Colorado Cross Country teams sweep Rocky Mountain Shootout: Can Colorado win the NCAA Cross Country? by Daniel Petty, from

The NCAA Cross Country season is one of my favorite parts of the year. Who will win the NCAA Div 1, 2 or 3? Who will win the conferences?

This piece will get the conversation going….


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Colorado cross country teams sweep Rocky Mountain shootout

Can the CU Buffs sweep the NCAA cross country titles this season?

UPDATED: 10/04/2015 02:14:09 PM MDT

BOULDER — The big question hanging over Colorado’s men’s and women’s cross country teams this season is one members of both teams know, but one that so far hasn’t been formally discussed.

Can these two teams again sweep both NCAA titles?

The last to do it was Colorado in 2004, both under current coach Mark Wetmore.

“You’d be surprised how little we talk about that,” Wetmore said after a race under an overcast sky and the first hint of fall temperatures. “I don’t have any pep talks or rah-rah speeches in me. They know what’s on the line. They know the kind of work it takes, and they know rah-rah stuff lasts 20 or 30 seconds and then there’s 24 minutes (of racing) to go. They look into each other’s eyes in early July, make an agreement and go to work.”

Wetmore is at liberty to say that with both teams, who are now both older and wiser than they were a year ago. Both he and coach Heather Burroughs tell them in practice that they are among the best teams — and perhaps the best combined — they’ve ever seen at CU.

Saturday’s 30th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout — the team’s lone home meet this season — showed the pieces are there, even if the day was mostly for knocking away cobwebs after a long summer of training. The men are ranked No. 1 in the country in the latest coaches poll, and the women are ranked second behind New Mexico.

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  • Larry Eder

    Larry Eder has had a 51-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself." Also does some updates for BBC Sports at key events, which he truly enjoys. Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."

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