Roberts, Gregory Lone Colorado FLN Qualifiers

Lauren Gregory and Paul Roberts doubled their West Coast fun for December by earning trips to Foot Locker Nationals. Colorado Track XC file photos by Alan Versaw.

We knew going in it would be a tough field. And the field lived every bit up to expectations.

For the second year in a row, Lauren Gregory found her way through a loaded field to a trip to San Diego in two weeks. This year, Gregory rolled to an 8th-place finish in 17:42.9. While it does not replicate her second-place 17:27 finish from last year, it does take her the next step. 

Paul Roberts ran sub-15 for the second Saturday in a row. This time, his effort was good enough for second place at 14:57.7. Roberts, too, now advances to San Diego in two weeks to tackle the hills of the fabled Balboa Park course.

For both Roberts and Gregory, it figures to be a very busy next two weeks as both are slated for appearances in Portland for NXN this coming Saturday. 

Just missing the cut for a trip to San Diego was Denver North's Kayla Young. Young improved on her 12th-place finish from last year, but only by a single place. Number 11 stays home, while number 10 goes. Young missed 10th place by less than two seconds, finishing in 17:51.1.

Megan Mooney was in the running as well, but finished in 21st place at 18:17.2

For Colorado's boys, the only top-50 finisher besides Roberts was Ben Butler in 18th. Butler's time of 15:38.4 missed this year's qualifying standard by just over 18 seconds. No other Colorado boys finished in under 16 minutes, with Joseph Krafsur just missing in 62nd place at 16:01.7.

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