GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.

X

CU Buffs cross country has strong showing at Battle Born Collegiate Challenge

Men place third and women come in fifth

In a final tune-up before the postseason begins, the Colorado cross country teams turned in a pair of top-five finishes at the Battle Born Collegiate Challenge on Friday at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

CU’s varsity teams ran in the yellow races, which were billed as the fastest of the meet. The No. 10 men finished third behind second-ranked Northern Arizona and fifth-rated Stanford. NAU recorded 20 points to win the race, while the Cardinal picked up 48 points. CU ended up with 70 points, besting fourth-place Southern Utah (101) by 31 points.

“Teams are juggling indoor track and cross country and using the weekends however they feel is best for their team to get their people to both nationals,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “So Iowa State was entered here and withdrew. BYU at one time was entered here and withdrew. Notre Dame also withdrew and the Washington men. So the faster men’s race was depleted a little bit over the last few weeks.”

In the women’s race, the No. 5 Buffaloes placed fifth with 102 points, but were just two points from third-place. No. 4 New Mexico won the meet with 60 points, while No. 6 Stanford was second with 85. No. 16 NAU came in third with 100 points and No. 4 Boise State was one point behind with 101 points.

Individually senior Eduardo ‘Lalo Herrera turned in the best performance for Colorado’s men in the 8-kilometer race, finishing third, while the women were led by graduate transfer Abby Nichols, who finished eighth in the women’s 6k race.

The postseason begins as Colorado heads to the Pac-12 Championships at University Place, Washington, March 5. The women will race first at 12 p.m. and the men will follow at 1 p.m.

BATTLE BORN COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE

Las Vegas (Craig Ranch Regional Park)

Yellow Men’s Race (8k)

Team Results

1. Northern Arizona 20; 2. Stanford 48; 3. Colorado 70; 4. Southern Utah 111; 5. CBU 153; 6. Boise State 154; 7. Colorado State 180; 8. Wyoming 187; 9. Nevada 287.

Individual Results (Top 10 Individuals of 87)

1. Abdihamid Nur, NAU, 22:30.1; 2. Nico Young, NAU, 22:30.7; 3. Eduardo Herrera, CU, 22:35.3; 4. Luis Grijalva, NAU, 22:35.4; 5. Blaise Ferro, NAU, 22:42.8; 6. Charles Hicks, SU, 22:57.9; 7. Alec Hornecker, CU, 23:10.6; 8. Brodey Hasky, NAU, 23:23.1; 9. Cole Sprout, SU, 23:23.6; 10. Devin Hart, SU, 23:24.4

Individual Results (CU Athletes Only)

16. Austin Vancil, 23:35.3; 17. Hunter Appleton, 23:35.5; 28. Jace Aschbrenner, 23:51.9; 37. Paxton Smith, 24:07.1; 41. Ethan Powell, 24:12.7; 59. Josh Torres, 24:43.0; 63. Caleb Neidnagel, 24:52.5; 70. Noah Hibbard, 25:11.5

Yellow Women’s Race (6k)

Team Results

1. New Mexico 60; 2. Stanford 85; 3. Northern Arizona 100; 4. Boise State 101; 5. Colorado 102; 6. Washington 132; 7. Colorado State 177; 8. Utah 242; 9. Washington State 256; 10. Southern Utah 258; 11. CBU 279; 12. Nevada 318.

Individual Results (Top 10 Individuals of 102)

1. Ella Donaghu, SU, 19:44.0; 2. Zofia Dudek, SU, 19:48.9; 3. Taryn O’Neill, NAU, 19:55.5; 4. Tyler Beling, BSU, 19:58.0; 5. Poppy Tank, Utah, 19:58.1; 6. Adva Cohen, UNM, 19:59.3; 7. Olivia Johnson, BSU, 20:02.5; 8. Abby Nichols, CU, 20:02.5; 9. Lily Tomasula-Martin, CSU, 20:02.6; 10. Gracelyn Larkin, UNM, 20:05.1

Individual Results (CU Athletes Only)

19. Madie Boreman, 20:16.8; 23. Elizabeth Constien, 20:25.5; 23. Micaela Degenero, 20:28.0; 28. Emily Covert, 20:34.7; 33. Annie Hill, 20:41.0; 37. Kaitlyn Barthell, 20:45.5; 51. Whitney Valenti, 21:06.9

Green Women’s Race (6k)

Team Results

1. Colorado 21; 2. Wyoming 45; 3. Embry-Riddle Arizona 97; 4. Dixie State 107; 5. UNLV 117.

Individual Results (Top 10 Individuals of 50)

1. Camille Jackson, CU, 20:57.2; 2. Kyla Christopher-Moody, CU, 21:05.2; 3. Katelyn Mitchem, Wyoming, 21:11.7; 4. Abi Archer, SU, 21:13.7; 5. Kaylee Bentley, Wyoming, 21:17.5; 6. Alisa Meraz-Fishbein, CU, 21:19.3; 7. Tiya Chamberlin, CU, 21:22.6; 8. Sarah O’Sullivan, CU, 21:31.9; 9. Olivia Brooks, CU, 21:39.9; 10. Carley Bennett, CU, 21:39.9.