TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Laura Tremblay and Shalaya Kipp earned All-American status as the University of Colorado women's cross country team placed sixth overall at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Monday at the La Vern Gibson Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
The men's team placed 15th overall and also had a pair of All-Americans in Joe Bosshard and Andy Wacker.
Tremblay had the best finish by a Buffalo on the afternoon by placing 23rd overall in the women's 6-kilometer race. She crossed the finish in 20 minutes, 39.2 seconds. The finish is a huge improvement for her as she was 199th a year ago at nationals.
"I feel really good," Tremblay said. "We wanted to come here and run really well. This is so much better than last year and it is an amazing improvement."
Kipp, who just completed her first cross country season, just barely captured her first All-American honor by finishing 40th (the top 40 earn the award). She crossed the finish in 20:53.8 and just edged Florida State's Jennifer Dunn by .01 second for the placing.
Emma Coburn and Laura Thweatt were the third and fourth runners for the Buffs. Coburn placed 53rd (21:01.8) and Thweatt was 58th (21:03.0). Katie Cumming rounded out CU's score; she was 215th and ran a time of 22:28.6 despite losing a shoe in the beginning of the race.
Rachel Viger and Camille Logan also raced at nationals. Viger placed 225th and Logan was 227th. Logan also had the same misfortune as Cumming and lost her shoe in the first part of the race.
This is the best team finish for the women since 2006 when they placed second. CU was 23rd in 2007 and 20th in 2009. The Buffs did not qualify for the championship in 2008.
"We started out as an underdog this season, but all in all we did fantastic today," Tremblay said. "We wanted to do better and podium, but we did better than our ranking and I'm proud of that."
CU came into nationals as the eighth best team in the country and recorded 314 points for their sixth-place finish. Villanova, which had been ranked No.1 all season, won the meet with 120 points. VU's Sheila Reid won the women's individual crown in 20:06.9.
"The women came in ranked eighth and we thought that maybe we would have a shot at fourth if they ran well," coach Mark Wetmore said. "The front four indeed ran pretty well, at least B+ races. I'm happy for Laura Tremblay and Shalaya Kipp to earn All-American certificates.."
The men were led by Bosshard. He earned his first cross country All-American honor with a 26th-place finish in the 10k competition. Bosshard was in the top pack for most of the race and helped to push the pace throughout. He crossed the finish in 30:20.4.
"He has been healthy and has trained pretty soundly," Wetmore said about Bosshard's performance this season. "He has all of the attributes of being a top level runner. We just have to be patient."
Behind Bosshard was CU's fourth All-American of the day, Wacker, who placed 37th. His time was 30:28.1. The duo has been leading the Buffs all season and this meet was no different.
"It's a really huge honor to be an All-American," Wacker said. "It adds to the tradition of our team. It's a huge honor and feels really nice. I was in the top-10 for awhile, but I hung in there and met a big goal of mine."
Christian Thompson was the third Buff across the finish and was 90th overall. Thompson's time was 31:04.1. Matt Tebo, who was the only senior on the team, placed 109th overall (31:17.6). Aric Van Halen was the No. 5 harrier for CU and was 177th, finishing in 31:56.9.
Cameron Clayton and Matt Biegner were the non-scoring members of the team. Clayton placed 210th (32:24.8) and Biegner was 234th (33:03.0).
CU was tied for seventh heading into the race and picked up 366 points. Oklahoma State, the reigning NCAA Champion, won its second straight title with 73 points. Florida State was the runner-up with 193 points. Liberty's Sam Chelanga won the individual title with a time of 29:22.2.
"We thought we could be in the top four but besides the top two guys, we did not run well and that is on me," Wetmore explained.
The women and men each lose just one runner from this season's squad, making the future bright for the CU Buffs.
2010 NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
Monday, November 22
Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course
Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, Terre Haute, Ind.
MEN'S TEAM TOP-10 10K RESULTS (of 31 teams):
1. Oklahoma State, 73; 2. Florida State, 193; 3. Wisconsin, 223; 4. Stanford, 237; 5. Oklahoma, 281; 6. Oregon, 289; 7. Indiana, 298; 8. Iona, 303; 9. Northern Arizona, 317; 10. Arkansas, 329; 15. Colorado, 366.
MEN'S TOP-10 INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS:
1. Samuel Chelanga, Liberty, 29:22.2; 2. Stephen Sambu, Arizona, 29:26.5; 3. Luke Puskedra, Oregon, 29:38.0; 4. Leonard Korir, Iona, 29:42.0; 5. Chris Derrick, Stanford, 29:44.7; 6. Jake Riley, Stanford, 29:45.0; 7. Girma Mecheso, Oklahoma State, 29:47.5; 8. German Fernandez, Oklahoma State, 29:49.3; 9. Colby Lowe, Oklahoma State, 29:57.6; 10. Matthew Centrowitz, Oregon, 30:01.1.
OTHER COLORADO FINISHERS:
26. Joseph Bosshard, 30:20.4; 37. Andrew Wacker, 30:28.1; 90. Christian Thompson, 31:04.1; 109. Matthew Tebo, 31:17.6; 177. Aric Vanhalen, 31:56.9; 210. Cameron Clayton, 32:24.8; 234 Matt Biegner, 33:03.0.
WOMEN'S 6K RESULTS (of 31 teams):
1. Villanova, 120; 2. Florida State, 154; 3. Texas Tech, 165; 4. Georgetown, 167; 5. New Mexico, 227; 6. Colorado, 314; 7. Stony Brook, 334; 8. Iowa State, 341; 9. Providence, 343; 10. Syracuse, 347.
WOMEN'S TOP-10 INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS:
1. Sheila Reid, Villanova, 20:06.9; 2. Emily Infeld, Georgetown, 20:09.2; 3. Jordan Hasay, Oregon, 20:13.0; 4. Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP, 20:16.1; 5. Rose Tanui, Texas Tech, 20:17.6; 6. Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook, 20:19.2; 7. Holly Van Dalen, Stony Brook, 20:19.3; 8. Megan Hogan, George Washington, 20:19.6; 9. Pilar McShine, Florida State, 20:24.4; 10. Amanda Marino, Villanova, 20:26.1.
OTHER COLORADO FINISHERS:
23. Laura Tremblay, 20:39.2; 40. Shalaya Kipp, 20:53.8; 53. Emma Coburn, 21.01.8; 58. Laura Thweat, 21:03.0; 215. Katie Cumming, 22:28.6; 225. Rachel Viger, 22:41.3; 227. Camille Logan, 22:45.
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