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Heather Burroughs
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Colorado
Phone: (303) 492-5227
Email: heather.burroughs@colorado.edu

Colorado's first female three-time cross country All-American, Heather Burroughs begins her 11th season on the staff of her alma mater assisting coach Mark Wetmore with the men's and women's teams. Since joining the staff, she has assisted with 13 conference championship teams, five NCAA championships teams and 104 All-Americans. Burroughs was promoted to associate head coach following the 2011 season where the Buffs swept the inaugural Pac-12 Cross Country Championships to win the conference's first two team championships.

       In Burroughs' 10 track seasons assisting the men's and women's middle and long distance runners, CU athletes have made an impact at the conference, NCAA, American and world levels on the track. To date, 35 have captured individual conference titles and 55 have earned All-American accolades. The women have won 10 individual NCAA titles and broke six collegiate records. Since 2007, CU runners have won four U.S. outdoor titles. They have earned four individual berths on U.S. outdoor world championship teams as well as three individual berths on the U.S. Olympic team. In 2014, USA Track and Field named her the USA Co-Coach of the Year.

       During Burroughs' CU cross country career, she was a top-five and all-conference finisher in 1994, ‘95, ‘97 and ‘98 with a runner-up finish in ‘95. She claimed all-district honors those same seasons and was an All-American in 1994, ‘95 and ‘98. The Buffs finished in the top four of the NCAA in three of those seasons, including a runner-up finish in 1995.

       On the track, she was the Big 8 Conference Women's Indoor Track Newcomer of the Year in 1995. She won one conference individual title, scored in 15 conference races and was an indoor 5,000-meter All-American in 1998. Burroughs qualified for six NCAA indoor and outdoor races during her career.

       Burroughs was born in Kansas City, Kan. and attended Pembroke Hill High School. She graduated from CU in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology.

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