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Cross Country- 2020 season pre and regular season news and results (At Pre-Nationals Sat., 10/19, 9:00 AM MT)

AztecBuff

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Article on today's races-


Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/10/19/cross-country-cu-men-place-second-women-third-at-ncaa-pre-nationals.aspx

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — In the final tune-up before the postseason, the University of Colorado cross country teams had a successful outing as the men placed second and the women took third Saturday at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational at LaVern Gibson Championships Cross Country Course.

The CU men, who were ranked third heading into the weekend, finished exactly where there were projected to on paper in the 8-kilometer race behind second-ranked BYU. The Buffs gave the Cougars a good run for their money, finishing just two points behind (81-83).

The women were also rated third in the latest poll, but finished third in their 6k race behind No. 8 Washington and No. 2 BYU.

"I would say we had more good races than bad," head coach Mark Wetmore said. "We had some races that were not perfect, but for this time of year, we are satisfied."

MEN'S RACE: John Dressel (left) and Joe Klecker (right) ran in the lead pack the entire race. The Buffs put together an excellent race. They had a 58-99 lead over BYU through the 3k split with all five scorers in the top 30. Through 5k, the advantage had been cut to 23 points (75-98), but CU still had four in the top 20. Unfortunately through the final 3k of the race, BYU was able to make up just enough ground to edge the Buffs by a pair of points.
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But the biggest performance on the men's side came from Kashon Harrison, who was 11th overall. Harrison finished just out of the top 10 in 23:37.0. He was just .2 of a second behind Iona's Johnjack Millar (23:36.8). Harrison also ran near the front of the field for the majority of the race. He was 14th through the first 3k and jumped up to fifth at 5k.
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"He's the star of the team this week," Wetmore said. "That was a beautiful race by him. He may be the best true freshman in the country. We have some important races yet to come, so we have to be careful about praising him too much."
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"Overall the men were a little better than I expected them to be," Wetmore said. "I know that Joe won't be thrilled with his race, Alex can run better – he may have been a little too aggressive early on. Austin is moving up through the team. This was the first time he put a uniform on; he's a true freshman. I think we can take another step or two in the remaining weeks of the season."

BYU's Conner Mantz was the individual winner, finishing in 23:20.8.

WOMEN'S RACE: Tabor Scholl placed 10th overall and was second for CU. The Buffs finished with 126 points, which was 38 points in front of seventh-rated Michigan (164). No. 8 Washington (84) defeated No. 2 BYU (87) by just three points.

CU was second to BYU after the 2k split (118-129), but after the 4k split, the Huskies jumped up from fifth to second. BYU led by two at 4k (96-98), while the Buffs were third with 127 points. UW would make a good push in the end to edge the Cougars by a narrow margin.

"We are pretty happy overall with how our people ran," Wetmore said. "Honestly we expected to be a little bit closer to those other two teams. And more bad news because they left some critical people out of their rosters today. We ran everyone we've got, and they have a couple of cards up their sleeves, both BYU and Washington."
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UP NEXT: The postseason begins as the Buffaloes head to the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, November 1, in Corvallis, Ore.
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Edit- Full results:

Women's blue ("A") race - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/10/19//PreNats_BlueWomen.pdf
Men's blue (A") race - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/10/19//PreNats_BlueMen.pdf
Women's open race - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/10/19//PreNats_OpenWomen.pdf
Men's open race - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/10/19//PreNats_OpenMen.pdf
 
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Rob DeVere

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As Mark Wetmore explained in an interview I watched the other day.
Those early races are as much for Wetmore to observe the strategy and talent of opponents, as for his own team. He is terrific in planning individual race day strategy for each of his runners, at the national finals. Guy has a phenomenal eye and memory for gauging races for both his teams and the opposition.
 

AztecBuff

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New coaches' polls have been released, and the Buff men remain at #3 (http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/10/featured/2019-ncaa-di-mens-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-week-5), while the women were moved down a couple spots to #5 (http://www.ustfccca.org/2019/10/featured/2019-ncaa-di-womens-cross-country-national-coaches-poll-week-5).

In spite of both those rankings being very good for most schools, this indicates:
  • Both teams will have to run their best at the upcoming Pac 12 Championships to compete for wins, as the Stanford men are tied with the Buffs at #3, while the CU women are behind #2 Stanford and #3 Washington.
  • The Buffs' NCAA Championship qualifying (Mountain) region also, as usual, is showing lots of strength, as the Buff men's #3 national ranking is also where they stand in their region, as 3-time defending champion Northern Arizona is ranked #1, while BYU is #2. On the women's side, the Buffs are also behind BYU, who is ranked #4.


 
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