Centaurus Girls XC, 2017 (corrected)

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Katie Hooten moved up smartly in the Centaurus distance rankings through the course of last school year.

4A Girls cross country is a tough nut to crack, but Centaurus could be on the verge of doing just that.

After a couple years of solid freshman classes, the Warriors could be teetering on the cusp of greatness. 

Riley Geldean, one of last year's freshmen, figures to lead the pack. Falling in behind her are juniors Helen Gover and Brooke Calvo, sophomore Katie Hooten, and junior Allison MacDonald. That's not to exclude anyone else--perhaps especially freshmen--from breaking into the order, it's just what things look like from last year's results.

In limited activity in track this spring, though, sophomore Grace Armstrong dropped a hint or two that she might be ready for more of a varsity role this fall. 

Junior Kira Biener had her top cross country time last fall at State. She mostly stayed away from distance in track, but there's something to be said for the moxie of someone who posts her best time on the state meet course. The Norris Penrose/Bear Creek course ain't what she used to be, but it still doesn't qualify as one of the state's easier courses. In any case, Biener is another candidate to step into a bigger role this fall.

Geldean led in both cross country and track (5:14/11:23) last school year, but Katie Hooten stepped up nicely in track and may have bumper herself into the #2 position for cross country in the process. Hooten very nearly broke 12 minutes for 3200 meters this spring and did go below 5:30 for the 1600.

Calvo and Gover give Centaurus a solid 3-4. 

Centaurus gets a stern test almost right out of the gate at their home invitational on September 2. Last year, that meet brought in Arvada West, Monarch, and Broomfield. If the same suspects show up again this year, Centaurus will get a very quick read on how they measure up against some of the very best girls programs in the state--and beyond. 

In fact, the location of Centaurus lends itself very nicely to a steady diet of stiff competition. If the Warriors can keep early discouragement outside the fences, this could develop into a very good team.