BOULDER - Cross country runners Shalaya Kipp and Jake Hurysz were awarded Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday for their athletic performances during the week of Nov. 5-11. CU's Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Silk®, Horizon® and International Delight®.
Kipp, a junior, turned in her best performance of the season on Friday afternoon as she raced to a second place finish in the women's 6k race at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships at the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo. Excelling in the last 500 meters of the race, the Salt Lake City, Utah (Skyline) native improved from sixth to second to finish with a time of 20 minutes and 18.1 seconds. The No. 24 women's team, which was ranked third in the region heading into the meet, placed third overall with a team score of 107. Weber State won the meet with 63 points and New Mexico was second with 95 points. The top two teams in the region automatically advance to nationals, and the Colorado women received word on Friday night that they would receive an at-large bid to compete at their 20th NCAA Championships in the last 21 years.
Hurysz led the No. 2 nationally ranked Colorado men's cross country team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship on Friday. The junior from Mebane, N.C., (Eastern Alamance/North Carolina) crossed the finish line in the 10 kilometer men's race in 30 minutes and 13.2 seconds for sixth overall; just ahead of teammate Martin Medina, who turned in his best performance of the season with a seventh place finish (30:14.0). The Buffs recorded a team score of 69 points, just one less than second-place BYU (68). Northern Arizona won the meet with 56 points. The men's team was named one of the 13 at-large teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
This is Hurysz's third athlete of the week award and Kipp's first of the season.
Also nominated this week's awards were Arielle Roberson (women's basketball), Neira Ortiz Ruiz (volleyball), Christian Powell (football) and Josh Scott (men's basketball).
Freshman forward Arielle Roberson scored 16 points in her collegiate debut for the women's basketball team, hitting 7-of-13 from the field while also grabbing six rebounds and collecting five steals against Idaho on Sunday afternoon. Her five steals were the most by a freshman in a debut since all-time leading scorer Brittany Spears had five in her initial game against San Francisco in 2007. Roberson's final steal came with under one minute left, with the Buffs hanging on to a crucial five-point lead. Four of her rebounds came on the offensive end.
Sophomore Neira Ortiz Ruiz recorded 21 kills in the volleyball team's two matches over the weekend. She notched 10 kills on Friday night against No. 6 UCLA and had 11 kills versus the No. 8 USC Trojans on Saturday. Ortiz Ruiz helped the Buffs get close to stealing the first set away from USC with five kills in the frame. Ortiz Ruiz averaged 3.50 kills, 0.33 blocks, 0.17 digs and 3.83 points per set while hitting .127 in the two games.
Freshman Christian Powell had 32 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the football team's 56-31 loss at Arizona on Saturday. It was his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, tying CU's freshman record, previously set by Lamont Warren (1991) and Rodney Stewart (2008). His 625 total rushing yards are now the fourth-most by a CU freshman (third by a true frosh). He has seven touchdowns on the season, tied for the second most and just one behind Herchell Troutman's record of eight, set back in 1994.
Freshman forward Josh Scott made his college debut by leading the men's basketball team in scoring with 14 points in CU's 74-59 home win against Wofford on Friday. Since 1972-73 when freshmen were allowed to play, Scott's 14 points are the eighth most in school history among the best scoring debuts by a first year player. Scott also grabbed six rebounds and had a blocked shot and an assist. Four of the six rebounds were on the offensive glass and 10 of his points came from the free throw line. CU has successfully opened all three seasons under head coach Tad Boyle with wins and CU improved its home record to 33-4 under Boyle.