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2020 track and field/ cross country off-season news and general discussion thread

AztecBuff

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The 2020 track and field seasons ended much earlier than fans and, even more so, the team wanted, so I thought it's time to start this thread for any news (and discussion of it) about the T&F/CC teams during this off-season.
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1st off, congrats to senior Dani Jones for being named one of only three women nationwide as finalists for the Coaches' Association's National track athlete of the year honor!


Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/3/20/...ed-national-athlete-of-the-year-finalist.aspx

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NEW ORLEANS – The honors keep rolling in for Colorado track and field senior Dani Jones after the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named her one of three finalists for the USTFCCCA National Women's Track Athlete of the Year Friday morning.

"Although I'm saddened by the abrupt end to the season, I'm honored to be named one of the three finalists for national athlete of the year," said Jones. "I'm especially thankful for the University of Colorado, my coaches, family and friends for their continued support."

Jones was the heavy favorite for the mile national title before all championships were canceled. She led the field by three seconds entering the meet after running the sixth-fastest time in NCAA history at the Wanamaker Mile in the 113th Millrose Games. On top of that, she also had the ninth-best time in the 5,000 after running with Makena Morley in Boston, as the duo ran virtually alone for the last few laps. Jones is the only female athlete in NCAA history in the top-10 in both the mile and 5,000.

In addition to her top-10 achievements, Jones was also ranked third in the 5,000 and fifth in the 800 in the nation. The senior was planning to attempt the mile/800 double where she would've been slated against another National Athlete of the Year Finalist in Nia Akins of Penn.

Jones became the third CU student-athlete named USTFCCA Regional Athlete of the Year during the indoor season earlier this month, joining Jenny Barringer in 2009 and Emma Coburn in 2013. The honor was just the eighth regional track athlete of the year for the squad all-time.

Jones was named the USTFCCCA Cross Country Athlete of the Year following her 2018 National Championship. She also became the fifth CU student-athlete with a USTFCCCA Regional and National Athlete of the Year honor, joining Barringer, Dathan Ritzenhein, Jorge Torres and Adam Goucher. She would be the only CU athlete to ever capture a cross country and track honor.

The other two finalists include Akins of Penn who was the national leader in the 800 after running the second-fastest time in NCAA history in February. They are joined by LSU's Tonia Marshall who had the nation's best time in the 60 hurdles after running the fifth-fastest 60 hurdles time ever, becoming the third-best performer in NCAA history. She also had the 11th and 12th fastest marks in NCAA history this season.
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Congrats to the 6 Buffs named indoor T&F All-Americans!


Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/5/26/track-and-field-six-named-to-indoor-all-america-team.aspx

Quoting the full article -
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Six Named To Indoor All-America Team

By: Shaun Wicen, Assistant SID
Release: May 26, 2020


NEW ORLEANS – Six track and field athletes for the University of Colorado have been named to the 2020 All-America team for the indoor track and field season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday afternoon.

Due to the cancellation of the indoor championships, the NCAA Division I Track & Field Committee decided to acknowledge all 671 accepted athletes that would've competed at the championships in March. The committee also decided to drop all distinctions of first-team or second-team along with honorable mention. In total, 119 institutions were honored.

Colorado athletes that earned All-America honors are: Dani Jones (800, Mile, DMR), Makena Morley (3,000, 5,000), Joe Klecker (3,000, 5,000), Karina Mann (DMR), Rachel McArthur (DMR) and Valerie Welch (DMR).

Jones was one of 10 women to earn three honors, while there were four on the men's side. Jones, along with Klecker and Morley, announced that they were foregoing the NCAA's allowed outdoor repeat in 2021 to train professionally.
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AztecBuff

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Congrats to Sage Hurta, Dani Jones, and Joe Klecker!


Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/5/30/...-cosida-academic-all-district-first-team.aspx

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BOULDER – The University of Colorado track and field program had three individuals named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Seven First Team, the association announced Friday evening.

The three Buffaloes selected are Sage Hurta, Joe Klecker and Dani Jones. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program is the longest-running and most prestigious academic and athletic award for student-athletes. All nominees must have a GPA of 3.30 or above and be a starter or important reserve.

Hurta, a returning Academic All-American, is a senior with a 3.97 GPA in chemical and biological engineering. In the fall of 2019, Hurta became just the second-ever CU female athlete to earn her fourth All-America honor in cross country. She also is the school record holder for the outdoor 800.

Jones, a four-time national champion, is a redshirt senior with a 3.33 GPA in psychology and speech, language and hearing sciences. This is her first All-District selection. She was one of 10 women that earned three All-America honors this indoor season.

Klecker, the NCAA cross country individual runner-up, is a redshirt senior with a 3.66 GPA in biochemistry. Klecker reset his own school record in the indoor 5,000 this season and broke the Colorado soil record in the mile at 4:01.00. This is his first All-District selection.

All three will automatically be eligible to become an Academic All-American. The District 7 is composed of 12 women and 13 men from Division I schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, ****braska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.
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Just wanted to mention that, per the article linked to below, Dani Jones is one of (a whopping) 605 female student-athletes across all 3 NCAA divisions who has been nominated for this year's "NCAA Woman of the Year award". (Per the article, 259 of the nominees are from D1, and per a quick webpage search, looks like 11 are from the Pac 12.)

Congrats to her, and best wishes as the selection process goes forward!

Article listing the nominees (dated today) - http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources...chools-announce-nominees-2020-ncaa-woman-year

Article describing the general selection process - http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/events/awards/ncaa-woman-year-nomination-and-award-process

(From the 1st article linked to above, the general process is -
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Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.

From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.
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Edit- Now see there was a Buff announcement on this -
 

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I know this forum doesn't get a whole lot of action or love - but I know that at least I really appreciate the work you put in to keep it updated @AztecBuff

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AztecBuff

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Heartfelt and brave article written by Buff runner Emily Venters.

Hope her recovery (both physical and psychological) continue, and she continues to gain the strength to handle any new challenges that arise!

 
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