BOULDER, Colo. — Sophomore Shalaya Kipp led No. 4 Colorado to victory at the 26th Annual Rocky Mountain Shootout at the Buffalo Ranch on Colorado’s South Campus.
Kipp took first place overall to earn her first Rocky Mountain Shootout crown. Kipp had a decent lead on the field after the first half of the race and defeated runner-up Kristen McGlynn, by 27 seconds (20:56). The time was a personal best for Kipp, bettering her mark of 20:42 from the 2010 meet.
“It didn’t feel like I had a huge lead the whole time, because I knew the girls were fast behind me,” Kipp said. “They ran a lot faster than last year; I was pretty excited. It definitely made me feel like I was in good shape.”
Lara Darco was the second Buffalo to finish, doing so in 21:15. Right behind her in sixth was Camille Logan (21:19). Katie Cumming was seventh (21:26). Diana George finished 11th, crossing the line in 22:17.
Staci Foster was 14th overall (22:28), Courtney Bouchet took 18th (22:52), Liz Tremblay was 19th (22:54) and Kelly King placed 21st (23:01).
“I am super excited,” Kipp said about the way the team performed. “Last year at this time, we didn’t have nearly as much of the depth, and this year, it was exciting that we had seven or eight girls running faster than four of us last year.”
Wetmore was pleased with the finishes, but acknowledged there is some work for them to do between now and the next race.
“Frankly, I would say the women were a little behind what coach Burroughs and I had hoped for,” Wetmore said. “It was a very nice run for Shalaya, kind of out front the way with not a whole lot of help. I think we need to rest a little more. We didn’t rest much today. The rest of the women were good, but not excellent so we have to get a little better rest.”
Colorado’s score of 16 was 33 points better than second-place Wyoming (49). Air Force was third (91), Northern Colorado placed fourth (108) and Nebraska-Omaha was fifth (135).