CU club sports left their mark in 2014, claiming a remarkable five national titles by summer.
Shalaya Kipp (IntPhys, Psych’14) capped her CU track & field career by finishing fifth in the NCAA Championship’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and earning All-American honors for the 10th time in her career, including four times in the steeplechase.
CU football opened its 2014 season on big stages — NFL stadiums in Denver and Foxborough, Mass. — winning one and losing one.
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Conor McGahey became the public address announcer for home CU football games in 2011, succeeding Alan Cass (A&S ex’63, HonDocHum’99), who retired after 50 years of making calls for CU sporting events — including almost 30 years of CU football. McGahey, 29, works full-time for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment as associate producer for game presentation for the Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Mammoth.
At the CU Sports Performers of the Year celebration, volleyball player Taylor Simpson was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2013-14, while basketball forward Josh Scott and skier Rune Oedegaard shared the men’s honor…
CU broke ground on May 12 for the $143 million athletic facilities project that the university hopes will be largely completed by August 2015.
The CU football team is headed east this fall! For the first time in school history, the Buffs are taking on the UMass Minutemen in Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6. The matchup marks the farthest mainland road trip the team has ever made.
Rick Reilly (Jour’81), an ESPN columnist since 2008 and writer at Sports Illustrated for 23 years prior, will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in June.
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Intercollegiate Division I sports programs tend to struggle somewhat when thrown into the deep end in their inaugural seasons, but the CU women’s lacrosse team avoided many of the growing pains.
Despite losing top scorer Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury in January, the men’s basketball team qualified for its third consecutive NCAA Tournament, an unprecedented feat in program history.
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Four or five seasons ago, the thought of both the CU men’s and women’s basketball teams being simultaneously ranked in the top 20 in the nation would have been laughable. But no one was laughing as 2014 dawned with both programs in just such positions.
When it comes to college cross country success since 2000, coach Mark Wetmore is getting closer to having a corner on the market.
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or just the second time in program history, the CU women’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
CU club skier Alexis Keeney claimed a gold medal in the women’s slopestyle at the Winter World University Games in Italy in December. It was the only gold medal for the Americans.
Chip, CU’s costumed mascot, has performed at sporting events and university and community activities since the 1980s. We recently caught up with Ethan, a Chip, who is identified only by first name to preserve his anonymity.
Traditionally, cu football head coaches haven’t fared well in their first game, but Mike MacIntyre proved to be the exception. When he led CU over Colorado State 41-27, he became the second Buff head coach in 81 years to win in his CU debut.
CU Volleyball Sets Victories Liz Kritza had gone without a victory over a nationally ranked opponent in her first 4.5 seasons as volleyball coach. But in an eight-day span, the Buffs knocked off two nationally ranked programs — No. 11-ranked UCLA and No. 1-ranked Washington.
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Athletic administrator Ceal Barry, the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history, completed her 30th year at CU-Boulder. Last summer she served as interim athletic director after the departure of Mike Bohn and before the hiring of Rick George.
Darian Hagan (Soc ex’92), a starting quarterback, and former Buff men’s basketball coach Frosty Cox will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on April 17.
The CU soccer team posted its best start — through the end of September — since 2008. The Buffs won eight of their first 10 games, with both losses to nationally ranked teams. In early October, Colorado won its first Pac-12 home game ever by beating Oregon State 2-1. CU followed up the win over Oregon State by beating Oregon.
Emma Coburn (Mktg’13) added another chapter to the storied recent history for CU runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by winning the NCAA title in the event in Eugene, Ore.
Bill McCartney, who led CU-Boulder to its only national championship in football in the 1990 season, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 10 in New York.
Rick George was introduced as CU’s sixth full-time athletic director on July 17, succeeding Mike Bohn. From 1987-91, he was assistant athletic director for CU-Boulder’s football operations when the Buffs won a national football title.
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It came right down to the wire, but the CU triathlon team extended its streak of consecutive national titles to four with its victory in April at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Tempe, Ariz.