Buffs Capture Men's XC National Championship

Senior Brent Vaughn paced a deep CU men's team Monday in the men's cross country national championships, leading the Buffs to the national crown. CU sophomore Jenny Barringer finished second individually in the women's race, and the women's team placed second, as well.

The Colorado men's squad won the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., Monday with 94 points. CU's Brent Vaughn was the first Big 12 competitor to cross the finish line, as he took 12th place in a time of 30:13. (Vaughn's race counted just eight points against the team total since four runners who finished ahead of him were not racing as members of teams.) The victory for the Buffs marks the men's third NCAA Championships team title. (CU also won in 2001 and 2004).

CU was the best Big 12 team finisher in the women's race, placing second with 223 points. Junior Buffalo Jenny Barringer from CU came in second in a time of 20:37.9, 16 seconds behind winner Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech. Stanford won the team race by eight points over a young Colorado squad.

BYU's Josh Rohatinsky dominated the men's race, crossing the finish line in a time of 30:44.9. But in a sport where a team's top five racers count toward their team total, it was the Buffs' depth that led them to victory. After Vaughn, CU runners who finished in the points included junior Stephen Pifer (20th), senior Erik Heinonen (28th), junior James Strang (27th) and senior Billy Nelson (56th).

After Barringer, CU's women's top finishers were junior Liza Pasciuto (16th), freshmen Aislynn Ryan (46th) and Claire Maduza (48th) and senior Erin Marston (165th).

"Our team has a great comradery," said CU head coach Mark Wetmore. "They're best friends. They were relaxed yet confident and willing to work hard. They are a pleasure to be around."