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June 17th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

14 Past and Present Buffs competing for Olympic berths

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado track and field will have fourteen current and former members of the program compete at the 2021 USATF Olympic Trials that begin Friday June 18 and conclude Sunday June 27, including four current members that will run in the black and gold.

The four current student-athletes are Sage Hurta in the women’s 800, Eduardo Herrera in the men’s 5,000, Madie Boreman in the women’s steeplechase and Micaela Degenero in the women’s 1,500. The former athletes are Dani Jones in the women’s 1,500, Jenny Simpson in the women’s 1,500 and 5,000, Emma Coburn in the women’s steeplechase, Val Constien in the women’s steeplechase, Sara Vaughn in the women’s steeplechase, Joe Klecker in the men’s 5,000 and 10,000, Maddie Alm in the women’s 5,000, Carrie Verdon in the women’s 5,000 and 10,000, Laura Thweatt in the women’s 10,000 and Makena Morley in the women’s 10,000.

The Buffs have two athletes ranked in the top-3 in their respected events, Olympians Jenny Simpson in the 1,500 and Emma Coburn in the steeplechase. Coburn is the top-ranked American in the steeplechase at 9:02.35. Simpson is second in the 1,500 with a personal-best of 3:57.22.

Colorado has seven total marks inside the top-10 in the US heading to the trials. After the two top-three marks, Val Constien is fourth in the steeplechase, Klecker is seventh in the 5,000 and 10,000, Simpson is eighth in the 5,000 and Jones is 10th in the 1,500.

The first event for Colorado will be the women’s 1,500 first round where the three CU women will look to finish top-six in their heats of 10 or have one of the six next fastest times. Simpson owns the fastest mark in her heat while Jones is third and Degenero is ninth. The second round will consist of the top-five in each heat of 12 advancing to finals with the next two fastest times for the women’s final where the top-three will represent the US at the Olympics if they have gone under the Olympic Standard mark.

The men’s 10,000 is the first final on the track for CU where 25 men will battle for three spots. Klecker has the fifth-best 10,000 for an American this year but is ranked seventh heading into the final based on personal bests.

Events will be live streamed and televised on NBC and NBCSN. A few events for Buffs are not scheduled to be streamed and those include the women’s steeplechase first round, all of the rounds of the men’s 5,000 and the women’s 800 first two rounds. Live results including heat sheets released the day before and a schedule of events are available at https://trialsresults.usatf.org/.

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June 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Saga Hurta earns All-American honors with second-place finish in 1,500 at NCAA Championships

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado track and field picked up a pair of First Team All-American finishes here Saturday in the final day of competition at the 2021 NCAA Championships.

Sage Hurta finished as the national runner-up in the women’s 1,500-meter in 4:09.42 while Micaela Degenero earned her first All-American honor as a Buff after finishing sixth in 4:11.26.

Hurta came into the race having run the fastest semifinal in NCAA history in 4:08.88. Off the gun, Hurta and Degenero both went to the front with Hurta on the outside. Alabama’s Amaris Tyynismaa took the lead after the first 300 as Hurta sat in third. The women went through in 69 seconds as Degenero got bunched back in ninth. Hurta earned positioning on the shoulder of the Alabama leader as the women hit the 800 meters remaining mark while Degenero sat in 10th and moved out with 600 left to begin covering moves. Hurta took the lead with a little more than a lap left with Degenero trailing in ninth. Hurta began leading as Anna Camp of BYU covered. Camp sat on Hurta’s shoulder as Donaghu from Stanford sat behind around the final bend. Camp passed Hurta with 80 meters left as Hurta began tying up, but Hurta held off Donaghu for second. Degenero picked up three spots in the final 200 to finish as a First Team All-American. Camp won in 4:08.53.

“Well in Sage’s case, she’s coming in here with all the pressure, everybody after her and it’s awfully hard your senior year with professional ranks waiting, being the favorite, it’s just really aggravating,” said head coach Mark Wetmore. “She looked a little flat in the last 100 meters, a little bit collapsed. Maybe a little tactical error moving too soon earlier in the race, perhaps. But second place, what a great year, great senior year. She’s been a tremendous buffalo. She goes into the pantheon.”

“Micaela is a good closer if she keeps near it,” said Wetmore. “Then she smells blood and goes after it. She was feeling a little flat after the first round. I have to say their first round was impressive going 4:09, but they were carrying a little more fatigue than the 4:13 heat. So she felt a little tired going in and maybe let the race get away from her some. Very, very pleased with the last 400. Very pleased for her to get sixth. I don’t know that she’s ever even made it here before so if this is her first outdoor NCAA to get sixth, and she’s got a year to go. Good stuff.”

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June 3rd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU alum Morgan Pearson qualifies for the Olympics as a triathlete

From the Daily Camera … Even though Colorado track and field has yet to complete the outdoor season or had the USATF Olympic Trials, CU track and cross country alum Morgan Pearson has already punched his ticket to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old added two more disciplines to his running background and has become one of the world’s top male triathletes since leaving Colorado in 2016. He has since risen to the top of the triathlon world, placing bronze in the 2021 World Triathlon Championships Series in Yokohama, Japan in May to punch his ticket as the first male representative for Team USA. In claiming his first medal, Pearson also became just the third U.S. male to earn a medal at the WTCS.

Thanks to his bronze medal he is now third in the standings after one event and is ranked 16th in the world in the Individual Olympic Qualification Rankings according to triathlon.org.

“It’s really cool and I’m really excited. This was a goal I had when I started doing triathlons,” Pearson said. “I started racing pro in 2018. It’s not only like a goal accomplished but it’s also kind of a dream since I was a little kid.”

Pearson was a five-time indoor All-American and one-time All-American in outdoor during his time in Boulder.

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May 30th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU track and field women qualify seven athletes for NCAA Championships

From CUBuffs.com The Colorado track and field women qualified seven student-athletes through to the 2021 NCAA Championships here Saturday evening at the NCAA West Preliminaries.

The women had a stellar day, qualifying three women through in the 1,500, a pair in the 400 hurdles and one in the steeplechase and 5,000. In total, CU will compete eight individuals in nine events at the NCAA Championships in Eugene.

“The women had a great weekend all the way around,” said head coach Mark Wetmore. “Everybody either made it through or ran better than their ranking. Eriana came in ranked 11th so had a good day to make it through but Abbey was a big excitement also getting through. Then Abby Nichols doubling back and running great, very good 5k/10k double for her. So yeah, the woman had an excellent weekend.”

The 1,500-meter trio started things off for the Colorado women. Alone in the first heat, Micaela Degenero had to deal with a trio of Stanford and Arkansas runners. She stuck around the eighth spot, then outkicked three athletes to take the fourth-qualifier spot in 4:12.36, passing Christina Aragon of Stanford and Olivia Howell of Illinois.

In the second heat, Sage Hurta and Rachel McArthur went straight to the second and third spots from the gun. McArthur took the lead while Hurta held the final transition with 800 remaining. Hurta took the lead with 200 meters remaining with McArthur in third around the bend, but the CU women finished 1-2 in 4:12.01 and 4:13.25, respectfully.

“That was very big (to get all three women through),” said Wetmore. “We thought each one of them is good and each one of them should be thought of as a contender. But to get three out of 12 is a pretty tall order. It was the highest we could have hoped for and we got it. And they ran fast”

The Buffs women also qualified through both Abbey Glynn and Eriana Henderson in the 400 hurdles. Henderson was the first through, picking up the third automatic qualifying spot in the second heat. She was the beneficiary of a fall by another athlete but would’ve made it through anyways with her time. Freshman Glynn picked up her first ticket to the NCAA Championships after she finished second in the third and final heat in 58.02.

Madie Boreman is now making her return to the NCAA Championships, nearly four years after her runner-up finish. The senior picked up the first of the ‘next three-fastest time’ qualifier spots after running 9:50.97 in the steeplechase to finish fourth out of the first heat. Her time ended up eighth overall and was faster than two of the automatic qualifiers out of the third heat. Alisa Meraz-Fishbein also ran in the first heat, finishing 36th overall in 10:37.07.

“She was in the final in 2017 and interrupted in all kinds of ways for a few years,” said Wetmore on Boreman’s return. “She’s worked very hard in the last six months to battle back into this thing. We’re pleased that she made it.”

Earning her second qualification was Abby Nichols who ran an excellent 5,000-meter race and finished second overall in 15:58.03. Nichols let Washington’s Haley Herberg take the lead and work hard, while Nichols stuck with a pack of seven for a majority of the race. Slowly individuals kept dropping but Nichols held on, then with 300 meters left she began to move up the pack. Stanford’s Julia Heymach passed Herberg with 200 left in the race and Nichols covered the move and finished the final 100 meters passing BYU’s Whittni Orton to finish second.

“Abby ran the 10,000 and ran very well,” said Wetmore. “She’s been nursing a sore leg a little bit and we weren’t sure this was the right thing to do but she said, ‘I’m here, let’s do it.’ And then, once the gun went off, she was just a terrier, she’s a quiet killer.”

Also for the women in the 5,000, Annie Hill finished 15th in the first heat in 16:39.13 and Kaitlyn Barthell ran 16:43.76 to finish 16tj in the heat. The two finished 28th and 31st overall, respectfully.

The women ended the amazing day with the women’s 4×400 relay of Jaida Drame, Henderson, Tamia Badal and Glynn running 3:38.42 for seventh overall in the first heat. Their time is good for seventh in school history and finished 17th overall.

“Well the women’s 4×4 ran their fastest time of the year, one of the fastest times ever at Colorado and that was not too long after the two women were in the 400 hurdles so all around, very good day,” said Wetmore.

Aaron McCoy was the first CU athlete on the track today as the men’s finals got pushed to Saturday due to rain on Friday. McCoy finished 21st in the 400 hurdles in 53.26 seconds.

The men’s 4×400 of Tyler Williams, McCoy, Ian Gilmore and Ronald Sayles ran 3:06.04 for the 12th-best time on the day, unfortunately not qualifying to the NCAA Championships. Williams had an amazing first leg from the ninth lane, giving McCoy the baton around fourth. The men, who were sitting in a qualifying spot in the final heat, held tight until the handoff to Gilmore where Arkansas snuck by and took the final time qualifier as no more moves extended to the end. The mark is the second-fastest relay in school history.

“The men’s four by four finished one spot out,” said Wetmore. “They ran the fastest time of the year I think they ran the second fastest time ever in Colorado. And for an hour, the team in front of them was being protested, so it was a real nail biter or perhaps a hoof biter. I didn’t see it, Burke didn’t see it, it just popped up as under review. Of course you don’t want to wish for something bad on somebody else, but if there was a foul or somebody ran out of their lane we’d want our team in. It was a long hour then dismissed but they ran really well those guys.”

The men’s 5,000 didn’t go as well as planned. Stuck in the first heat alone, Eduardo Herrera went out with a slow paced heat and paid for it as he was passed in the final 250 meters by two runners and finished sixth, one spot out from an automatic qualifying mark. The second heat, which included John Dressel and Alec Hornecker, went out much faster to take the two time qualifying spots by six seconds as Herrera finished 15th overall in 14:01.69, followed by Hornecker in 24th in 14:16.43 and Dressel in 30th in 14:25.30.  Dressel will be the lone male representative in Eugene after qualifying in the 10,000 Wednesday evening.

“Lalo got stuck in the heat with a lot of really good kickers,” added Wetmore. “Then it went slow. He didn’t kick brilliantly. But he’s looked tired for a couple of weeks, I think maybe I didn’t do the year perfectly with him. He was in monster shape in October and very good shape in April, and I think it was just a bridge too far.”

“Overall very good day for everyone, one disappointment in Lalo and I got to feel that was on me,” said Wetmore.

Colorado will return to action June 9-12 at Hayward Field for the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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May 24th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Ski coach Richard Rokos named to CU Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Bio from CUBuffs.com … Richard Rokos retired this past March after 34 years coaching at Colorado, the last 31 (1991-2021) as head coach of the men’s and women’s ski team … Only two coaches in CU history coached their teams longer than Rokos was at the reins of the skiers: Frank Potts (41 seasons, cross country and track) and Charles Vavra (32 seasons, men’s gymnastics) … Finished as one of the most successful coaches across all sports in school history, winning eight NCAA championships (1991-95-98-99-2006-11-13-15) with nine runner-up finishes and six third place efforts (or 23 top three performances in 31 tries) … The eight national titles are tied for the most by any coach in CU annals (Mark Wetmore has coached eight in cross country); they are the most in skiing, as he bested Bill Marolt’s seven in men’s skiing from 1972-78 … Marolt, who would become CU’s athletic director, named Rokos as head coach on July 3, 1991 … He and his staff coached 46 individual NCAA champions, included three in his final hurrah that brought CU’s all-time total to 100 … During his tenure, 247 skiers earned All-America honors, including first-team on 150 occasions (44 of whom earned two-time first-team honors in the same year) … Also piloted his teams to 14 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association titles, with CU skiers claiming 65 RMISA/NCAA West Regional titles (the meet served as both) … Named the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association National Coach of the Year on five occasions, last in 2015 … The 2006 Buffs performed the greatest comeback within the NCAA’s in history; in sixth-place and down by 52 points after the first day, CU rallied to assume the lead after day three (six events) and won going away by 98 points … His 31 teams competed in 187 collegiate races over his career, winning 73 times and finishing second on another 66 occasions; that’s a top two finish 74 percent of the time (with 28 third place efforts, his teams finished out of the top three just 20 times and out of the top four just four times) … Prior to being named head coach, he was an assistant under Tim LaVallee for the Buffs, coaching the Alpine “B” team for two years before being promoted to alpine coordinator for the 1990 season … A dual citizen of the United States and the Czech Republic, he escaped with his family from communist Czechoslovakia in 1980, making it to the States (Detroit) via Austria, where he and his wife, the former Helena Konecny, and then-18-month-old daughter Linda, spent a year preparing their visas (they moved to Colorado in 1982 and have made it their permanent home) … An ordained minister, he has performed nearly 40 marriages, including at least 20 that involves CU coaches and athletes … He was born May 25, 1950 in Brno, Czechoslovakia.

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May 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse falls short in Pac-12 title game, falling to Stanford (NCAA bids out on Sunday)

From the Daily Camera … Colorado lacrosse senior Sadie Grozier recorded a career-high six goals, including four free-position goals, but No. 13 Stanford just had too much momentum on its side and defeated the Buffs, 17-10, on Saturday at Stanford Stadium in the title game of the Pac-12 Tournament.

The Buffs are now 8-7 while Stanford is 11-0. With the tournament title, the Cardinal earned the Pac-12 automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while CU will have to wait for the announcement on Sunday to see if its season will be extended.

Colorado’s second half was better than the first in just about every stat category, but the one that mattered the most was draw controls. Stanford dominated the draw, winning the first 10 of the game before Zoe McElhaney won CU’s first. The Buffs ended up with two draw control wins in the first half, while SU had 13. But the second half saw a reversal with CU winning 10 and the Cardinal winning four.

“Obviously this is disappointing; not the result we were going for,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “The draw controls and possessions, turnovers in transition in the first half, really hurt us. Stanford is a really good team. When you are giving them a lot of opportunities and you don’t get a lot on your end, it’s hard to stay in the game. I thought in the second half we did a better job of battling back and winning the draw controls and trying to give ourselves more positions, but a little bit too little, too late for us.”

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May 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse defeats USC, 9-8, advances to Pac-12 title match

From CUBuffs.com Colorado senior Sadie Grozier recorded a hat-trick, which included her 100th career goal, and helped the Buffaloes record a second-half comeback to defeat Southern California, 9-8, on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament at Stanford Stadium.

CU (8-6) will face Stanford (10-0), which is the top seed and is currently ranked 13th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Cardinal defeated Arizona State, 18-11, in the first semifinal of the day.

The Buffs were playing without Charlie Rudy, but multiple players stepped up, especially in the second half where CU had six different players score. Grozier led the Buffs with three goals; two came in the first half and one was in the second half. Chloe Willard recorded a pair for CU and had one in each half.

Julia Lisella recorded 10 saves, five in each half, for a 55.6 saves percentage.

USC is now 9-7 overall after finishing the conference season 6-3.

“It was an exciting game,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “We knew going into it that this would be a battle. USC has been playing very well and both teams knew this could be our last game if we didn’t win. I am really proud of this group. All year it has been a battle for us and each time they have risen to the occasion and fought their way back.

“Tonight I think we played for each other and made plays for each other. When something didn’t go our way, the next person stepped up to get it back. We are excited to compete for a championship Saturday. Stanford is a great team, well coached and is playing well. We know it will be another battle and we look forward to the opportunity to compete in the Pac-12 Championship again.”

UP NEXT: The Buffs will play Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. MT.

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May 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse goalie Julia Lisella named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year

Related … “Consistency and Julia Lisella, A Recipe for Success at CU”from CUBuffs.com

From the Daily Camera … As the Colorado women’s lacrosse team gets ready to make a run at the Pac-12 title, the Buffaloes took home some individual honors on Wednesday.

Senior goalkeeper Julia Lisella was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year and joined three teammates on the All-Pac-12 team.

Lisella, senior attacker Sadie Grozier and graduate student Kate White, a defender, were all named first-team All-Pac-12. Junior attacker Charlie Rudy was named to the second team.

CU will face Southern California in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. MT.

Lisella is the first goalkeeper to win defensive player of the year honors, but she’s the second Buff to take that award in the three years it has been given. Defender Sarah Brown was defensive player of the year in 2018, the Pac-12’s inaugural season.

Lisella has played every minute in goal this season ranking 13th in the country in saves per game (10.31) and 14th in save percentage (49.1%). She leads the Pac-12 in goals-against average, save percentage, saves per game and total saves.

A graduate of Columbine High School in Littleton, Lisella has been named first-team All-Pac-12 twice during her career and second-team once.

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April 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Women’s soccer season ends with a 1-0 loss in NCAA tournament

From the Daily Camera … With less than 8 minutes remaining and NCAA Tournament dreams on the line, Colorado freshman Shyra James leaped for a header chance within the shadows of the South Alabama goal mouth.

The chance went awry, and James couldn’t help slapping the turf in frustration. The sequence epitomized the match for the Buffaloes on Tuesday, as CU dropped a 1-0 decision against South Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

It marked the first time in six tournament appearances over nine seasons under head coach Danny Sanchez that CU has lost in the first round. The Buffs finish the unusual 2020 season played in the spring of 2021 at 9-6-2.

“If you look at throughout the season, chances were at a premium for us. And when we created those, we need to be more efficient in the final third,” Sanchez said. “Obviously the last 25 or 30 minutes we created some chances, but that’s what the game was giving us because we were down a goal and were chasing it.

“But I think over the 90 minutes, I don’t know if we were tight a little bit, but at the end of it when you look at our whole season it had been a struggle throughout the season to create a lot. When you play this many one-goal games, sometimes you’re not going to get the result. Unfortunately that was the thing tonight.”

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April 19th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer earns NCAA tournament invite – will take on South Alabama in the first round

… Head coach Danny Sanchez: “This might be our best regular season we’ve ever had” … 

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado soccer will head back to North Carolina as one of the 48 teams selected to the NCAA Tournament on Monday. The Buffaloes, an at-large selection, will take on South Alabama in the first round on Apr. 27 (5 p.m. MT) at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.

“I can make the argument that the length of the season, all the challenges everybody had to go through, the shrunk-down bracket with less at large slots that this might be our best regular season we’ve ever had,” head coach Danny Sanchez explained after the selections were announced. “Going into the last stretch of games we knew we had to get results, and we did against very good teams. I couldn’t be more proud of this group.”

CU’s selection marks the 12th in program history and the sixth since Coach Sanchez took over in 2012. It is CU’s second consecutive trip to the tournament and its fourth in five seasons. Colorado is 10-11-1 all-time in tournament games, advancing to the third round in both 2006 and 2013.

“It was pure excitement [to hear Colorado announced],” junior Hannah Sharts exclaimed. “We’ve worked so hard since the end of June to get to this point. We’ve done all the right things and I’m really happy we got rewarded in the end. We’re not done yet. We’re very excited.”

The Buffs finished the regular season on a four-match unbeaten streak, knocking off Oregon, No. 17 Arizona State and Utah. CU boasted the most ranked wins in program history this season, defeating No. 10 California, No. 14 USU and the aforementioned Sun Devils. CU also had a quality win in the season-opener against Denver, the winners of the Summit League Championship.

Colorado, one of five Pac-12 teams to make the tournament, finished 5-4-2 in the conference this season, besting its mark of three wins in the 2019 season.

“I felt that we deserved a spot in the 48-team bracket,” Sanchez continued. “We look forward to competing with South Alabama. They are a very good team. Very well-coached and are always in the tournament. It’ll be a huge challenge for us, but we’re excited to have the opportunity.”

Next Tuesday’s contest will be the first meeting between the Buffs and the Jaguars. South Alabama finished its season with a 13-8-1 overall record and defeated Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Championship back in November. The Jaguars played eight spring matches, going 3-5 leading up to the NCAA Tournament.

Different from previous tournaments, all 48 teams will travel to North Carolina. Previously the tournament featured a 64-team field, with matches hosted on campus sites. This season matches will take place at various campus locations including Campbell, East Carolina, UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest. Off-campus sites include Bryan Park (Greensboro), J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex (Wilson, N.C.), Sportsplex (Matthews, N.C.) and WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.).

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April 12th

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Dani Hansen named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week – for the third time

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado goalkeeper Dani Hansen was selected as the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore from Broomfield, Colo., recorded a pair of shutouts for the Buffs this past weekend, holding both Arizona and No. 17 Arizona State scoreless. Hansen made 16 saves in her 200 minutes and now leads the Pac-12 with 87 saves this season.

Hansen now ranks seventh in the NCAA and leads the Pac-12 with seven shutouts this season. She made 11 saves against the Wildcats, the most in a shutout this season. Hansen is averaging 7.4 saves per game in her shutouts this season.

Hansen has provided stability in net for the Buffs all season. She’s fifth in the NCAA in saves. 15th in saves per game (6.21), 16th in save percentage (.888) and is fourth in the Pac-12 with a .743 goals-against average.

This is the third weekly honor for Hansen this season. She previously won back-to-back Keeper of the Week awards on Feb. 22 and Mar. 1.

It’s the first time a CU goalkeeper has been honored three times in the same season since Jalen Tompkins won the award three times in 2017.

The Buffs are tied with ASU with 14 points in the Pac-12 Standings with just one match left in the regular season. CU will have one last chance to make a push for the NCAA Tournament, hosting Utah on Friday (3 p.m. MT).

Sophomore Magnus Boee named National Men’s Nordic Skier of the Year

From CUBuffs.com … Magnus Boee picked up the largest of his many awards after a spectacular sophomore season, earning the National Men’s Nordic Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.

Boee had the most dominant season in CU history for men’s Nordic skiers, winning 10 of 12 races and finishing third and fourth in the other two.  His 10 wins matches the CU record for a men’s skier with Dave Butts in 1960, and is the record for men’s Nordic skiers by two wins, breaking Mads Stroem’s total of eight in 2016.  That season Stroem tied CU records for most freestyle and classic wins in a season with four apiece, and Boee broke both of those records, as well, picking up five wins in each discipline.

Boee had a streak of five straight wins in the regular season and won six of eight regular season races before sweeping both the Regional and NCAA Individual Championships in the postseason.  He became just the fifth skier in CU history to sweep regional and national races, joining Stephan Heinzsch (men’s alpine, 1977), Jana Weinberger (women’s Nordic, 2006), Maria Grevsgaard (women’s Nordic, 2008) and Stroem in 2016.  Storem and Boee are the only two men’s Nordic skiers to also sweep the NCAA Championships races.

To date, he has been honored with two RMISA MVP honors, picking up the award for both classic and freestyle, was first-team All-RMISA and the top seed at the NCAA Championships in both disciplines.  He earned RMISA Skier of the Week honors for the first meet of the season and picked up CU Athlete of the Week honors four times.

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March 18th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU names its first new skiing coach in 31 years, nabbing Andy LeRoy from rival DU

From CUBuffs.com … Andy LeRoy, who was an Olympian, All-American, and individual national champion while a student-athlete at the University of Colorado, has been named the fifth head ski coach since the sport became coed in 1983 for the Buffaloes, athletic director Rick George announced Thursday.

LeRoy will succeed Richard Rokos, 70, who is retiring this spring after 35 years with the university, the last 31 as head coach, one of the longest tenure of any head coach in NCAA skiing as well as the third-longest head coaching reign in CU athletic history.  LeRoy will officially take over the program on Friday, March 19.

Rokos recruited LeRoy to Colorado as a student-athlete, where he was an All-American and individual NCAA champion; he was the co-recipient of CU’s Male Athlete of the Year honors in 2000.  This will be LeRoy’s third stint at Colorado, as he was also Rokos’ assistant alpine coach in 2002.

“I am so excited for this opportunity, for myself as a professional and for my family,” LeRoy said.  “I know the gravity of this position and the history of CU, I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and to raise the level of college ski racing to heights never seen before.  To have the full support of such an outstanding administration and alumni network, we are going to do some amazing things in the years to come.”

LeRoy, 45, returns to CU from the University of Denver, where he led the alpine team and was the head coach for the past 15 seasons, leading the Pioneers to six NCAA championships in his tenure.  With Rokos’ retirement, LeRoy becomes the leader for NCAA championships won among active collegiate head coaches.  Rokos coached the Buffaloes to eight NCAA championships during his 31 seasons, including in his very first year in 1991.

“I’m happy to announce that Andy LeRoy will be the new head coach of the CU Ski Team,” George said. “Andy has had great success at the University of Denver and we’re ecstatic he has decided to come home to Colorado and will no longer be competing against us.  As a former Buff, Andy is very familiar with our program as both a student-athlete and a coach.  We’re excited to welcome him, his wife Julie, and their two kids Andrew and Lydia to the CU family.”

LeRoy’s six titles rank fifth all-time in the NCAA, behind only Denver’s Willie Schaeffler (13), Utah’s Pat Miller (nine), and two CU coaches, Rokos and Bill Marolt (seven).  Since the sport went coed in 1983, LeRoy’s crown count is third, behind only Miller and Rokos.

Among active head coaches, LeRoy is four ahead of any other coach, as another former Rokos assistant coach, Fredrik Landstedt, is next with two, including leading Utah to the 2021 title last week.  Cami Thompson Graves (Dartmouth, 2007) and Bill Reichelt (Vermont, 2012) are the only other active coaches to lead their teams to an NCAA championship.

Since LeRoy was hired at DU in 2006 ahead of the 2007 season, either the Buffs or Pioneers have won nine of the 14 National Championships in that span (the 2020 championship was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).  On top of his six overall NCAA Championships, LeRoy’s alpine teams have led the NCAA Championships in most alpine points, the mythical Alpine National Championship, in 11 of his 15 seasons there, including each of the last nine seasons if you count the abbreviated 2020 event in which no team title was awarded.  Denver also scored the most alpine points at the NCAA Championships in his first two seasons and three of his first four in 2007, ’08 and ’10.

LeRoy has also had success at the regional level, winning three NCAA West Regional titles, including his first season in 2007 and two of the last four in 2018 and ’20.  The 2020 win was especially dramatic as his slalom skiers swept the women’s podium and finished first and third on the men’s side to turn a 20-point deficit to Utah into a 10-point victory and the overall title.  He has also coached the Pioneers to two RMISA regular season championships (2007, 2014), while his alpine teams have scored the most regular-season points nine times in his career, including seven straight seasons from 2013-19.

In his time at DU, his alpine skiers have racked up 89 All-America honors, including 62 first-team All-America selections, and 22 Individual NCAA Champions, all three marks being the best of any alpine team in the NCAA over that span. The 22 alpine titles over that span equates to 38% of the possible titles in that span an is, in fact, equal to the next three schools totals combined.  He has also coached five skiers at DU that have competed in the Olympics.

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March 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Boee Wins Program’s 100th Individual Title As Buffs Take Second At NCAA Championships

From CUBuffs.com … Sophomore Magnus Boee capped one of the best seasons in CU history by winning the men’s 20K freestyle race, his second individual National Championship in three days and the 100th in Colorado Buffaloes Ski Team history.  The Buffs put up a valiant final-day fight for the title and in the end finished second to Utah by 31.5 points here Saturday at Jackson Nordic Center to close out the 2021 NCAA Ski Championships.

The Buffs lead the nation in individual championships and are the first school to reach 100.  Boee’s win is also the 10th of his historic season, tying the record for all men’s skiers in CU history that was first set over 60 years ago by Dave Butts in 1960.   Only Line Selnes and Maria Grevsgaard, both women’s Nordic skiers, have won more races in a season, each with 11.

The Buffs entered the day 24.5 points behind the Utes, a tall task given the Utes strength in Nordic, particularly on the women’s side.  The Utah women, which posted a perfect score of 111 points on Thursday, were again boosted again by a 1-3 finish but the Buffs hung with them, as freshman Weronika Kaleta finished seventh while junior Ezra Smith took 11th and sophomore Anna-Maria Dietze 12th.  The Utes won the race 86-64 over the Buffs to open up a 46.5 point advantage with the men’s race remaining.

Boee and Utah’s Samuel Hendry battled it out in the men’s race, as they have all season.  Hendry won the only two races Boee didn’t, and with one 5K lap left of the 20K race, they were within six seasons of each other but Boee hit another gear and picked up another eight seconds on the final lap to win by 15.9 seconds.  Sophomore Oyvind Haugan finished sixth to earn second-team All-America honors and freshman Will Koch took 13th.  Koch had dropped to 21st place at the midpoint of the race, but battled back the second half of the race to pick off eight skiers ahead of him.

The men did beat Utah and won the race with 85 points to the Utes 70, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit as the Pac-12 two’s schools that sponsor skiing finished first and second in the 17-school competition.  When all the snow settled, the Utes picked up 554 points to the Buffs 522.5.  Colorado did then have an 80.5 point advantage over third place Denver (422) with Alaska Anchorage moving up from sixth to finish fourth with 411 points.  Montana State (383.5) edged out Vermont (351) to give the RMISA the top five spots in the final standings.

With Boee’s two titles and Cassidy Gray’s title in the women’s GS race, the Buffs had three individual champions for the 15th time in school history, including the eighth time under coach Richard Rokos.  Boee became the 24th Colorado skier to win multiple individual championships and the 10th two sweep two races at the NCAA Championships, including becoming just the second to do so in men’s Nordic competition along with Mads Stroem in 2016.

Counting Boee’s two regional championships, he becomes just the fifth skier in CU history to sweep both regional and national championships, joining Stephan Heinzsch (1977, men’s alpine), Jana Wienberger (2006, women’s Nordic), Maria Grevsgaard (2008, women’s Nordic) and Mads Stroem (2016, men’s Nordic).  Coach Jana Wienberger has coached the most three recent skier to accomplish the feat after doing so herself her senior season.

WHAT IT MEANS: It’s never the Colorado Ski Team’s goal to finish second, but a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships is still a great accomplishment.  Along with 20 National Championships (19 NCAA, 1 AIAW), the Buffs have 13 more runner-up finishes at Nationals.  Since 2006, the Buffs have four National Championships, seven runner-up finishes and just three other finishes, two third place and one fourth.  The Buffs have finished four of the last five NCAA Championships as the runner-up.  Given everything that had to happen this season, even having a season is an accomplishment in and of itself, much less staying healthy enough to compete at a high level and prepare for the national championships.

UP NEXT: The 2021 college season is complete, but several Buffs will likely continue to ski competitively.  The U.S. Alpine National Championships will take place in April in Aspen, and some more continental cup or World Cup races may be on tap for several Buffs.

RICHARD ROKOS NOTES: 

  • Today marked the final competition for Richard Rokos as CU’s head coach, completing his 31st season at the helm of the program and 35th season at CU.  He finished his career with eight National Championships, 20 RMISA Championships and 73 meet wins, compiling an astonishing dual record of 1,547-186 (.893).
  • Rokos’ skiers have won 46 Individual National Championships, 65 Individual Regional Championships, and 364 race wins while compiling 290 All-America honors.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STANDINGS (FINAL): 1. Utah 554; 2. Colorado 522.5; 3. Denver 442; 4. Alaska Anchorage 411; 5. Montana State, 385.5; 6. Vermont 351; 7. Northern Michigan 232; 8. Westminster, 212; 9. New Hampshire, 211; 10. Alaska Fairbanks, 163; 11. Plymouth State 134; 12. Boston College 121; 13. St. Lawrence, 100; 14. Michigan Tech 87; 15. St. Scholastica 33; 16. Colby 31. 17. Clarkson 0.

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March 11th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Two days; two individual national champions for CU at NCAA skiing championships

… Buffs move up to second in team standings at midway point, but will need some help to overtake Utah for the team title … 

From the Daily Camera … Two days into the NCAA skiing championships, the Colorado Buffaloes have crowned two champions.

On Thursday, CU’s Magnus Boee won the men’s 10K classic Nordic race at Jackson Nordic Center, helping the Buffaloes move up a spot in the team standings.

At the midpoint of the nationals, the Buffaloes are in second place, with 252.5 points. Utah, which won the last team title in 2019, is in first with 319 points. Montana State (213.5), Alaska Anchorage (200) and Denver (193) round out the top five.

A sophomore from Oslo, Norway, Boee finished the 10K course in 26 minutes, 17.7 seconds – 12.8 seconds ahead of Utah’s Luke Jager. CU’s Will Koch (seventh, 26:51.2) and Oyvind Haugan (eighth, 27:13.4) joined Boee in earning All-American honors.

Boee won for the ninth time in 11 races this season and won his fifth consecutive classic race. He established new CU records for overall men’s Nordic wins in a season (nine) and men’s classic wins in a season (five).

Boee, who was a second-team All-American in the freestyle race a year ago, has already moved into a tie for seventh in CU for career wins (12) in any discipline.

In the women’s 5K classic race, the Buffs were led by Weronika Kaleta’s 13th-place finish (17:09.7). Ezra Smith finished 14th (17:15.9), while Anna-Maria Dietze was tied for 20th (17:37.1).

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March 10th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women go 1-2 in Giant Slalom; Buffs in 3rd after Day One at NCAA championships

From CUBuffs.com … Freshman Cassidy Gray won the Individual NCAA Championship and junior Stef Fleckenstein was second in the women’s giant slalom race, propelling the Colorado Buffaloes Ski Team into third place after the first day of the NCAA Championships here at Mittersill-Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday.

On the strength of Gray and Fleckenstein, the Buffs won the women’s GS race as a team with 94 points, 15 ahead of second place Westminster and 35 ahead of third place Vermont.  The men’s team had a series of unfortunate events that lead to junior Filip Forejtek being the only team scorer.  His seventh place finish gave the Buffs 25 points in that race for a total of 119.  Montana State and Westminster, both out of the RMISA, are tied for the lead with 137 points, 18 ahead of the Buffs, while Utah is 11 points behind the Buffs with 108 points and Denver rounds out an all-RMISA top five with 97 points.

Gray became the Buffs 98th Individual National Champion (96th NCAA) in program history and the first in women’s alpine since CU Hall of Famer Lucie Zikova swept both races at the 2008 NCAA Championships.  Fleckenstein’s second place finish gave the Buffs their first 1-2 finish at the NCAA Championships since 2013 when Joanne Reid and Eliska Hajkova finished 1-2 in the women’s freestyle at Middlebury enabling the Buffs to pull off the largest final day comeback in NCAA history.

Gray’s performance was particularly impressive given the fact she started the race 26th out of a possible 33 racers.  Even though she had a GS win earlier in the season at Park City, she didn’t have a good NCAA seed because it was the only GS race she finished this season.  Despite starting near the back of the field, she had the third-fastest first run and then her second run was over a second faster than every other skier in the field to get the win.  Fleckenstein started sixth and had the lead after the first run and her second-place time was nearly a second ahead of third place Francesca English from Vermont.  Sophomore Emma Hammergaard had a solid race, finishing 14th and moving up six spots from her starting position of 22nd.

In the men’s race, the Buffs were in solid position after the first run with Forejtek in fourth place, freshman Louis Fausa in 11th and senior Joey Young in 13th.  In the second race, there was a stoppage on the lift and many of the skiers that finished in the top 13 of the first run were stuck, causing an approximate 25 minute delay in the race.  Young and Fausa were both stuck on the lift, and when the race resumed, the rhythm of the day was off and Young didn’t finish and Fausa went down but recovered, both at the exact same spot of the course.  Young was the first skier to ski after the delay and Fausa was the third, and the skier in second, Vermont’s Declan McCormack, also had an issue on his second run that cost him dearly.

By the time Forejtek was able to make his second run about eight skiers later, he slipped three spots into seventh place, still earning second-team All-America honors.  Gray and Fleckenstein both earned first-team All-America honors.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Buffs put on a show on the women’s side, winning a race for the first time this season and in impressive fashion.  The potential was always there, but national team commitments and injuries made it hard for the team to live up to its potential all season.  The unfortunate part is the Buffs could’ve not only been in the first day lead, but could’ve had a comfortable lead if the race delay hadn’t happened.  If Fausa and Young had held their first run positions, the Buffs would’ve scored in the range of 150 points and had a 10-15 point lead over Montana State and Westminster and more importantly about a 45-50 point lead over Utah.

The Utes left the door open in the women’s race, having the exact opposite day of the Buffs with two women’s skiers not earning any team points but putting together a solid men’s race.  As it stands, the Buffs are 11 points up on Utah entering Nordic action on Thursday, where the Utes are extremely tough.  Anything can happen, but it’s not out of the question for both the Buffs and Utes to pass first day leaders on the strength of their Nordic teams Thursday.  Regardless, the Buffs are in a solid position.  There have been several seasons where a bad first day put the Buffs out of title contention, and as it stands now, the Buffs are very much in title contention.

UP NEXT: The Nordic teams now take center stage Thursday with the 5K women’s and 10K men’s classic races at Jackson Nordic Center in Jackson, N.H.  The men’s race will start at 8 a.m. MT followed by the women’s race at 10 a.m. MT.  Friday it will be back to the alpine teams with slalom races and Saturday the championships will conclude with Nordic freestyle races.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STANDINGS (Through 2 of 8 Races): 1. Montana State & Westminster, 137; 3. Colorado 119; 4. Utah 108; 5. Denver 97; 6. Vermont 94; 7. New Hampshire & Plymouth State 77; 9. Alaska Anchorage 63; 10. Boston College 54; 11. St. Lawrence 32.

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March 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Ski Team quest for 21st national title begins Wednesday

Related … 2021 NCAA Skiing Championship Guide … from CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes Ski Team has ventured east about 2,000 miles to New Hampshire, where 12 student-athletes will attempt to bring home the program’s 21st National Championship this Wednesday through Saturday at the 68th Annual NCAA Ski Championships.

The 2021 NCAA Championships will mark the end of an era, not just for the Colorado Ski Team but for NCAA Skiing in general, with the impending retirement of CU coach Richard Rokos, who will be leading the Buffaloes on the slopes for the final time attempting to accomplish the same thing his first team back in 1991 did by winning an NCAA Championship.

The schedule for the 2021 championship begins with men’s and women’s giant slalom races on Wednesday with Nordic getting underway Thursday with 5K women’s and 10K men’s classic races.  The great equalizer, as Rokos puts it, will take place Friday with men’s and women’s slalom races and the championship will close out on Saturday with the 15K women’s and 20K men’s freestyle races.  Both Nordic races will be interval start races due to the pandemic.

At first glance, Utah looks to be nearly unbeatable, but if all of 2020 and the first few months of 2021 teach us anything, it’s that anything can happen.  The Utes will be a formidable opponent in 2021 but one key factor about the NCAA Championships puts many teams on a level playing field, you can only bring 12 skiers to compete, three in each gender and discipline (men’s and women’s alpine and Nordic).  That fact also hurts the Buffs, who are leaving behind several skiers who could compete for All-America status, but it likely hurts the Utes more, who are leaving home a few first-team All-RMISA performers due to the rules.

The Buffs’ strength in 2021 has been the men’s Nordic team, and specifically sophomore Magnus Boee, who has won a CU-record tying eight races in 10 attempts entering the championships.  Boee has eight wins, one third and one fourth place finish and aside from tying the overall season record for men’s Nordic skiers in CU’s illustrious 75 year history, but his four wins in each freestyle and classic also match the CU record.

The men’s Nordic team is also boosted by a pair of freshmen in Oyvind Haugan and Will Koch.  Haugan has been a staple in the top seven since his first college race and has more often than not finished in the top five.  Koch is the top men’s Nordic skier in his age group in the United States and has been a constant top 10 threat all season.

On the women’s Nordic side, the Buffs have been consistent all season with newcomer Weronika Kaleta, sophomore Anna-Maria Dietze and junior Ezra Smith, who have more often than not finished in succession in races this season, although usually not in the same order.  As a group, they have finished in the top 10 a total of 20 times out of 30 possibilities.   Each of the three has one top five finish to their credit, as well.

On the alpine side, the Buffs have been led by the consistently high effort of junior Filip Forejtek on the men’s side.  Forejtek has finished nine of 10 races and finished in the top six in each of those nine races.  He has eight top five finishes with six podium appearances and one race win.  Freshman Louis Fausa adds to the men’s alpine depth with seven finishes in 10 races and five of those seven in the top 10, and he’s coming off his best finish of fourth at the RMISA Championships.  The veteran of the entire CU team is also on the men’s alpine side with Joey Young, who will be making his 50th start at the championships.  Young has had a tough season plagued by a fall in the second race of the season, but in his career he has two race victories and just missed out on two All-America honors in 2019 taking 11th in the GS and 13th in the slalom races.

The women’s alpine side may have the most question marks but also potentially has the most potential, led by junior Stef Fleckenstein, who missed the first four races of the season due to injury and returned to finish five of the last six races and never outside the top seven and she finished second in the GS race at the RMISA Championships.  Fellow Canadian National Team Member and freshman Cassidy Gray will make her first appearance at the NCAA Championships.  She won the only GS race she finished (out of two) this season while competing for Team Canada, and she took 23rd at the World Championships last month in Italy.  Sophomore Emma Hammergaard rounds out the women’s alpine team.  She has seemingly taken a few more risks this season, finishing six of 10 races, but she’s finished in the top 10 five times.  As a freshman, she finished at a higher rate, 11 of 13 races, but had two fewer top five finishes with three total.

Stakes are always higher at the NCAA Championships, not only because it’s the NCAA Championships but because every result counts, unlike any race all season long.  Given that fact, it’s anybody’s game.

This season more than any other there are more teams that could make a run at the championship.  With fewer schools in the east competing, that unfortunately leaves traditional powerhouses Dartmouth and Middlebury out of the mix this season, but that also means more schools will be fielding a full 12-skier team like the Buffs.

In the west, aside from Utah and the Buffs, which finished 1-2 in four of the five meets this season, Montana State has also had a solid season, as has Alaska Anchorage.  Denver has had a bit of a down year, but the Pioneers always bring everything they have and usually compete for a title at the NCAA Championships.  In the east, host New Hampshire will field a full team for the first time in a while and will be skiing on its home courses, which has to be an advantage.  Perennial power Vermont is also full steam ahead will a full 12-skier team and was dominant at times in the eastern region this season.

Several other teams will be at full strength in one of the two disciplines, which means they won’t compete for the overall title but their performances will certainly come into play with which teams eventually wins the title.  Those teams are Boston College (alpine), MIchigan Tech (Nordic), Northern Michigan (Nordic), Plymouth State (alpine) and Westminster (alpine).  Specifically watch out for Northern Michigan and Westminster.  The Wildcats have finished in the top 10 several times and among the Nordic leaders in recent memory and Westminster, skiing at the NCAA Championships for just the second time, scored the most alpine points in the RMISA throughout the season.

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March 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Another upset for CU! Volleyball team upsets No. 12 UCLA, 3-1

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado volleyball put together its best match of the season Sunday afternoon, rallying back from a slow start to upset No.12-ranked UCLA by a score of 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20) here.

The Buffs (5-7 Pac-12) overcame being down 14-5 to the Bruins (10-4 Pac-12) to start the first set and rallied back behind freshman Maya Tabron to take the first set 27-25. The freshman played her first significant time for CU and was key to a 7-0 run in the first set that started with her on the service line and included an ace. She then made starts in the next three sets, playing all six rotations for the rest of the match.

Tabron hit for 10 kills, the first time for her in double digits in her young career, but it was sophomore right side Sterling Parker looking like her 2019 self and leading the team with 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage that made all the difference. She was joined by Meegan Hart who dominated the front row with 13 kills and a .545 hitting percentage with just one hitting error. Hart also had eight blocks, an ace and added four crucial digs. Leah Clayton had 14 kills and a .206 hitting percentage as CU hit .237 in the match.

The 6-2 offense was on full display with Brynna DeLuzio posting 27 assists and 11 digs while Jenna Ewert had 24 assists and seven digs. Both setters also put down a pair of aces to help CU win the service game. Despite all the offense though, CU’s defense was the key to victory as the team put down 13 blocks and held UCLA to a .205 hitting percentage, including limiting All-American Mac May to just seven kills and a .032 hitting percentage. Anything that did get past the block was cleaned up by Katie Lougeay with 17 digs to go along with Clayton’s 12.

With May consistently behind, UCLA turned to elan McCall, Emily Ryan and Allison Jacobs who had 11, 10 and 10 kills, respectfully. Zoe Fleck had a match-high 19 digs while McCall and Kate Lane had 11 digs.

The win ties for the second-highest ranked conference win under head coach Jesse Mahoney, tying the 2017 season that upset No.12 Oregon. The same team upset No.11 Washington, the highest-ranked conference win under Mahoney.

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March 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Richard Rokos (31 years; 7 NCAA titles) coaching ski team final time next weekend

From the Daily Camera … In a week, once the final race is complete for the University of Colorado ski team, Richard Rokos at long last will stare into a future that doesn’t include Buffaloes.

For 31 seasons, Rokos has been the face of the program that hoarded national championships. He reshaped the program into a team unit rather than two separate entities focused on Nordic and alpine disciplines and has mentored skiers who have collected a boggling 43 individual NCAA championships over three decades.

Off the slopes, Rokos also moonlights as a Justice of the Peace, and the mentorship of his athletes has included officiating the weddings of more former CU Buffs skiers than he can remember. So when the day comes in a few weeks that Rokos is forced to clean out his office — stuffing 31 years of memories and milestones into cardboard boxes — the CU legend already knows it will be a more emotionally-charged chore than sending the Buffs into competition one last time.

“I’m sure packing my office will be not easy for me,” Rokos said, “but I’ve done worse things in my life.”

In typical Rokos fashion, that’s a colossal understatement.

Rokos announced last summer that his 31st season at CU will be his last, and that long, slow goodbye will culminate this week as the Buffs compete at the NCAA Championships in New Hampshire. More than 40 years ago, Rokos defected from his native Czechoslovakia with the simple hope of pursuing a better life for his family which, at the time, included an 18 month-old daughter. Never in his wildest dreams did Rokos imagine that decades later he would be one of the most decorated skiing coaches in NCAA history and a bona fide legend at CU.

The Buffs won a team title in Rokos’ first season in 1991 and have added seven more since (1995, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015). His teams have won 14 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association titles and have recorded 345 top-10 finishes (and counting) at the NCAA Championships. Buffs skiers have collected 146 first-team All-American honors under Rokos. Another 93 second-team honors have been earned by Rokos’ skiers.

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CU Tennis upsets No. 12 Cal, 4-3, for highest-ranked conference win in program history

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado women’s tennis upset No.12-ranked California, 4-3, here Friday afternoon, marking the highest-ranked conference win in program history.

“We just told the team win or lose this match, 4-3 or 3-4, doesn’t matter,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg after. “We’re so proud of the progress this program made today. You know just stepping on the court and believing that not only we belong, but we can win these matches. That’s a huge step forward, huge mental step forward for this team. So proud of them. Obviously everything as always starts in the doubles, and how they stepped on the court today and they stepped in, believing. Good things happen when you believe and you play aggressive. We had them on their heels from the get go. Super proud of everyone. In singles today, everyone played well and even the matches that we lost were good tennis matches. At the end to finish, Ky and Maria, I’m so proud of them and that was very tough.”

To say things came down to the wire is an understatement. Down their No.2 singles player Sophia Derivan, the Buffs stepped up and none more than Ky Ecton in the No.6 singles match against Erin Richardson. The junior faced deuce match point – not only for herself but for the match – twice in the second set and battled back to take a 7-6 tiebreaker win seven points to three. Her first clinch-defying point came down 5-4 at deuce, and the next came at 5-6. After Ecton tied up the set count she was unbeatable, taking the next six games to sweep the third set and tie up the match overall.

“Ky comes in every day and works hard,” said Steinberg. “It’s the same attitude on the court. Win or lose every point you’re gonna work hard and stay tough and her attitude was unbelievable. She’s always unbelievable. She deserved this win.”

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March 5th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Women’s soccer team upsets No. 10 Cal with a 2-1 road victory

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado soccer team got back in the win column on Friday with a 2-1 win over No. 10 California at Witter Rugby Field.

Colorado (4-1-1, 1-0-1 Pac-12) got the first two goals of the match from Hannah Sharts and Shanade Hopcroft and held on to the one-goal lead for the final 10 minutes. Dani Hansen, who has been the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week the past two weeks, made three saves for the Buffs.

The win for the Buffaloes marked its first against a top 10 opponent since CU beat No. 7 Washington State on Oct. 4, 2018. It is also CU’s first win against a top 10 team on the road since its 3-2 win at No. 10 Cal in double overtime on Oct. 23, 2016.

“Cal is a very good team,” Head coach Danny Sanchez said after the match. “They are every bit deserving of their ranking. I thought we played with a lot more confidence. Even if we wouldn’t have gotten the result, I told the team we played a lot better. We were more confident in our possession. We were more confident going forward and collectively defensively we competed better. That’s what you have to do in the Pac-12.”

California (2-1-0, 1-1-0 Pac-12) led CU 18-11 in shots and 4-3 in shots on goal. The Golden Bears put up 10 shots in the second half in an attempt to make a comeback, but only three landed on net in the final 45 minutes.

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Men’s and Women’s CU Cross Country teams finish second at Pac-12 championships

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado senior Eduardo Herrera entered the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships on Friday as one of the favorites and did not disappoint, winning his first individual conference title in 22 minutes, 30.9 seconds on the 8-kilometer course at Chambers Creek Park.

“This is annually one of the best, if not the best, cross country conference in the country,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “It’s hard to win as a team and it’s hard to win it as an individual. I think we had a long dry spell before (Joe) Klecker won a year ago. So to have Lalo win it this year is rewarding. He had the best training of his life since we all got shut down in March. He did very good work alone, which distance winners have to do and it paid off today.”

Herrera came into the meet with a second and third-place finish from his two previous races, leading the Buffs in both. Friday’s race was no different as he led the ninth-ranked Buffaloes to a second-place team finish through cold, windy and rainy conditions. CU recorded 60 points behind No. 4 Stanford’s 28.

The men ran after the No. 6 Colorado women also recorded a runner-up finish behind Stanford. The No. 5 Cardinal defeated CU 30-50 for its second title in as many years.

PAC-12 NOTES: Since joining the Pac-12 Conference, CU has won at least one team or one individual title in the last 10 years…CU has won 11 of 20 team cross country team championships since joining the Pac-12 in 2011…The Buffs have also won four individual titles, all in the last four years…Dani Jones won back-to-back women’s titles (2017-18), while Joe Klecker won the men’s title in 2019 and Herrera was this season’s men’s champion.

Men’s 8k Team Results:
1. Stanford 28; 2. Colorado 60; 3. Washington 66; 4. Oregon 139; 5. UCLA 164; 6. Washington State 171; 7. California 177; 8. Arizona 201; 9. Arizona State 238

Women’s 6k Team Results:
1. Stanford 30; 2. Colorado 50; 3. Washington 85; 4. Oregon State 100; 5. Utah 165; 6. Washington State 165; 7. California 192; 8. Arizona 201; 9. Arizona State 261; 10. UCLA 29

UP NEXT: The NCAA Championship Selection Show is Sunday, March 7, at 11 a.m. MT, and will be streamed on NCAA.com. The field will be made up of 31 teams.

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8 Replies to “CU Olympic Sports”

    1. I liked his tweet that this would be the first time he has traveled outside of the United States.
      That’s one way to get your passport stamped!

  1. Congratulations to the lacrosse team for defeating USC and advancing to the PAC-12 championship. Always nice to beat SC.

  2. Just in case you missed it
    The Lady Buffs soccer team plays Tuesday at 5 pm in the first
    round of the NCAA tourney,

    Its at 5 pm mountain time and will be shown
    on ncaa.com

    Go Buffs.

    Note They are pretty dang good

  3. It is totally clear those 100 AD wannabe’s are uneducated.
    Middle Note: I am allowed to say this because of the perception rule in the survey

    If you don’t know the Mighty Buffs…………………..you don’t now SH*T
    Sit down and shut up.

    Go buffs, Kick those teams arses.

    Middle Note: I am allowed to say this because of the perception rule in the survey

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