Cherokee Trail remains firmly in the No. 2 spot in 5A.
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A look inside one of the most competitive meets of the weekend.
Cherry Creek's Parker Wolfe captured his second win of the season.
Taylor Watson will look to help lift Cherokee Trail to a league title this year.
Aaron Harris jumps off the season as the No. 2 returner in the state in the long jump.
Casting about for a team to pay extra attention to next year? Try Caitlin McConnell and her Cherokee Trail teammates.
Harrison Scudamore sets out to building a lead he would never relinquish.
Caitlin McConnell extended her run of nice races yesterday with a second at the Centennial League Championships. File Photo.
Chloe Cortes is one of the ones Grandview will be counting on the come through for the team to claim the Centennial League title.
Here is part 2 of our recap of the many highlights that went down at Desert Twilight.
It seems everywhere we turn, we end up seeing green.
Lukas Haug had a nice freshman debut for Boulder on Friday.
Recognizing the top relay schools at the 2017 state meet...
Jordan McCurdy leads the parade to the 800 meter finish line.
In a league that graduated a lot of star power last spring, Isaiah Sanford is one of a relatively few established veterans coming back this year.
Fathom, if you can, having the #1 returning 100, 200, and 400 time, plus the #2 TJ mark, in the Centennial League. That's what Michaela Onyenwere brings to this year's table.
Loveland's Blonde Bombers were responsible for a state title or two won on the basis of sprint relays.
Be sure that these guys have crossed Mountain Vista's mind a time or two in the last week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Platte Valley's Andrew King won the battle in 3A Region 4, but Cody Jones and Frontier Academy won the war. Photos by Ron Eberhard.
This year's emergence of Talon Berta has helped put Central in a position where the Warriors are seriously challenging for a team berth to State. Photo by Alan Versaw.
James Logan stuns a few folks with a big win at the Centennial League meet. Contributed photo.
Hopefully you haven't yet had your fill of Mountain Vista vs. Palmer Ridge, because neither of the two schools have yet had their fill. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Highland's girls took a big win, and an even bigger trophy, out of this weekend's Doug Conley meet. Photo by Irving Girabaldi.
Kyle Moran ran well at Dave Sanders, but he and his Cherry Creek teammates just missed a team title to Rock Canyon. Colorado Track XC file photo by Jeff McCoy.
Emma Willadsen is the first face of the Eaton Red Scourge sweeping across northeastern Colorado. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Joslin Blair got the win on Friday that got away from her last weekend. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Sophia Maeda leads a sharply-improved Mead team this season. They get a larger stage to show something on Friday at Dave Sanders. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rock Canyon took just about everything, including this little individual title showdown between Chris Theodore and Harrison Scudamore. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Palmer Ridge, Mountain Vista, and Rock Canyon mixed it up spendidly at the Vista Nation XC 2-Mile, but evidently the Rock Canyon girls were not easily impressed. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Vanguard is a 2A program with everything to gain and just about nothing to lose at Friday's running of the Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lyons has an astonishing record of no state finish worse than fourth, boys or girls, since the decade opened. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Rock Canyon has officially arrived as a certifiable contender. Look for this team tearing up courses around the state this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alamosa's boys won the school's sixth team title in cross country this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Any great cross country team has solid depth--Erin Ellington is part of that picture at Grandview. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Bryson Nelson is one of a cadre of Cougars that just might be feisty enough this fall to knock off Cherry Creek for the regional title. Photo by Erin Percy.
Once again, Eaton finishes the year as one of the state's most powerful relay programs. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Grandview's Michaela Onyenwere swept the 100 and 200 titles at this weekend's Centennial League Championships. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Thomas Robillard surges out ahead of the 110 hurdles field. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
In being competitive at state, it's usually very much about scoring points in big bundles. Rocky Mountain's Gabriella McDonald is capable of doing exactly that. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When it came to deciding the 5A boys individual crown, it all came down to this. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Long after most former state champions have hung up the spikes, Melody Fairchild is still at it, and going strong. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Alex Raichart and Battle Mountain made their case as the top small-school girls team in the region at Colorado's state meet on Saturday. But, they just might end up in the overall championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With Brie Oakley just out of view, Lauren Gregory attacks the final hill on the state course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lauren Gregory ran essentially unchallenged to last year's state title. That's not how the script is setting up this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
10 questions just begging to be answered...
The Arapahoe tandem of Steven Goldy and Mason Brevig will take their whacks at the 5A boys individual title in a crowded field of contenders. Colorado Track XC file photo by Jeff McCoy.
Josh Welo gave a promising preview of the future of Chaparral cross country late Monday afternoon. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Remaining skeptics, if there were any, were done in by Brie Oakley's 17:32 winning effort at the Centennial League meet on Thursday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
It's a tough assignment, but can George Rykovich and his Eaglecrest teammates upset either Arapahoe or Cherry Creek at the Centennial League Championships? Photo by Alan Versaw.
The American Fork girls celebrate a regional title and take aim at state next week. Contributed photo.
In what's become a bit of a game of hot potato, the 3A Girls #1 ranking went back to Cecilia Kastner and her Salida teammates this week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
The Pagosa Springs girls were back at it with a dominating win at the Chicken Creek Challenge on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Will Handley's second-place finish was a key piece in the stunning Timpanogos upset at Bob Firman on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Tiana Bradfield is member #3 of the Peak to Peak freshman class that has the Pumas stalking prey wherever they go. 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.
It didn't take Mountain Vista long to find themselves in control of the St. Vrain race and, ultimately, the entire weekend. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At least for the time being, Lamar and Jacob Rogers have firmly ensconced themselves atop the 3A rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ryan Sandoval leads a very good Pecos (NM) team that's been coming in for a lot of small-school attention in the Southwest region. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Devon Peterson led Cherry Creek to a convincing DI title, but it was a little less convincing when you throw in D2 Broomfield. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Arapahoe gets a decisive 3-4 finish from Steven Goldy and Mason Brevig. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
In all, 72 complete Colorado girls teams toed the line at Liberty Bell on Friday. Here's how they sort out on a merged team score... Photo by Jeff McCoy.
At this point in the season, Alamosa's Elijah DeLaCerda is the state's only 8-14 runner on his team who has run under 18 minutes for 5K. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The varsity race at Arapahoe wasn't the only race with top-tier talent. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Devon Peterson edges Luna Slater at the finish of the Arapahoe girls varsity race. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Monarch was the most notable mover off of opening weekend performances.
The Monarch boys put a 30-point margin of victory up on host Cherry Creek, leaving something for the rest of 5A to think about heading into the second week of the season. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
The names and faces in the 5A preseason polls are familiar names and faces.
Will Tyler Scholl and Quinn McConnell be the big impact freshmen of 2015? Photos by Alan Versaw.
Devon Peterson is the top returner on a strong, deep, and experienced Cherry Creek squad. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lillian Markusch is an 18-something type on a formidable Cherry Creek roster. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Two individual titles and two state all-time records helped contribute to Jordyn Colter winning the Colorado Gatorade Athlete of the Year Honors. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In a scene reminiscent of countless meets this spring, Tevin Donnell and Christian Lyon move to the front of the 100 meter pack. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jordyn Colter's 2:04.56 and Blake Yount's 1:50.59 take down Colorado home soil state records as well as move them to US #1 in the 800 with their Friday races at Colorado State Meet.
Zoe Gilbertson won first round of the 100 hurdles, but a more important round awaits her. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With a little help from prep legend Melody Fairchild, Berkeley-bound star has found her stride again
It would be difficult to overestimate the impact Ally Watt, Shayna Yon, and Audra Koopman might have on the eventual outcome of the 5A Girls state contest. Photos by Alan Versaw and Paul Jaeger.
Charles Tigner's long jump joins a long list of other things at Fountain-Fort Carson that are going well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's Regan VanDePol, enjoying a stellar senior year, nabs the top 1600 time of the week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sam Hopfe helped Woodland Park to a team title in Salida on Saturday with an individual title of his own. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
For one day, Blake Yount and Paul Roberts were as close to dead even as it gets. Photo by Levi Stone.
Here it is, your preseason picks for 5A!
Arapahoe's Mason Brevig leads a pack down the hill at the one-mile point of the Coronado Cougar Classic. Photo by Tim Hilt.
For several of Colorado’s cross country programs, Saturday brings the moment of truth.
Based on Desert Twilight and overall season performance, Katie Rainsberger looks like the one to beat at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
After four years as a dominating presence in Colorado track and cross country, Jordyn Colter will be headed to California next fall. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
There are reasons for everything, and Athena Kuehn is one likely reason Pine Creek is not going away next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Palmer Ridge boys, fresh off of running what was arguably the best boys race of the Colorado state meet, relax with a little trophy time. Photo by Tim Hilt.
When you lay out all the factors leading to Fort Collins' stunning 5A girls title, possibly no factor looms larger than Heather Holt's eight-place finish. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It could very easily be that the Rio Rancho girls end up as the youngest team on the NXR-SW starting line, but it would be a mistake to underestimate them on account of that. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Do you like showdowns? They don't come prepackaged much better than this one. Photos by Ashley Green, Alan Versaw.
When it came down to the final battle for third in 5A Region 3, Karina Mann, Cami Kennedy, and Claudia Burgess were all still in it. Photo by Ashley Green.
The Desert Vista girls and the American Fork boys remain at the top of the SW rankings but a lot
American Fork and Desert Vista retain their top spots in the rankings, but some recent meets have clearly had their impact in the rankings.
When Jordyn Colter has been out of the lineup this fall, Devon Peterson has taken over the reins of leadership very nicely. Photo by Ashley Green.
Caleb Randolph enjoyed what may have been the most dominating performance of the day, winning the freshman boys race in 18:25. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Blake Yount opens a big, wet lead at the Centennial League Championships. Photo by Bill Mills.
With a faster course and a league meet title on the line, this might be an opportune time to look for a breakout race from Smoky Hill's Blake Yount. Colorado Track file photo by Alan Versaw.
While Desert Vista was dominating down in Arizona, Monarch and Cherry Creek were renewing their vows of rivalry in Colorado. Photo by Ashley Green.
Wearing lucky #13, Katie Rainsberger crosses the Desert Twilight finish line just ahead of local favorite Dani Jones. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Estes Park's Dylan Zurfluh took second in the Patriot League boys race, helping to lead the Bobcats to a sweep of the team titles. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
The last couple weeks of meets have altered the outlook of our panel a little.
Aubrey Till cruises to a win at her home invitational on Thursday. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Lauren Ogg's big win at Liberty Bell marks her as a competitor of no small interest at Dave Sanders. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Chris King and his Dakota Ridge teammates will be among the masses at the Dave Sanders Invitational on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jenna McCaffrey leaves the field in her wake at the RE-1J meet. Photo by Renee Haip.
Meet the Mountain Vista B team, best B team in the state. Photo by Mark Obernesser.
After almost a month of XC action, there are some shakeups in the Saucony Flo50 team rankings. Jimmy takes a look at some of those changes on the girls' side.
Holly Bent led a storm of Monarch Coyotes to the Liberty Bell finish line on Friday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
As you start thinking of out-of-state entries who have the potential to snare a Liberty Bell crown, Jordan Lesansee of Albuquerque Academy should be on your list. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Most of New Mexico's top teams saw their first action at this weekend's UNM Lobo Inviational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paxton Smith and Tyler Matzke get most of the ink, but it's guys like Addison Hellier who keep the Mountain Vista team score low. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In a battle between two US top 15 ranked teams from the state of Colorado, the US #11 ranked squad Cherry Creek (33 pts) upset the US #4 ranked Fort Collins (52 pts) in Cherry Creek's home invitational meet on Friday. Fort Collins was racing without their #2 runner Devyn Miller (out due to illness), but Cherry Creek was actually missing their #1 runner in Jordyn Colter (on a recruting trip), so with both teams having 6 of their top 7 on Friday, Cherry Creek still looks like they would have been the better team on this day regardless.
Joshua Joseph bided his time early, then buried the field for a winning margin of 31 seconds. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Heritage's Richard Weigang ran well in the opener at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede and will look to tame a faster course at Cherry Creek tonight. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As you may have expected, this last week's action produced a few changes in the rankings.
With meets having started now in every state except Arizona, the rankings have begun to shuffle a little.
US #9 ranked Katie Rainsberger and 2013 NXN top 20 finisher Zachary Alhamra showed why they should be considered as the best from Colorado this fall in wins at the Arapahoe Invitational on Friday.
Each year, one of the greatest spectacles in cross country in the entire Southwest region is the American Fork Grass Relays. Photo contributed by Timo Mostert.
Zachary Alhamra and Eric Hamer share the burden of leadership midway through the race, but Alhamra would eventually take the win. Photo by Ashley Green.
Cerake Geberkidane won't be around to run this year's Arapahoe Warrior Invitational, but his meet record of 15:12 will toe the starting line with the rest of the field. Photo by Ashley Green.
Check out who our panel of coaches picked as the top ten teams in the state!
If you recall this scene from this year's 5A state 1600, you understand why Megan Mooney must be reckoned among 5A's biggest cross country threats. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If you're looking for Monarch to claim their fourth consecutive 5A girls state title, you're probably not basing that on their accumulated 1600 and 3200 times from track this spring, though Holly Bent ranks among 5A's best in both events. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southwest Region including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
If you're looking for the most dangerous runner in the region who may not already be on your radar screen, Lillian Markusch is one to consider. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Many of the early leaders of last year's field have graduated, but that doesn't translate into a race that's any less competitive this year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Cherokee Trail's Duncan Barnhill enjoyed a promising junior year and figures to be leading the Cougars in cross country this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Expect Bear Creek's Olabisi Johnson to figure prominently in at least a couple of 5A boys events next spring. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Chaparral enjoys something of a history of being out in front of the 5A boys 4x800. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Geberkidane and Blake Yount battled for the entire last 300 meters of the 5A boys 800. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The lay of the landscape has changed a little since the last time we visited 5A girls. This title bout is a whole lot more interesting that we figured it to be roughly a month ago.
If you like showdowns, and especially relay showdowns, you should be liking the possibilities for 5A boys track and field coming up in less than two weeks.
Gateway's Mike Ware introduced himself to the Highlands Ranch Memorial crowd with a big win in the 200 meters. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In theory, 5A boys is as good as boys track and field gets in Colorado. And, there’s nothing wrong with the theory this year.
Brynell Yount had big performances in the 4x800 and 400, but she had plenty of company as a chart-busting performer yesterday evening. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado Track XC takes an early shot at identifying the top five 5A girls teams.
Lutheran's relays created a stir in Fort Morgan last weekend. This weekend they show up in Keenesburg. Colorado Track XC file photo.
One thing Cherry Creek is not short of is athletes who can score points in bundles. Megan McCabe is one of the big weapons for Cherry Creek. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The Cougars most likely to pounce on a state title in 2014 may not be from Niwot, Evergreen, or Coronado. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The 5A boys state title all came down to this. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Steven Goldy is one of a phalanx of highly talented sophomores who will come back as older and wiser juniors for Arapahoe next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
With Emily Wolff graduating in the spring, Mandee Middleton is next in line to take over the front-running responsibilities at Arapahoe. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The Wednesday afternoon crowds lining Utah's state meet course are the stuff of legend. Photo by William Hasty.
Monarch's girls made a serious run at Davis for the region's #1 girls slot in this week's poll. Photo by John Elvig.
Ashley Litoff crosses the creek with barely a splash to lead the Monarch Coyotes home in a dominating team victory. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The top two questions for this year focus on the top two runners for the season so far--Elise Cranny and Cerake Geberkidane. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Connor Weaver and Zachary Alhamra battled for a long time at last Thursday's regional race before Alhamra broke away for the win. Photo by Mark Weeks.
The biggest meet in the region last week? Hands down, that would be the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
Conference, District, Regional and State meets are upon us and teams will begin resting up to compete well at their championship meets before gearing up for the post-season championship meets. Therefore the rankings haven't changed much this week with the exception of a VERY strong Davis squad moving up to #1 and a few more teams added to the watch list.
As they were at Pat Amato, Emma Gee, Kaitlyn Benner, Ashley Litoff, and Claire Green figure to be doing time at or near the front of the race on Saturday. Photo by Ashley Green.
Emily Wolff left everyone behind in route to the 5A Region 1 girls title. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
Simi Valley (CA) showed up big at the Clovis Invitational, winning with 60 points and the 6th fastest total team time average on the course! (Photo by Bob Binnie)
Lauren Gregory leads her #3 ranked Fort Collins teammates to a dominating win at Friday's Front Range Conference meet. Photo by Ken Regan.
If you are looking for the eventual winners of the Albuquerque Metro Championships, they are currently mired in the middle of the pack. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Laurette Selleck completes a dominating second half of the freshman girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
You've heard about Josh Davis, but it Lamar wins a state title, it will be on account of the contributions of guys like Zach Watson, who finished fourth in Friday's Tri-Peaks League meet. Photo by Tim Hilt.
One of the bigger pieces of news out of Colorado this weekend was the return to action of Bailey Roth, immediately enhancing Coronado's status as a player. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It was a quiet week on the team front, but there were still a few fireworks on display.
If you were figuring on the Arvada West girls rolling over and playing dead for the Jeffco 5A title, you'd be sadly mistaken about that. Photo by Della Moore.
I was almost dead certain that Mountain Range's colors were Columbia blue and black (just like my old high school) until I saw this photo. Photo by Ken Regan.
There were some serious rumblings across the Southwest region last weekend. We'll try here to explain what all those rumblings were all about.
Albuquerque Academy's meandering on-campus course was the site of the top action in New Mexico this past weekend. Photo by Blake Wood.
Down goes the empire! At least for now... The girls from Unionville were absolutely unstoppable, putting up 45 points and a 17:32 average to topple Fayetteville-Manlius, 79 points and a 17:59 average.
Minnesota athletes were very successful in the various high school races at the Griak Meet held on September 28 at Les Bolstad Golf Course on the campus of the U of M.
Elise Cranny wins the Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Pine Creek's Sered sisters keep a steady pace at the Coronado Cougar Classic, while ThunderRidge keeps a presence only a few strides behind. Photo by Tim Hilt.
As weekends of cross country go, it doesn't figure to get much better than this weekend. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Dismiss it as coincidence or ignore it if you must, but for many of us, the exceptional round of performances at Coronado and John Martin this past weekend uncovers a deep well of questions and speculation.
Cherry Creek and Fort Collins celebrate a 2-1 finish at John Martin, reversing their order of finish two weeks earlier at Cherry Creek. Photo by Daniel Joiner.
It's a familiar face, but an unfamiliar singlet, for Colorado fans of cross country. Lone Peak (UT) is riding high these days with the help of Clayson Shumway. Photo by Kyle Perry.
Although Liberty Bell has a regional and national reputation for speed, it isn't necessarily easy to get off the starting line cleanly. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The Monarch girls got out strong at St. Vrain... and finished even stronger. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Carson Hume and Eric Hamer went quickly to the front of the Joe Vigil high school boys race--and stayed there. Photo by Eric Flores.
One thing you can count on for the first half mile or so at St. Vrain is a mass of humanity. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Connor McMillan ran the second-fastest time ever at the American Fork Grass Relays and helped his team to a convincing victory on Saturday. Photo by Rochelle Pinnock.
Daniel Book leads a strong Cherry Creek team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Pomona's Marcel Laguera set the tone for his season by dominating the 5A boys field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Through the barns (optional) and into the creek (non-optional) you go... Colorado Track XC file photo.
You may remember this group of girls that hammered from the front end of last year's NXR-SW championship race. Three of the four will be back this fall, but the selection of teams at the top may be different this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Cherry Creek's boys are loaded this fall, and Shane Rhodes is the Bruins' top returning runner. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Ana Holland and Valarie Allman had some fun with the Colorado record books this spring. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Lucy Biles and Sydney Badger battled at Great Southwest in June. They figure to meet again at NXR-SW in November. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cross country at the Legend Cross Fest includes a lot of country. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Daniel Book's strength at middle distances gives Cherry Creek a big boost in the 1600 analysis. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jose Garcia and Joshua Joseph are two key elements in a Thornton team that has some potential to create a little havoc in the 5A ranks this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Tevin Donnell and his Fountain-Fort Carson teammates saw a potential state title elude them this year. Most of the team will be back next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Shayna Yon figures to be one of the most dangerous athletes in 5A next spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Devan Foster starts the anchor leg of the 5A girls 4x800 a step ahead of Devynn Miller. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Singleton takes the lead on the final straight and clinches CT's first 5A state track and field title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ashley Miller contributed to the Cherry Creek state championship with eight points in the 100 hurdles and another point in the 300 hurdles. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jordyn Colter rolls off the final turn of the 800 ahead of Arapahoe's Devan Foster. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Photo coming soon to this space.
Erin Hooker surges past Jordyn Colter on the final lap. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
In some respects, sprinter Emily Romo is the forgotten Bruin, but a very important part of the picture for Cherry Creek nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Gabby Pajak and Toni Stoll, Pagosa's dynamic duo--between them, they accounted for 72 points at Saturday's Intermountain League meet. Photo by Aaron Lorenzen.
Dakota Leazer, a state hurdle champion two years ago as a sophomore, is central to Fountain-Fort Carson's title hopes. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Gateway's Devundrick Walker takes an early leading en route to winning in a loaded 800 meter final at Liberty Bell. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Elise Cranny completes her record-setting 1600 with nobody in sight. Photo by Ashley Green.
Poudre's Carly Paul still high jumps, but she's making big inroads into other events as well this spring. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Caleb Seeton joins Ryan Rogers to give Fort Collins a top-tier pair of hurdlers. Will they be able to overcome the other 5A powers in May? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Based on marks from last spring, Castle View's Tanner Townsend projects as the top scoring athlete among 5A boys this spring. Colorado Track XC file photo.
With girls like Devynn Miller rising through the ranks, it's tough to see much of a let-up for Fort Collins next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Dakota Ridge seems to be a team perpetually on the cusp on greatness. Can Carson Hume and company take it to the next level next year? Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The pieces are largely interchangeable on Monarch's varsity seven. On Saturday, it was Elissa Mann leading the pack. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Luke Sheesley and Ben Ervin are two stalwarts on a Fort Collins team that has become much better this fall than anyone outside the program expected. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Tori Parkinson was the top finisher on a Mountain Crest team that stunned the world of 4A cross county in Utah. Photo by Kyle Perry.
The pack behind Jordyn Colter was pretty tight until Erin Norton (right) broke free. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Presumably, any underlayer issues evident in this photo will be fixed in time for regionals as a solid Regis Jesuit girls team tries to nail down a slot to state. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With the Utah season nearly done and the Colorado season heading into regionals, here is the current shape of the NXR-SW rankings:
Once again, we hit the road across the Great Southwest. Really big and meaningful meets were difficult to come by this weekend, but I'll tell you what we turned up:
Rachael Chacko gets a little encouragement from Coach Jeff Bliven as she goes by at the Centennial League Championships on Thursday. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Elissa Mann and Claire Green are two of Monarch's seven girls who've run below 19:00 at some point during this season. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Clayson Shumway had the lead over Alec Brudzinski as they passed by the camera on Friday evening, but the ultimate victory went to Brudzinski. Photo by Ashley Green.
Several of the left. the race's top finishers can be identified at the front of the pack in this photo from the early stages of the Windjammer girls race, but eventual winner Erin Norton is biding her time on the left. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Isabelle Kennedy was the star of the show running in her high school's own backyard. Photo by Ashley Green.
The Los Alamos, New Mexico, boys stunned the field at the Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Five meters or so into Saturday's Cleveland XC Invitational in New Mexico. Photo by Gary Herron/Rio Rancho Observer.
Alec Brudzinski is part of a very solid lead pack for Cherry Creek's Bruins. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paul Roberts took it to a lot of upperclassmen from larger schools, winning his second meet title in as many weeks. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kyle Lund leads a Fairview team that is rapidly rising the ladder of NXR-SW boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Luis Martinez was on fire under the Albuquerque full moon on Friday night, but Los Alamos took Cleveland by surprise for the team title at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo by Blake Wood.
Clayson Shumway awakens a few echoes out of Liberty's storied past by winning the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede 5A boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kaitlyn Benner personified the quality of consistency for Monarch last fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Danny Vavrik leads a very strong Arapahoe team into the fall season. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Shane Rhodes is one of several talented Bruins returning who figure to make Cherry Creek a factor in the team race come the end of October. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Devan Foster had enough left in the state 800 to overtake Kaela Edwards for the win. Will she be able to help push Arapahoe over the top to a team title next spring? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cherry Creek's Daniel Book may have been the surprise of the 2012 outdoor season, and he has three more years to go. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Up until about mid way through the state race, 2A girls cross country was all about Nederland and Telluride. It figures to be a good deal more inclusive this fall, and the Nederland dynasty will be in a fight for its very existence. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Loveland's Taylor Buschy ran down Littleton in Friday's SMR8, just one of five impressive relays for the Loveland girls. Photo by Ashley Green.
Griffin Hay celebrates a stunning come-from-behind victory in the 5A 3200. Photo by David Pressgrove.
Expect to see more of Raymond Bozmans coming off the 200 meter turn at state. Photo by Ashley Green.
In addition to having the best relays in the state, Loveland also boasts Kaylee Packham's talents in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Pueblo South's Angelique Urenda takes it over the bar at 5-3. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
If you like seeing what speedsters like Emily Romo are doing this winter, you'll love what's coming up this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Three of the top four girls finishers from last year's NXN-SW championship race are back, and they're each bringing top-tier teams with them to back them up. Photo by Alan Versaw.
By the second ascent of Powerline Climb, Jordyn Colter had made it clear that it was her race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Several of the teams on this regional starting line will be back in action this week at state. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Despite a little lead bike misdirection, Kirk Webb recovered for the win at 5A Region 3, followed by Greeley West's Evert Finger. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Jeff Abbey leads the Fort Collins finishers at the Front Range Conference meet just over a week ago. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
A lone runner (who may be Evan Fortney--the form looks like his--but I'm not certain about that) negotiates the trails of the Pat Amato Classic on Friday. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
Last year, Luis Martinez finished 55th at NXN-SW. Don't look for a repeat of that finish this fall as he leads the Cleveland HS (NM) team into regional contention. Colorado Track XC file photo.
When you start looking at the top talent in Arizona, it's hard to miss Carter Macey and his Desert Vista teammates. And, although they took this past weekend off, they are taking the desert by storm. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Fruita Monument's Kyler Brown made the four-hour trip over from west of Grand Junction to win the Aurora Invitational. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.
Although it's way too early to make hard predictions about who will get bids to the NXN-SW championship races, it's not at all too soon to look and see what's happening in the various states that may have implications for who might make it to the big dance.
It was Jordyn Colter's first win as a Cherry Creek Bruin, but we've stopped counting Danny Carney's meet titles. Photos by Jeff McCoy.
For most of the boys on this start line, this was the beginning of the competitive season for 2011. Photo by Alan Versaw. Last year, there was a lot of complaining about the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds course. Too windy, too dusty, too difficult. If only we could have started using this course in 2011, there would have been a lot of people feeling differently about this one. Both 5A races were exemplary of exactly what makes cross country so much fun.
Colleen Koenig is back as Arapahoe's top returning runners, and there's been a lot of buzz about how good that team will be. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Jesus Herrera and Jen Lehr both had the kind of seasons last fall that make you eager to see what they can accomplish this fall. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Taylor Floming returns to help key another very strong Monarch team this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Andrew Walton came on strong for Mountain Vista this fall, strong enough to be named the Colorado Track XC Male Freshman of the Year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Danny Carney, shown here battling Will Kincaid for the lead late in the 5A state race, will be the top returning finisher in 5A Boys. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Emily Wolff had a great freshman campaign for Arapahoe. Continued success in her sophomore season will help to keep Arapahoe at or near the top of the pile in 5A girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kirk Webb leads Monarch's boys to a regional title and into the state meet. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Arapahoe (left) got out to a strong start, but Smoky Hill (right) prevailed in the end. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Action from this weekend's Glenwood Springs Invitational, where Durango ran away with the girls' title. Photo by Mike Schneiter.
Columbine's Will Kincaid made it look easy at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial. Photo by Alan Versaw.
High among the teams to watch for in 5A boys this year is Dakota Ridge. Austin Appel leads the charge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Parson's victory in the 400 meters was one of several essential elements in Fountain-Fort Carson's drive toward the state championship. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Although Loveland's 4x400 would eventually bow to Littleton, it was Loveland's relays that gave them a 2010 state track and field title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It was fun and games last week as Adam Sinda offered up a little impromptu celebration at the end of the Jeffco 5A 800, but the intensity will be a few notches higher when the athletes next step onto the track. Photo by Clif Jurgens.
A strong set of relays, coupled with considerable individual talent, makes Fountain-Fort Carson one of the top contenders for this year's 5A boys state title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Photo from left: Sherod Hardt, Brian Shrader and Steve Magnuson all go under 9 minutes in the 3200 meter run at the Arcadia Invitational in California last weekend.
Jenna Adams is well on her way to defending last year's state pole vault title. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Photo by Victah Sailor.
Photo by Victah Sailor.
A quick little tour of the best of cross country and track and field in Colorado for the year 2009. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Unlike some other competitors at this weekend's state meet, Ty Williams gained some experience with adverse conditions at his regional meet. Photo by Diane Krieg.
Unlike some other competitors at this weekend's state meet, Ty Williams gained some experience with adverse conditions at his regional meet. Photo by Diane Krieg.
The title of fastest girl in Utah belongs, this year, to Gilian Gorelik of Park City. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jordan Montera of Pueblo West battles Chad Palmer of Alamosa for position in the final quarter mile. Photo by Eric Flores.
Scott Fauble (Wheat Ridge), David Perry (Niwot), Connor Winter (Arapahoe), and Dusty Solis (Coronado) each rank among Colorado's top male runners. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
Still undefeated on the season, Boulder's Kelsey Lakowske posted a huge win at the Front Range Conference meet in Loveland. Photo by Jim Lewis.
Chris Zirkle, after finishing fourth at the Chris Severy Invitational, will be counted on to lead a much improved Moffat County team into the championship season. File photo by Alan Versaw.
The Scourge of Utah - the American Fork boys. Contributed Photo.
An interesting phenomenon this week--every girls #1 team is a unanimous pick. Only Rocky Ford (2A) is among the boys.
Sierra Lutheran's Wade Meddles, shown here at last year's NXN SW meet, had the NXN SW performance of the week, posting a 15:03 at the Stanford Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Coronado's Dusty Solis and Arapahoe's Connor Winter break away from the pack at Thursday's Coronado Cougar Classic. Photo by Mark Weeks.
The NXN SW 2008 boys championship race at one mile. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Get used to the faces you see at the front of this pack. They'll be causing trouble for other teams all season long. Photo by Jim Lewis
You can figure on finding Sam Lewis, Rachel Viger, and Kelsey Lakowske at the front of the pack again this year. Photo by Jim Lewis.
Cherokee Trail, led by Alex Dillenbeck, returns a strong cast this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The school year is over, and the final results are in. Check and see how your school did!
Sophomore Eleanor Fulton just may have climbed to the top of the pile among a very solid group of female distance runners in Colorado. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Cherry Creek clings to a narrow lead in 5A, while Broomfield surges to the top in 4A.
Fountain-Fort Carson's 4 X 400 team has spent a lot of time running alone already this spring. Will they be able to carry that momentum throught state? Photo by Alan Versaw
The standings are compiled through all fall sports and spirit competitions. Check to see where your school stands!
Without a lights-out performance from sophomore Josh Simkins, TCA goes home with second place in 3A boys. Other state-champion teams have similar stories.
Coming off the hill at 1.8 miles, Walter Schafer and Evan Appel hold a small lead over Bobby Nicolls in the 5A boys race.
Evan Appel finishes first at the Jefferson County League Championships last week (photo courtesy of Janet Newman).
At a meet where most competitors were running okay, but not spectacular, times, Joseph DeMoor took the Tri-Peaks League championship with a 15:51.
Ashlee Smalley of Greeley West (photo by Ken Regan) heads for the finish in the Division 2 race with teammate Erica Hinchcliffe close behind.
Green Mountain's Andi Carpenter (above, photo contributed by Clint Boston), one of the athletes to watch at Friday's John Martin Invitational.
It's rare to see such a great early season match-up take place, but that's what happened Thursday evening in Colorado. The top two ranked Midwest boys, Bobby Nicolls (pictured far right by Ken Regan) and Evan Appel, squared off for the first of what could be a few battles this season, while many other top Colorado teams and individuals took to the 5k spread at the Poudre SD Pre-State Cross Country Invitational in Fort Collins.
Of course you've wondered which schools rank highest in the state when you combine all sports. Unfortunately, the conventional media outlets do not help us answer that question. So, Colorado Runners has.