2A State Meet Preview: Girls

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Helen Cross and Nederland will look to defender their state titles this October. 

A year ago Nederland's Helen Cross nabbed the coveted one-point for her team, and it paid off, because not only did she take the individual state title, but Nederland won the team title as well. 

In the individual race Cross has got to be the favorite returning - she is the defending state champion. Cross put together a solid outdoor season. She tripled at state, finishing 13th in the 800, sixth in the 1,600, and fourth in the 3,200. 

I may be wrong on this next assumption, but it appears that last year's fourth-place finisher, Lucca Fulkerson, now runs for Niwot. This changes the individual race quite a bit, because it leaves quite a gap between Cross and any challengers. Taking Fulkerson out of the equation, four return from last year's top-10 finishers, which includes Chloe Veilleux and Katie Fankhouser.

Veilleux may be in the best spot to challenge Cross. The highlight of her outdoor season came with a runner-up finish in the 1,600. Additionally, she's run 2:20 in the 800, 5:20 in the 1,600, and 11:36 in the 3,200.

But I wouldn't count Fankhouser out at all. Looking at her cross country and track progressions, she's had an incredible curve each season. She PRd at state by nearly 45 seconds... While it makes sense to reach your prime fitness at the state meet, that course isn't for the faint of heart.

The Team Race

In the team race Nederland has a battle on their hands. They graduated last year's runner-up, Sarah Davidson, and will need to fill the void. Davidson's two points were vital to Nederland's team title, which they won by six points. 

They'll have Lyons and Paonia hot on their heels this year, however, as both squads return four from last year's six at the state meet. And, each squad as a stellar 1-2 punch. The team race will really go down to where their third runner finishes. 

On paper, the Paonia has got the edge, but not by much - two points in fact. This one will be a nail-biter until the very end.

5000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
118:52.00
Nederland High School
2020
219:41.00
Dawson School
2021
319:51.80
Soroco High School
2019
420:33.50
Lyons High School
2020
520:47.90
St. Mary`s High School
2020
620:51.70
Lyons High School
2019
720:59.00
Paonia High School
2020
821:00.10
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
2020
921:07.20
Paonia High School
2021
1021:11.60
Platte Canyon High School
2021
1121:15.40
Clear Creek High School
2021
1221:18.50
Mancos High School
2021
1321:29.10
Colorado Springs School
2020
1421:49.90
Rocky Ford High School
2021
1521:50.30
Highland High School
2020
1621:58.80
Nederland High School
2021
1721:58.90
Paonia High School
2019
1822:08.30
Caprock Academy High School
2020
1922:14.80
Caprock Academy High School
2020
2022:18.40
Rye High School
2021
2122:18.50
Peyton High School
2020
2222:39.50
Golden View Classical Academy
2021
2322:50.70
Rocky Ford High School
2021
2422:51.10
Golden View Classical Academy
2020
2522:52.30
Lyons High School
2020
2622:53.20
Sargent High School
2020
2722:56.30
Peyton High School
2020
2822:59.50
Limon High School
2019
2922:59.60
Peyton High School
2019
3022:59.70
Buena Vista High School
2021
3123:01.20
Meeker High School
2019
3223:04.50
Buena Vista High School
2019
3323:06.40
Mancos High School
2020
3423:13.30
Soroco High School
2020
3523:15.40
Buena Vista High School
2019
3623:15.50
Paonia High School
2019
3723:17.30
Nederland High School
2019
3823:24.00
Rocky Ford High School
2021
3923:28.30
Rocky Ford High School
2019
4023:38.10
Colorado Springs School
2021
4123:38.20
Mancos High School
2021
4223:41.70
Rye High School
2021
4323:44.90
Buena Vista High School
2019
4423:48.50
Nederland High School
2020
4523:54.70
Pikes Peak Christian
2020
4624:07.40
Golden View Classical Academy
2019
4724:10.80
Golden View Classical Academy
2021
4824:12.20
Lake County High School
2019
4924:19.70
Peyton High School
2020
5024:20.00
Crested Butte Community School
2021
5124:21.20
Clear Creek High School
2019
5224:50.10
Rye High School
2019
5325:01.40
Buena Vista High School
2021
5425:03.10
Colorado Springs School
2021
5525:10.60
Clear Creek High School
2020
5625:12.10
Colorado Springs School
2021
5725:35.80
St. Mary`s High School
2019
5825:49.60
Colorado Springs School
2021
5925:53.00
Lake County High School
2020
6026:03.00
Rye High School
2020
6126:09.90
Golden View Classical Academy
2019
6226:38.40
Colorado Springs School
2020
6326:58.80
Golden View Classical Academy
2021
6427:09.90
St. Mary`s High School
2021
6527:10.20
Crested Butte Community School
2019
6627:21.50
Rye High School
2020
6728:00.30
Lake County High School
2020
6828:27.20
Rye High School
2021
6928:55.80
St. Mary`s High School
2019
7029:23.70
Lake County High School
2020


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