The University of Colorado recorded a pair of runner-up team finishes on Saturday t the NCAA Pre-National Invitational at E. P. 'Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

The seventh-ranked men's team finished second to No. 2 BYU. The Cougars tallied a score of just 41 points, while the Buffs totaled 118 points. CU finished ahead of Pac-12 rival, No. 8 Oregon, which picked up 129 points.

The top-rated women suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to second-ranked Oregon, 63-91. No. 9 Arkansas came in third overall (148).

Racing without two-time All-American John Dressel, the CU men still turned in a solid performance in the 8-kilometer race. Joe Klecker led the team with a ninth-place finish (23 minutes and 20.9 seconds), improving on his 24th place finish in 2016.

"Some of our men ran very well. We are running without John and we'll have to see if we will be able to bring him back in time to help us in two weeks," Colorado coach Mark Wetmore said. "One guy had an off day, Zach, and then the other guys ran pretty well. So we have 3/5's or 4/7's of a team that can get better in the next couple of weeks."

Ryan Forsyth also turned in his best pre-nats performance, finishing 11th in 23:23.2. He led the Buffs last season with a 15th place finish.

The women were led by Dani Jones, who came in third overall, her highest ever finish at the meet. She clocked in at 19:33.7, just over five seconds behind the winner, New Hampshire's Elinor Purrier (19:28.5).


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Jones was the only Buff to place in the top-10 as the next scorer for the Buffs was Sage Hurta at 17th (20:13.1), improving from 36th in 2016. Makena Morley was third for the Buffs, placing 21st (20:17.2), an improvement from 26th last season, and Kaitlyn Benner took 23rd (20:19.7).

"We knew going in that Oregon was very good and it was quite possible they would beat us; they beat us in the NCAA 11 months ago. We have a couple little tactical mistakes, which maybe we can fix and maybe not, it depends," Wetmore said. "We have some people who have tendencies towards repeating certain mistakes. So Coach (Heather) Burroughs and I will talk to them, maybe strictly, to see if we can solve that by the Pac-12."

2017 NCAA Pre-National Invitational

At Louisville, Ky. (E. P. 'Tom' Sawyer Park)

Men

Team scores — 1. BYU 41; 2. Colorado 118; 3. Oregon 129; 4. Virginia Tech 148; 5. Ole Miss 193; 6. Utah State 312; 7. Texas 317; 8. Campbell 340; 9. Arkansas 374; 10. Liberty 383; 11. Charlotte 400; 12. Tennessee 430; 13. Weber State 436; 14. Georgetown, 446; 15. Notre Dame 450; 16. Gonzaga 478; 17. Georgia 533; 18. Boston U. 547; 19. Pittsburgh 548; 20. Dayton 563.

Top 10 individuals — 1. Rory Linkletter, BYU, 23:08.4; 2. Peter Seufer, Va. Tech, 23:10.4; 3. Amon Kemboi, Campbell, 23:11.1; 4. Azaria Kirwa, Liberty, 23:11.4; 5. Dillon Maggard, Utah State, 23; 6. Connor McMillan, BYU, 23:13.2; 7. Casey Clinger, BYU, 23:17.0; 8. Johnathan Green, Georgetown, 23:19.0; 9. Joe Klecker, Colorado, 23:20.9; 10. Brian Barraza, Houston, 23:22.1.

CU Individual Red Race Results — 11. Ryan Forsyth, 23:23.2; 14. Eduardo Herrera, 23:25.3; 41. Adam Peterman, 23:49.8; 45. Ethan Gonzales, 23:53.2; 63. Zach Perrin, 24:10.8.

Women

Team scores — 1. Oregon 63; 2. Colorado 91; 3. Arkansas 148; 4. Utah State 214; 5. Michigan 235; 6. Georgia 236; 7. BYU 273; 8. Eastern Kentucky 299; 9. Ole Miss 360; 10. Northern Arizona 387; 11. Virginia Tech 389; 12. Louisville 416; 13. Ohio State 455; 14. Duke 465; 15. Arizona 518; 16. Portland 523; 17. Toledo 555; 18. Abilene Christian 561; 19. Northwestern 566; 20. Wake Forest 570.

Top 10 individuals — 1. Elinor Purrier, New Hampshire, 19:28.5; 2. Karissa Schweizer, Missouri, 19:29.7; 3. Dani Jones, Colorado 19:33.7; 4. Katie Rainsberger, Oregon, 19:42.1; 5. Charlotte Imer, Eastern Kentucky, 19:48.9; 6. Caroline Sang, Charlotte, 19:58.0; 7. Lilli Burdon, Oregon, 20:00.6; 8. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas, 20:00.9; 9. Alyssa Snyder, Utah State, 20:03.0; 10. Winny Koech, UTEP, 20:03.3.

CU Individual Red Race Results — 17. Sage Hurta, 20:13.1; 21. Makena Morley, 20:17.2; 23. Kaitlyn Benner, 20:19.7; 36. Madie Boreman, 20:32.0; 38. Tabor Scholl, 20:32.6; 74. Brianna Schwartz, 20:58.4.