Which Is Faster: Desert Twilight or Liberty Bell?

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Of the Colorado girls who ran both Liberty Bell and Desert Twilight, Taylor James was fastest in the desert.

Around Colorado, Liberty Bell is widely regarded as the standard of "fast." But, how fast is Liberty Bell with respect to a fast course--say Desert Twilight after the head of day has passed--at low altitude?

This article tries to get a handle on the answer to that question. This year, there were 37 Colorado high school girls who ran both Liberty Bell and Desert Twilight. Of those 37, only three did not run faster at Desert Twilight.

To some degree we expect this. Desert Twilight is three weeks later in the season than Liberty Bell, and we expect athletes to get a little faster as the season goes on. But, of the 37 athletes who ran both races, the Desert Twilight times were, on average, 37 seconds faster. That's a lot of faster. 

To be sure, the difference between times at these two events isn't going to be the same every year. And, this was not an especially fast year at Liberty Bell, so it's likely the case the Desert Twilight-to-Liberty Bell comparison comes out a bit more favorable toward Desert Twilight this year than it would most other years.

We'll take the same look at the boys who ran both races later today.

A Look At The Girls Who Ran Both Meets

Athlete Desert Twilight Time Liberty Bell Time Difference
Taylor James 18:07.00 18:38.00 ( 31.00 )
Soleil Gaylord 18:15.00 19:06.00 ( 51.00 )
Riley Irwin 18:15.00 19:09.00 ( 54.00 )
Keely Jones 18:19.00 18:41.00 ( 22.00 )
Taylor Whitfield 18:19.00 19:56.00 ( 1:37.00 )
Joelle McDonald 18:58.00 20:00.00 ( 1:02.00 )
Sydney Teslow 18:58.00 19:20.00 ( 22.00 )
Victoria Hall 19:05.00 18:34.00 31.00
Tarikwa Woldemariam 19:07.00 19:23.00 ( 16.00 )
Annabelle Huddle 19:07.00 20:00.00 ( 53.00 )
Jeri Wilcox 19:12.00 20:09.00 ( 57.00 )
Kindyll Wetta 19:16.00 19:55.00 ( 39.00 )
Soonhee Han 19:16.00 20:22.00 ( 1:06.00 )
Adeline Wilson 19:16.00 19:56.00 ( 40.00 )
Campbell Faust 19:17.00 19:35.00 ( 18.00 )
Jessica Brookie 19:17.00 20:15.00 ( 58.00 )
Erin Smith 19:20.00 19:33.00 ( 13.00 )
Kyra Stevenson 19:29.00 20:02.00 ( 33.00 )
Isabel Anema 19:42.00 20:40.00 ( 58.00 )
Lauren Lapporte 19:52.00 19:53.00 ( 1.00 )
Natalie Keller 19:52.00 20:48.00 ( 56.00 )
Emma Schaefer 19:52.00 20:06.00 ( 14.00 )
Emma Sees 19:53.00 20:41.00 ( 48.00 )
Ryan Olsen 19:58.90 21:04.00 ( 1:05.10 )
Elizabeth Lapporte 20:04.00 20:34.00 ( 30.00 )
Madison Gibson 20:09.50 21:23.00 ( 1:13.50 )
Abby Snogren 20:25.70 21:14.00 ( 48.30 )
Maggie Goeglein 20:29.00 21:28.00 ( 59.00 )
Elise Gillett 20:36.00 21:57.00 ( 1:21.00 )
Hadley Jason 20:37.00 20:58.00 ( 21.00 )
Reese Dragovich 20:44.00 21:03.00 ( 19.00 )
Mallory Finley 20:47.00 22:21.00 ( 1:34.00 )
Elyse Bartelmey 20:47.10 20:54.00 ( 6.90 )
Alexis Linhardt 20:47.20 21:18.00 ( 30.80 )
Elizabeth Thomas 21:28.90 21:46.00 ( 17.10 )
Alyssa Kimes 22:30.00 22:18.00 12.00
Ainsley Mcgowan 23:21.80 22:37.00 44.80


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