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SEATTLE — A very busy weekend for the University of Colorado track and field team got off to a strong start on Friday night as the Buffs recorded several strong performances at the Husky Classic.

The Buffs had a couple men and women racing in the invitational section of the 5,000-meter run at the meet and all did quite well. Joe Bosshard, who was running his second track race since 2011 after recovering from dual hip surgeries, recorded the ninth fastest 5k time in the NCAA this season. He finished sixth overall, clocking in at 13:43.21 to shave off six seconds from his previous personal best (13:49.59). The time also put him fifth on CU’s all-time performers list.

Bosshard wasn’t far off of the winner’s pace as Oregon’s Edward Cheserek won in 13:40.51. He was just a fraction of a second off Florida’s Mark Parrish time of 13:43.15, but was able to hold off UO’s Parker Stinson (13:43.51).

Teammate Morgan Pearson also ran in the invitational section and placed 18th in 14:07.11.

Shalaya Kipp and Abby Levene both ran well on the women’s side of the invitational 5k. Kipp, who was making her indoor debut, recorded a fifth-place finish overall, finishing in at 16:00.15, the 14th fastest time in the NCAA this year. The time put her fifth on CU’s all-time performers list and was the best time recorded by a Buff since Jenny Barringer (now Simpson) set the CU and NCAA record at 15:01.70 exactly five years ago (Feb. 14, 2009) on the same track.

Not to be outdone, Levene placed ninth just three seconds later in 16:03.94, a 22-second PR for the graduate student. She became the sixth best performer in school history with the finish.

"Seattle is off to a pretty good start,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “Shalaya, Abby and Joe had very nice 5ks out there, all penetrating our all-time lists.”

CU’s sprinters also competed on Friday night at the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite in Albuquerque, N.M. and unfortunately will be without junior standout Eileen Gehring this weekend.

“The weekend started off with a bummer down in Albuquerque,” Wetmore said. “Eileen got run over by a male sprinter during her pre-meet workout and has a concussion so she won’t be able to compete.”

Jaylyn Mars led the Buffs in the men’s unseeded 400-meter dash, finishing seventh in 49.00. Tyler Baker was just behind Mars in eighth place (49.14). Lindsy Mattson was the top female Buff in the 200 (24.98) and Austin Mitsch recorded a 39th-place finish to lead the men in the 200 (22.08).

This weekend will just get busier for the Buffs with both the Husky Classic and Don Kirby Collegiate Elite continuing on Saturday. CU’s combined events athletes and jumpers will also compete at the Air Force Collegiate Open at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a couple of the Buffs’ volunteer coaches will be competing at high profile meets on Saturday as well. Jenny Simpson will race at the USA Cross Country Championships in Boulder and Emma Coburn will run at the Millrose Games in New York.

"We have a very busy day tomorrow, so there is a lot yet to be excited about,” Wetmore said.


Dempsey Indoor (Seattle, Wash.)


Track Events (CU Athletes Only)

Women’s Invitational 5,000-meters: (1. Elinor Kirk, UAB, 15:44.38) 5. Shalaya Kipp, 16:00.15; 9. Abby Levene, 16:03.94

Men’s Invitational 5,000-meters: (1. Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 13:40.51) 6. Joe Bosshard, 13:43.21; 18. Morgan Pearson, 14:07.11

Men’s 5,000-meters: 1. Pierce Murphy, 13:56.37; 47. Dillon Shije, 14:37.13; 33. David Kilgore, 15:00.32

Field Events (CU Athletes Only)

Women’s Weight Throw: (result was not available at the time of this release) Emily Hunsucker, Sophie Hallam Eames

Men’s Weight Throw: (result was not available at the time of this release) Alex Kizirian


Albuquerque Convention Center (Albuquerque, N.M.)


Track Events (CU Athletes Only)

Men’s unseeded 400-meters: (1. Anthony Wolliston, Miami, 48.29) 7. Jaylyn Mars, 49.00; 8. Tyler Baker, 49.14

Men’s 200-meters: (1. Aaron Brown, USC, 20.53) 39. Austin Mitsch, 22.08; 40. Jaylyn Mars, 20.09; 57. Blake Berens, 22.60; 58. Tyler Baker, 22.63.

Women’s 200-meters: (1. Phyllis Francis, Oregon, 22.92) 38. Lindsy Mattson, 24.98