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Colorado Preps For USA Cross Country Nationals

Feb 8, 2007

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BOULDER - The University of Colorado will be well represented at the USA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Boulder on the Flatirons Golf Course. CU will have three current student-athletes competing, as well as several former Buffs.


Freshmen Matt Herzl, Aislinn Ryan and Blair Snyder will make up Colorado's current student-athlete brigade. Herzl and Synder each took at redshirt for the 2006 cross country season. Ryan was CU's No. 3 racer for most of the season. She placed 46th at nationals, helping CU to its second straight runner-up finish. Ryan also earned All-Big 12 and All-Mountain Region honors as she placed ninth and 11th overall, respectively.


Among CU's former elite distance runners participating on the women's side are Christine Bolf, Shayne Culpepper, Kara Goucher, Carrie Messner and current CU volunteer assistant coach Renee Metivier. They earned a combined 26 All-American titles at CU.


In the men's open race, there will be many familiar faces. Payton Batliner, who still has an outdoor season of eligibility left for the Buffs, will compete along side former teammates Bret Schoolmeester, Dathan Ritzenhein, Ed and Jorge Torres. Alan Culpepper, Adam Goucher and Steve Slattery will also be competing in the 12k. Between the eight harriers, they have collected 48 All-American titles.


Matthew Tebo, a native of New Mexico, will compete in the men's junior race. Tebo signed a National Letter of Intent last year to complete at Colorado during the 2007-08 seasons.


The meet will start at 9 a.m. with the Masters' division. The women's 8k will be contested first, followed by the men's 8k at 10. The juniors races begin at 11 with the women 6k race, followed at 11:45 with the men's junior 8k race. The open races will conclude the day, starting with the women's 8k race at 12:30 p.m. The men's 12k will start at 1:15.