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CU’s Klecker follows up Pac-12 cross country title with national honor

Colorado senior Joe Klecker was named the USTFCCCA Div. I National Athlete of the Week on Monday, just days after securing the Pac-12 individual title to become the first CU athlete to accomplish the feat.

Klecker won the conference title and led Colorado to its seventh Pac-12 team title in nine years, it’s first since 2016. He finished the eight-kilometer race in 23 minutes, 2.7 seconds, edging out Oregon’s Cooper Teare by three seconds (23:05.7).

He is the first individual men’s conference winner for the Buffs since Brent Vaughn won the 2007 Big 12 crown.