A summary of what was accomplished and a look forward.
The competitive indoor track and field season is already underway for several of Colorado's collegiate programs. A few more programs, plus a lot of open individuals, will be getting their seasons underway at the Cadet Field House of the Air Force Academy on Friday.
Nike rarely leaves room for a middle ground in their marketing efforts. So, what's your take on the uniforms used Saturday at NXN?
Way back on August 29, I ran an article with the questions below. It's time to write down the answers to those questions and reflect back a little on the season that was.
Hands down, the most significant running sport event in the state this weekend was the Early Grizzly Open in Alamosa.
The Rock Canyon Half Marathon in Pueblo is usually a nice escape from some chilly December temperatures. For the second time in three years, it was anything but that.
Elise Cranny crosses the finish line in 16:53 with Sarah Baxter in her wake. Photo by Don Rich.
Colorado had a placer among the 15-18 women at the AAU National Cross Country Championships in Georgia.
Although the meet was held in Wyoming, a big part of the news to be made was made by Colorado high school graduates.
The NXN boys race last ran on a frozen track in 2009. Colorado Track XC file photo.
You've probably been told that running in two or more pairs of shoes throughout the week can lower your risk of injury. According to a first-of-its-kind study, you've probably been told correctly, as runners who rotated among multiple models during the 22-week study had a 39% lower risk of running injury than those who almost always ran in the same shoes. (via Runner's World)
If you haven't yet made yourself familiar with the name of Michael Duran, be sure to get that done before next fall's cross country season. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Gabrielle Roth brings an 8th-place finish from this year's 4A state meet into the CS Metro 5A next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Are you interested in seeing how public universities spend money on athletics versus how they spend money on academics? This database provides an excellent window on that question. (via www.knightcommission.org)
Jake Link won the 2013 Northern Conference individual title, and must be ranked among the favorites for 2014 as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Board of Regents approves $142 million plan for athletics facilities upgrades | University of Colorado Boulder
For those who missed this on the forum, the University of Colorado has plans to upgrade athletic facilities, including a 300-meter indoor track. (via www.colorado.edu)
Claire Green is one of only two members of the current Monarch team who have experienced Nike Cross Nationals. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Steven Goldy is one of a phalanx of highly talented sophomores who will come back as older and wiser juniors for Arapahoe next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Johnson & Wales University, an NAIA member institution in Denver, will be adding track and field in the 2014-15 school year.
As cross country winds down, track and field winds up, so it's time to dust off the old track and field notebook.
Isabell Pawlak, Prairie View's top runner in 2013, should return in 2014 for another run around the course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
This year at the Nike Cross Nationals Sarah Baxter will face her stiffest challengers to the individual title. An individual title that would be her third straight to cap an undefeated high school career. Too good to be true?
Spencer Wenck owns one of only two boys top-20 finishes for Colorado at Nike Cross Nationals. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Savanna Dalton gave a few eyebrows some exercise this past fall. Those same eyebrows may want to keep working out over the winter as the extra level of fitness may prove useful next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Caroline Alcorta (VA) ripped up the McAlpine Park course to the tune of 16:55! Many more dominate performances as well as a few surprises. (Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)
The start of the race is an area of primary concern where the NCAA and USATF course regulations are concerned. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Liam Meirow and Carson Hume were running side-by-side with a couple hundred meters to go, but Meirow would pull away before the end. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
They get to run together one more time. Photo by Ashley Green.
Allison Toppen and Kelly Christensen were far out in front of the competition. Photos by Tim Hilt.
A small crowd witnessed the still-evident signs of devastation in the town of Lyons before starting this year's Fastest Coach in the State race. Photo by Joel Such.
Courtney Chapman is one of only two runners to compete in five different Nike Cross Nationals races. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Connor Weaver pushes toward the finish line and 14th place. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
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Of all the American holidays, Norway-native Vegard Olstad considers Thanksgiving his favorite. And Thursday he celebrated in style. Dressed as the Flash, the 21-year-old, who has been hampered by Achilles injuries for most of his running career did his best superhero impersonation down the stretch and held off a late surge from the field to win the 16th annual YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Turkey Trot 5K in 15 minutes, 29 seconds. (via Colorado Springs Gazette)
Click here to see the latest list of Colorado entries for Foot Locker Midwest.
Katie Bearup is one of several returning Ralston Valley Mustangs who threaten to upset the established order of things in the Jeffco 5A League. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
This weekend the top girls from 13 states will compete for 10 spots in the Footlocker national championship. Here are some of the top girl participants slated to compete.
Penn State alum Tyler McCandless pulls away from the field at the midway point. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jericho Ulibarri figures to be the ranking senior on what should be the best Alamosa team in a long, long time. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
#1 Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) made history in New Jersey with an amazing 15:52 average on the Holmdel, NJ layout. Man are they ready for NXN!!
With Thanksgiving, football, and Black Friday shopping taking over this weekend, it means it is time for Foot Locker National qualifiers to be run.
Here's a quick look at the times and places at the one mile timing mat for the NXR-SW open races. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Wondering how the NXR-SW championship races developed? Here's an opportunity to take a closer look. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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Fort Collins took flight when it counted, narrowly beating Davis and earning an NXN berth. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
Yana Brown is one of a trio of returning Discovery Canyon runners who figure to make life difficult for the rest of the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference in 2014. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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A multi-state field of up to 500 athletes is the goal for the organizers of the Air Force High School Indoor Open.
Mark Wetmore has been named the USTFCCCA Bill Dellinger National Men's Coach of the Year. (via CUBuffs.com)
Cerake Geberkidane (almost) ran away from a talented field. He'll have it down by nationals. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Machebeuf's Ben Espinola will try to keep Ben Butler from winning the league individual title in his first year in the league. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A smile reaches across the face of Tabor Stevens as he approaches the finish line on his national title run. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Katie Rainsberger earned a return trip to Portland with Saturday's third-place finish in 17:45. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Briana Gess finally let the cat out of the bag, laying waste to a talented field at the NJ MOC on her way to a high ranking. (Photo by Robert Kellert)
Assorted observations on the weekend that was NXR-SW.... Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Gerberkidane built an early lead that would wither some in the final mile of the race, but not enough to wrest the individual title out of his hands. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Seniors and NXN veterans Audrey Oweimrin and Kari Van Zyl helped to key the biggest upset of the day at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The University of Colorado men's cross country team captured its fourth such national championship in school history, coming from behind throughout the race to end up on top in cold and windy conditions here at the LaVerne Gibson Cross Country Course. (via CUBuffs.com)
Add Abby Cohen to the ever-expanding list of Legacy standouts. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
On November 23, the Western State Colorado University men's cross country team hopes to recreate the past once more. In 2011 at Spokane, Wash., the site of this year's National Championships, the men won themselves a national title with an extraordinary low score of 29 points compared to second place finishers, rival Adam State's 69 points. (via Western State Colorado University)
The 24th-ranked Air Force men's cross country team returns to the national stage this Saturday (Nov. 23), when it travels to Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2013 NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships. The Falcons, making their first appearance as a team at the national meet since 2004, will compete in the 10K final at noon (ET). (via www.goairforcefalcons.com)
The 2013 NCAA XC Championships are on Saturday and the No. 3 CU men and No. 5 CU women will be competing for the team title. (via CUBuffs.com)
Check here for live updates from the NXR-SW venue.
Austin Fisher spun the summers under Coach Hershelman into a 19th-place finish in the 3A state race this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The No. 27 Colorado State men's cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the 75th annual NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday. The Rams will run the 10-Kilometer race with the nation's top talent at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at 10 a.m. MT. (via www.csurams.com)
38 states & 20 Countries, Our look at where the 2013 NCAA womens field attended high school.
Aaron Rickey could be the go-to guy for a very solid Palmer team next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The 2014 USA Cross Country Championships are just around the corner. Featuring Open, Junior, Masters and Community races, this day of championship competition will be a sight to see
A few editions to the rankings, but mainly status quo this week as the heavy hitters proved they belong right where they're at. (Photo by Scott Shaffer)
Box assignments here for Saturday's two championship races here.
Click here for the girls open race assignments.
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A breakdown of the home states/countries of the 2013 D1 Nationals based on regional results.
#4 Carmel (IN) won going away in the Nike Midwest Regional with 66 points and #12 Naperville North (IL) finished 2nd with 125 points. Also, shocker in NY as Saratoga Springs narrowly goes down.
Valerie Constien. one of Battle Mountain's all-time best. Photo by Paul Jaeger
Large study of running fitness in recent decades found today's children are much slower (via children.webmd.com)
They've won a few of these before, but they keep finding ways to do it bigger. Contributed photo.
Blake Graf is one of many to reap rewards of the Mountain Vista supplemental strength program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Joseph Horen steps into the very large shoes that will be left by the graduation of Connor Lockwood as Arvada West seeks to climb to the top of the Jeffco 5A mountain next fall. Photo by Alison Lively.
Trevor Link is one of several young members of Fort Morgan's cross country team this year that could make the Mustangs tough to control next year. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Two more big regionals took place for Nike Nationals in the Northwest and the Midwest this weekend, making for some changes in the rankings. (Photo by Rick Blanchard)
"Location is determined for the next two years," were the words CHSAA Commissioner Paul Angelico used to open the cross country committee meeting today at the CHSAA headquarters, thus effectively putting an end to any further discussion of the current location of the state meet.
The CU men's team is third heading into the NCAA XC Championships, while the women are fifth overall. (via CUBuffs.com)
For Melanie Nun and the rapidly-rising Colorado women, there is yet some hope for a podium finish on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kacie Kaufman had a lot of writing on her hand and a lot of lifting in her season when she came to the state meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alexa Efraimson (yellow) won an epic duel with Makena Morley at the NXN Northwest meet.
Lauren Offerman helped bring Mountain View to prominence as a freshman. She may have bigger aims in sight as a sophomore. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Shane Mathis leads what could become an exceptionally good Erie team next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ben Larson has become a major contributor for nationals-bound Colorado State University late in the season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jeffrey Lazo owns the top returning time in the Denver Prep League by nearly a full minute. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Hannah Peterson ranks as a star in Durango circuit training. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Always an overachieving small school, Lyons assistant coach Jeff Boele shares what the Lions do in the strength and conditioning department. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The Air Force men's and women's cross country teams earned respective fifth-place finishes at the 2013 NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Riverdale, Utah, on Friday, Nov. 15. The men's finish is tied for the program's best since 2003, while the women's standing is the best-ever for the program at a Division I regional. (via www.goairforcefalcons.com)
Running among the stiffest competition in the nation, the Colorado State men's cross country team did something it hasn't done in nine years on Friday, qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. (via www.csurams.com)
The CU men's and women's cross country teams qualified for the NCAA Championships on Friday at the regional meet in Utah. (via CUBuffs.com)
Fresh off a 3A boys state title, Frontier Academy coach Brett Shanklin shares the big picture of how weights have helped the Wolverine program. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Kelly Christensen has changed uniforms since he last won the Fastest Coach in the State race, but he is still the man to beat. Photo by Joel Such.
The Buffs will be competing for two automatic berths to the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Friday at the mountain region championships. (via CUBuffs.com)
In the chess match that is getting athletes to flock to your indoor meet, the Great Southwest Classic has made the latest move.
2014 should be a good year for Vanguard to move up into the Tri-Peaks as they bring a solid roster, including Jenneah Lenzini and Jenny Smith, back next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.