BOULDER - University of Colorado junior Jake Hurysz made his CU cross country debut an exciting one by running the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes and 34 seconds, the fourth-best time ever at Buffalo Ranch, at the 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday morning.
"It was fun," Hurysz said. "I got to put the jersey on for the first time and it felt good to come out here and get a win and give a good effort."
This was Hurysz first official race for the seventh-ranked Buffs as he transferred to CU last January and redshirted the track season. Hurysz did compete unattached at the time trial four weeks ago and finished fourth in 26:14. This time also made him the third fastest CU performer on the course behind course record holder Jorge Torres (24:07) and Adam Goucher (24:12).
"I was just coming in and trying to feel good," Hurysz said. "I tried to come through three miles really controlled and see where I was at from there. I wasn't really planning on being ahead however far I was, it didn't really matter. I just wanted to go out there, run my own race, and try to stay strong."
Hurysz started the race with the lead and never let go as he finished almost half a minute in front of the next closest racers. His teammates Blake Theroux and Martin Medina were second and third, respectively, with the same time of 25:01.
The Buffalo men dominated the race, placing 1-2-3-4-6 overall to earn the Division I men's team title. Pierce Murphy, a redshirt freshman for CU was fourth overall in 25:19 and sophomore Hugh Dowdy was CU's fifth harrier who placed sixth in 25:24.
The Buffs placed two more runners in the top-10. Redshirt freshman Connor Winter was seventh overall (25:26) and senior Aric Van Halen was ninth (25:39).
"Jake obviously had a real good run and there are great things coming for him," coach Mark Wetmore said. "Blake and Martin both ran 25:00 flat, which is also excellent. I think we had 10 or 11 people break 26 minutes and I'm not sure we've ever had more than six do that before. So, the back of the team is where they need to be. As a whole, we are where we need to be for the beginning of the season."
The men won the men's Division I team title with 15 points, besting Wyoming's score of 52. Colorado School of Mines won the non-Division I team title with 45 points.
The 15th-place CU women also had a successful day, winning the Division I team title over Wyoming (19-58). Montana State-Billings won the non-DI team title with 50 points.
Freshman Carrie Verdon led the way for the Buffs with a third-place finish on the 5.8k course, finishing in 21:03. Junior teammate Rachel Viger finished fifth in 21:10. Redshirt sophomore Jana Stolting also had a top-10 finish for the CU women, crossing seventh overall in 21:21. Stolting started the race in the front of the pack and dropped slightly as the race progressed.
"That was a very nice run for Carrie," Wetmore said. "Patient, closing, hard, that's among the top freshmen time ever here; particularly for a day that's getting a little warm. That was also a good race for Rachel Viger, that was her fastest ever here. Actually, it's the fastest ever for Jana [Stolting] and as you can see she's imprudent in her race strategy and needs to even things out a little bit."
Juniors Courtney Bouchet and Camille Logan rounded out the CU score by placing 11th and 12th, respectively. Bouchet crossed the finish in 21:57 and Logan finished in 21:58.
There were several notable Buffs who did not compete on Saturday, including junior Shalaya Kipp. Kipp, a two-time All-American in cross country, competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and should be joining her team as the season progresses.
The Buffs will be off until Oct. 13 when they will race at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky. The University of Louisville will host the NCAA Championships this year in Nov. 17 and will host the pre-national meet in two weeks for teams to 'preview' the championship course.
RESULTS (for complete results go to CUBuffs.com/crosscountry)
27th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout
Buffalo Ranch (Boulder, Colo.)
MEN'S 8K DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1.Colorado, 15; 2. Wyoming, 52; 3. Air Force, 76; 4. Northern Colorado, 114.
MEN'S 8K NON-DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1. Colorado School of Mines, 45; 2. Fort Lewis, 55; 3. MSU-Billings, 57; 4. Western State, 95; 5. South Dakota School of Mines, 153; 6. Colorado Christian, 175; 7. Garden City CC, 183; 8. Colorado Mesa, 202; 9. Gillette, 206; 10. Colorado College, 286
MEN'S FINISHERS (Top 15):
1. Jake Hurysz, CU 24:34; 2. Blake Theroux, CU, 25:01; 3. Martin Medina, CU, 25:01; 4. Pierce Murphy, CU, 25:19; 5. Gabriel Proctor, unattached, 25:21; 6. Hugh Dowdy, CU, 25:24; 7. Connor Winter, CU, 25:26; 8. Josh Eberly, unattached, 25:32; 9. Aric Van Halen, CU, 25:39; 10. Morgan Pearson, unattached, 25:42; 11. Brice Cleland, unattached, 25:44; 12. Matt Biegner, CU, 25:48; 13. Ammar Moussa, unattached, 25:49; 14. Jonny Stevens, CU, 25:50; 15. Nicholas Ekel, unattached, 25:54.
Other CU Finishers: 17. Jerome Perkins, 25:56; 23. David Kilgore, 26:34; 24. Dillon Shije, 26:42; 35. Ryan Savercool, 27:13; 49. Jeff Warren, 27:32
WOMEN'S 5.8K DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1.Colorado, 19; 2. Wyoming, 58; 3. Northern Colorado, 66; 4. Nebraska-Omaha, 93.
WOMEN'S 5.8K NON-DIVISION I TEAM SCORES
1. MSU-Billings, 50; 2. Colorado Mesa, 74; 3. Fort Lewis, 85; 4. Gillette, 125; 5. Elmhurst, 144; 6. Colorado Christian, 157; 7. Colorado School of Mines, 163; 8. South Dakota School of Mines, 194; 9. Garden City, 236; 10. DU Club, 259; 11. CSU-Pueble, 266.
WOMEN'S FINISHERS (Top 15):
1. Ellie Keyser, unattached, 20:19; 2. Melody Fairchild, unattached, 20:49; 3. Carrie Verdon, CU, 21:03; 4. Rachel Gioscia-Ryan, unattached, 21:08; 5. Rachel Viger, CU, 21:10; 6. Nicole Peters, unattached, 21:18; 7. Jana Stolting, CU, 21:21; 8. Rikki Gonzales, UNC, 21:35; 9. Holly Page, UW, 21:45; 10. Regan Mullen, CCU, 21:47; 11. Courtney Bouchet, CU, 21:57; 12. Camille Logan, CU, 21:58; 13. Amanda Vorthmann, UNO, 22:03; 14. Liz Tremblay, CU, 22:07; 15. Christine Nelson, UW, 22:14.
Other CU Finishers: 16. Nikki Look, 22:16; 17. Staci Foster, 22:24; 78. Becky Popiel, 25:08.