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Buffaloes Finish Top-10 At Nuttycombe

Oct 14, 2022

MADISON, Wisc. — The University of Colorado cross country program finished eighth on the men's side and ninth for the women at the 2022 Nuttycombe Invitational here Friday, while also capturing the B team title for the men.
 
In the championship race, the men started the crowded 8K race in 17th through the first 2,000-meters. As the race broke open the Buffs moved up, rising as high as fifth through the 6,000-meter mark with huge moves from Austin Vancil and Andrew Kent. The men fell to eighth in the final standings, led by Vancil who finished 22nd in 23:29.0. Wisconsin transfer Seth Hirsch made the largest move throughout the race, going from 106th to 23rd, including passing 64 individuals in the second half of the race to finish in 23:30.7.
 
The men's scoring rounded out with Kent in 44th in 23:42.1, followed by Brendan Fraser in 62nd in 23:52.0 and Charlie Sweeney 74th in23:56.3.
 
The women were paced by a top-five finish from Bailey Hertenstein. The Indiana transfer passed 10 individuals in the final 100 meters to finish the 6K in 20:02.7. She led with the lead pack most of the way, crossing the 2,000-meter mark in 17th and rising to fourth in the 4,000-meter mark.
 
Behind her, Emily Covert finished 29th overall in 20:20.5, followed by Ella Baran who passed 21 runners in the final 2,000-meters to finish 47th in 20:31.7. Kaitlyn Barthell finished 108th in 20:57.1, then Gabrielle Orie rounded out the scoring in 117th in 20:59.5.
 
The men started out the day picking up the B race championship with 68 points, one more than Notre Dame. Noah Hibbard, Jace Aschbrenner and Hunter Appleton all scored in the top-six led by Hibbard in third and the others in fifth and sixth, respectfully. Charles Welch and Alex Baca rounded out the B team scoring in 30th and 36th.
 
True freshman Isaiah Givens ran unattached and picked up the win in the B team race with a diving finish in 23:59.2.
 
The Buffaloes compete again tomorrow with a squad of seven men and seven women competing in the Highlander Invitational at Cal Riverside to preview the Pac-12 Championship course.
 
 
WOMEN'S RESULTS: 1. NC State 80; 2. New Mexico 80; 3. NAU 244; 4. BYU 252; 5. Notre Dame 257; 6. UNC 280; 7. Stanford 185; 8. Utah 303; 9. Colorado 306; 10. Georgetown 310; 11. Oregon 363; 12. Toledo 500; 13. Syracuse 506; 14. Wisconsin 506; 15. Providence 511; 16. Washington 515; 17. CSU 518; 18. Michigan State 530; 19. Arkansas 533; 20. Utah Valley 544; 21. Michigan 545; 22. Furman 556; 23. Air Force 567; 24. FSU 588; 25. Indiana 620; 26. Oregon State 626; 27. Iowa State 631; 28. Utah State 647; 29. Harvard 652; 30. BSU 663; 31. Princeton 672; 32. Duke 676; 33. Portland 752; 34. Minnesota 789; 35. Tulsa 885; 36. Gonzaga 977
 
COLORADO RESULTS: 5. Bailey Hertenstein 20:02.7; 29. Emily Covert 20:20.5; 47. Ella Baran 20:31.7; 108. Kaitlyn Barthell 20:57.1; 117. Gabrielle Orie 20:59.5; 219. Whitney Valenti 21:55.9; 257. Hannah Miniutti 22:54.3
 
MEN'S RESULTS: 1. Stanford 54; 2. BYU 89; 3. NAU 145; 4. Air Force 149; 5. Notre Dame 186; 6. Tulsa 214; 7. Wisconsin 221; 8. Colorado 225; 9. Villanova 343; 10. NC State 366; 11. Portland 367; 12. Oregon 368; 13. Syracuse 370; 14. UNC 384; 15. Washington 398; 16. Utah State 443; 17. Georgetown 457; 18. CSU 475; 19. Duke 495; 20. Michigan 526; 21. Harvard 538; 22. Iowa State 543; 23. Michigan State 608; 24. Boise State 617; 25. Providence 628; 26. Gonzaga 682; 27. Furman 683; 28. Indiana 684; 29. Iona 720; 30. FSU 788; 31. New Mexico 791; 32. Santa Clara 794; 33. Minnesota 987
 
COLORADO RESULTS: 22. Austin Vancil 23:29.0; 23. Seth Hirsch 23:30.7; 44. Andrew Kent 23:42.1; 62. Brendan Fraser 23:52.0; 74. Charlie Sweeney 23:56.3; 96. James Overberg 24:02.6; 127. Lukas Haug 24:13.6
 
MEN'S B RESULTS: 1. Colorado 68; 2. Notre Dame 69; 3. BYU 131; 4. Toledo 132; 5. Utah Valley 132; 6. Tulsa 182; 7. NAU 191; 8. Michigan 201; 9. Utah State 225; 10. Wisconsin 231; 11. Georgetown 241; 12. Villanova 248; 13. Boise State 260; 14.  Iowa State 292; 15. Michigan State 332
 
COLORADO RESULTS: 1. Isaiah Givens (UNATTACHED) 23:59.2; 3. Noah Hibbard 24:13.9; 5. Jace Aschbrenner 24:17.0; 6. Hunter Appleton 24:21.1; 30. Charles Welch 24:36.8; 36. Alex Baca 24:43.5; 60. Grady Rauba 25:02.1; 87. Shaw Powell 25:21.2
 
 
QUOTES
Head Coach Mark Wetmore
On Isaiah Givens
"I was confident that we would have a good group in front of that race. We knew Isaiah had a very nice race three weeks ago in Oklahoma, but it was a pleasant surprise to see him so far up and dive at the tape violently to get the win. He's going to be a good one for us one day."
 
On Bailey's Finish
"Well Bailey was certainly the highlight of the day. This is an excellent field. This is almost the NCAA minus one or two teams. Fifth place for her in the time that she ran exceeded my expectations."
 
On The Women's Race
"Emily Covert has had an interruption that we've been nursing along and she's such a competitor that she threw herself at the front end of the race too early. She paid the price for that some. She's a better runner than she showed today. We have two weeks to get fitter, healthier and a little more controlled. Ella Baran had a nice race, she's never seen a race this deep, fast and physical so she will learn from that. The women have a lot of improving to do if they are going to be a factor in two weeks."
 
On The Men's Race
"Basically the same. There were highlights, Austin ran well, Seth ran very well, some other elders for us didn't deliver today. As I said for the women, we have to make some strides in the next two weeks or we are coming home disappointed from California."