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Avery McMullen, Ella Baran earn All-American honors for CU Buffs at NCAA indoor championships


It wasn’t a large contingent of athletes representing Colorado at the NCAA indoor track and field championships this season.

Yet Avery McMullen and Ella Baran made sure it was a successful final for the Buffaloes.

Both athletes earned All-American honors on Friday as the Buffs competed at the indoor championships in Albuquerque.

McMullen finished 12th in the pentathlon to earn second team All-American honors, the second All-American award of her CU career. A senior from Franklin, Tenn., McMullen is the CU record holder in the pentathlon and 60-meter hurdles, and she finished eighth in the pentathlon at the NCAA indoor championships last year.

McMullen recorded 4,149 points, posting her best finishes in the high jump (1.75 meters, seventh).

Baran was the Division III one-mile indoor national champion last year at Johns Hopkins before transferring to CU. She now is a two-time All-American honoree at the Division I level after finishing 15th overall in the 5K with a time of 16 minutes, 48.53 seconds. Baran received second team All-American honors, as she did last fall at the NCAA cross country championships after finishing 30th.

The Buffs had a lone men’s competitor in the field, Isaiah Givens in the one mile, but he was a late scratch after falling ill on Thursday night.