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Cross Country: CU Buffs' transfer blows away field to win Rocky Mountain Shootout

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  1. RSSBot

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    Buffzone.com

    When Jake Hurysz ran by coach Heather Burroughs just past three miles at Saturday's Rocky Mountain Shootout, he was so far ahead that the trailing pack led by Blake Theroux and Martin Medina could barely be seen through the yellow cottonwoods that dot the Buffalo Ranch cross country course in south Boulder.

    Originally posted by Daily Camera
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  2. buffwings

    buffwings Club Member Club Member

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    football sucks, but at least we have a champion x-country team
     
  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Men and Women both finished 1st with strong showings.

    Given the current state of affairs, I find myself getting more and more into the Pac-12 mindset and focusing much more on Olympic Sports. There is actually quite a bit to cheer for with our OS programs.
     
  4. cmgoods

    cmgoods Olympic Sports Mod Club Member

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    Impressive from both teams and the women were without Kipp
     
  5. GoonieBuff

    GoonieBuff Not really Club Member

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    Some excellent performances, but the competition at this meet was lackluster like usual (which you can argue makes the good times just that more impressive, as there weren't many others pushing them). The top athletes on the teams (m&w) usually skip this one.
     
  6. cmgoods

    cmgoods Olympic Sports Mod Club Member

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    I admit I know nothing about cross country
     
  7. GoonieBuff

    GoonieBuff Not really Club Member

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    That's cool. Us XC junkies are always looking for more supporters, and the CU teams are worth following.
     
  8. cmgoods

    cmgoods Olympic Sports Mod Club Member

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    I like just about any sport. Unfortunately, I live in Atlanta and have Directv so I can't really watch any of their teams
     
  9. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    This is XC coach Mark Wetmore's 18th season as head coach of CU cross country. He is in a special category all of his own as the only D1 NCAA coach to have coached a woman's team national championship team (2000, 2004), a woman's individual national champion (2000), a men's national championship team (2001, 2004, 2006), and men's individual champions (1998, 2002, 2003) all at the same school. Five of CU's 18 NCAA national championship team titles have been delivered by Mark Wetmore. He has coached 10 athletes to individual NCAA national titles: Adam Goucher, Alan Culpepper, Sara (Gorton) Slattery, Kara Grgas-Wheeler,Jodie Hughes, Jorge Torres, Dathan Ritzenhein, Renee Metivier, Jenny Barringer and Emma Coburn, who have combinedfor 19 NCAA individual cross country, indoor and outdoor championships.

    Wetmore won the conference championship 25 times with thirteen men's conference titles and a dozen women's titles, including the men's and women's sweep of the Pac 12 last year.

    These accomplishments are all the more special when recognizing that CU teams do not recruit runners from other countries. You won't find Ethiopian or Kenyan ringers on the team, just good old home grown American talent, many of whom are from Colorado and the surrounding states.

    And, consider this. There are no scholarships for Cross Country. If a school wants to have a CC team, they have to build it out of the 12.7 men’s and 18 women’s Track and Field scholarships. With a roster of a little over 20 men and 20 women, there is not a lot of scholarship money to spread around. The majority of the runners have partial scholarships or are walk-ons. Few have full rides.

    Wetmore is a bit of a scientist in his approach to coaching. He tailors a training routine at the individual level. The general philosophy involves having a huge density of training, with the top runners putting in one hundred mile weeks in advance of cross country season. There is a fine line between gaining maximum mileage and minimizing injury. CU runners toe that line pretty closely.

    The cross country season itself is fairly short. There are 6 only meets. The Rocky Mountain Shootout and an open/alumni and time trial are the home races on the south campus. This is followed by a pre-NCAA invitational, a Pac 12 championship, a regional championship, and if all goes to plan, the national championships in late November.

    During the season, the athletes are coached to peak for the national championships. The science of peeking involves a measured amount of distance runs and sprints that builds on top of the density of long mileage that each athlete has built up over their careers.

    The races themselves are typically run on golf courses or on courses specifically designed for cross country racing, and usually include gravel and grass surfaces with various hills, tight corners, and straight aways. The men run 8 kilometers and the women run 5.8 kilometers.

    CU competes against other Cross Country powerhouses such as Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Washington and Stanford.


     
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  10. dio

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    Sounds like we have a great transfer from UNC - should set us up well to repeat as Pac-12 champs (on the mens side at least)
     
  11. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Yeah. Men look like they are in position to repeat as Pac-12 champs. Women are good, but they could finish 3rd and be considered the 3rd best squad in the country (Pac-12 is stacked this year in women XC).
     
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    You have to run a long way through trees and creeks and ****. In the NCAA Championship, men run 10K and ladies run 6K.
     
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    That winning time is legit. Potential top 5-10 finish at nationals if he stays healthy. Seems the men have missed that superstar (Goucher, Ritzenhein, Torres) in recent years.
     
  14. Clean Undies

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    I'm crossing my fingers that Ammar Moussa will become elite. I didn't see that he ran last weekend.
     
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    Back when my kid ran, Colorado high schools were pumping out some really good runners. I don't follow it much anymore. It seems like it is down a bit.
     
  16. Walter White

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    XC is so awesome. Pure sport. PURE SPORT. These guys/gals are warriors. I don't know why CU & Wetmore doesn't get more support, but i guess that adds to the attraction for me.
     
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    My dream is for one of my kids to run XC for CU. And if they're anythign like their old man....they haven't got a shot. But I can dream!
     
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    Walt Jr can barely walk, how the hell is he going to run?
     
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    Mr. White has two children.
     

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