to get started with them.”

The Buffaloes have added nine new faces to the program, seven incoming freshmen and a pair of transfer students. They are: Jill Schneggenburger, 6-0 OH, Beckman (Tustin, California); Elissa Alcantara, 6-2 OH, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Florida); Alexia Kuehl, 6-6 MB, Bartram Trail (St. Augustine, Florida); Sterling Parker, 6-2 MB, Alhambra (Martinez, California); Katie Lougeay, 5-10 DS/L, La Costa Canyon (Encinitas, California); Savannah Perry, 5-6 DS/L, Ames (Ames, Iowa); Kelley Levaggi, 6-0 OH/RS, Saint Francis (Portola Valley, California); Leah Clayton, 5-11 OH, East Tennessee State University (Dansville, Virginia); Meegan Hart, 6-2 MB, Iowa State University (St. Charles, Ill.).

Colorado’s 10th-ranked recruiting class of 2019 fills all the needs for the Buffaloes with young, talented individuals at nearly every position. With three incoming freshmen ranked in the top-100 in the PrepVolleyball Top-100, CU adds three talented players up front including a six-rotation outside in Jill Schneggenburger. Count the additions of redshirt junior Leah Clayton as the Big South Conference Player of the Year and Hart, a 6-2 middle blocker that is a former Top-100 Senior Ace, Colorado has depth and talent for years to come. This incoming front row players have great size, skill and athleticism that will fill the holes left by All-Americans Naghede Abu in the middle and Alexa Smith at the pin.

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May 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s lacrosse earns an NCAA tournament bid for the third straight season

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From … For the third straight season, the University of Colorado Buffaloes (10-7) are heading to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament as they will face Dartmouth College (11-5) in the first round on Friday, May 10, in Boston.

The winner of the first round match-up will play the host, No. 2 seeded Boston College (19-1), on Sunday, May 12. Times for the games have not been set.

The NCAA field consists of 28 teams. The first and second rounds will be played May 10 and 12, while the quarterfinals are set for either May 18 or 19 at campus sites. The final four will be played May 24-26 at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Md.

We are really excited. We knew down the stretch, particularly in April, that we had to win some games to give ourselves a shot and to get into the tournament is really exciting for us and we are looking forward to it.

We are not going to look past Dartmouth; they are a good team that has been playing really well. They play in the Ivy League, which is a really tough conference with a lot of great opponents. They are strong, they are physical, they are great at the draw. They are very well coached. We know it’s going to be a tough battle and we are really excited to have this opportunity.


8 Replies to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. 2019 Womens Volleyball National Championship
    Down goes STANFORD………..
    Down goes USC…………….
    Onward go the Mighty Buffs.

    Up them Buffaloes………………….

    Time for the biggest upset on CU LAX history.

    Bash them Beantowners

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

  3. 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.

    U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team
    11 mins ·
    And it’s bronze for Arielle Gold!! ????

  4. Go Buffs.

    Great coaching staff.

    16-4 last year

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


    Note: Take a memo up in the Champions Center

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