The Lewis-Palmer duo ofJade Allen and Aubrey Surage and made some big gains at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede.
I'm still reeling from the weekend.
It was perhaps the most-revealing of this unique season so far.
And it wasn't just one meet, or two meets, or even three that had some crazy performance, it was across the board, across the state. With this new Covid-style cross country season we're having, we're seeing what feels like a million meets a week with a million great performances.
We'll start with the most historic performance of the week...
If you haven't heard yet, Parker Wolfe dropped the fastest 5k by a Colorado high schooler ever.
The Cherry Creek senior scorched the competition at the Heritage Distance Classic (AKA Liberty Bell 2020 edition) Saturday morning, running 14:30. The time topped Cole Sprout's one year-old Colorado soil record of 14:38, resetting the course record, and Colorado record. It's also a US No. 1.
Valor Christian's Ty Garrett finished second in the race. The sophomore transfer ran 15:23.
And the girl's race was just as impressive.
Pomona Sophomore Emma Stutzman had a big run of her own, finishing third in 17:37 - that's over a half-minute personal best.
The team race was highly competitive as well, with Valor and Arapahoe going head-to-head. Valor took the W here, tallying 36 points to Arapahoe's 43.
And crazy as the Heritage Distance Classic was, more big news came out of the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede.
Bethany Michalak became the third runner to crack 18 on the Penrose course, and the second fastest, ever.
The Air Academy freshman soloed a jaw-dropping 17:27 for a 1:02 victory. Michalak's time is second all-time behind 2016 national champion Brie Oakley's 17:07.
The Lewis-Palmer duo of Aubrey Surage and Jade Allen had big runs of their own, despite starting in the second wave, they went on to run the second and third fastest times of the day, with Surage crossing in 18:29, while Allen was just 11 seconds back in 18:40.
The Air Academy girls look strong as well, taking Friday's 4A team title in dominating fashion.
Of additional note - the Buena Vista girls looked incredibly strong in 2A. Then went 1-3-4-5 to tally an impressive 13 points. Count them as a state contender...
The Classical Academy boys took down the defending state champs - Frontier Academy in the boy's 3A race - and this one was close. TCA tallied 50 points to Frontier's 53.
The TCA girls left no questions in the girl's race, going 1-2-4-5-8 for 20 points.
Erik Le Roux ran the fastest time among the boy's 15:58, leading the Cheyenne Mountain boy's to the team title.
And on the topic of 4A, Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos made lemonade with lemons this past week. After the Standley Lake 4A race was canceled, he hit the roads and dropped a blazing 14:48 at the Denver 5k.
Tuohy-Gaydos finished in a sea of Colorado School of Mines stars from their 2019 national champion squad. He was just five seconds behind Mines All-American Kyle Moran. Last year Moran finished fourth at the NCAA D2 Cross Country National Championships. And Tuohy-Gaydos beat Dylan Ko, who was seventh at last year's D2 national championships.
On the Western Slope Jadyn Heil continued to rage over the course. The Fruita-Monument junior cracked 18 for the second time this season. She won the GJ Tiger Invitational in 17:54. Glenwood's Sophia Connerton-Nevin and Ella Johnson went 2-3, running 18:33, and 18:41.
McGinley Zastrow took the boy's race with a 16:00 clocking.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Katelyn Maley.
The Basalt sophomore dropped the third-fastest time in the state this past weekend, running 17:21 at the Delta Confluence Invitational for the win. Teammate Sierra Bower was the runner-up here, running 17:54.
Maley's time was a personal best by over a minute, meaning she's clearly made The Jump.
At the Adams City Varsity Race #2 Charlie Welch ran his first 5k of the season. He backed up that 9:33 2-mile clocking from a few weeks ago with a sub-16, running 15:59 for a dominating victory.
Reese Tucker started a streak. The Chatfield freshman picked up win No. 2 at the Charger Invite. Tucker blitzed the field with a 18:15 clocking - a 53-second victory.
Word on the course is that the Fairview Invitational was tough.
Niwot put five in the top-eight for a tally of 23 points.
James Overberg took the W in the highly competitive boy's race. The Centaurus senior took Niwot's Zane Bergen in a lean at the line, running 16:13.6 to Bergen's 16:13.8. Lukas Haug was 11 seconds back in third.
Niwot put five in the top-ten for a tally of 36 points.
At the Fossil Ridge Invite Ryan Montera extended his win-streak to four. The Legacy senior ran 16:01 FTW.
And speaking of extending streaks, Jackson Shorten now has won three consecutive races. The Mountain View junior won the Erie Invitational on the tough Lyons course, running 15:58.
Peak to Peak's Allison Beasley continued to make gains - she won the Adams City Varsity Race #3, running 18:48.
Photo Albums (2)
- Cheyenne Mountain Stampede (Pre-State) by Bobby Reyes
- Cheyenne Mountain Stampede 3A Races by CoachVersaw
|5000m||F11st||17:27.50||Bethany Michalak||Air Academy High School|
|5000m||F12nd||18:29.20||Aubrey Surage||Lewis-Palmer High School|
|5000m||F13rd||18:40.70||Jade Allen||Lewis-Palmer High School|
|5000m||F14th||18:49.70||Hope Stark||Cheyenne Mountain High School|
|5000m||F11st||19:03.00||Shelby Balding||Cherry Creek High School|
|5000m||F15th||19:06.90||Ella Chura||Air Academy High School|
|5000m||F11st||19:11.70||Sawyer Wilson||The Classical Academy|
|5000m||F16th||19:14.10||Loren Linnenburger||Discovery Canyon High School|
|5000m||F12nd||19:18.80||Addison Price||Cherry Creek High School|
|5000m||F11st||19:19.60||Elliot Pribramsky||Battle Mountain High School|
|5000m||F11st||15:48.00||Erik Le Roux||Cheyenne Mountain High School|
|5000m||F11st||16:09.70||Jacob White||Dakota Ridge High School|
|5000m||F12nd||16:29.30||Colby Schultz||Palmer Ridge High School|
Photo Albums (1)
- Parker Wolfe Runs Colorado Soil Record Of 14:30 At Heritage
- Through The Lens: Heritage Distance Classic Photos
|5000m||F12nd||17:06.00||Riley Stewart||Cherry Creek High School|
|5000m||F13rd||17:37.00||Emma Stutzman||Pomona High School|
|5000m||F14th||17:39.00||Samantha Blair||Eagle Valley High School|
|5000m||F15th||17:48.00||Ava Mitchell||Arapahoe High School|
|5000m||F16th||17:48.50||Emily Lamontagne||Arapahoe High School|
|5000m||F17th||17:53.10||Jocelyn Millican||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F18th||17:58.40||Taylor Whitfield||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F19th||17:59.00||Shayda Zarrin||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F110th||18:07.90||Ava Escorcia||Arapahoe High School|
|5000m||F111th||18:19.50||Lanie Szuch||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F112th||18:19.80||Brooke Wilson||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F113th||18:42.90||Taylor Rorick||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F114th||18:45.20||Leah Christians||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F115th||18:53.70||Jordan Stead||Arapahoe High School|
|5000m||F116th||19:03.70||Suvina Heidt||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F117th||19:11.00||Amelie Colsman||Regis Jesuit|
|5000m||F118th||19:15.40||Shantell Hafner||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F119th||19:16.30||Erika Danzer||Regis Jesuit|
|5000m||F120th||19:18.60||Lila Crowley||Heritage High School|
|5000m||F11st||14:30.10||Parker Wolfe||Cherry Creek High School|
|5000m||F12nd||15:23.00||Ty Garrett||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F13rd||15:40.00||Michael Beck||Heritage High School|
|5000m||F14th||15:44.20||Owen Nolan||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F15th||15:51.90||Jason Becker||Heritage High School|
|5000m||F16th||15:53.50||Brennan Draper||Chaparral High School|
|5000m||F17th||15:55.50||Kyle Boe||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F18th||16:00.70||Harrison Witt||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F19th||16:08.80||Thomas Alley||Chaparral High School|
|5000m||F110th||16:12.00||Jayden Nats||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F111th||16:13.50||Connor Kennedy||Heritage High School|
|5000m||F112th||16:18.00||Nate Harbert||Mountain Vista High School|
|5000m||F113th||16:18.20||Blake Hansen||Arapahoe High School|
|5000m||F114th||16:18.60||Braden Struhs||Chaparral High School|
|5000m||F115th||16:23.00||Tanner Brown||Chaparral High School|
|5000m||F116th||16:23.00||Jackson Parrill||Chaparral High School|
|5000m||F11st||17:54.70||Jadyn Heil||Fruita Monument High School|
|5000m||F12nd||18:33.50||Sophia Connerton-Nevin||Glenwood Springs High School|
|5000m||F13rd||18:41.00||Ella Johnson||Glenwood Springs High School|
|5000m||F14th||19:14.20||Kylie Kenny||Aspen High School|
|5000m||F15th||19:17.30||Ella Unrein||Fruita Monument High School|
|5000m||F11st||16:00.90||McGinley Zastrow||Fruita Monument High School|
|5000m||F12nd||16:22.20||Gage Nielsen||Eagle Valley High School|
Photo Albums (1)
|5000m||F11st||15:59.20||Charlie Welch||George Washington High School|
Photo Albums (1)
|5000m||F11st||18:15.10||Reese Tucker||Chatfield High School|
|5000m||F12nd||19:08.10||Aspen Webb||Chatfield High School|
|5000m||F13rd||19:15.40||Isabella Prosceno||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F14th||19:20.00||Jordan Blankenship||Valor Christian High School|
|5000m||F11st||18:33.00||Mia Prok||Niwot High School|
|5000m||F12nd||19:03.30||Ella Johns||Fort Collins High School|
|5000m||F13rd||19:19.40||Lucca Fulkerson||Niwot High School|
|5000m||F11st||16:13.60||James Overberg||Centaurus High School|
|5000m||F12nd||16:13.80||Zane Bergen||Niwot High School|
|5000m||F13rd||16:24.60||Lukas Haug||Boulder High School|
|5000m||F11st||16:01.00||Ryan Montera||Legacy High School|
|5000m||F12nd||16:19.00||Adugna Moritz||Fossil Ridge High School|
|5000m||F11st||15:58.00||Jackson Shorten||Mountain View High School|
|5000m||F11st||16:22.50||Keegan Caldwell||Mead High School|
|5000m||F11st||17:21.03||Katelyn Maley||Basalt High School|
|5000m||F12nd||17:54.55||Sierra Bower||Basalt High School|
|5000m||F13rd||19:10.47||Ava Lane||Basalt High School|
|5000m||F14th||19:11.91||Sarah Levy||Basalt High School|
|5000m||F11st||18:48.40||Allison Beasley||Peak to Peak Charter School|
|5000m||F12nd||19:16.60||Julia Schor||Denver East High School|
|5000m||F04th||14:48.50||Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos||Green Mountain High School|
|5000m||F011th||17:04.50||Jonathan Mahoney||Green Mountain High School|