CU Boulder investigates cross-country program after allegations of misconduct

The University of Colorado at Boulder is reviewing its cross-country program following allegations of misconduct.

The university calls the investigation an “independent and comprehensive investigative inquiry” into allegations relating to its use of body composition analysis, training methods and general culture.

“CU Boulder took these allegations seriously and acted quickly in response. CU Boulder and its athletics department have requested assistance from the University of Colorado System Office in conducting the investigation,” CU spokesman Steve Hurlbert said in an emailed statement.

He said the department and the university would not comment on the investigation while it is ongoing.

The university did not say when these results will be available.

The allegations were first made at the university by former UC runner Kate Intile, who participated in the program from 2017 to 2019, according to Runner’s World. Several CU athletes said their weight and body composition were tested frequently. They said they were banned from practicing and racing if specific goals were not met and that these methods led to eating disorders, mental health issues and a toxic environment.

Head Coach Mark Wetmore, Associate Head Coach Heather Burroughs and Associate DA for Performance Nutrition Laura Anderson are named in the allegations.

Wetmore came to CU Boulder as a volunteer assistant in 1992 and took over as head coach in 1995. Since joining, CU Boulder has won eight NCAA team championships, 27 NCAA individual championships and 42 championships of conference. The program has produced 403 All-Americans. Seventeen of these athletes have participated in the Olympic Games.

The team is competing at the 2022 Nationals in Stillwater, Oklahoma this weekend.

Ryan H. Bowman