The Colorado cross country teams rolled at the Colorado State Invitational on Friday night. The men's team took nine of the top 10 positions in the 5-kilometer race, while the women had seven in the top 10 of their 5k run.
Sophomore Ryan Forsyth led the CU men with a 14 minute, 58 second finish for his first collegiate victory. Forsyth was one second in front of the runner-up and two seconds in front of a trio of Buffaloes who finished the race in 15:00. Junior Zach Perrin was the first of those three to cross the finish and was followed by redshirt freshman Joe Klecker and junior Adam Peterman.
Senior Ben Saarel was racing unattached, but had a strong sixth place finish (15:01) in front of sophomore Ethan Gonzales (15:01, seventh place). Another Buff not in uniform was sophomore John Dressel, who clocked in at 15:01 for eighth overall.
The women's team placed two uniformed runners in the top 10, but also had a strong showing with five unattached athletes finishing in the top 10. Senior Carrie Verdon was the top uniformed athlete for the women, crossing the finish third overall in 17:36. Sophomore Mackenzie Caldwell was the next Buff in uniform to finish, placing seventh with a time of 17:36.
The second place overall finisher at the meet was CU freshman Sage Hurta (not in uniform), who completed the race in 17:35. She finished just slightly ahead of a pair of CU All-Americans, junior Kaitlyn Benner and senior Erin Clark, who were also racing unattached. Benner was fourth (17:36), while Clark was fifth (17:36).
Colorado State Invitational
Women's 5k Results
3. Carrie Verdon, 17:36; 7. Mackenzie Caldwell, 17:36; 12. Eryn Blakely, 17:59; 21. Lucy May, 18:30; 25. Melanie Nun, 18:37
Men's 5k Results
1. Ryan Forsyth, 14:58; 3. Zach Perrin, 15:00; 4. Joe Klecker, 15:00; 5. Adam Peterman, 15:00; 7. Ethan Gonzales, 15:01; 10. Christian Martin, 15:09; 18. Paul Miller, 15:18; 23. Nick Harris, 15:24; 25. Chris Herrick, 15:24; 32. Reilly Friedman, 15:32; 44. Justice Ramos, 15:41; 55. Luke Sheesley, 15:53