Colorado sweeps cross country meet

Saturday, October 27th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Jorge Torres and Molly Austin led the University of Colorado to team titles Saturday in the Big 12 Cross Country Championship.

Torres held off Colorado freshman Dathan Ritzehein by nearly 12 seconds to win his second 8,000 meter title. He finished with a 23:35.3, beating Ritzenhein's 23:47.1.

Edwardo Torres, Jorges' twin brother, took third.

The Colorado men took the first three positions and five of the top 14 places at the Jimmie Austin/OU Golf Course. CU held off Oklahoma State in the team race, scoring 31 to the Cowboys' 93.

The Colorado women took three of the first five spots and five of the top 12.

Austin ran a 20:12.5 over the 6,000-meter course to hold off Oklahoma State's Siri Alfheim, who finished with a 20:22.4.

It was the sixth straight Big 12 title for the Colorado men. The CU women won their fifth title in six years.