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USAFA, Colo. — Running in his first track race since the 2011 season, University of Colorado senior Joe Bosshard showed that he was back in racing form by winning the 3,000-meter run at the Air Force Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Bosshard won the 3k race with a dominating performance, finishing in 8 minutes, 35.66 seconds and defeating the rest of the field by almost 15 seconds. His next closest competition came from teammate sophomore Pierce Murphy, who recorded a runner-up finish in 8:50.56. Bosshard sat out the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to injury and was awarded his sixth-year of eligibility to finish his collegiate career this spring.

Bosshard’s finish helped the CU men capture the men’s Division I team title in the meet with 148 points. CU’s men came away with four victories on Saturday, including a pair from senior Shaw Gifford who sprinted away with wins in the 60 and 200-meter dashes. He had a very close race in the 60, finishing in 6.75, just one-hundredth of a second in front of CSU’s Marcus Harris (6.76).  Gifford improved his time in the finals by .12 seconds after running 6.88 in the prelims where he was fourth overall.

Gifford had a little more room in his victory in the 200, finishing in 21.48 to best his teammate, freshman Jaylyn Mars, who clocked in at 21.86. Another Buff, freshman Austin Mitsch, finished fourth overall after running 21.99. The trio finished 1-2-3 in the second heat of the finals, but Metro State’s Jonathan Clarke won the first heat in 21.88 to break up the trio’s 1-2-3 finish.

Junior Morgan Pearson also came away from the meet with a win after running 4:16.40 in the mile, just edging out his teammate freshman Zach Perrin at the finish (4:16.71). This was Pearson’s first track race for the Buffs since transferring from Duke in 2012; he redshirted the 2013 season.

CU’s top relay recorded a runner-up finish at the meet, clocking in at 3:19.76. They were just two seconds behind CSU’s top relay, which finished in 3:17.66.

Junior Jake Hurysz had a nice first race of the season, finishing third overall in the 800. He clocked in at 1:52.46, just missing the top placing as AFA’s Zack Perkins had him by half a second (1.52.41) at the finish line. It was an extremely tight finish with seven runners finishing in 1:53 or less. CU also had two other runners in the group with sophomore Connor Winter placing fifth (1:52.67) and freshman Ben Saarel in seventh (1:52.86). Dey Dey (Adidas/Boulder Running Company) won the race in 1:51.58 and was the only racer to come in under 1:52.

Another Buff, freshman Jaron Thomas, came away with a top-three finish on the men’s side in the 60-hurdles. He finished in 8.14 to improve his time of 8.18 in the prelims earlier during the day. Thomas was also third in the prelims.

The women’s team also did well at the meet, finishing third with 89 points. Junior Eileen Gehring once again came away from the meet with a pair of wins, taking home titles in the 200 and 400. She crossed the finish of the 200 in 24.52, finishing .18 seconds in front of UNLV’s Monay Meggs. In the 400, Gehring bested her teammate, junior Lindsy Mattson, by finishing in 55.40. Mattson was second in 55.70. Mattson held off UNLV’s Meggs (55.73) at the finish.

Sophomore Jenny DeSouchet ran in her first track race since joining CU, and finished fourth overall in 800 with a time of 2:17.20. She was the second collegiate runner to finish and was just a split second behind Wyoming’s Candace Wollert (2:16.39).

CU’s women also saw a lot of success in the mile run, taking fourth through ninth-place. Freshman Melanie Nun was fourth (5:06.14), sophomore Carrie Verdon placed fifth (5:07.12) and Abby Levene took sixth (5:08.33).  A few seconds after those three finished, CU’s other three crossed the finish line. Sophomore Maddie Alm finished in 5:15.59 for seventh and senior Courtney Bouchet placed eighth in 5:17.70. Freshman Lucy May was the ninth finisher in 5:21.16.

The Buffs will be back in action next weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle. It is the first of three meets CU will compete at in Seattle this indoor season. 



Cadet Fieldhouse (USAFA, Colo.)

CU Athletes Only


Team Scores

Men (Division I Teams Only): 1. Colorado, 148; 2. Colorado State, 127; 3. Air Force, 118; 4. BYU, 108; 5. Wyoming, 38; 6. Northern Colorado, 27; 7. Utah Valley, 10.

Women (Division I Teams Only): 1. Colorado State, 113.5; 2. BYU, 100; 3. Colorado, 89; 4. UNLV, 77; 5. Wyoming, 76; 6. Fresno State, 64.5; 7. Air Force, 59; 8. Northern Colorado, 13.

Track Events (CU Athletes Only)

Men’s 60-Meter Prelims: (1. Isaiah Grady, UNC, 6.83) 4. Shaw Gifford, 6.88q; 9. Austin Mitsch, 7.01q; 16. Blake Berens, 7.11q

Men’s 60-Meter Finals: 1. Shaw Gifford, 6.75; 8. Austin Mitsch, 7.01

Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles: (1. Brendan Ames, unattached, 7.75); 3. Jaron Thomas, 8.14.

Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles prelims: (1. Brendan Ames, unattached, 7.75); 3. Jaron Thomas, 8.18.

q – advanced to finals

Men’s 200-Meters: 1. Shaw Gifford, 21.48; 2. Jaylyn Mars 21.86; 4. Austin Mitsch, 21.99.

Women ‘s 200-Meter: 1. Eileen Gehring, 24.52; Lindsy Mattson, 25.16.

Men’s 400-Meters: (1. Chris Carter, unattached, 48.86) 7. Jaylyn Mars, 49.31.

Women’s 400-Meter: 1. Eileen Gehring, 55.40; Lindsy Mattson, 55.70.

Men’s 800-Meters: (1. Dey Dey, adidas/BRC, 1:51.58); 3. Jake Hurysz, 1:52.46; 5. Connor Winter, 1:52.67; 7. Ben Saarel, 1:52.86; 8. Blake Theroux, 1:53.39.

Women’s 800-Meter: (1. Violah Lagat, adidas, 2:09.56); 4. Jenny DeSouchet, 2:17.20; 10. Heather Bates, 2:20.48; 15. Olivia Rintala, 2:25.01.

Men’s Mile: 1. Morgan Pearson, 4:16.40; 2. Zach Perrin, 4:16.71; 6. Ammar Moussa, 4:22.55.

Women’s Mile: (1. Laura Thweatt, Boulder TC, 4:49.98); 4. Melanie Nun, 5:06.14; 5. Carrie Verdon, 5:07.12; Abbey Levene, 5:08.33; 7. Maddie Alm, 5:15.59; 8. Courtney Bouchet, 5:17.70; 9. Lucy May, 5:21.16.

Men’s 3000-Meters: 1. Joe Bosshard, 8:35.66; 2. Pierce Murphy, 8:50.56; 4. Adam Peterman, 9:02.99; 6. Dillon Shije, 9:08.73; 9. David Kilgore, 9:18.88.

Men’s Mile Relay: (1. CSU ‘A’, 3:17.66) 2. Colorado ‘A’, 3:19.76; 10. Colorado ‘C’, 3:28.27; 12. Colorado ‘D’, 3:30.71

Women’s Mile Relay: (1. BYU ‘A’, 3:34.53) 9. Colorado ‘A’, 4:00.93; 19. Colorado ‘C’. 4:16.03

Field Events (CU Athletes Only)

Men’s Shot Put: (1. Mason Finley, Wyoming, 65-3.50); 10. Alex Kizirian, 52-1.75.

Men’s High Jump: (1. Kobi Rex, Air Force, 7-0.50); 4. Mark Jones, 6-10.25.