Coloradan Magazine

University of Colorado Boulder

Sports Q&A: Nelson Spruce

Senior wide receiver Nelson Spruce (Fin’15) caught a record-setting 106 passes last year, earning team MVP honors. The straight-talking finance major from Southern California ranks second at CU for all-time receptions, with 205 heading into his final season. Here he talks football with his trademark candor.

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Stats

Possible combinations of football helmets, jerseys, pants and shoes after May’s uniform redesign.

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Buff Bits

ard Xavier Johnson (Comm’16) tore his left Achilles tendon during off-season workouts and may miss the entire 2015-16 men’s basketball season.

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Dynamic Duo

University of Colorado Boulder alums Emma Coburn (Mktg’13) and Jenny Simpson (Econ, PolSci’09) won USA Track & Field titles on back-to-back days in June.

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The Championship Club

Varsity athletes aren’t the only Buffs bringing trophies back to Boulder. This spring, both the CU-Boulder triathlon and swimming and diving clubs repeated as national champions.

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Fastest Mile

Fastest Mile Senior Jake Hurysz (Comm’15) in February broke the CU record for fastest mile with a time of 3 minutes, 58.13 seconds, finishing fifth at the Husky Classic, an indoor track meet in Seattle. Former Buff Stephen Pifer (Geol’08) held the previous record of 3:59.55.

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Sports Q&A: Brie Hooks

Brie Hooks (Soc’17) may be small — 5 feet,1/2 inch — but she’s come up big for CU soccer. Last season the forward from greater Seattle led the team in goals (8) and points (23) and made the All-Pac-12 second team. A singer who has studied sign language, she imagines a career working with the deaf.

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On the links

The women’s golf team finished fifth at the Pac-12 Championships, its best result since joining the conference four years ago. The Buffs hosted the tournament at Boulder Country Club April 20-22.

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Early Exits

The Colorado men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2014-15 season with a March appearance in the College Basketball Invitational.

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Three’s company

Like younger siblings tend to do, Cierra (a.k.a. CeCe) and Gabby Simpson learned from Taylor’s experience and decided that CU was the right place to be.

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Running Away with It

Led by junior Ammar Moussa, the Buffs won their second NCAA Division I Championship in a row and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, the first team to hold the top spot all year since Wisconsin in 2006.

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Milestone Moment

Men’s basketball tipped off Pac-12 play with a Jan. 2 defeat of UCLA, 62-56, at Coors Events Center — marking CU’s first victory over UCLA in 53 years and the Buffs’ 100th win under head coach Tad Boyle.

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Other Postseason Action

The women’s soccer and volleyball teams reached their respective NCAA tournaments for the second year in a row in 2014, advancing to the second round in both cases.

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Anyone for Doubles?

In October, Julyette Steur and Kyra Wojcik delivered CU’s first-ever regional title in doubles tennis by winning the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Round of 64 final at the University of New Mexico.

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Sports Q&A: The Paul Twins

Jeremy and Yannik Paul, identical twins from Germany, are believed to be the first twins to play men’s golf for CU-Boulder. Recently ranked among the world’s top 200 men’s amateurs, they are sophomore business majors, roommates — and aiming for the pro tour. Jeremy is older by one minute.

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Sports Q&A Sarah Lautman

Last spring Sarah Lautman (Engr’15), a chemical and biological engineering major from Massachusetts, joined the women’s lacrosse team as a walk-on — and came up big during the team’s inaugural season, scoring game-winning overtime goals three times. Lautman was one of four CU players to tally at least 25 goals as the Buffs went 11-8 in 2014, their first season as a varsity sport.

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Buff Tidbits

In its first meeting ever with Colorado State, Buffs’ soccer prevailed 2-0 over the Rams, who are coached by former CU coach Bill Hempen…Junior Arielle Roberson led CU women’s basketball in scoring and rebounding last year, but will miss the 2014-15 season after tearing a ligament in her left knee. She also missed the 2011-12 season due to a hip injury…Former CU basketball standout Bob Jeangerard (Mgmt’55) was posthumously inducted into CU’s Athletic Hall of Fame…Former CU football coach Dan Hawkins will coach the U.S. senior national team in the 2015 American football world championships in Stockholm, Sweden, July 4-18.

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Big Moments in CU Football

Football celebrated three 20th anniversaries in 2014: Rashaan Salaam’s (Soc ex’95) Heisman Trophy-winning season, “The Catch” in the Michigan game and Bill McCartney’s final year as head coach.

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