Vaughn, Metivier Big 12 Performers Of The Year
DALLAS - University of Colorado distance runners Brent Vaughn and Renee Metivier were named the Big 12 Men's and Women's Indoor Performers of the Year by the league's head indoor track and field coaches Thursday. The CU teammates join Baylor's Clyde Hart (Women's Coach of the Year), Nebraska's Gary Pepin (Men's Coach of the Year) while Freshman Performer of the Year accolades were awarded to Leonel Manzano (Texas) and Trisa Nickoley (Missouri) following last weekend's indoor championship.
Vaughn received the high scorer accolade for his performances at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. The Aurora, Colo., native scored 20 of CU's 55.20 points at the conference meet after winning both the 3,000- (8:05.90) and 5,000-meter runs (13:59.55). The sophomore had already automatically qualified in the 5,000 and provisionally-qualified in the 3,000-meter race earlier in the season. This is the second straight year that a CU men's runner has swept both the high point award and indoor performer honor in the same season (Dathan Ritzenhein, 2004).
Running her first 5,000-meter race of the season at the Big 12 indoor championships, Metivier grabbed her first league indoor title in the event (15:59.38) in an NCAA automatic-qualifying time. The Highland Village, Texas, native reached a NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 3,000 meters (9:29.35), but had already automatically-qualified earlier in the season. She also was runner-up in the mile run, a race she won a year ago, posting a season-best time (4:47.20). The senior standout received high scorer honors (28 points) for the first time at the conference meet for her performances.
Following a last chance qualifying meet this weekend at Notre Dame, the Buffs will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., March 11-12 for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.