Story special to Colorado Track XC by Karen Birch. Thank you, Karen!!
Uplifting bagpipe music serenaded runners up several challenging hills and through a shallow, but wide, water crossing at
Littleton’s Logan, the race victor, remarked that she improved on this course by 30 seconds over last month’s scrimmage held here and stated that leading a race from beginning to end is more “a mental thing, not a physical thing.” Training through many of her meets,
On the boy’s side, Evergreen’s Ryan Haebe (Sr) led a pack of four comprised of teammate Grant Hargrove, Conifer’s Aaron Fitzgerald (Sr) and Arvada West’s Drew Ryther (Jr), with another 4 member chase pack a mere 12 seconds behind. Coming up the first challenging hill at the one and a half mile mark, Haebe had gapped Ryther by 13 seconds, who was closely followed by Hargrove and Fitzgerald. By the two mile mark, Haebe extended his lead over Ryther to 25 seconds and Littleton’s Max Bush moved up to begin his assault on Ryther to eventually overtake the runner-up position on the beginning of the long final hill. Hargrove hung on to 4th place to aid in the Cougar victory. Rounding out the top 10 were:
Of the conservative start of eventual Boy’s Varsity Race winner, Ryan Haebe explained that he was pacing his teammate through the first mile and stated that he “felt good and should probably have gone” a bit faster. Overall, Haebe was excited to come off his performance at Liberty Bell with a solid race and was even more excited that his team finished strong. Upbeat runner-up Max Bush of Littleton commented that he was surprised at his second place finish explaining that, though he ran a mile in gym class earlier in the day for a time trial, he “felt good and had the fire” within. Bush states that his performance was exactly what he wanted; as he sets his sights on the state meet at season’s end.
Of his teams’ victories, Evergreen Coach Rob Wright explained that the 97 member team is “working on pack running” and stated that this race was a “great test” as they learn to support each other as a team. Primarily trail, the