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Wetmore Named Big 12 Cross Country Coach of the Year

Oct 31, 2006

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DALLAS - University of Colorado head cross country coach Mark Wetmore has been named the 2006 Big 12 Conference Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. The award is voted by the league's coaches and was announced Tuesday. Wetmore led CU to its 11th straight men's and 10th overall women's Big 12 titles this past Friday at the Rim Rock Farm Cross Country Course in Lawrence, Kansas.


Wetmore's squads swept the 2006 Big 12 Cross Country team titles for the eighth straight year. The women notched 45 points to defeat runner-up Texas Tech (64) and the men recorded 36 points as they bested Texas (80).


Colorado placed nine (five men and four women) on the All-Big 12 Team. The team consists of the top 15 runners in the men's and women's races. Sophomore Jenny Barringer earned her second All-Big 12 honor with her second straight runner-up finish at the championship. Junior Liza Pasciuto notched her third All-Big 12 honor with a fifth-place finish, moving up one spot from last year. Freshmen Claire Maduza and Aislinn Ryan finished sixth and ninth, respectively, earning their first honors.


All five of the men's scorers took a spot in the top 15. Junior Brent Vaughn led the Buffs with a third-place finish to record his third All-Big 12 honor. Senior Billy Nelson rounded out his career with his fourth All-Big 12 accolade by finishing sixth. Junior Stephen Pifer was seventh and earned his second All-Big 12 honor; while senior Erik Heinonen recorded his first league accolade with a ninth-place finish. Junior James Strang rounded out CU's score by placing 11th and also earned his second All-Big 12 honor.

            Colorado continues the 2006 campaign next Saturday, Nov. 11. The Buffs travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.