Clash Of The Titans At Vista Nation 2 Mile

Quinn McConnell defended her title, and took down her own course record by one second. 

Jenna FitzsimmonsAnna ShultsQuinn McConnell. Isabella Prosceno

Like the boy's race, this was a clash of Colorado's best. There was the 5A defending state champion vs the 4A defending state champion. And when all the shaking was done, it looked nearly identical to last year's race. I literally had to clear my eyes and double-check the results to make sure I was looking at 2018, and not 2017.

It was Quinn McConnell who clearly enjoyed being back on the course. The Peak to Peak senior eased away with the win in 11:32 - beating her own course record by one second. And like last year, Jenna Fitzsimmons finished second in 11:43 (last year she ran 11:42). 

The surprise of the girl's race was clearly Samrawit Dishon. The Niwot junior finished third in 11:50. Dishon's most notable performance before this race was a sixth place finish in the 1,600 at state. Last year she ran 20:23 PR, but I bet that time is going down this season...

In the team race it was 5A No. 1 vs 3A No. 1 vs 4A No. 2 vs 4A No. 3 vs 5A No. 3. 

It was our first glimpse of the Mountain Vista squad, and they didn't disappoint. Vista Nation easily took the team title with 50 points, with three in the top seven, and all five in the top 19. Behind them 3A No. 1 Peak to Peak took the runner-up spot with 72 points, just ahead of unranked Boulder, who tallied 79 points, and 4A No. 3 Niwot, who tallied 86.