Colorado’s Jenny Barringer Named College Female Athlete of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

January 6, 2009   

Courtesy: Linda Poncin, Colorado Assistant SID

DENVER – University of Colorado senior Jenny Barringer has been named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2008 College Female Athlete of the Year.

This is the first time a CU student-athlete has earned this honor since 2002 when Chris Brown (football) was named the Men’s Athlete of the Year. Barringer is just the third female Buffalo to receive the award. Kara Grgas-Wheeler won in 2000 and Shelley Sheetz won in 1993 and 95.

Barringer, a member of the cross country and track & field team, competed at the 2008 Olympic Games and set the American record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes, 22.26  seconds in the finals to place ninth overall. She was the highest placing American in the race and tied for the best finish of a CU athlete (former and current) at the games.

Barringer also won the 2008 NCAA steeplechase title in June to earn her second NCAA title and her fifth All-American honor. She did so in an NCAA record time of 9:29.20, which at the time was the fastest run on American soil (it ranks second currently). The mark was 8.88 seconds faster than the previous record. She also broke the stadium record of 9:44.31 which she set in 2007 at the NCAA Midwest Region Championship.

The Oviedo, Fla. native was named the USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week twice in 2008. The first time was after Barringer captured her second NCAA title and the second came after she broke the American record the first time in the steeplechase in Belgium on July 21. Barringer did so in exciting fashion by chasing down U.S. teammate Anna Willard in the final 50-meters to win the KBC Nacht race by 0.03 seconds.

Barringer has dominated the CU record book in the steeplechase owning the top 16 marks. She ranks second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:11.36 which she recorded at a meet in Luzern, Switzerland this past June. The time was the fourth fastest run by a collegiate female athlete in 2008.

In the classroom, Barringer is a member of the Academic All-Big 12 team, the Dean’s List, Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and was a 2008 Academic All-American. She owns a 3.655 GPA while majoring in political science and economics and was named a semi-finalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Award last November.

Barringer will join some very elite company as some of the other athletes of the year include Olympic gold medalists Carmelo Anthony (basketball) and Henry Cejudo (wrestling) and NCAA champion John Buchar (skiing). The induction ceremony is set for April 14 at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel. For more information on the induction banquet, go to