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Dodson, Tolan and Barringer Named CU Athletes of the Week

May 20, 2008

BOULDER-Men's golfer Derek Tolan (junior) and track standouts Jeremy Dodson (junior-men's) and Jenny Barringer (junior-women's) were named University of Colorado Athletes of the Week for the week of May 13-19. 


This is the first athlete of the week honor of the year for both Dodson and Tolan, but not the first of their career as Dodson now has three and Tolan has two.  Barringer now has six honors on the year, which is tied with former track and cross country standout Renee Metivier (2004-05) for the second most honors in an academic year?both only trail the seven honors that Barringer earned in the 2006-07 year.  That gives Barringer an astonishing 13 honors in a two-year period; that alone would be good for second place all-time in career honors, but Barringer earned one her freshman year (2005-06) and is now tied with former track and cross country star Adam Goucher with 14 career honors for the most in Colorado history.


            Tolan, a Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Thunder Ridge) native, became the first University of Colorado player in 15 years to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championship Finals.  Tolan fired a final round 73 to finish with a 5-over 218 total for the tournament, which placed him seventh overall.  That was the best finish by a Buff in a regional since Bobby Kalinowski was the runner-up in 1994 in Oklahoma City, Okla. and the third best in school history which includes John Lindberg's third place effort in 1989 in McKinney, Texas.  Tolan had three birdies and five bogeys, and was even heading into his last two holes, Nos. 8 and 9 (CU started on No. 10).  Secure that he was going to advance, he made an effort to catch Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway for medalist honors.


Dodson, a Denver, Colo. (George Washington/Arkansas) native, recorded four top-six finishes and set a pair of school record as he helped the No. 11 University of Colorado men's track and field team earn their first outdoor conference championship since 1947 (61 years).  Dodson earned 16.25 points (a quarter of the relay points) of the team's 138 points to beat out No. 1 Texas A&M who earned 121 points in the Big 12 Championships, which were held in Boulder, Colo. 


Dodson posted regional qualifying times in all four of his races on Sunday.  He started the day by teaming with Hugh Charles, Ryan Campbell and Nate Terry to place third in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 39.59, which broke a 37-year-old school record.  He then ran the 100-meter dash in 10.27 seconds to place third and another six points for the team.  Dodson then earned an incredible second place finish (eight points) in the men's 200-meter dash as he ran the race in another school-record time of 20.37.  The mark also qualified his for the U.S. Olympic Trials and ranks sixth in the NCAA. At the end of the meet Dodson laced up his cleats one more time to run the 4x400-meter relay with teammates Terry, Campbell and Adrian Gomez.  They ran the relay in 3:09.27 for a sixth place finish and three more points to help the Buffs hold off the Aggies and claim the Big 12 Men's Track and Field Team Championship. All four of Dodson's marks were regional times on Sunday.


Barringer, an Oviedo, Fla. (Oviedo) native, placed second in the 3,000-meter women's steeplechase in the Big 12 conference championships.  Barringer, who lead for the majority of the race, fell to second with under 400 meters to go and placed second overall.  Irene Kimaiyo (Texas Tech) won the race in 10:15.43, while Barringer finished second at 10:19.82.  Barringer's second place finish earned eight of the CU women's 13 points in the Big 12 championships.