Kyle MacIntosh is a part of the family now.

The freshman sprinter from Littleton will represent Colorado at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter relay along with Buffs brothers Jeremy Dodson, Quinton Dodson and A.J. Whitaker.

"Kyle is our step brother. He`s our brother from another (mother)," Whitaker said with a smile before a recent practice at Potts Field. "We remember Kyle when he was little running track. He has always been fast. There was no breaking of the ice, we already knew each other and he just flows right in."

The quartet posted their best time of the season (39.91 seconds) at the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas, to earn an automatic bid to the national championships, which begin today in Eugene, Ore.

"It`s awesome," MacIntosh said. "It`s a really good experience. They all get along well and have that chemistry."

With three siblings on the team and the unofficial adoption of MacIntosh, the CU relay team will bring some natural unity to the starting line for the semifinal, which is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. today.

"A lot of it is very good," CU sprints coach Drew Morano said of having three brothers on a relay team. "They have been doing handoffs all their lives together and there`s not a learning curve as far as that goes. Obviously, there is the bickering that goes on amongst brothers and everything like that. But they are all very focused and they all want it for each other.

"It`s just as special to Jeremy as it is to everyone else.


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I think he was happier for his brothers getting to nationals than he was for himself."

Jeremy Dodson is on the short list of greatest sprinters in CU history. The senior holds the school record in the 200 -- both indoor and outdoor -- and will compete for a national title in his signature event this weekend after winning his heat at the regionals with a season-best time of 20.40.

"I wish I could have done more," Jeremy Dodson said of a stellar collegiate career that likely would have been even more impressive if not for injuries. "I wanted to be the top guy, the top sprinter at CU that everyone remembers. But I`m pretty proud of what I`ve done so far and looking forward to the future to come."

Jeremy Dodson failed to qualify for nationals in the 100, but that could prove to be a blessing in disguise if he is able to cross the finish line with a personal record in the 200.

"The national title is well within reach," Morano said. "It`s something he has been pushing for all year, it has been his motivation. There is some very good competition out there and he has raced a lot of it already. If he has a great day ... first off we want to get through to the finals, then once we`re there Jeremy needs to run Jeremy`s race and good things will happen."

Dodson`s decision to transfer from Arkansas to CU has helped balance Mark Wetmore`s track and field program, which has always been known for producing dominant long-distance runners.

"Jeremy definitely changed the game on them," said Whitaker, who is the Dodson`s half-brother. "We`re trying to continue that trend. When you get that caliber of a long distance team, I don`t see why we can`t win the Big 12`s the next two years if we just step it up as sprinters."

Whitaker and Quinton Dodson are sophomores, which means Jeremy Dodson will be passing the black and gold baton to them after graduating and turning professional later this year.

"We`re not going to fill his shoes," Quinton Dodson said. "We just want to maintain a good reputation for the school and for ourselves also."

The finals for the 400 relay and the 200 will be contested on Saturday within 40 minutes of one another. Oh, brother!

"At regionals people were saying, 'I never knew Colorado had sprinters.` Now they know my name, and I hope from now on we will have a well-rounded team at Colorado," Jeremy Dodson said of his legacy. "Other coaches from around the nation know I`m national championship caliber (in the 200) if I put it down. Going into this meet, I`m trying to do something great. ...

"My brothers help keep me focused and give me that motivation to push us a little bit more. I don`t want to hear their mouth when I go in the stands about getting second place or getting third place. They know I can do better because they see me every day."