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Hazen and Grevsgaard Named CU Athletes of the Week

Feb 14, 2007

BOULDER-Senior thrower Zach Hazen (track and field) and junior nordic skier Maria Grevsgaard were named University of Colorado Athletes of the Week for the week of February 4-10.  This is the first CU athlete of the week award of the year for Hazen and the second for Grevsgaard.  Both Hazen and Grevsgaard have two career honors.   

 

Hazen, an Germantown, Tenn., (Houston) native, recorded a throw of 63-00.75 at the Husky Classic on Saturday, setting a school record in the weight throw and narrowly missing a provisional qualifying mark.  Hazen topped the previous record of 61-07.75 by over a foot, a record that had previously been his as well.  He owns the top five marks in school history and seven of the top eight.

 

Grevsgaard, a Geilo, Norway, (Norges Toppidretts Gymnas) native, won her fifth and sixth races this winter in leading CU to a second place finish in the New Mexico Invitational.  She has won three in a row and six of eight this winter, as she posted a 23-second win in the 5-kilometer classical race and a 17-second win in the women's 5-kilometer freestyle race; she is 4-0 in classic races this winter, all wins coming by wide margins.   It marked the second time this year she swept the two races at an invitational, matching her effort at last month's Montana State meet.

 

Others nominated for this week's Michael Baird (men's golf), Matt Gelso (skiing), Jackie McFarland (women's basketball), Camila Belassi (tennis) and Jenny Barringer (track and field).

 

Men's Golf: Michael Baird, Junior, Castle Rock, Colo.

Baird, who transferred to CU from Pepperdine last summer, paced the Buffaloes from start to finish in the Hawai'i-Hilo Intercollegiate.  He recorded a 68-68-69-205 scorecard, with the 5-under effort for the week earning him an 18th place tie on the 6,738-yard, par-70 Waikoloa Village Golf Course.  He helped CU to a 12th place finish in the meet, and his performance tied Kane Webber and teammate Patrick Grady for the lowest 54-hole score in school history on a par-70 golf course; Webber, now on the European Tour, shot a 205 in winning the 2004 Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate in Ardmore, Okla., with Grady matching the score in finishing fourth in the same tournament last May.

 

Skiing: Matt Gelso, Freshman, Truckee, Calif.

Gelso, easily the star freshman in either discipline in western skiing this winter, finished second in the men's 10-kilometer freestyle race and third in the 10k classic race in the New Mexico Invitational.  In his debut college season, he now has seven top three finishes in eight races, including one win.

 

Women's Basketball: Jackie McFarland, Junior, Derby, Kan.

McFarland's put forth a stellar effort against Kansas as she recorded 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 22 rebounds and six blocks but it was not quite enough as they fell 70-68 in overtime.  She followed that great performance up with a nine point on 4-of-7 shooting, 13 rebound and two block performance in Saturday's 54-44 loss to Nebraska.

 

Tennis: Camila Belassi, Freshman, Paysandu, Uruguay

Belassi won her lone singles match of the week at the No. 2 position helping Colorado claim its lone singles point to Oregon.  Belassi won a straight set decision for her fourth win in five outings this spring at the No. 2 slot.  The win also boasted her yearly record to 9-2.  In doubles, Belassi teamed with Gleisy Torres Torres at No. 1 doubles upsetting the nation's No. 28 ranked team of Ana Cecilia Olivos/Dominika Dieskova, 8-4.  As a pair Belassi/Torres Torres are 4-1 this spring at No. 1 doubles.

 

Indoor Track: Jenny Barringer, Sophomore, Oviedo, Fla.

Barringer earned a provisional qualifying mark at the Husky Classic on Saturday in the 3,000-meter run.  Barringer ran the 3k in 9:21.56 and took top honors in a competitive field.  Barringer defeated Kristin Anderson, a professional runner by Nike, by one full second.  This was her first 3k race of her indoor career.