This Week In Cross Country... Well, Sort Of (and now updated!)

It will be a little darker when they shoot the starter's pistol at this year's running of the Tomahawk 2 Mile.

There are actually multiple meets in Colorado this week. But, it might be a stretch to call two of them cross country.

The unfiying themes are 1) two-mile events, and 2) cross country team scoring. 

Durango will be getting their licks in first (where did that expression come from, anyway?) with the Dashing Demon 2 Mile. It will be under the lights at the Durango High School track. It was a couple months ago when I last talked to Coach McMillan about this event, but at the time he was at least cautiously hopeful about pulling a couple athletes across the border from New Mexico for this event. It probably doesn't help, though, that New Mexico just had their state cross country meet on Saturday.

UPDATE: Durango has moved the Dashing Demon 2 Mile to Saturday.

On Saturday, the action shifts to the Front Range. Toward the northern end of the Front Range, there is the Don Hand Memorial cross country race at North Lake Park in Loveland. Evidently, some northern Front Rangers decided it would be easier to host a meet up their way than to make a trip to Cheyenne Mountain High School.

And, of course, at Cheyenne Mountain High School on Saturday evening is the Tomahawk 2 Mile. This year, it's going back under the lights. I'm hearing that's by popular demand. 

All of this, of course, is a semi-coordinated effort to stay race sharp for next weekend's Nike Cross Southwest meet in Casa Grande--where it promises to be a whole lot warmer than it's going to be any place in Colorado over the next two weeks. 

Colorado Track XC will be at the Tomahawk 2 Mile for coverage, trying to stay coverage sharp for Nike Cross Regionals.