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NEW ORLEANS — University of Colorado cross country coach Mark Wetmore has been named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women’s Coach of the Year.

This is Wetmore’s sixth time receiving the honor for coaching the Buffalo women and is his 16th overall honor as he has been the region men’s coach 10 times. Wetmore coached CU to its first regional championship since 2009 last Friday and the women won handily as they recorded 29 points to defeat the runner-up, New Mexico, by 35 points. The Buffs placed their top four harriers in the top six and had all seven runners finish in the top 15 to earn All-Mountain Region honors. CU automatically qualified for its 21st NCAA Championship appearance in the last 22 year with the win.

The CU women’s team has been steadily climbing the rankings this year and is currently fifth, which is its best ranking since the 2011 season. The Buffs started the season ranked 14th and were as low as 16th prior to the conference meet. CU recorded a seventh-place finish at NCAA Pre-Nationals, its first big team scoring meet of the season, before placing second at the Pac-12 Conference Championship, just six points behind the then-top-rated Arizona Wildcats (69-75).

The NCAA Championship is set for Saturday, November 23, in Terre Haute, Ind., at the La Vern Gibson Cross Country Course and It will be streamed live on The men’s 10-kilometer race will start approximately at 10 a.m. and the women’s 6k race will follow. The CU men are ranked third overall heading into nationals.