#10 - Colorado sends seven individuals to NXN
In a five-state region where Colorado is not even the largest-population state, it boggles the mind a little to imagine that seven of the ten (well, actually only nine this year) individuals qualifying for the Southwest region for NXN came from Colorado. Earning their spots in the big show were Paul Roberts, Isaac Green, Henry Raymond, Ben Butler (all top-six finishers on the boys side), Katie Rainsberger, Brie Oakley, and Lexi Reed.
And, those seven represented Colorado well. After leading most of the race, Paul Roberts would finish 11th in 15:23, Henry Raymond 13th in 15:24.5, Ben Butler 23rd in 15:31.7. Isaac Green would limp his way to the finish line with a hamstring spasm well back in the pack. Among the girls, Katie Rainsberger took the win in 16:56.8, Brie Oakley finished 26th in 17:44.6, and Lexi Reed 44th in 18:05.3.