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James Lee ran away with the 1,600 victory at the Boulder Snow Invitational Saturday.
Salida's Fern Clark emerged as one of 3A's top freshmen this year.
Mountain Vista had the best-ever Colorado combined program finish at NXN with a third and a sixth, edging the 2010 Fort Collins team by one combined place. Contributed photo.
We will be tracking all throughout the NXN Regional qualifying meets whos in and whos out of NXN.
Carley Bennett was one of a lengthy list of Colorado athletes enjoying stellar days at this year's NXR-SW.
Lizzie Harding, Elizabeth Constien, and Naomi Harding set up strong early. And, they had some important folks in the rear-view mirror.
Quinn McConnell dominated State just as she dominated the season.
It's been a while since we've seen Peak to Peak in blue singlets, but the remainder of the scene is familiar to the rest of 3A.
Check out what's going down across the country this weekend in this edition of the Weekend Rundown.
Hannah Ellis won huge at her regional last week and now faces bigger obstacles at State.
We haven't seen much of this trio in state this year, but they still know how to put a race away.
Regionals should be a whole lot of deja vu for about about half of the guys in this photo.
About the wind at Pat Amato... note where these girls' hair ended up...
It's an amped-up SkyView Academy team with Tyler Scholl in the lead role.
Two very different worlds on either side of the starter.
There weren't any meet records set at Saturday's St. Vrain Invitational, but Charlie Perry had things safely in hand just the same.
There are few spectacles in Colorado high school cross country at stirring as the St. Vrain start.
Carter Dillon broke free on the second loop and carried it forward to a convincing win at the Vista Nation 2-Mile on Friday. File photo.
Not surpisingly, Brie Oakley owns the top time on the current configuration of the Norris Penrose/Bear Creek course.
Tiana Bradfield doesn't get most of the ink at Peak to Peak, but she gets things done nevertheless.
Until someone finds a way of breaking up McConnell, Shults, and Bradfield (mostly hidden), beating Peak to Peak is going to be tough.
Refamiliarize yourself with the Blue Blob of Broomfield. They're going to be a load to handle.
Anna Shults dominated the State 3200 this spring and figures to be a big part of Peak to Peak's cross country success this fall.
Jordan Lanning successfully transitioned from 2A to 3A this year. The sky could be the limit next year.
Maya Evans was unstoppable at state this year, winning the 100, 200, long jump, and as part of the winning 4x100 meter relay.
Quinn McConnell gave a solid chase, but Lauren Offerman got away.
Jacob Dack stayed busy throwing deeper than 53 feet this past week.
Chloe Peterson has been part of an Elizabeth troupe of girls tearing up runways and straightaways this spring.
Ashten Loeks and Elizabeth come down from 4A this year, and they could be trouble.
Lutheran's Riley Darnell figures as a major force in 3A Metro sprinting this spring.
Nobody in Colorado came close to solving the Brie Oakley puzzle this fall. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Brie Oakley ran to the fastest time at State in all classifications. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Of those on this year's Colorado Track XC 3A Girls All-State team, Hannah Ellis took the most dramatic step forward to get there. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Peak to Peak's girls celebrate a team title that came in extraordinary fashion. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It is possible to get out in front of Salida, it's just much more difficult to stay there. Photo by Alan Versaw.
We've heard a lot about Cole Sprout this season, but Macklin Brockmeyer is also a big part of the Faith Christian success story. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Simon Kelati led his Greeley Central Wildcat teammates to an overpowering team title at the Greeley City XC Championships on Wednesday. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
The way to beat Peak to Peak is to find a way of getting in front of these three. Good luck with that. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Cecilia Kastner and Claire Shepherd helped give Salida a strong presence toward the front of the 2A-3A girls race, but how might the other 3A powers have fared if they had been in the same race? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Isaac Roberts sets out on a journey to join, and even enhance, the legacy of older brothers Andrew and Paul at Saturday's running of the St. Vrain Invitational. Photos by Alan Versaw.
At one mile of the boys race, there were still a whole lot of folks in contention. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Justin Andrade will be putting his state-leading 5K mark on the line at Centaurus on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With the finish line directly ahead and all the green behind him, Chris Theodore takes a quick look around to be sure. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
A rare frontal view of the Great Green Wall at a Mountain Vista cross country meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cassie Unruh and SkyView Academy outperformed their preseason projection by a bundle, even without the benefit of an ultra-competitive freshman class. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Quinn McConnell is the defending 3A state champion, but nothing will be easy this year with a solid group of returning 3As behind her and a couple of challengers down from the ranks of 4A this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
This image from last fall's St. Vrain Invitational still tells you a great deal of what you need to know about 3A Girls cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Anna Shults finished second at state last fall and could be pointed at least that high this fall. Photo by Erin Percy.
A blistering 4x800 set the stage for a solid state meet for Peak to Peak. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Arria Minor was arguably this year's top freshman girl, but her many talents still aren't quite enough to tilt the freshman team title to Denver East. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Probably nobody has kept track of the record for jumps state titles in a high school career, but it's a pretty sure thing Kylie Chavez has to be at least closing in on that mark. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Tarynn Sieg was unstoppable in the throws, going 45-5 in the shot put and 142-10 in the discus. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Matt Hanson was the picture of precision in the 110 hurdles prelims, and Lutheran is very much on schedule to repeat as 3A state champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lutheran's devastating class of seniors includes hurdler/triple jumper Kharon Hall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kiana Gomez dominated the 100 hurdles early in the meet. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Having put the last of the resistance into the rear-view mirror, Ellie Enderle starts to expand her lead. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Look forward to more sightings of this trio at this year's St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Plenty of heat in this heat. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Arria Minor's 23.65 (-1.8) 200 gives a lot of folks something to think about over at least the next week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The tandem of Anna Shults and Quinn McConnell helps to explain the steady rise of Peak to Peak in the small-school polling this season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
By the team she dropped into the creek crossing, Quinn McConnell had created the separation that would lead her to the 3A Girls individual title. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Madelynn Gerritsen, one of eight freshmen to medal at state this year, explodes off the start line. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Anna Shults, Quinn McConnell, Lily Tomasula-Martin, and Kiara Mattern form a human wall behind Cassie Unruh's early lead pace, waiting for someone to take over the race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado Track XC talks to Paul Roberts, and a bunch of other athletes, about their state meet races. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It will be a first high school state meet for Quinn McConnell and a last for Sydney Fesenmeyer on Saturday, and both want their season story to end well. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Ryan Butler closed out the scoring on a dominating performance for SkyView Academy at today's 3A Metro League meet. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
A big part of the reason SkyView Academy is so good is the depth provided by guys like Joseph Pippin. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Catherine Liggett broke to a lead early and dominated the gold race at Saturday's Rim Rock Classic. Photo by Greg Hall.
The race that exacted a toll. Photo by Alan Versaw.
One of the big differences for Salida this season has been the emergence of Seth Minor as a top competitor for the Spartans. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For those who didn't see it coming, the Peak to Peak team led by Quinn McConnell and Anna Shults sternly challenged Taryn Ceglowski and Salida for 3A Girls team honors at St. Vrain. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A lot of eyes will be fixed on the spectacle when the paths of Ben Butler and Paul Roberts cross at 9:05 AM on Saturday morning. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Neither Ivy Gonzales nor Ben Dingman won individual titles, but they led their respective teams to big victories just the same. Photos by Ashley Green.
Julia Jaschke leads a very strong Kent Denver team into the fall season, but even Kent Denver will find the going tough in this league. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Anna Shults wasn't likely the pre-race favorite of many for the girls High School Challenge race, but she delivered the win nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rachael Metzler is one of several returning bright spots for Peak to Peak cross country next fall. Photo by Ashley Green.
As a senior next fall, Emily Sowards figures to be a crucial part of Alamosa's bid to repeat at 3A girls state champions. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Peak to Peak's Quinn McConnell should be on your short list of favorites to win this year's girls individual title at the middle school state championships. Contributed photo.
Brooke Calvo takes a turn en route to winning the 13-14 girls title at DeKoevend Park on Saturday. Photo by Kevin Percy.
Midway through the race, Allie Chipman and Quinn McConnell battle for the lead. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Allie Chipman of Mountain Ridge Middle School rates among the favorites to win the girls championship race on Saturday. Contributed photo.