Colorado men sweep Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
LOUISVILLE, CO - With a home crowd roaring and cowbells ringing from all corners of Coal Creek Golf Course, the Colorado men took home the 2013 Pac-12 Cross Country Championship title with an astounding 28 points on Saturday. The Buffaloes dominated the race from start to finish with all five scorers in the lead pack of ten runners. It was the team's third consecutive conference crown.
Junior Blake Theroux led the Buffs with a third-place overall finish, behind race winner freshman Edward Cheserek of Oregon and second place finisher junior Jim Rosa of Stanford. Theroux was followed close behind by fellow Buffs Connor Winter and Ben Saarel for fourth and fifth place. Oregon's Parker Stinson broke up the pack with a sixth place finish, but Colorado solidified their title with Pierce Murphy coming in seventh and Ammar Moussa finishing ninth, rounding out the stampede of Buffaloes.
No. 4 Oregon men finished as runner-up with 54 points. After Cheserek took home his first individual title with a time of 24:36, the Duck was followed by the rest of the flock - Parker Stinson (sixth), miler Mac Fleet (tenth), Jake Leingang (16), and Tanguy Pepiot (21).
Led by a great second place individual performance from Jim Rosa, the No. 13 Stanford men came to compete and proved themselves with a third place team finish. Totaling 79 points, the Cardinal men asserted themselves in the conference this season with four finishers in the top 20.
Arizona State also had a standout performance as the unranked Sun Devils finished fourth to beat No. 25 Washington with a team total of 140 points. The Huskies followed close behind with 142 points led by junior Aaron Nelson with an eighth place individual finish.