Colorado Week in Review: September 11 - 16

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Chaparral's advantage wasn't yet apparent at the Fort Morgan Invitational, but it would be soon enough.

Woodbridge Cross Country Classic

Silverlakes Sports Park Norco, CA
Sep 15, 2017 Sep 16, 2017

There's an article linked below showing a full Colorado merge from Woodbridge. That should at least help you interpret the results. You might also need to know the course is flat and scorching fast. Armed with that article and that fact, you should be able to make a lot of sense of the Colorado results out of this meet.

10,782 Total Performances (70 CO)

Photo Albums (2)

Videos (50)

Articles (15)

Elite Performances

Girls (19)

Boys (21)

Rock Canyon XC Invitational

Rock Canyon HS XC Course Highlands Ranch, CO
Sep 16, 2017

Many notable powerhouse programs were here, but were giving their varsity regulars a breather from racing for the week. Even host team Rock Canyon didn't run a full varsity--though they certainly had some top performers on the line.

Albuquerque Academy's girls won the title in their half of the racing. I'm not sure that counts as a stunner, but it may have been a little more from the Chargers than some folks not quite fully up-to-speed on New Mexico cross country were expecting. Valor Christian was a solid second, toppling a strong Rampart program for that honor.

Over on the boys side, Rampart and a Mountain Vista B team kept the team from New Mexico back in third. Chris Theodore picked up the win in what figures to be his last home meet. But, Rock Canyon was enough offloaded for this one that the Jaguars could only manage fourth as a team. 

930 Total Performances (914 CO)

Elite Performances

Girls (2)

Boys (6)

Arvada West Cross Country Invitational

Stenger Soccer Complex Arvada, CO
Sep 15, 2017

Ben Hershelman covers this meet in detail in the article linked below.

748 Total Performances

Photo Albums (1)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

Girls (4)

Boys (3)

Eagle Valley XC Invitational

Gypsum Creek Golf Course Gypsum, CO
Sep 16, 2017

My coverage article for this meet is linked below.

396 Total Performances

Photo Albums (3)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

Boys (1)

Broomfield Invitational

Broomfield County Commons Park Broomfield, CO
Sep 15, 2017

We sent Jeff Bliven to this meet for coverage. Read what he noted about the meet in the article linked below.

455 Total Performances

Videos (4)

Articles (2)

Elite Performances

Girls (2)

Boys (3)

John Martin XC Invitational

Fort Collins HS XC Course Fort Collins, CO
Sep 15, 2017

It's still a large meet, though probably not quite the size it used to be (except for the middle school portion, which is simply massive). 

Laramie got a 1-2 from Ethan Steiner and Philip Henry and rode that advantage all the way to the time title, besting Poudre by 14 points. Discovery Canyon, a 4A team very much worth watching, took third, only four points behind Poudre.

That was Division 1. In Division 2, Heritage Christian Academy pounded everyone in sight. Folks, this got ugly. Keaton Case, Seth Bruxvoort, Josiah Bowsher, and Isaiah Bowsher were all under 18 minutes. Three more were under 18:40. It's time to take this team very, very seriously. 

Moving to the girls side of things, northern Colorado got a little look (at least if you looked fast enough) at Rawlins, Wyoming, freshman wonder Sydney Thorvaldson. As an observation here, Wyoming girls have been winning a lot of Colorado meet titles this fall. Team-wise, Rocky Mountain held on to hold off challenges from Laramie and Discovery Canyon. 

Division 2 girls went to Mountain View, but Heritage Christian Academy once again put up enough of a showing to send a few shivers through the timbers of the 2A ranks.

616 Total Performances (433 CO)

Elite Performances

Girls (9)

Boys (4)

Elizabeth Cardinal Cross Country Invitational

Elizabeth High School Campus Elizabeth, CO
Sep 12, 2017

Elizabeth coach Alan Small was good enough to send along a short summary from his meet. It didn't link below, but here's a link to it the unconventional way.

451 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Nighthawks Invitational

Dick's Sporting Goods Park Commerce City, CO
Sep 14, 2017

Back when there was still discretionary time in my week, I managed to carve out some time to write a meet summary for this one. Find it linked below.

413 Total Performances

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Fort Morgan Cross Country Invitational

Riverside Park XC Course Fort Morgan, CO
Sep 15, 2017

The Frontier Academy meet in Greeley no doubt put a dent in Fort Morgan attendance, but it still wasn't much to notice. This meet was holding its own nicely on Friday afternoon. 

Chaparral won the boys title in a big way, downing a very good Greeley Central team to get there. Elizabeth's David Fine took the individual title in a sizzling 15:54. 

Ashten Loeks and the Elizabeth girls had, by far, their best outing of the season and rolled to a relatively easy girls team title. Loeks just missed breaking 20, indicating she has her race back on track now.

328 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (2)

Southwest Sunset XC Classic

Hillcrest Golf Course Durango, CO
Sep 15, 2017

It was a sight not to be missed in Durango on Friday night. The home team did damage early and often, and the Demons crushed second place Widefield on the boys side and second-place Alamosa on the girls side. Cole Munoz and Evan Graff went below 16 minutes in the cool night air. The Durango girls slammed a few exclamation points on the latter win, pushing Kiara Hamlin, Ruth Holcomb, and Abby Scott across the line in 19:33, 19:34, and 19:34. That was a 1-2-3 finish for the Demons. Note that Durango didn't even use Madeleine Burns in this one. This could be a way better team than they're getting credit for being right now.

The out-of-state teams, and there were plenty of them, didn't have a chance--in either race.

And, for what it's worth to folks outside the Southwestern League, Durango easily bested Grand Junction, Fruita Monument, Central, and Montrose for the league title at this meet. The SWL thus enjoys the distinction of being the first league in the state to settle its league title. 

375 Total Performances (270 CO)

Elite Performances

Boys (9)

RE-1J District Meet

Sunset Golf Course Longmont, CO
Sep 13, 2017

It looks like a lot of teams took a bit of a snoozer at this one, which is perfectly understandable given that it came a scant four days after St. Vrain. Isaac Roberts extended a family tradition by taking the win at this one, but it was the Niwot boys who crushed the field for the team title--Niwot had five of the next six places after Roberts, falling in behind the lead of Cruz Culpepper.

Niwot's girls also packed it up for the win, this time behind Jeri Wilcox, and all scorers finished consecutively in places four through eight. Game over.

Forget about times at this meet. Nobody sets PRs here.

225 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Snow Mountain Ranch Invitational

Middle Park HS XC Course Granby, CO
Sep 16, 2017

This meet laid low on the schedule. I didn't even know about it until just after it happened. Evidently, timing companies either balk at the idea of coming to Fraser or the cost is just too prohibitive. In any case, this is one of the few hand timed (with an assist from Excel) meets you can still find around. And, really, nobody runs all that fast here given the altitude and conditions, so why not hand time the beast?

Hand timed or not, Holy Family's Kyle McCabe took the boys individual crown before the Tigers ceded to ThunderRidge for the team title. Holy Family got the team title on the girls side, but not until after Addi Iken outlasted Shae Henley for the individual crown.

224 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Wolverine XC Invitational

Monfort Park Greeley, CO
Sep 15, 2017

I don't believe it's the first time Brett Shanklin has done this, but you didn't find many Frontier Academy varsity types at their home meet on the streets of Greeley on Friday. Maybe Mr. Shanklin knows something about the streets of Greeley--and Monfort Park--the rest of us don't. That left Josh Torres to do battle with Andrew King for the boys individual title. Torres prevailed, but while those two were doing their thing, Liberty Common put together a convincing (and winning) team effort. Jacob Doman's third led that effort.

Mackenzie Marler added another notch to her stick of Colorado meet titles here, but it was Eaton that surprised all assembled for the girls team title. Wasn't Eaton supposed to be down a little this year with two key graduations last spring? Evidently not. McKenna Cyphers led the bid red parade.

228 Total Performances (204 CO)

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational

Gunnison Community School Gunnison, CO
Sep 16, 2017

Gunnison isn't the last place on earth you'd want to run cross country (far from it, in fact); it just feels that way when you're trying to suck some oxygen into your lungs at 7700 feet. 

While the collegiate runners were going through a tune-up kind of meet, the high school and middle school runners had races of more immediate importance on their minds.

There was little, if anything, surprising about the 1-2-3 girls finish of Soleil Gaylord, Sydney Petersen, and Maria O'Neal. What was more noteworthy, though, was Salida packing four girls into places 5 through 8. That's pretty much as tight as you can pack into four places. And Salida rode that advantage to a convincing team title over a Gunnison team that's looking a little better with each passing week. Nobody else was close.

Jaden Evans won the boys title, but, once again, it was Salida over Gunnison for boys team honors. And, once again, nobody else was close, but it probably is something we should note that 2A Sargent was solidly in third.

152 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Florence Husky Invitational

Pathfinder Park XC Course Florence, CO
Sep 12, 2017

I'm pretty sure this meet happened, but I'm even more sure I haven't seen results yet. If you have them and would like to share, I'm happy to see to it that all can see them.

Full Meet Results (there are none)

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Air Academy Kadet Invitational (Canceled)

Air Academy HS XC Course USAFA, CO
Sep 14, 2017
Full Meet Results (there are none)

Elite Performances

No elite performances.
F Finals
s Semi-finals
q Quarter-finals
p Prelims
National Gold Elite
National Silver Elite

Performances above met the Colorado 2017 standard.