COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Colorado cross country program took part in its second meet of the season here at the Gans Creek Classic Friday morning highlighted by the men’s squad finishing in sixth with 215 points. The women had just four athletes compete today; therefore, they didn’t qualify for scoring.
The morning began with the men’s 8K consisting of 20 total teams. The Buffs had six athletes compete in the race and saw five of them finish in 61st or better. Charles Robertson and Jace Aschbrenner were expected to run today but ended up not competing.
Colorado was led by freshman Conner Wingfield who remained in the top-20 for the majority of the race. He made his way to the front early on, sitting in seventh at the 3,000-meter mark. As the race progressed he fell back slightly but was still able to finish 15th overall in 24:31.3. Alex Baca was the next man to cross the finish line for CU placing 36th (24:58.8).
The Buffs were able to come in sixth with the help of Wilson Georges, Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff and Ben Greene. The group of three all finished within three seconds of each other propelling Colorado up the rankings. The order went Georges in 53rd (25:22.9), Kilbarger-Stumpff in 56th (25:24.0) and Greene in 61st (25:28.5).
On the women’s side, Tiya Chamberlin led the four Colorado runners with a time of 22:10.9 putting her in 44th overall. Next up for the Buffs were Joelle McDonald and Sierra Parks. McDonald placed 52nd as she finished just about 10 seconds after Chamberlin while Parks placed 58th in her first major meet as a Buff.
Illinois took first in the men’s 8K with 46 points as Nebraska took first in the women’s 6K with 86 points.
After back-to-back weeks with races, Colorado cross country will have a two-week period before its next meet. The Buffaloes will be heading to Madison, Wis. to compete at Nuttycombe on Friday, Oct. 13th which will be Colorado’s last meet before the Pac-12 Championships.
MEN’S SCORING: 1. Illinois 46; 2. North Florida 76; 3. Texas Tech 102; 4. Bradley 104; 5. Missouri 116; 6. Colorado 215; 7. Kansas State 241; 8. Creighton 251; 9. UC San Diego 291; 10. Baylor 292; 11. Southern Illinois 295; 12. Idaho State 307; 13. Northern Iowa 325; 14. Marquette 339; 15. Nebraska 341; 16. SE Missouri 416; 17. Murray State 492; 18. Kansas City 505; 19. Lindenwood 558; 20. Kansas 562
CU RESULTS: 15. Conner Wingfield (24:31.3);…