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XC Coach Wanted for Sex Assault Missing

Ponce coached in Denver, ran for CU

A Denver cross country coach who was credited with reviving a struggling cross country program is now missing after his arrest last week for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Oscar Ponce, 34, was an academic All-American runner at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was a member of the 1998 CU cross country team that was the subject of the book Running with the Buffaloes. Police arrested and charged Ponce on Tuesday. He was released on $50,000 bond on Wednesday, after which police reported that a second girl had come forward with similar allegations. Ponce has not been seen since last week.

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