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Tremblay Leads Buffs At Pre-Nats

Oct 16, 2010

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - University of Colorado sophomore Laura Tremblay recorded a runner-up finish to help the No. 9 ranked Buffs to a second-place team finish in the 'white' race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet on Saturday afternoon.

Joe Bosshard was the top male to finish for the No. 4 CU men. He placed seventh overall and the team took third.

"I think we ran at least what we were hoping to, maybe even a little better," coach Mark Wetmore said. "We knew going in that we weren't at 100% on the back of our teams, around the fourth and fifth scorers. But the people that were fifth for us on both sides maybe ran a little better than we hoped today."

Tremblay finished the 6-kilometer race in 20 minutes, 10.1 seconds. She was just two seconds behind the winner, Stony Brook's Lucy Van Dalen, who finished in 20:08.1. The front pack was very close as Stanford's Kathy Kroeger took third in 20:12.0 and NC State's Laura Hoer was fourth (20:13.2); all four finishing just 5.1 seconds apart.

Shalaya Kipp had a strong showing, finishing 12th overall after recording an impressive time of 20:37.2. Emma Coburn was also in the top 15 finishers, taking 14th overall in 20:40.7. This is Coburn's best finish at the La Vern Gibson Cross Country Course. Her previous best was 32nd at the pre-nationals meet in 2009. Coburn improved her previous course personal record by almost 40 seconds (21:20.2).

Laura Thweatt and Katie Cumming rounded out CU's team score. Thweatt raced to a time of 20:57.6 (26th overall), while Cumming took 69th with a mark of 21:32.8.

"This was Katie's first race this season and she ran quite conservatively," Wetmore said. "We are hoping she can continue to improve over the next two weeks."

The women combined for a team score of 123 points, narrowly beating out Stanford (125). Georgetown, which was ranked No.5 heading into the meet, placed first with 100 points.

The men's white race was also successful for the Buffaloes. Bosshard finished the 8-kilometer course in a time of 23:49.1. Liberty's Samuel Chalenga (23:19.9) won the race by more than 12 seconds ahead of NC State's Ryan Hill (23:31.7).

Andy Wacker was the No. 2 scorer for the Buffs for the second straight meet. He finished 17th overall with a time of 24:07. Aric Van Halen had an excellent race, placing 22nd (24:13.0) and Christian Thompson rounded out the scoring for CU by placing 30th in 24:17.4.

Colorado recorded 140 points for third place and finished behind No. 16 Oklahoma (106) and No. 19 BYU (138).

Wetmore was very pleased with the overall performances of the two teams, as well as the top finishers on both sides.

"Up front Joe ran a really good time for a sophomore (23:49.1) and ran one of very few CU times in Terre Haute under 24 (minutes). Laura was about 20:10, which is also among the elite of CU times there," Wetmore said.

The CU 'B' team competed as well on Saturday at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open in Fort Hays, Kan. The women combined for second-place team finish with 99 points and the men took third with 107. Liz Tremblay was the top female finisher for the Buffs. She took 10th overall and finished the 5k course in 17:50.00. Nathan Rice led the Buffalo men by racing to a 17th-place finish. He recorded a time of 24:52.40 on the 8k course.

"For the most part I think they ran pretty well at Fort Hays, in particular the leaders in both groups," Wetmore said. "Five-kilometers is not Liz's normal area of expertise, but her time there is a big personal best and a very nice improvement. Nathan has been out for awhile with a sore knee, his training has been compromised and he has classes that cause him to train alone almost every day. I think those two had good races and some other people took some nice steps out there as well."

The next action for the Buffaloes is the Big 12 Conference Championship, October 30 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the Buffs will continue to work hard to have another good showing at the conference meet.

"We had some good stuff today in Terre Haute and in Fort Hays," Wetmore said. "There is some room for improvement, but we have reason to believe that we can make those improvements."

LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course

Top 10 Men's White Team Scores (White Race-36 total teams): 1. Oklahoma, 106; 2. BYU, 138; 3. Colorado, 140; 4. Portland, 146; 5. North Carolina State, 177; 6. Georgetown, 211; 7. Notre Dame, 225; 8. Alabama, 314; 9. Columbia, 329; 10. Liberty, 378.

Top 15 Individuals (White Race): 1. Samuel Chelanga, Liberty, 23:19.9; 2. Ryan Hill, NC State, 23:31.7; 3. Daniel Chenoweth, Harvard, 23:32.7; 4. Trevor Dunbar, Portland, 23:35.8; 5. Miles Batty, BYU, 23:42.4; 6. Lee Carey, Providence, 23:47.2; 7. Joe Bosshard, CU, 23:49.1; 8. Alfred Kipchumba, Portland, 23:54.4; 9. Soufiane Bouchikhi, Eastern Kentucky, 23:54.5; 10. Shadrack Kipchirchir, Western Kentucky, 23:54.5; 11. Robert Sorrell, Oklahoma, 23:56.8; 12. Julius Bor, Alabama, 23:57.6; 13. Eric Finan, Cincinnati, 23:59.5; 14. Ayalew Taye, Georgetown, 24:02.3; 15. Kevin Schab, Oklahoma, 24:05.1.

Other CU Finishers: 17. Andy Wacker, 24:07.4; 22. Aric Van Halen, 24:13.0; 30. Christian Thompson, 24:18.4; 64. Cameron Clayton, 24:43.9; 90. Matt Tebo, 24:56.5; 185. Dillon Shije, 25:57.7

Open Race CU Finishers: 29. Matt Biegner, 25:48.5; 52. Jerome Perkins, 26:20.7; 74. Jonny Stevens, 26:43.3;

Top 10 Women's White Team Scores (White Race-40 total teams): 1. Georgetown, 100; 2. Colorado, 123; 3. Stanford, 125; 4. Stony Brook, 216; 5. Minnesota, 241; 6. San Francisco, 308; 7. Michigan, 311; 8. North Carolina State, 341; 9. Toledo, 342; 10. Kansas State, 361.

Top 15 Individuals (White Race): 1. Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook, 20:08.1; 2. Laura Tremblay, CU, 20:10.1; 3. Kathy Kroeger, Stanford, 20:12.0; 4. Laura Hoer, NC State, 20:13.2; 5. Emily Jones, Georgetown, 20:20.0; 6. Stephanie Price, Minnesota, 20:25.2; 7. Alison Parris, James Madison, 20:26.1; 8. Holly Van Dalen, Stony Brook, 20:27.1; 9. Kristie Krueger, Georgia, 20:30.1; 10. Amanda Moreno, UC Santa Barbara, 20:34.7; 11. Emily Infeld, Georgetown, 20:35.8; 12. Shalaya Kipp, CU, 20:37.2;  13. Ari Fisher, Toledo, 20:37.6; 14. Emma Coburn, CU, 20:40.7; 15. Emily Sisson, Wisconsin, 20:42.3.

Other CU Finishers: 26. Laura Thweatt, 20:57.6; 69. Katie Cumming, 21:32.8; 97. Camille Logan, 21:50.0; 125. Rachel Viger, 22:03.3

Open Race CU Finishers: 10. Diana George, 22:06.7; 50. Megan Burrell, 23:00.6; 85. Staci Foster, 23:39.1; 94. Kelly King, 23:45.5


Fort Hays, Kansas

Men's Team Scores: 1. Western State, 27; 2. Colorado School of Mines, 41; 3. CU, 107; 4. Nebraska-Kearney, 120; 5. Air Force Academy, 148; 6. Fort Hays State, 171; 7. Colby CC, 187; 8. Garden City CC, 219; 9. Baker, 237; 10. Northern Colorado, 240; 11. Hutchinson CC, 347, 12. Oklahoma State-Panhandle, 351.

CU Finishers Only: (1. Ben Zywicki, CSM, 23:48.60) 17. Nathan Rice, 24:52.40; 21. Jeff Warren, 25:05.20; 22. Garrett Ward, 25:07.30; 30. Steve Kasica, 25:30.60; 34. Ryan Savercool, 25:38.80.

Women's Team Scores: 1. Western State, 15; 2. CU, 99; 3. Colorado School of Mines, 101; 4. Fort Hays State, 110; 5. Nebraska-Kearney, 116; 6. Baker, 134; 7. Northern Colorado, 140; 8. Hutchinson CC, 254; 9. Garden City CC, 276; 10. Colby CC, 284; 11. Oklahoma State-Panhandle, 333.

CU Finishers Only: (1. Lauren Kleppin, Western State, 16:59.40, course record) 10. Liz Tremblay, 17:50.00; 12. Courtney Bouchet, 17:59.70; 13. Nikki Look, 18:06.70; 29. Brooke Regan, 19:00.60; 63. Becky Popiel, 20:27.40.