Vaughn and Barringer Pace Their Way to CU Athletes of the Week Honors
BOULDER-Track standouts, senior Brent Vaughn and freshman Jenny Barringer, were named University of Colorado Athletes of the Week for the week of February 19-25. This is the second CU athlete of the week award of the year for Vaughn and the fifth for Barringer, good for the second most in a single academic year. Vaughn has three career honors while Barringer now has six career honors, tying her for the second most in cross country/track and field history.
Vaughn, an Aurora, Colo., (Smokey Hill) native, broke the Big 12 Indoor 5,000-meter record to win his sixth Big 12 individual title at the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Leid Recreational Facility on the campus of Iowa State University. Vaughn finished in a time of 13:48.74 and earned a national provisional qualifying mark in the process. He led the entire way and defeated Texas Tech's Kevin Chelimo by almost four seconds (13:52.33). Vaughn broke a five-year old Big 12 record of 13:51.32, set by former CU harrier Jorge Torres in 2002. This is the fourth-straight year CU has won the 5k and the fifth in six years. Vaughn also won the 5k in 2005.
Barringer, an Oviedo, Fla., (Oviedo) native, finished second in the women's mile at the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. She recorded the third-best time in CU history at 4:41.22 and earned a provisional qualifying mark for the national meet. Barringer's time was just short of Sara (Gorton) Slattery's mark of 4:40.35, set at the 2002 Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Mary Decker is second on the CU list at 4:41.21, set in 1978. Barringer also took third in the 3,000-meter run. She completed the race in 9:19.65, once again behind Texas Tech's Sally Kipeygo, who set a Big 12 Indoor Meet record at 9:11.41. Barringer has finished second to Kipeygo four times this year. Barringer accounted for all of Colorado's 14 points at the meet.
Others nominated for this week's Richard Roby (men's basketball), Josh Bryan (skiing), Lisa Perricone (skiing) and Monica Milewski (tennis).
Men's Basketball: Richard Roby, Junior, San Bernardino, Calif.
Roby averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in Colorado's two games. Roby went 10-for-21 with 23 points in the Buffs' 55-53 loss at Iowa State. Four days later, Roby scored 26 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field in CU's 87-71 home loss to Kansas State. He also added two assists, two steals and went 8-for-11 from the free throw line. The pair of 20-point games was Roby's 10th and 11th of the season and28th and 29th of his career.
Skiing: Josh Bryan, Sophomore, Edina, Minn.
Josh Bryan finished fourth in the men's slalom in a 1:22.98 time; starting in the 44th position, he zoomed up to 10th after a solid first run and posted the fourth best second run to pick up another six spots. His effort catapulted him into next month's NCAA Championships.
Skiing: Lisa Perricone, Sophomore, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Perricone posted the most lopsided slalom win this season in the west here Friday. Perricone had six top 10 finishes going into Friday but had not cracked the top five this winter. But she earned her second career win in style, her first since claiming the slalom in CU's invitational last February, in posting a convincing 2-plus second win in the women's slalom. Her first run of 46.05 second was better than a full second on the field, with her second run of 48.17 the second best for that run as her 1:34.22 combined time easily outdistanced Utah's Kim Stephens (1:36.61).
Tennis: Monica Milewski, Sophomore, Park Ridge, Ill.
Milewski won a pair of singles matches and teamed up in doubles for another pair of wins helping the No. 47 nationally ranked Colorado tennis team to a 2-0 week with wins over Iowa State and Northern Colorado. Milewski won both her singles matches at No. 1 singles in straight sets. In her second match in as many days, she did not allow her opponent to score a point in a 6-0, 6-0 win. In doubles, she teamed with sophomore teammate Franziska Jendrian for a pair of wins at No. 2 doubles. Milewski has won 15 singles and eight doubles matches this year.