Buffaloes Set For Cowboy Jamboree
BOULDER — The University of Colorado cross country program will head to Stillwater, Okla., this Saturday to compete in the Cowboy Jamboree.
The Buffs enter their first meet against Division I competition with both teams ranked in the top-five. The women enter the meet ranked third in the USTFCCCA Coaches Poll, while the men are tabbed at five.
Due to warm temperatures, both the college and invitational races will be run at the same time and moved up. The women's 6K race will start things off at 6:45 a.m. MT, followed by the men's 8K race at 7:30 a.m. MT. The Buffs will have a stacked field against them with teams such as BYU, NAU and Stanford coming to preview the 2022 NCAA Championship course. In total, eight of the top-10 teams on the men's side will be in the race while six of the women's top-10 will compete.
The women's squad is led by grad transfer Bailey Hertenstein. The junior won the Colorado Open at the beginning of September by 11 seconds over teammates Kaitlyn Bartell, Ella Baran and Carley Bennett. Returning All-American Emily Covert did not compete in the race but is set to make her season debut in Stillwater to help bolster the women's top-seven.
Whitney Valenti and Hannah Miniutti will also be strong contenders for the Buffs' top runners. CU will send 14 total women with Karina Andersen, Bella Longo, Alisa Meraz-Fishbein, Elle Orie, Elliot Pribramsky, Rylee Robinson and Anna Shults also racing for the black and gold.
The men's squad will send a much larger group of 21 to compete. Colorado was led by redshirt freshman Lukas Haug at the Colorado Open, who led a large pack of men across the line that included Noah Hibbard, Charlie Sweeney, Andrew Kent and Hunter Appleton. Austin Vancil competed unattached at the Colorado Open but is registered attached for this weekend's race after finishing fourth at the Colorado Open.
The CU men bring in a young squad that features 15 freshmen or sophomores. Jace Aschbrenner, Alex Baca, Jake Derouin, Zack Gacnik, Ben Greene, Haug, Caleb Niednagel, James Overberg, Shaw Powell, Grady Rauba, Tyler Scholl and Charlie Welch are all freshmen competing in their first major meet for the Buffs.
The race will not be streamed, but live results can be found here.