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Jenny Barringer
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Jenny Barringer 25861
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
City/State: Oviedo, Fla.
High School: Oviedo
Experience: 4 Letters

COLLEGE --- 2009: Barringer started out her final cross country campaign in style as she set the course record at the CU’s Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course. She ran a time of 19:25 to surpass the previous record of 19:38, which had been held by the former Kara Grgas-Wheeler (now Kara Goucher). Barringer ran the course 57 second faster than the second-place finisher (CU freshman Allie McLaughlin). Two weeks later at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational, Barringer won easily as she crossed the finish in 19.50.9, almost 30 seconds ahead of Florida State’s Susan Kuijken. The Big 12 individual title had eluded Barringer for the last three seasons (2005, 06 and 07) as she had been the runner-up three times, but this year it was finally Barringer’s. She crossed the finish in 20:27.46 well ahead of her competition to win the title. The NCAA Mountain Region Championship was a similar situation as she had been the runner-up twice (2006, 07). Once again she didn’t disappoint as Barringer captured the title (20:29.0), but more importantly for her, the Buffaloes qualified as a team for nationals by defeating Texas Tech 48-53. For her individual performance, Barringer was named the Mountain Region Athlete of the Year. The NCAA Championship did not go the way that Barringer and the rest of the running community planned. Barringer led for the first half of the race before stumbling and then falling to the ground. As much as she tried to battle, she was unable to run the race she was capable of and finished 163rd overall.

2008:  Redshirt. Did not compete.

2007: Jenny Barringer’s first meet of the season was pre-nationals. Barringer finished the ‘new’ 6k course at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in 19:43.3, which was the first time she would finish under the sub 20:00 minute mark in her career. Barringer was the Buffaloes’ top racer all season as her lowest finish was just second and she would finish under 20:00 in all four races of the 2007 season. Barringer recorded her third consecutive Big 12 Runner-up performance as she crossed the line in her fastest mark to date of 19:29.30. It was her third all-conference honor. Barringer was the runner-up at the NCAA regional for the second straight year, coming in at 19:43.9 and just about 45 second ahead of the third-place finisher for yet another all-region honor. Barringer ran to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship for the second time in as many years to earn her second All-American status in cross country. It was also the second time she was the top American in the race. Barringer was named a finalist for the Honda Sports Cross Country Award and was the USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the second straight season.

2006: Barringer led the Buffs during her sophomore campaign, starting with a first-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, defeating the runner-up by 28 seconds. Barringer’s lowest finish of the season was at pre-nationals, where she led CU with a third-place finish. Her mark of 20:09.8 was the best of the season. Barringer took second in the next three races, all coming in behind Texas Tech’s Sally Kipeygo. In doing so, she helped CU win another Big 12 and Mountain Region title and its second straight runner-up finish at nationals. Barringer became the second CU harrier in three years to finish as the NCAA runner-up, becoming the fourth highest finisher in Colorado history. Barringer was named a finalist for the Honda Sports Cross Country Award and was named the USTFCCCA All-Academic Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year.  

2005: Established herself as the Buff’s No. 2 runner in the first three races of the season. Barringer finished second overall in her first race, the Rocky Mountain Shootout. She was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year after her second second-place finish of the season at the conference championship and was also named to the All-Big 12 Team. Barringer ran a season-best at the Pre-Nationals race with a time of 20:33.6. In the race, she placed fifth-overall and was the second Buff to cross the finish. At the NCAA Championships, Barringer finished 43rd overall and was third for CU, just missing out on her first All-American honor. 

HIGH SCHOOL:  A four-time All-Seminole Athletic Conference, all-region and all-state runner, Barringer is a five-time 4A Florida State champion on the track and three-time champion in cross country.  She was the 2003 and ’04 Foot Locker South Regional Champion.  Advancing to the Foot Locker National Championships both years, she finished third as a junior and 10th as a senior to earn All-American honors. The 2005 USA Cross Country Championships Junior Women’s third-place finisher, she also raced in both the 2004 and ’05 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.  In the classroom she was a four-year member of the Principal’s List, graduating with a 4.2 weighted GPA.

IN THE CLASSROOM:  Barringer is a declared political science and economics major at CU. She is an eight-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll as well as a member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.  Barringer and owns a 3.672 GPA and has been named the USTFFCCCA Female Cross Country Academic Athlete of the Year twice (2006 and 2007) as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-American twice (2008 and 2009).

PERSONAL: Born Aug. 23, 1986 in Webster City, Iowa, Jennifer Mae Barringer is the middle child of Bruce and Janet Barringer of Stillwater, Okla.  She has an older brother, John, and a younger sister, Emily. Her hobbies include playing piano and guitar and she serves as an interpreter as she is fluent in sign language.  Barringer recently tutored at Boulder High School and volunteers at her local church Cornerstone. 

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