Sunday, November 03, 2013


The University of Colorado cross country team wins the 2013 Pac-12 Championships at Coal Creek Golf Course on Saturday. Cliff Grassmick/ November 2, 2013.

In Men's Cross Country, that is.   And the Colorado Women came is second, surprising quite a few folks and just missing taking the top spot by only a few points.  The 2013 men's championship makes it a three-peat for the team - first place in all three years that CU has been in the PAC 12 Conference.

This past Saturday, my good friend and running colleague Doug Laufer and I attended the Championships.  It could not have been a better day for a cross country event - cool, crisp, cloudless, not a bit of wind, and a beautiful rolling course at the Coal Creek Golf Course.  We got there early enough to stroll the course and check out good vantage points for watching the race develop - since it was a triple loop, the race was very spectator-friendly.  And there were indeed a lot of spectators; not only many CU fans but folks from all of the PAC 12 universities were abundant, sporting their school's hats, shirts and jackets.  Coming into the race, the CU men were ranked #1 in the country, so there was a bit of pressure to live up to their billing.  Here is a pic of the CU men leaving their starting box, running nine and scoring the top five.

The CU mens' team begins the race on Saturday. For more photos of the races, go to
Cliff Grassmick / November 2, 2013

Note that Oregon was in the adjacent box, and Oregon runner Edward Chesereck was the overall winner at 24:36 for the 8K.  But this is a team sport, and Colorado's Blake Theroux was third overall, finishing in 24:47.  The next four CU runners were all on the top 10 -  Connor Winter (fourth place), Ben Saarel (fifth), Pierce Murphy (seventh) and Ammar Moussa (ninth) and all were all within 28 seconds of Theroux.  The scoring ended up with the Buffs having 28 points for the win, with Oregon (54 points) coming in second and Stanford (79) third.  Doug and I knew that things were looking good when you see an abundance of Colorado jerseys in the lead pack, as below.

Morgan Pearson, left, Pierce Murphy (52), and Connor Winter, all of CU, lead early in the 8K race. For more photos of the races, go to
Cliff Grassmick / November 2, 2013

The CU women finished better than expected - they came in ranked 16th in the country, and 4th in the PAC 12.  But they pushed top-ranked Arizona hard, with Arizona scoring just 6 points fewer than Colorado.

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All in all, A Great Day for the Race.

Curmudgeon End-Note - CU Football PAC 12 Loss to UCLA, Front Page of Boulder Daily Camera Sports Section; CU PAC 12 Championship, Third Page


Anonymous said...

Excellent story. You should become a cross country writer.

Douglas E said...

Thanks Anonymous - however, I doubt that anyone would hire me :-)

Bob said...

Wished I could have joined you.

Rufus said...

Doug - Nice blog on the CC race – enjoyed your coverage of the event and the day at the races. dl

Grand Master said...

Number 58 coming out of the starting block looks just like me, both feet off of the ground, literally flying across the course. More truthfully, I am lucky to have one foot off of the ground during my "run"