A Look At The Incoming Girls Freshmen Class

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Alayna Szuch leads a loaded incoming freshmen class.

Who will be the next great Colorado distance runner?

Colorado has given rise to many national-caliber distance runners. And with the cross country season weeks away, it's likely that we'll be seeing the next crop of distance stars. I'm sure many are wondering who among the freshmen class will turn heads and set fire to courses this fall.

In looking at the incoming freshmen class, I felt compelled to look at two areas in particular: the 5k, and the 3,000. 

Since most middle school races are 3,000, that event brought more back, though given that high school runs 5k, I had to include this on the analysis as well.

When looking at both lists, it's clear that Alayna Szuch will be a force this fall. She didn't top the 3,000 list, but her 17:23 5k personal best is insanely impressive. To understand fully why, it's important to look at where it was run.

Szuch, who will attend Evergreen High this fall, ran 17:23 at Nike Cross Regionals. So we can compare her time to high school times. Leading Colorado on that day was Anna Shults, who ran 17:19. Additionally, 5A state champion Jenna Fitzsimmons ran 17:20.

So, Szuch ran the third fastest 5k of any Colorado girl last year - as an eighth grader...

And for more proof that her 5k is no fluke, she holds PRs of 11:05 in the cross country 2-mile, and as recently as this past weekend she finished runner-up to The Soleil Gaylord at the National High School Trail Championships - which was just over five miles. Clearly, she's got the strength to handle the distance.

And she's not the only stud who'll hit the course this fall.

Aidyn Woodall brings an impressive resume to the table as well. Woodall is a three-time USATF National Junior Olympics XC National Champion. Additionally, she's run 10:16 for cross country 3,000, and holds a 19:28 5k PR.

Another bright spot to keep an eye on is Eliana Thompson. She holds PRs of 10:59 for cross country 3,000, 14:29 4k cross country - which hints at a low 18 minute 5k, and a 42:35 10k PR from Bolder Boulder.

And if we're looking for a dark horse freshman, look to Emma Coburn's old stomping grounds - Crested Butte. Sarah Bivens doesn't top either of these charts, but her 11:24 3,000 from 2017 was run in Gunnison - at 7,700 feet. While the course is fairly flat, the altitude is unforgiving. 

5000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
117:23.20
unat-co
2022
219:28.00
Aspen View Academy Middle School
2022
320:45.10
unat-co
2022
421:03.00
SkyView Academy Middle School
2022
522:16.00
Denver Christian Middle School
2022
623:23.00
St. Vincent de Paul Middle School
2022
723:40.00
St. Vincent de Paul Middle School
2022
824:46.00
Aspen High School
2021
924:59.00
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2022
1025:08.00
St. Vincent de Paul Middle School
2022
1125:20.00
St. Vincent de Paul Middle School
2022
1125:20.00
Green Mountain High School
2021
1325:52.00
St. Vincent de Paul Middle School
2022
1426:03.00
St. Mary's Academy Middle School
2022
1526:06.00
St. Mary's Academy Middle School
2022
1626:15.40
Mead High School
2022
1726:35.00
Academy Charter Middle School
2022
1826:37.00
Aspen View Academy Middle School
2022
1926:56.00
St. Vincent de Paul Middle School
2022
2027:02.00
St. Vincent de Paul Middle School
2022

3000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
110:20.00
Aspen View Academy Middle School
2022
210:59.00
Summit Ridge Middle School
2022
311:14.00
SkyView Academy Middle School
2022
411:17.00
DSST MS: Stapleton
2022
511:18.08
Salida Middle School
2022
611:24.00
Crested Butte Middle School
2022
711:27.00
McAuliffe Middle School
2022
811:32.60
Mountain Ridge (Highlands Ranch) Middle School
2022
911:39.00
Skinner Middle School
2022
1011:42.28
Pagosa Springs Middle School
2022
1111:55.90
Evergreen Middle School
2022
1212:00.00
Slavens Middle School
2022
1312:07.00
Denver Christian Middle School
2022
1412:08.00
McGinnis Middle School
2022
1512:08.78
Salida Middle School
2022
1612:09.00
American Academy Middle School
2022
1612:09.00
Summit Ridge Middle School
2022
1812:10.00
Crested Butte Middle School
2022
1812:10.00
Most Precious Blood Middle School
2022
2012:10.47
Salida Middle School
2022


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