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Barringer Named Big 12 Athlete of the Week

Courtesy: Linda Sprouse, Assistant SID
Release: February 17, 2009
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By Spencer Allen

IRVING, Texas— University of Colorado senior Jenny Barringer has been named the Big 12 Track & Field Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Husky Classic on Saturday.


Barringer set the collegiate and CU record in the 5,000-meter run by clocking a time of 15 minutes, 1.70 seconds. This was the first 5k race of her indoor career. Barringer crushed the former CU record of 15:39.25, which was held by Sara (Gorton) Slattery for the last six years.


The Oviedo, Fla. native blew out the rest of the field by finishing the race over one minute prior to the runner-up who came in at 16:03.40. To add to the accomplishment, it is the second fastest time recorded by an American woman. The American record is 14:47.52.


            Barringer has now automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in both the 3 and 5k. The championship is March 13-14 in College Station, Texas.


The record setting Buff now has her name on top of three records for CU. Barringer ran a time of 8:53.88 in the 3,000-meter run two weeks ago and 9:22.26 in the steeplechase at the Olympics. The 5k time is the second collegiate record in her name as Barringer ran the steeplechase in 9:29.90 at the NCAA Championship last June.


This is the second time in three weeks that she has earned the conference honor as well as the CU Athlete of the Week honor. Missouri’s Chris Rohr won the men’s honor.



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