BOULDER-Cross country runners Carrie Verdon and Jake Hurysz earned CU Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday for their athletic performances during the week Sept. 24-30. CU's Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Silk®, Horizon® and International Delight®.
Freshman Carrie Verdon led the way for the Buffs with a third-place finish in the women's 5.8 kilometer race on Saturday morning at the 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course. The Moraga, Calif., (Campolindo) native helped the Buffs win the Division I women's title with 19 points, besting second-place Wyoming's total of 58.
"That was a very nice run for Carrie," said coach Mark Wetmore of Verdon's 21:03 time. "Patient, closing, hard, that's among the top freshmen time ever here; particularly for a day that's getting a little warm."
Junior Jake Hurysz made his CU cross country debut by winning the 8-kilometer men's race of the Rocky Mountain Shootout in 24 minutes and 34 seconds. It was the fourth fastest men's time to ever be recorded at Buffalo Ranch behind record holder Jorge Torres (24:07, 2002) and Adam Goucher (24:12, 1998; 24:30, 1997).
Hurysz started the race with the lead and never let it go as he finished nearly half a minute in front of the next closest runners. His teammates, Blake Theroux and Martin Medina, were second and third, respectively, with the same time of 25:01. CU won the Division I team title with a perfect score of 15.
"It was fun," Hurysz said after the race. "I got to put the jersey on for the first time and it felt good to come out here and get a win and give a good effort."
This was the Mebane, N.C., (Eastern Alamance/North Carolina) native's first official race for the seventh-ranked Buffs after transferring to CU from North Carolina last January. After redshirting the track season, Hurysz previously competed unattached at the time trial four weeks ago and finished fourth with a time of 26:14.
Also nominated for this week's award: Nikki Lindow (volleyball), Ashley Tiefel (women's tennis), Jake Burstyn (men's golf) and David Oraee (men's golf).
Nikki Lindow recorded 15 kills and 11 blocks over the weekend in the volleyball team's two matches. She had 10 kills and four blocks in a four-set loss to Oregon State and also had five kills and seven blocks against No. 2 Oregon. The junior middle blocker averaged 1.57 blocks per set and 2.14 kills per set while attacking at a team-best .258.
Ashley Tiefel advanced to the finals of the Singles Flight 4, winning two matches at the five-team Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, the first fall tournament for women's tennis in 2012. Tiefel defeated Indiana's Gabrielle Rubenstein, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(5) in the opening round and then edged Claudia Escribens of Purdue in the semifinals, 6-3, 0-6, 1-0(7). Tiefel lost in the finals to Purdue's Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum, 6-4, 6-1. The sophomore was the only CU player to claim victory on the singles court on Friday and Saturday for the Buffs. She is 4-2 over the last two years in fall singles play and improved her three-set record to 2-0 over her career.
Senior Jason Burstyn and sophomore David Oraee both tied for seventh individually and helped the men's golf team to a runner-up finish at the 58th Annual New Mexico Tucker Invitational last week. It was just the third time Colorado finished second in the tournament. In the first round, Burstyn shot a 68 and Oraee a 69, but both carded 73's in the second round. Oraee finished with a 75 and Burstyn a 76 in the third round, and both ended with a 1-over par 217 total.