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Wetmore Named Big 12 Coach of the Year

May 22, 2008

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IRVING, Texas - University of Colorado Head Men's Track and Field Coach Mark Wetmore has been named the 2008 Big 12 Men's Coach of the Year, as announced by the conference office on Thursday.

Wetmore's No. 11 ranked men's team won the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships last Sunday in front of the home crowd at Potts Field. The Buffs recorded 138 points to runner-up and top-ranked Texas A&M's 121.

This is Wetmore's first men's track and field coach of the year honor, but he is no stranger to the award. Wetmore has 11 men's and 10 women's Big 12 Cross Country Coach of the Year honors (it was not awarded in 1996). Wetmore's teams have now won 25 conference championships (12 men's cross country, 11 women's cross country, one women's outdoor and one men's outdoor). The women's track and field team won the 1996 Big Eight Championship.

Colorado had four individual Big 12 Champions in Kenyon Neuman (10k), Billy Nelson (steeplechase), Brent Vaughn (5k) and James Begley (Discus). The Buffs recorded 65 points in two events, 33 in the 10k and 32 in the 5k. A pair of school records were recorded on Sunday en route to the victory. Jeremy Dodson broke the 200-meter dash record and the men's 4x100-meter relay team (Hugh Charles, Ryan Campbell, Nate Terry and Dodson) broke a 37-year-old record.

The Buffaloes will travel to the NCAA Midwest Region Championship May 30-31 at the Ed Weir Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.