The toy cannon they use to start races at Foot Locker Midwest packs a bigger punch than you would think at first glance.
Anna Hall owns the returning high jump rankings--for Colorado and very nearly for the entire nation.
Brie Oakley dominated the field in 2016, running to the largest-ever margin of victory at NXN.
Devin Cadena has Colorado's top returning 60 meter time, but you'll recognize a lot more names on these lists as well.
Harrison Scudamore camped out outside the top ten early but found himself within the desired company by the end.
For Emily Mitchem (left), it's a repeat trip to Portland. For Sydney Swanker, it will be a first.
Paige Embaugh is one of several Colorado girls who should be looking to make a little Colorado history Saturday at FLMW.
Harrison Scudamore missed an NXN individual berth by one place. Can he make a national qualifier happen in Wisconsin?
Jordyn Colter still owns the top Colorado time on the FLMW course of the last decade, several years and top performances later. File Photo.
Paul Roberts' time from 2015 ranks as the top Colorado mark on the Kenosha course in the last decade. File Photo.
Ryan Lehmuth has enjoyed two very solid years to close out his high school career at Jefferson Academy.
The same Denver North girls who staked out an intimidating early lead at the St. Vrain Invitational in September are headed for Wisconsin this weekend.
Cassidy Hickey and Kathryn Hibbard check in at #6 and #7 on the list of top Colorado freshmen at NXR-SW.
Easton Allred entrenched himself in the lead group and ended up earning himself a spot at Nike Cross Nationals.
Brennan Stice's solid performance as a freshman in the small school open race gives Gunnison reason to be optimistic about their prospects for next year.
Carley Bennett was one of a lengthy list of Colorado athletes enjoying stellar days at this year's NXR-SW.
Cole Munoz led more or less throughout the Medium School Boys race, but met with a stiff challenge from Wyatt Evans at the end.
Check out how Colorado's high school alumni did at the various cross country nationals meets last weekend!
When Nike Cross Southwest reconvenes next November, Samantha Schadler will be the top returning girl.
Cole Sprout tops the list of runners who should be returning to NXR-SW next year, but it's an impressive list well past #1.
Ty McCray of Wings surged to an early lead, but most of the trailing pack ended up reeling him in.
Mary Gillett excels in a lot of events, but the 200 and 400 are her top events.
Midway through, Nicole Lawrence and Kaylee Thompson were still battling over the lead, and the field was beginning to string out behind them.
Up until about half-way through the race, the pack of leaders was tight and consistent.
The race standings were a lot different at one mile from what they would end up being at the end.
If you like thinking ahead to next year, you might want to check out how Dakota Ridge fares in a virtual meet of returning runners from NXR-SW.
An interesting thing happens when you plug Allie Chipman's result into the team scoring from NXR-SW.
Late in the race, Aidan Troutner took on the look of invincibility, while the team race came to a rolling boil behind him.
Lizzie Harding, Elizabeth Constien, and Naomi Harding set up strong early. And, they had some important folks in the rear-view mirror.
Even the evening sky was gearing up for a big race tomorrow!