Culpepper wins 5k at Trials

Former Colorado Buffalo Shayne Culpepper won the women's 5,000-meters event at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., Monday. Her win earned Culpepper a spot on the U.S. Olympic squad in the 2004 Olympics in Athens next month. She will join her husband, Alan, on the team, as Alan qualified for the Games as a marathoner in February.

Shayne Culpepper overtook leader Marla Runyon down the stretch of the 5k race late Monday night, and turned in a winning time of 15:7.41. The Athens Games will be Culpepper's second Olympics appearance after running for the U.S. in the 1,500-m in 2000. Alan Culpepper ran in the 10,000-m in the 2000 Sydney Games as well.

In the men's 5,000-m, former Buffalo Jorge Torres advanced to Friday's final heat with a 13:44.78 time, good enough for a seventh-place finish in his semi-final race. Two former Buffs, Clint Wells (13:57.97) and Adam Goucher (13:58.55), failed to advance in the 5k.

Also advancing to a finals heat was former CU star Steve Slattery, who finished second in the 3,000 steeplechase (8:30.45). He will try to earn an Olympic bid in Thursday's final race.

In earlier competition at the Olympic Trials, CU's Dathan Ritzenhein finished 22nd in the 10,000-m. While the performance was a disappointment, it had to do with the fact Ritzenhein was running with a stress fracture in one of his feet. He still has a shot to make the Olympic squad in the event, as he ran an "A" qualifying time earlier in the year. Former Buff Ed Torres finished 13th in the race, which was won by Meb Keflezighi. Runner up was Abdi Abdirahman, who along with Keflezighi and Alan Culpepper, gave the U.S. men's team their first ever victory in May at the Bolder Boulder team race.

Former CU sprinter James Davis failed to advance past Sunday's preliminary round in the 400-m dash.

Other News
In other CU news, former Buffalo basketball player Amber Metoyer, who left the CU women's squad after her sophomore season last March, announced she was enrolling at Louisiana Tech. Metoyer, a 5-11 forward who grew up in Boulder and starred at Fairview High School before playing at CU for two seasons, will sit out a transfer year next season but compete in track and field.

Metoyer, who had not spoken publicly about her transfer until now, told the Boulder Daily Camera that she left the program because she "didn't have the type of relationship with (head coach Ceal Barry) that I wanted."

Single-game football tix on sale Thursday
With football season less than two months away, CU will begin selling single-game tickets for home and away games on Thursday.

All home game tickets are $50, including games with Colorado State (Sept. 4), North Texas (Sept. 18), Oklahoma State (Oct. 9), Iowa State (Oct. 16), Texas (Oct. 30) and Kansas State (Nov. 13). Prices vary for away games.

Season tickets are still available as well, beginning at $180. Tickets can be purchased at the CU athletic ticket office between gates 4 and 5 at Folsom Stadium, via phone at (303) 492-8837 or online at CUBuffs.com.


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