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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.