Men's Cross Country Team and Barringer Race to CU Athletes of the Week
BOULDER-The Men's Cross Country team and standout sophomore Jenny Barringer (cross country) were named University of Colorado Athletes of the Week for the week of November 19-25. This is Barringer's fourth recognition of the year and the fifth of her young career, moving her into a tie for ninth all-time. This also marks the third time this year that cross country has swept the weekly award.
The University of Colorado men's cross country team won its third national championship, all in this decade in the NCAA Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships. CU's top finisher on the men's side was junior Brent Vaughn, who nabbed 12th on the men's side in completing the 10k in 31:13. The men won their second national title in three years and third in six, as Colorado had 94 points, soundly defeating defending champion Wisconsin by 48 points.
Vaughn was the eighth place scorer, as four runners ahead of him were running individually, as the much decorated CU performer led the way for the Buffs. CU's five scorers all finished in the top 56 overall, and in the top 34 of those attached to full teams. CU and Wisconsin were the only schools to have three runners place in the top 15 of the scoring column. Junior Stephen Pifer was the second Buff to cross the line, coming in at 31:24.2, placing 20th overall (the 10th scorer). Then came senior Erik Heinonen in 28th (25:15, the 15th scorer), junior James Strang in 47th (25:23, 27th) and senior Billy Nelson in 56th (25:37, 34th). CU's non-scorers were juniors Bradley Harkrader (26:19) and Pete Janson (26:56).
Barringer, an Oviedo, Fla., (Oviedo) native, was CU's top finisher Monday, and was the runner-up and the top American in the women's 6,000-meter race, finishing in 20:38. She also helped pace the women's team to a runner-up finish. Barringer is CU's second runner-up in three years at nationals, as Renee Metivier took second in 2004 for the Buffs. Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech) beat Barringer for the third consecutive race, although this time she topped the CU standout by 26 seconds compared to 45 the previous two races.
Others nominated for this week's Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (men's basketball), Jordon Dizon (football), Jackie McFarland (women's basketball) and Jenny Barringer (cross country).
Men's Basketball: Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, Sophomore, Milwaukee, Wis.
Jackson-Wilson averaged 13 points and eight rebounds a game in Colorado's 1-1 week. In the win at Utah, Jackson-Wilson made one of two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to clinch a 60-59 victory for CU's first win in Salt Lake City since 1946. Against Wyoming, that resulted in a 76-73 home loss, the Milwaukee, Wis., native was 7-for-11 from the field for 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. It's the second double-double for Jackson-Wilson this season, he also averaged two assists and 1.5 steals. For the season, Jackson-Wilson leads the team in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and is second in scoring (11.4 ppg).
Football: Jordon Dizon, Junior, Kauai, Hawaii
Dizon posted a career-high 19 tackles in Colorado's 37-14 loss at Nebraska, including nine solo stops and two for losses. He finished the season as CU's leading tackler with 137 on the year.
Women's Basketball: Jackie McFarland, Junior, Derby, Kan.
McFarland averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds a steal and an assist a game in Colorado's wins over Nevada and Charlotte this past weekend. McFarland had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the CU's 80-60 win over Nevada. She scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds along with two assists in the Buffs' 78-65 win over Charlotte. McFarland recorded double-doubles in both games; she has now recorded a double-double in five of six games to start the season and currently ranks third all-time at Colorado with 24.
Volleyball: Ashley Nu'u, Senior, Aurora, Colo.
Nu'u registered 130 assists as CU went 1-1 last week. She averaged 13.00 per game and collected 65 in each match. Nu'u also moved into third on CU's all-time career assists chart. She also picked up 20 digs and four blocks on the week. CU hit .197 for the week.