DENVER—The University of Colorado ski team was well represented by this year’s Sportswomen of Colorado honors with both Joanne Reid and coach Richard Rokos taking home honors Sunday.
The awards are for accomplishments during the 2013 calendar year. Reid, a senior on the 2013 CU squad, put together one of the most dominant seasons in CU history, winning nine of 12 races, including the 15K Freestyle Race at the NCAA Championships. Her win was on the final day of the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships in Vermont and her win helped spur the Buffs to the largest final day comeback in the championships history.
Her nine wins gives her 11 for her career, tied for fifth most in CU history. Her nine wins in a season are the third most all-time. She won seven straight races at one point, matching the CU record and she also won the 5K Classical race at the RMISA Championships.
The NCAA Championships are a combined championship, but Rokos’ Buffaloes earned more points in women’s alpine and Nordic action than any other team at the 2013 championships, a feat his teams have accomplished eight times, including twice since 2011, when the Buffaloes won the NCAA Championship both years.
In 24 years, Rokos has guided the Buffaloes to seven NCAA Championships, tying him with Bill Marolt for most in CU history and he has won three more championships than any other active coach in the nation. The dean of CU’s coaches, he was also inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2013 and was the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association and Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association’s Coach of the Year for 2013, as well.
Rokos’ 2014 squad just last week finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, extending the nation’s longest streak of earning a trophy (top four finish) at the championships to nine seasons. In those nine seasons, the Buffs have three championships and three runner-up finishes while CU has won the mythical women’s title four times.