LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Jake Hurysz raced to a fourth-place individual finish to help Colorado to the team title at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational on Saturday at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park.
CU was ranked seventh nationally heading into the weekend and defeated No. 3 BYU, which placed second, by 55 points. The Buffs finished with a team score of 79 while the Cougars recorded a score of 129. No. 15 Oregon placed third in the meet with 152 points.
“We knew they were pretty fit heading into this meet, but they are pretty young and we weren’t sure how they would respond to a meet of this caliber,” coach Mark Wetmore said. “This is a lot faster meet than what they’ve seen this year. They responded well, better than I hoped, and put them in a nice position for the conference meet.”
The CU men finished 4-11-12-22-23. Hurysz came across the finish line in 23 minutes, 19.5 seconds, just ahead of three runners that finished in under 23:21. UTEP’s Anthony Rotich won the 8-kilometer race in 23:01.0.
“His [Jake] workouts have been good leading up to this meet and he has taken a big step in his fitness since a year ago,” Wetmore said. “He was a little conservative [Saturday] and is still learning his own fitness. He closed very well and is progressing very nicely.”
Blake Theroux and Hugh Dowdy placed 11th and 12th, respectively. Theroux finished .04 seconds in front of his teammate as he clocked a time of 23:38.8. Dowdy was just on Theroux’s heels with a time of 23:39.2.
CU’s fourth and fifth runners also came in together. Pierce Murphy was 22nd and Martin Medina took 23th. They both came into the finish with the time of 23:49.5. Aric Van Halen and Connor Winter also ran for CU but did not score. Van Halen was 27th (23:52.2) and Winter placed 35th (23:55.7).