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NCAA Cross Country Champions
By: CUBuffs.com
Jamie Oleksiew led the Buffs to tie for 16th.
Buffs Finish Ninth At Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Release: October 09, 2013
By: Marlee Horn, Assistant SID
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SAMMAMISH, Wash. – The University of Colorado women’s golf team improved in the final two rounds on Monday and Tuesday to finish ninth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The Buffaloes jumped up three spots from their first round performance, finishing 54-over par 918 (316-297-305).

After rough conditions, including hail and rain, in the opening rounds, three Buffs completed their final hole Tuesday morning. CU concluded the second round with two pars and double bogey, to place the squad in 10th place. In their final round, led by a 1-over par performance by sophomore Jamie Oleksiew, the Buffs shot 17-over par 305 to move up to the ninth spot.  

“Today we just could never really get on a roll,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “Jamie had a horrible first hole. She made a nine (on the par 4 No. 10), but then ended up shooting 1-over for the day, which is probably one of the best comebacks of anybody I’ve seen that’s had a rough hole like that to start the round. Kristin Coleman played pretty solid. She was probably the most consistent player for us this week. We definitely have some things to work on.”

The Pac-12 Conference was well represented in the top of the standings, with four Pac-12 schools finishing in the top five. Proving just how difficult the par-72, 6,039-yard course at Sahalee Country Club is, top-finishing Stanford was the only team that shot under par. Though the Cardinal shot 7-over par 295 in the final round (the best final round score), strong opening rounds helped the squad to a 1-under par 863 finish. Stanford held a 28 stroke lead over its nearest competitor, host team Washington, who finished 26-over par 890. After falling to fifth place in the second round, UCF returned to third place, shooting 34-over par 898. Oregon and California rounded out the top five, with final scores of 39-over par 903 and 42-over par 906, respectively.   

After struggling on the 10th hole (a hole she had shot on even par on in the opening two rounds), Oleksiew made a strong comeback on her final 17 holes. She recorded four birdies in the third round to post her best performance of the tournament, a 1-over par 73. Oleksiew jumped 15 spots to tie for 16th, with a final score of 9-over par 225 (78-74-73).

Senior Jenny Coleman matched her first round score of 6-over par 78 on the final day. Though she recorded two double bogeys on Tuesday (the first to conclude the second round), nine total birdies helped keep her in the top 30. Coleman shot a total of 13-over par 229 (78-73-78) to tie for 29th place.

Close behind was her twin, Kristin Coleman, who tied for 32nd with a 14-over par 230 final score. Coleman had one of the most consistent performances in the tournament. After shooting 5-over par 77s in the first two rounds, Coleman trimmed a stroke in the third for a 4-over par 76. Though she struggled on the par 4 hole 1, double bogeying in each round, Coleman did find other successes in the third round, as she birdied on two holes which she had previously bogeyed.

Sophomore Alexis Keating shot 6-over par 78 in the final round, tying her for 39th individually and giving her a total of 18-over par 234 (83-73-78). Classmate Allie Zech placed 63rd, shooting 33-over par 249 (83-80-86). Zech had her most difficult round on the final day, hitting two double bogeys and 10 bogeys for a 14-over par 86 third round finish.  

Though the top five individuals remained the same on the final day, there was some movement in their final placing. Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse took over the top spot from teammate Mariko Tumangan. Stackhouse and Tumangan were the only two individuals to finish under par, shooting 7-under par 209 (68-70-71) and 4-under par 212 (71-68-75), respectively. UC Davis’ Bev Vantananugulkit held down the third place, finishing 1-over par 217. Washington’s SooBin Kim moved up a spot to claim fourth place with a 3-over par 219. Oregon’s Caroline Inglis rounded out the top five with a 5-over par final card of 71-73-77—221.

The Buffs will next head to Hilo, Hawaii for the Pac-12 Fall Preview. The tournament runs from Monday, Nov. 4 to Tuesday, Nov. 5.

BUFFALOES INDIVIDUALS

t-16.

Jamie Oleksiew

78-74-73—225

t-29.

Jenny Coleman

78-73-78—229

t-32.

Kristin Coleman

77-77-76—230

t-39.

Alexis Keating

83-73-78—234

63.

Allie Zech

83-80-86—249

TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS

1.

Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford

68-70-71—209

2.

Mariko Tumangan, Stanford

71-66-75—212

3.

Bev Vantananugulkit, UC Davis

70-71-76—217

4.

SooBin Kim, Washington

71-74-74—219

5.

Caroline Inglis, Oregon

71-73-77—221

TEAM STANDINGS

1.

Stanford

285-283-295—863

2.

Washington

301-289-300—890

3.

UCF

297-301-300—898

4.

Oregon

296-294-313—903

5.

California

301-299-306—906

6.

UC Davis

303-297-308—908

7.

San Jose State

300-296-316—912

8.

Gonzaga

303-304-308—915

9.

Colorado

316-297-305—918

10.

San Francisco

307-311-313—931

11.

Columbia

308-302-321—931

12.

Long Beach State

311-318-321—950

13.

Washington State

317-321-322—960

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