Editor's Note: It's Hall of Fame week here at CUBuffs.com, and we will feature all of this year's CU Athletic Hall of Fame inductees throughout the week. Today, we look at the career of 4-time NCAA cross country/track national champion Adam Goucher. This year’s Hall of Fame festivities begin Thursday, October 12, with the induction ceremonies at the Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort (6:00 p.m. reception, with induction ceremony at 7 p.m.). The honorees will be introduced publicly at halftime of Saturday's game against Texas Tech.
Possibly the best runner ever to wear University of Colorado black and gold, Adam Goucher’s list of accomplishments in cross country and on the indoor and outdoor track oval are a testament to his permanent place collegiate history.
As one of just three runners in CU history to win four NCAA individual championships (1998 cross country, 1997 and 1998 indoor 3,000-meter, 1998 outdoor 5,000), Goucher was an 11-time All-American combined for the three sports.
“Definitely my senior year cross country national championship was the most memorable for me," Goucher said. "It was something I had been wanting for for a while, since I came in second as a freshman. When you work that hard for something for so long, you can remember every step of it. All my wins were exciting, but that was the one I wanted the most and took the longest.”
Along with his individual NCAA championships, he won four district cross country titles, 12 individual conference titles (Big Eight and Big 12), including three in cross country, and was a part of four conference championship teams. He is also the holder of one NCAA and three school records.
On Goucher’s relationship with CU head coach Mark Wetmore: “He molded me into the athlete I am today. He always believed in me and was not only a coach, but also a friend. He was someone I could always talk to and confide in.”
Although Goucher had so much success on the track as an individual, he always kept in mind his teammates and the goals of the team. “(Each season) had their own special moments. Cross country was always fun because there was more of a team aspect to the races. It was always fun to line up with every one and compete as one unit.”
He has gone on to have an outstanding professional career and was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team. After turning professional in 1998, Goucher was haunted by a string of injuries, which sidelined his progress as the one of
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“It feels amazing to be back. I was so down and out in 2004. There were a couple years of constant struggling and fighting injury after injury. I questioned hanging my spikes for good but when I really thought about it, I wasn’t ready for that. To get back to where I was is a true blessing, to be back and running well is a dream come true,” said Goucher.
With all of Goucher’s professional success, he is sure that he will never forget the accomplishments he had in his time as a Golden Buffalo.
“I rate my collegiate accomplishments just as high as anything else I have done. Those victories really molded me into an athlete, and nothing can really rank higher that those.”
As for the CU Athletic Hall of Fame: “I’m just honored. It is a really exciting experience to be recognized with such influential athletes. I’m excited for the weekend, to catch up with some friends and meet some great athletes I never knew.”