Buffs Gear Up For Virginia Invitational

Buffs Gear Up For Virginia Invitational

BOULDER – The University of Colorado cross country program will head to Charlottesville, Va., this Saturday to compete at the Virginia Invitational.

As the Buffs enter their first official meet of the season, the women are ranked fifth in the USTFCCCA Coaches Poll, while the men are ranked seventh.

The men’s 8K race will kick off the day, starting at 6:45 a.m. MT, followed by the women’s 5K race at 7:30 a.m. MT. Colorado will have a stacked field against it as teams including NAU and Stanford will be also be participating in the Virginia Invitational.

Overall, 24 men’s and 23 women’s teams will compete, including eight of the top 15 men’s and nine of the top 15 women’s teams.

The Buffs will get a good preview of the postseason as the NCAA Championships will be held here on the Panorama Farms Cross Country Course in November.

The men’s squad will send a group of 10 competitors led by sophomore Isaiah Givens. He placed fifth at the Colorado time trials on Sept. 1 and was the first runner to cross the line for the Buffs. Three teammates joined Givens, including Noah Hibbard, James Overberg and Grady Rauba, who all finished within a second behind him.

Hunter Appleton, Caleb Niednagel, Charlie Welch, Paul Stafford, Austin Vancil, and Jacob Deroiun will also represent the black and gold this weekend.

The women’s squad will consist of a smaller group led by transfer Samree Dishon. At the opening time trials, Dishon placed first overall. She led a pack of Buffs across the line that included Emily Covert, Katie Doucette and Karrie Baloga, all of them poised to be formidable competitors for the Buffaloes this weekend.

CU will send seven total women, including Karina Andersen, Elliot Pribramsky and Whitney Valenti.

Meet information can be found here.

Live results can be found here. 

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