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XC Set To Race At Battle Born Collegiate Challenge; Move Up In USTFCCCA Polls

Feb 17, 2021
CU's women are ranked 5th heading into the Battle Born Collegiate Challenge

Battle Born Live Results | Men's Poll | Women's Poll

BOULDER — The University of Colorado cross country teams have one final opportunity to race before the Pac-12 Championships on March 5, and this one will be a pretty decent indicator as to where both teams are heading into the postseason.
CU is set to compete at the Battle Born Collegiate Cross Country Challenge, Friday, February 19, at Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las Vegas. USA Track & Field is hosting the event, which has brought in some of the top teams in the nation. There are eight races, split into four colors, with two per gender.
The Buffaloes will race in the yellow and green races, which allows both the varsity and emerging varsity teams to compete. In the men's yellow race, CU will compete against Northern Arizona, Stanford, Southern Utah, Notre Dame, Colorado State, Utah State and Iowa State. The women's field includes Stanford, Northern Arizona, Washington, New Mexico, Utah State, Boise State and Utah.
The forecast for Friday in Las Vegas is sunny with a high near 66 degrees Fahrenheit. When CU starts its first race at 10 a.m., the temperature is expected to be about 55 with winds from the east around 5 mph.
Live results will be available at There is no live stream available.
Complete Battle Born Collegiate Challenge Schedule (all times PST):
9:30 a.m. – Blue Men's 8,000m
10:15 a.m. – Blue Women's 6,000m
11 a.m. – Yellow Men's 8,000m
11:45 a.m. – Yellow Women's 6,000m
12:30 p.m. – Green Men's 8,000m
1:15 p.m. – Green Women's 6,000m
2 p.m. – Orange Men's 8,000m
2:45 p.m. Orange Women's 6,000
*CU races are in BOLD
USTFCCCA CROSS COUNTRY POLLS: The most recent USTFCCCA Coaches Polls, which came out Wednesday, have both CU teams in the top-10. Each team moved up three positions. The women moved up from eighth to fifth, while the men jumped from 13th to 10th.
In the women's rankings, the top three polls remained unchanged. Arkansas recorded nine of the 10 first-place votes for 326 points, while BYU stayed at second with 306 points. NC State picked up the remaining first-place vote recorded 305 points for third-place. New Mexico (295) moved up from fifth to fourth-place this week to stay in front of the Buffs, who recorded 286 points in the poll.
On the men's side, the top four teams did not change. BYU received eight of 11 first-place votes for 327 points to stay in first, while Northern Arizona came in second with the other three first-place votes for 321 points. Arkansas (303) and Tulsa (285) were third and fourth, respectively, while Stanford jumped up seven spots from 12th to fifth with 278 points. CU received 228 points in the rankings for 10th behind Oklahoma State (264), Iowa State (250), Portland (249) and Washington (232), which came in sixth through ninth, respectively.  
Both teams had a strong showing in their season debuts two weeks ago at the Florida State Winter Classic. The CU women recorded a first-place finish, besting Stanford 72-77. The men finished third behind Stanford and Iowa State, after falling in the tiebreaker to the Cyclones as both teams recorded 98 points.
Rachel McArthur led the women with a fifth-place finish. The other four scorers for CU were: Michaela Degenero (12th), Emily Covert (17th), Elizabeth Constien (18th) and Abby Nichols (24th). Eduardo 'Lalo' Herrera placed second in the men's race and Alec Hornecker also finished in the top-10 (eighth) for the Buffs. The other scorers were: Hunter Appleton (21st), Austin Vancil (28th) and Paxton Smith (44th).
In the latest regional rankings, the women remain third behind BYU and New Mexico, while the men are also still third behind BYU and Northern Arizona.