- University of Colorado skiers Mary Rose
(junior) and Rune Oedegaard
(sophomore) are recognized as CU Athlete of the Week for their athletic achievements for the week of Feb. 20-26.
Nordic skier Mary Rose turned in one of the most remarkable individual performances by a CU athlete in recent history when she took fifth place in the women's 15K classical race on the final day of the RMISA Championships at Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Mont. Entering the weekend as the No. 18 qualifier for the NCAA Championships (top 17 advance), Rose needed every bit of her first career top 10 finish to get the No. 17 spot, ensuring the Buffaloes full team to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Qualifying by just two points, the Steamboat Springs, Colo. (Steamboat Springs/SSWSC) native finished fifth place, racing to the finish with two Montana State skiers. Rose's previous career best performance was 13th. If she had she finished just 16.7 seconds slower, she would not have qualified for the Championships, taking place Mar. 7-10. With her performance, Rose's finish assures the Buffs as many as 40-50 extra points when the team returns to Montana for the NCAA Championships.
Nordic skier Rune Oedegaard won both the 10K freestyle and 20K classical race at the 2012 RMISA Championships, which doubles as the 2012 NCAA Western Regional. He became just the fourth CU men's Nordic skier to sweep regional races in the last 20 years, joining Bjorn Svensson (1993), Kit Richmond (2008), and Matt Gelso (2010). Oedegaard won his second and third straight races, marking five wins on the season and totaling podium appearances in nine consecutive races. He became just the sixth CU men's Nordic skier to win five races in a season since the sport went coed in 1983. He is also just one win away from matching the program best of six, held by Per Kare Jakobsen (1989) and Ove Erik Tronvoll (1999). The Molde, Norway (NTG Lillehammer/Molde Ski Club) native earned the No. 1 qualifying spot in the West in both freestyle and classical for the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
Also nominated for this week's award: Brianne Beemer (track & field), Chucky Jeffery (women's basketball), Julyette Steur (women's tennis), Derek Fribbs (men's golf), Richard Medina (track & field) and Andre Roberson (men's basketball).
Junior Brianne Beemer placed third in the pentathlon at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships to lead the University of Colorado on the first day of the meet. Recording 3,771 points, Beemer improved her personal best of 3,769 points. Running the 60-meter hurdles in 9.02 seconds, she followed that with clearing a height of five feet, 4.5 inches in the high jump, as well as throwing the shot put 34-01.50. Recording a jump of 17-03.50 in the long jump, Beemer finished the day with a first-place finish in the 800, clocking a time of 2:15.04. The second day of the meet, Beemer tied for 11th in the high jump, clearing a height of 5-6. Also running the 4x400-meter relay, Beemer placed sixth overall while finishing in a record time of 3:45.11.
Junior Chucky Jeffery averaged 15.5 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the Buffs road losses to No. 2 Stanford and California. She recorded her sixth double-double of the season, and first in Pac-12 play with 13 points and 13 rebounds against Stanford. She also had two assists and two steals. Jeffery had a game-high 18 points against Cal, hitting 8-of-16 from the floor.
Freshman Julyette Steur won two singles matches and a doubles match in Colorado's 1-1 week against Northern Colorado and Denver. The Buffaloes defeated UNC, 5-2, with Steur defeating Lizzie Tapia, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. At No. 1 doubles, she teamed with sophomore Kristina Schleich for an 8-1 win over Lizzie Tapia and Stephanie Catlin. The next day, Steur rallied from a set down to defeat Denver's Caroline Schnell, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 to record CU's one of two points in the 5-2 loss to the Pioneers. Steur earned her fifth and sixth singles wins, tying for the team-high in spring victories. Steur, who started her collegiate carrier in January, also picked up her second career win from rallying from a set down.
Junior Derek Fribbs helped the men's golf team tie for 13th place in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. Tying for 49th individually with a 5-over 221 total (73-77-71) on the 7,305-yard, par-72 Classic Club course layout.
Senior Richard Medina became the second fastest indoor 3,000-meter runner in CU history on Saturday afternoon at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships. Medina raced to a time of 7:53.02 to earn a third-place finish. The time also ranks third all-time in school history. His time only ranks behind former CU standout and Olympian Adam Goucher, who owns the top two times at 7:46.03 and 7:52.56; both set in 1998. Medina improved his personal record by more than 30 seconds. The 3K was Medina's first race of the indoor season and his first since the NCAA Cross Country Championships where he placed eighth to earn All-American honors. He was in the top five for the majority of the race and was third with about 1,000-meters to go. Medina was able to hang on for the bronze medal, holding off Cal's Collin Jarvis at the finish (7:53.43). Arizona's Lawi Lalang won the 3k in 7:44.48 and Oregon's Trevor Dunbar was second in 7:51.55. Medina's time was just shy of the NCAA Indoor Championships automatic qualifying time of 7:52.30.
Sophomore Andre Roberson averaged 13.0 rebounds and 8.5 points in Colorado's 1-1 week against Stanford and California. Roberson also averaged 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. Roberson led the Buffaloes on the glass with 11 boards and two blocks with nine points in CU's 74-50 loss to the Cardinal. Three days later, Roberson added eight points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in CU's 70-57 home finale victory over Cal. This marked Roberson's 23 double-digit rebounding game of the season and 19th time in his career with over 15 rebounds per game, leading the Buffs to a 15-4 record in those games.