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Release: November 12, 2011
By: CUBuffs.com
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PROVO, Utah- The No. 3 University of Colorado women's cross country team tied for first at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon, while the No. 4 men's team placed second, also earning a trip to nationals.

"The goal of this meet is always to get through to nationals and the second goal is to get through in the top two spots," coach Mark Wetmore said. "We got what we needed today and we are ready to get back to work."  

The women recorded 84 points to tie with No. 19 New Mexico in the 6-kilometer race at East Bay Golf Course. This is the 11th time in school history that the Buffs have won the women's title as well as the fifth time in the last 10 years. The men finished just six points behind third-ranked BYU which recorded 49 points. No. 12 Northern Arizona was a close third with 69 points in the race. CU's men have not finished below second at the regional meet since placing fifth in 1991.

For the fourth time this season, the women were led by Shalaya Kipp. She was fourth overall, crossing the finish line in 20 minutes, 59.7 seconds. Kipp was 24.5 seconds behind the winner, UTEP's Risper Kimaiyo, who finished in 20:35.2.

Emma Coburn had a great race for the Buffs and placed fifth overall. She clocked a time of 21:00.00, just behind Kipp. The pair was able to hold off UNM's top runner, Ruth Senior, who placed seventh overall (21:05.8). If she had placed any higher the Lobos would have won the meet.

"Shalaya and Emma both looked good and looked to have another gear if they needed it," Wetmore said. "I'm sure they will be ready to run in nine days and do what we need them to do again to be successful."

The women also had a strong showing from Camille Logan who earned a 19th-place finish (21:36.0). Katie Cumming came in fourth for CU, 27th overall (21:51.8) and Lara Darco rounded out the team score with a 29th-place finish (21:59.2).

Also running for the Buffs were Rachel Baptista and Rachel Viger. Baptista finished 37th (22:15.8) overall and Viger came in 41st (22:22.9).

On the men's side Richard Medina and Andy Wacker continued to lead the Buffs. Medina was sixth overall, finishing the 10k race in 30:36.7. Wacker was just slightly behind Medina and took seventh in 30:37.9. BYU's Miles Batty won the race in 30:09.3.

"Richard and Andy did what we needed them to do which was finish in the top ten today," Wetmore said. "They both looked good and will be rested and ready to go in nine days."

Christian Thompson had a strong race, finishing in 12th overall at 30:50.8. Martin Medina was hot on his trail and was 1.8 seconds behind Thompson, placing 13th overall (31:01.6). Ammar Moussa was the fifth Buff scorer and the highest placing freshman to finish the race. He took 17th overall, crossing the tape 5.7 seconds behind Martin Medina (31:07.3).

"Ammar is having a very nice freshman year," Wetmore said. "This was his first 10k, track or cross country race, and it was at altitude. He did very well and moved up through the race nicely. Now he has a 10k in the bank and will be ready for the next one."

The other Buffs running at the meet were Blake Theroux and Jonny Stevens. Theroux placed 26th (31:17.2) and Stevens was 54th (32:04.7).

CU's women earned three all-region honors (Kipp, Coburn and Logan) and the men recorded five (Richard Medina, Wacker, Thompson, Martin Medina and Moussa) as the top 25 finishers in each race are award that honor.

The 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships are Monday, November 21 at the La Vern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

2011 NCAA MOUNTAIN REGION CHAMPIONSHIP

East Bay Golf Course (Provo, Utah)

 

MEN'S 10K TEAM SCORES

1.  BYU, 49; 2. Colorado, 55; 3. Northern Arizona, 69; 4. New Mexico, 178; 5. Southern Utah, 187; 6. Weber State, 190; 7. Utah State, 191; 8. U.S. Air Force Academy, 199; 9. Wyoming, 218; 10. Colorado State, 227; 11. UTEP, 232; 12. New Mexico State, 296; 13. Montana State, 345; 14. Utah Valley, 401; 15. Idaho State, 419; 16. Montana, 457; 17. Texas Tech, 493.  

MEN'S FINISHERS (Top 25):

1. Miles Batty, BYU, 30:09.3; 2. Cameron Levins, SUU, 30:11.5; 3. Ross Millington, UNM, 30:24.8; 4. Deigo Estrada, NAU, 30:30.8; 5. Jordan Chipangama, NAU, 30:33.3; 6. Richard Medina, CU, 30:36.7; 7. Andy Wacker, 30:37.9; 8. Rex Shields, BUY, 30:42.2; 9. Jared Ward, BYU, 30:42.5; 10. Brian McKenna, USU, 30:43.3; 11. Tim Freriks, NAU, 30:52.7; 12. Christian Thompson, 30:59.8; 13. Martin Medina, 31:01.6; 14. Elkana Rotich, UTEP, 31:03.2; 15. Jason Witt, BYU, 31:03.4; 16. Curtis Carr, BYU, 31:03.7; 17. Ammar Moussa, 31:07.3; 18. Nate Jewkes, SUU, 31:07.6; 19. Paul Burke, UW, 31:07.9; 20. Justice Chirchir, UTEP, 31:12.1; 21. James Walmsley, USAFA, 31:14.0; 22. Garrett Zans, UW, 31:15.1; 23. Sean Stam, UNM, 31:15.5; 24. Matt Coloe, NAU, 31:15.8; 25. Andrew Belus, NAU, 31:16.1.

 

Other CU Finishers: 26. Blake Theroux, 31:17.2; 54. Jonny Stevens, 32:04.7

 

WOMEN'S 6K TEAM SCORES

1. Colorado, 84; 1. New Mexico, 84; 3. Weber State, 135; 4. BYU, 140; 5. Colorado State, 154; 6. Texas Tech, 191; 7. Northern Arizona, 204; 8. Utah, 221; 9. Idaho State, 242; 10. New Mexico State, 278; 11. Southern Utah, 299; 12. Wyoming, 317; 13. U.S. Air Force Academy, 320; 14. UTEP, 367; 15. Montana State, 377; 16. Montana, 412; 17. Utah Valley, 438; 18. Utah State, 445; 19. Nevada, 516.

 

WOMEN'S FINISHERS (Top 25):

1. Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP, 20:35.2; 2. Morgan Haws, BYU, 20:53.2; 3. Rose Tanui, TTU, 20:54.0; 4. Shalaya Kipp, CU, 20:59.7; 5. Emma Coburn, CU, 21:00.00; 6. Amber Henry, WBU, 21:04.0; 7. Ruth Senior, UNM, 21:05.8; 8. Courtney Schultz, NMSU, 21:09.8; 9. Amanda Mergaert, UU, 21:14.5; 10. Diana Medina, SUU, 21:16.0; 11. Caroline Jepleting, TTU, 21:20.3; 12. Bradi Hutchingson, ISU, 21:21.0; 13. Sarah Waldron, UNM, 21:21.3; 14. Alyssa Abbott, UU, 21:29.8; 15. Nicole Peters, CSU, 21:30.5; 16. Rochelle Kanuho, NAU, 21:30.9; 17. Kortnee Burton, NAU, 21:31.8; 18. Purity Biwott, TTU, 21:34.5; 19. Camille Logan, CU, 21:36.0; 20. Natalie Gray, UNM, 21:39.4; 21. Kirsty Milner, UNM, 21:41.7; 22. Sarah Callister, WBU, 21:46.7; 23. Imogen Ainsworth, UNM, 21:47.8; 24. Ellie Keyser, CSU, 21:48.6; 25. Katy Andrews, BYU, 21:50.8.

 

Other CU Finishers: 27. Katie Cumming, 21:51.8; 29. Lara Darco, 21:59.2; 37. Rachel Baptista, 22:15.8; 41. Rachel Viger, 22:22.9

 

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