Colorado wins inaugural Pac-12 title
Kipp and Coburn finish fourth and fifth for Buffaloes
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- The Colorado cross country teams won the first ever Pac-12 Conference titles in any sport on Saturday, sweeping the men’s and women’s races at the Wigwam Golf Course.
The No. 16 Lady Buffaloes tallied a score of 50 points. No. 2 Washington was the runner-up with 73 points and No. 8 Stanford had 75 points in the team race.
“I would give each team an ‘A’ for today’s performance,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “They came out and raced what they were capable of and some even exceeded expectations. It was a good day and we couldn’t have asked for much more from either team.”
|Conference||Team Champion||Individual Champion|
|ACC||Florida State||Amanda Winslow|
|Big-12||Iowa State||Caroline Jeptling|
|Big East||Villanova||Sheila Reid|
|Mountain West||New Mexico||Ruth Keino|
|• More conference championships|
Sophomore Shalaya Kipp was the top female to finish the 6k course for the Buffaloes. She took fourth overall and had a time of 19:54. Senior Emma Coburn was fifth overall and finished one second behind Kipp (19:55). The pair ran the entire race together and helped pull each other along. Coburn was also competing in her first cross country race this season and was able make it a memorable one with her top-five performance.
Senior Lara Darco recorded a ninth-place finish as she finished in 20:18. Freshman Rachael Baptista was 14th overall (20:25) and senior Katie Cumming was the fifth harrier for the Buffaloes (20:30), placing 18th.
“We are so excited,” Coburn said. “We thought we would have a good chance if we came out and raced today like we know we can. Shalaya and I really played well off of each other and our third, fourth and fifth runners really did well today.”
The sweep by the Buffs marks the 13th time in school history that the men and women have won both titles at the conference championship since the inception of a women’s program in 1976. This is the first time CU has won both titles since the Big 12 Championships in 2007.
After the men won their title, the women were given a little boost heading into their race.
“We all got chills watching the men’s race and were so excited for them,” Coburn said. “The mood was lightened and we got a better perspective on what this meet is about. Seeing the men win you understood what kind of occasion this is and how special it would be if we won too.”