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Spring 2021 indoor track & field season @ cross country regular season news, results and discussion (T&F- NCAA Indoor Championships 3/12-13)

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Sage absolutely crushed the field. Was Alex a rabbit for her?

Based on the times, I'd GUESS so. (Of course, 1% of the time it could also have been injury.)

Another amazing run for Ms. Hurta in, I believe, only her 2nd race (after her 800M Buff record setting performance a couple weeks ago) in a long time. Looks like it's a huge CU record improvement for her, as the CU record books showed her prior mile best as 4:38.39 (from way back in 2017). (She remains at #4 in the CU records book, but much closer behind only 2 World Champions and Olympic medalists in Simpson and Coburn, and a hopeful young pro and Buff great in Dani Jones.)
 

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(I was also following probably the top collegiate meet this weekend, the Tyson Classic (hosted by Arkansas), and Ms. Hurta JUST kept the NCAA lead, as the winner of that race (from Arkansas) just won in 4:31.83.)
 

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Article after today's action-

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/2/13/track-and-field-hurta-sets-nation-leading-mark-in-mile.aspx

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AMES, Iowa – Colorado track senior Sage Hurta owns the top mark in the nation in the women's mile after running 4:31.80 Saturday here to break the facility record at the Harry Hoak Track.

Hurta had a rabbit through the 709 meter mark at 1:59.45, already six seconds ahead of the rest of the field. In fact, Hurta and the rabbit led by nearly two seconds through the first 209 meters. Hurta cruised to the victory, 16 seconds ahead of second place.

The senior destroyed the nation lead of 4:35.69, set by Arkansas junior Lauren Gregory. She also owns the second-best mark in the nation in the 800, setting up the middle distance double.

"Having the leading time in the mile wasn't my focus, and I won't be heart broken if someone comes along and runs faster," said Hurta. "However, I'm glad that I'll have event options going into the NCAA meet, and a few weeks to get fitter."
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"Like her 800 of two weeks ago, Sage was without much help," said head coach Mark Wetmore. "She is still rusty, after a long time away from a racing season, but this was a good run. It may end up leading the NCAA, and it is about 4th all-time at CU. The three ahead of her had a lot more help. Now she will do a few more weeks of work, then decide what to race in Fayetteville."

The Buffs also competed in the hurdles and men's pole vault today at the Colorado School of Mines. Avery McMullen led the hurdle crew with a win in the women's 60 hurdles at 8.74 seconds, followed by Jada Green at 8.89 and Elise Gillett at 9.29. Heptathlete Nick Bianco placed fourth in the hurdles and the vault, running 8.66 seconds and jumping 4.41 meters (14-5.5).
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Flotrack nicely provides a video of Sage Hurta time trialing her way (with pacer assistance ~1/2 the race) to the NCAA #1 mile time so far this indoor season-

 

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Awesome news for cross country fans that, after having its NCAA Championships behind a pretty obscure pretty expensive pay wall (Flotrack) for at least the last 2-3 years, that starting this year (and going through at least 2023), they are going to be shown somewhere on ESPN's networks (this season's on ESPNU) and/ or streaming platforms!


Cubuffs article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/2/15/...cross-country-championships-through-2023.aspx

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NEW ORLEANS - The USTFCCCA has combined efforts with ESPN and is pleased to announce that the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be presented live via telecasts on ESPN's linear channels and through ESPN's online platforms through at least 2023.

The thrilling, unpredictable event returns to live television for the first time since 2009 as the upcoming, rescheduled 2020 championships will be exclusively presented on ESPNU and available through the ESPN App on Monday, March 15, starting at 12:30 p.m., Eastern.

"We look forward to showcasing the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on ESPNU this spring and in the years to come," said Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions. "We greatly value our relationships with both the NCAA and the USTFCCCA, and are thrilled to highlight the hard work of these student-athletes as they conclude an unparalleled season."

"This is an incredible opportunity for collegiate cross country," said Sam Seemes, CEO of the USTFCCCA. "We are ecstatic to help showcase this event to a wider audience and to continue to enhance the sport in the years ahead. It's our belief that viewers who experience the richness of compelling competition, presented in an enjoyable format, will want to learn more about the sport along with the student-athletes and coaches that make it great."
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The two-hour live telecast on March 15 will feature, without commercial interruption, the women's six-kilometer, national-championship race at 12:50 p.m., Eastern, with the men's 10-kilometer, national-championship race to follow at 1:40 p.m., Eastern.

The event, originally scheduled for November 21, 2020, will take place at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State University is hosting the national championship event for the first time.
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The post-championships awards ceremony will also be streamed live on ESPN3 and through the ESPN App on mobile and connected devices.

The teams and individuals chosen to compete in the championships will be first revealed via a selection show, streamed on NCAA.com, on Sunday, March 7, 1 p.m., Eastern.

Arkansas' women and BYU's men are the defending champions. Both programs won their first NCAA cross country team crowns in 2019.

The championships telecast, produced by the USTFCCCA in coordination with TrackTown Productions, will be hosted by SportsCenter's John Anderson with Carrie Tollefson and Bill Spaulding providing analysis and play-by-play.
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AztecBuff

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Both indoor track and field and cross country are scheduled to be in action, with the cross country races I believe being BIG as the Buffs (both men's and women's teams) work towards qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
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Indoor track and field is at the Air Force Academy for the "Air Force Collegiate Open". Looks like field events are scheduled to start at 9:00 AM MT, while track action begins at 11:00 AM.

Preview -

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/2/17/track-and-field-colorado-sends-large-squad-to-air-force.aspx

Some links-
AFA's meet notes (Includes the only schedule I can find so far on the 5th page. Often, there's a separate final schedule generated near the start of the meet.) - https://goairforcefalcons.com/documents/2021/2/8/2021_AF_Collegiate_Open.pdf

Start lists -
Live results - http://results.tfmeetpro.com/Air_Fo...FieldCross_Country/Air_Force_Collegiate_Open/

Live Video coverage looks to be available via live stream on Youtube -
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Cross country is also in action, in their case in Las Vegas at the Battle Born Collegiate Cross Country Challenge, with the 1st race scheduled to include Buffs scheduled to start at noon MT (11:00 AM Vegas/ Pacific time).

Preview -

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/2/17/...iate-challenge-move-up-in-ustfccca-polls.aspx

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BOULDER — The University of Colorado cross country teams have one final opportunity to race before the Pac-12 Championships on March 5, and this one will be a pretty decent indicator as to where both teams are heading into the postseason.

CU is set to compete at the Battle Born Collegiate Cross Country Challenge, Friday, February 19, at Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las Vegas. USA Track & Field is hosting the event, which has brought in some of the top teams in the nation. There are eight races, split into four colors, with two per gender.

The Buffaloes will race in the yellow and green races, which allows both the varsity and emerging varsity teams to compete. In the men's yellow race, CU will compete against Northern Arizona, Stanford, Southern Utah, Notre Dame, Colorado State, Utah State and Iowa State. The women's field includes Stanford, Northern Arizona, Washington, New Mexico, Utah State, Boise State and Utah.

The forecast for Friday in Las Vegas is sunny with a high near 66 degrees Fahrenheit. When CU starts its first race at 10 a.m., the temperature is expected to be about 55 with winds from the east around 5 mph.

Live results will be available at https://live.nts-timing.com/meets/7007. There is no live stream available.

Complete Battle Born Collegiate Challenge Schedule (all times PST):
9:30 a.m. – Blue Men's 8,000m
10:15 a.m. – Blue Women's 6,000m
11 a.m. – Yellow Men's 8,000m
11:45 a.m. – Yellow Women's 6,000m
12:30 p.m. – Green Men's 8,000m
1:15 p.m. – Green Women's 6,000m

2 p.m. – Orange Men's 8,000m
2:45 p.m. Orange Women's 6,000
*CU races are in BOLD
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Link to live timings - https://live.nts-timing.com/meets/7007/events
 

AztecBuff

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Just a camera looking back from the lead vehicle (Edit- and lots of buffering going on), but looks like an informal live stream of the men's race is available on Instagram on @VegasGoldElite account. (Thanks to them for that.)
 
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I'd say a very solid finish for the men in their "A" race, as they finish in 3rd, and individually Eduardo Herrera continues his impressive season, also finishing 3rd. (The "A" women's race looks to be about 5 minutes in.)


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In a tight race (only one point different each from 3rd-4th-5th), the Buffs women finish 5th. Their top finisher from their 1st/ last race didn't race today. Hope all is well with her.

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Here are the articles that reported on last Friday's results-

Cross country -

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/2/19/...ifth-at-battle-born-collegiate-challenge.aspx

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In a final tune-up before the postseason begins, the Colorado cross country teams turned in a pair of top-five finishes at the Battle Born Collegiate Challenge on Friday at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

CU's varsity teams ran in the yellow races, which were billed as the fastest of the meet. The No. 10 men finished third behind second-ranked Northern Arizona and fifth-rated Stanford. NAU recorded 20 points to win the race, while the Cardinal picked up 48 points. CU ended up with 70 points, besting fourth-place Southern Utah (101) by 31 points.

"Teams are juggling indoor track and cross country and using the weekends however they feel is best for their team to get their people to both nationals," head coach Mark Wetmore said. "So Iowa State was entered here and withdrew. BYU at one time was entered here and withdrew. Notre Dame also withdrew and the Washington men. So the faster men's race was depleted a little bit over the last few weeks."

In the women's race, the No. 5 Buffaloes placed fifth with 102 points, but were just two points from third-place. No. 4 New Mexico won the meet with 60 points, while No. 6 Stanford was second with 85. No. 16 NAU came in third with 100 points and No. 4 Boise State was one point behind with 101 points.

Individually senior Eduardo 'Lalo Herrera turned in the best performance for Colorado's men in the 8-kilometer race, finishing third, while the women were led by graduate transfer Abby Nichols, who finished eighth in the women's 6k race.
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UP NEXT: The postseason begins as Colorado heads to the Pac-12 Championships at University Place, Washington, March 5. The women will race first at 12 p.m. and the men will follow at 1 p.m.


BATTLE BORN COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE
Las Vegas (Craig Ranch Regional Park)


Yellow Men's Race (8k)
Team Results

1. Northern Arizona 20; 2. Stanford 48; 3. Colorado 70; 4. Southern Utah 111; 5. CBU 153; 6. Boise State 154; 7. Colorado State 180; 8. Wyoming 187; 9. Nevada 287.

Individual Results (Top 10 Individuals of 87)
1. Abdihamid Nur, NAU, 22:30.1; 2. Nico Young, NAU, 22:30.7; 3. Eduardo Herrera, CU, 22:35.3; 4. Luis Grijalva, NAU, 22:35.4; 5. Blaise Ferro, NAU, 22:42.8; 6. Charles Hicks, SU, 22:57.9; 7. Alec Hornecker, CU, 23:10.6; 8. Brodey Hasky, NAU, 23:23.1; 9. Cole Sprout, SU, 23:23.6; 10. Devin Hart, SU, 23:24.4

Individual Results (CU Athletes Only)
16. Austin Vancil, 23:35.3; 17. Hunter Appleton, 23:35.5; 28. Jace Aschbrenner, 23:51.9; 37. Paxton Smith, 24:07.1; 41. Ethan Powell, 24:12.7; 59. Josh Torres, 24:43.0; 63. Caleb Neidnagel, 24:52.5; 70. Noah Hibbard, 25:11.5

Yellow Women's Race (6k)
Team Results

1. New Mexico 60; 2. Stanford 85; 3. Northern Arizona 100; 4. Boise State 101; 5. Colorado 102; 6. Washington 132; 7. Colorado State 177; 8. Utah 242; 9. Washington State 256; 10. Southern Utah 258; 11. CBU 279; 12. Nevada 318.

Individual Results (Top 10 Individuals of 102)
1. Ella Donaghu, SU, 19:44.0; 2. Zofia Dudek, SU, 19:48.9; 3. Taryn O'Neill, NAU, 19:55.5; 4. Tyler Beling, BSU, 19:58.0; 5. Poppy Tank, Utah, 19:58.1; 6. Adva Cohen, UNM, 19:59.3; 7. Olivia Johnson, BSU, 20:02.5; 8. Abby Nichols, CU, 20:02.5; 9. Lily Tomasula-Martin, CSU, 20:02.6; 10. Gracelyn Larkin, UNM, 20:05.1

Individual Results (CU Athletes Only)
19. Madie Boreman, 20:16.8; 23. Elizabeth Constien, 20:25.5; 23. Micaela Degenero, 20:28.0; 28. Emily Covert, 20:34.7; 33. Annie Hill, 20:41.0; 37. Kaitlyn Barthell, 20:45.5; 51. Whitney Valenti, 21:06.9

Green Women's Race (6k)
Team Results
1. Colorado 21
; 2. Wyoming 45; 3. Embry-Riddle Arizona 97; 4. Dixie State 107; 5. UNLV 117.

Individual Results (Top 10 Individuals of 50)
1. Camille Jackson, CU, 20:57.2; 2. Kyla Christopher-Moody, CU, 21:05.2;
3. Katelyn Mitchem, Wyoming, 21:11.7; 4. Abi Archer, SU, 21:13.7; 5. Kaylee Bentley, Wyoming, 21:17.5; 6. Alisa Meraz-Fishbein, CU, 21:19.3; 7. Tiya Chamberlin, CU, 21:22.6; 8. Sarah O'Sullivan, CU, 21:31.9; 9. Olivia Brooks, CU, 21:39.9; 10. Carley Bennett, CU, 21:39.9.
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Full results (This is for the men's "A" race; Can hit different links to access all 4) - https://www.tfrrs.org/results/xc/17527/Battle_Born_Collegiate_Challenge#118368
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Indoor track and field-

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/2/19/track-and-field-cu-hurdlers-shift-record-books.aspx

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USAFA — The Colorado track and field team competed at the Air Force Collegiate Open here Friday, posting many personal bests while hurdlers Tamia Badal and Jada Green moved up the record board in the 60 hurdles.

Badal ran a personal best 8.57 in the hurdle finals to place third. Her mark moves her up one spot to eighth on the CU record books with the five-hundredths of a second best. She was joined by Jada Green who placed fourth in 8.71, good enough for 10th in school history. Valerie Welch placed sixth and Elise Gillett finished in seventh.
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Full final results - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2021/2/19/03_AirForceCollegiateOpen.pdf
 

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Preview article out as the indoor track and field team once more heads down to the Air Force this Thursday- Saturday, this time for what will probably be the last indoor meet of the year for most if not all the Buffs competing***.

BIG thanks to the Air Force for all the hosting they've done so far in this pandemic- affected season, and for creating this meet as a Championships style substitute for all the typical "real" conference championships (including the Buffs') which have been cancelled.

***Per the TFRRS performance list (https://www.tfrrs.org/lists/3157/2020_2021_NCAA_Division_I_Indoor_Qualifying_List/2021/i) which is used by the NCAA to select the 16 individuals and 12 relay teams who get to compete at their Championships in each event, Sage Hurta (who isn't competing this weekend) is the only Buff right now who would qualify, as she's got the #1 time in the mile and #3 time in the 800M. (Due to schedules, assume she'll be choosing to race one or the other, not both). As the article I quote below notes, probably Avery McMillan, who currently sits #19 in the women's pentathlon, is the most likely other Buff who might be able to qualify with a great performance Thursday. Although, of course, if any of the top Buffs have a GREAT breakthrough, there might be a chance for them to advance, although with no other athletes being in the top 70, it would take a BIG improvement.

(More on qualifying rules can be found at http://www.ustfccca.org/meets-results/ncaa-championship-qualifying-criteria#d1IT.)

Of course, for all the Buffs competing, it's still about competing for points at THIS meet to help the Buffs have a strong finish, and/ or to try to hopefully get some personal records (PR's) and meet or exceed whatever goals they set before the season began.


Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/2/23/cu-competing-in-championships-at-the-peak.aspx

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BOULDER – Colorado track and field is set to conclude the 2021 indoor season regular season at the Championship At The Peak this Thursday through Saturday, hosted by the Air Force Academy.

The Championships will serve as the replacement as neither the MPSF nor the Mountain West are hosting indoor conference championships this season. All Pac-12 and Mountain West schools are invited along with others such as SMU, Idaho, Northern Arizona, Tulane, Wichita State, Northern Colorado, Grand Canyon and others. The meet begins Thursday with the heptathlon and pentathlon and continues Friday and Saturday. The meet is being run under strict COVID guidelines that limit entries to 500 athletes and only runs four events consecutively with less than 125 athletes at track level at one time.

The meet will be scored with Championship trophies and shirts being given out along with four field and track outstanding athlete awards.

CU is set to compete its full force of athletes across 19 events, beginning with Nick Bianco in the men's heptathlon and Avery McMullen, Jada Green, Elise Gillett and Kara Lucyk in the women's pentathlon.

McMullen is currently sitting one position out of NCAA Championship competition in 17th in the nation with a score of 3846 in the pentathlon. Her personal best of 3914 would move her up to 11th, though there are about a dozen athletes currently sitting with greater than 3800 points between the 11th and 22nd spot in the nation. McMullen's aim will be to break the 4,000-point barrier for the first time, which would put her in the top-10 in the nation. If McMullen were to hit on all her current indoor personal bests across the five events, her pentathlon score would put her at 4047, just 25 points from the CU school record.
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The meet will be live streamed (goairforcefalcons.com/AFTrackFieldTV) and have live results (goairforcefalcons.com/TrackFieldResults). Following the conclusion of this meet, NCAA Championship hopefuls will continue indoor prep while the rest transition to outdoors that is set to begin March 19-20 at the tentatively scheduled Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder.
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Some links-
AFA Preview article (With current schedule) - https://goairforcefalcons.com/news/...tions-elite-to-championships-at-the-peak.aspx

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY:
11:00 a.m.: Men's Heptathlon (60-Meter Dash, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump); 11:15 a.m.: Women's Pentathlon (60-Meter Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump, 800-Meter Run; FRIDAY: 9:00 a.m.: Men's Heptathlon (60-Meter Hurdles, Pole Vault, 1000-Meter Run); 9:00 a.m.: Men's Weight Throw; 10:00 a.m.: Men's High Jump; 11:15 a.m.: 5000-Meter Run, 60-Meter Hurdles (qualifying); 12:30 p.m.: Women's Long Jump; 12:30 p.m.: Women's Weight Throw; 12:40 p.m.: 60-Meter Dash (qualifying); 1:30 p.m.: Women's Pole Vault; 2:30 p.m.: 400-Meter Dash (qualifying); 3:00 p.m.: Men's Long Jump; 3:30 p.m.: 200-Meter Dash (qualifying), Distance Medley Relay; SATURDAY: 10:00 a.m.: Men's Shot Put; 10:00 a.m.: Women's High Jump; 12:30 p.m.: Women's Shot Put; 12:30 p.m.: Women's Triple Jump; 1:00 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault; 1:00 p.m.: Mile Run, 60-Meter Hurdles, 400-Meter Dash, 60-Meter Dash; 2:30 p.m.: Men's Triple Jump; 2:35 p.m.: 800-Meter Run, 200-Meter Dash, 3000-Meter Run, Mile Relay (women will compete first in all running events)
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AFA's meet notes - https://goairforcefalcons.com/documents/2021/2/8/2021_Championships_at_the_Peak.pdf

Start and/ or Entry lists - Not available as I type this.

Live results (This link currently goes to their last meet, but believe it will forward to this meet when the time comes.) -

Live Video coverage looks to be available via live stream on Youtube -

 
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AztecBuff

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Less than a half hour away until the scheduled start of the last regular season indoor meet of the season!

 

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The last day of regular season indoor track and field has begun-

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Article after yesterday's events-

 

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Last article of the regular season after today's action.
(I think I'm going to include the NCAA Indoor Championships in this thread since I believe the Buffs will only be represented by one athlete, Sage Hurta.)


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USAFA – Colorado track and field concluded action Saturday evening at the 2021 Championships at the Peak, hosted by the Air Force Academy.

The women placed 11th overall with 22 points scored, while the men placed 13th with 13 points. The largest point getter was sophomore multi Avery McMullen who scored 10 points for the women.

McMullen, who placed third in the pentathlon on Thursday, led the way picking up four more points today as she placed sixth in the 60 hurdle finals with a time of 8.63 seconds for three points. She also picked up a point in the high jump where she placed eighth with a jump of 1.70 meters (5-7).
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Colorado will send just Sage Hurta to the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 12th and 13th in both the mile and 800. McMullen was in 13th in the pentathlon following her performance Thursday but has since dropped to 20th in the nation following the conclusion of the BIG TEN, SEC and ACC Championships.
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Still about a week and a half away, but the 1st news regarding Sage Hurta representing the Buffs at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Teams needed to tell the NCAA who was going to run in what events. Ms. Hurta qualified for both 800M and mile events, but given the schedule it wouldn't make since to race both. The NCAA just released those decisions for the championships (which can be seen at https://www.flotrack.org/events/6866642-2021-di-ncaa-indoor-championships/entries), and it looks like she'll be racing in the mile.
 
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