The second week of the 2021 Colorado cross country season saw some legit performances.
Course records were falling like flies. And personal bests were run, just two short weeks into the season.
Let's get into it. Here are the highlights of the highlights...
We'll start with the cherry on top - at the Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational, where the first sub-18 clocking was run.
Emily Lamontagne came out swinging - the Arapahoe junior ran 17:50 for the victory, a Colorado No. 1, and the No. 6 time ever on the course. Mia Mraz was a solid runner-up with an 18:15 personal best, and a CO No. 2.
On the boy's side of the competition Evan Kraus started a streak - the Erie junior picked up win No. 2 of the season with a 15:41 clocking.
Keeping with the theme of people running fast, the D'Evelyn Dash played host to the top-two times in the boy's all-classification rankings.
Connor McCormick torched the previous meet record by over half-a-minute, running a CO No. 1 of 15:13 for the victory. Add that it was a massive PR for the Longmont senior. And he wasn't the only one with a big day - The Classical Academy's Matthew Edwards looks to be a legit threat in 3A - he also dipped under the previous course record, running 15:21 for the runner-up spot.
On the girl's side of the competition Nadhia Campos came out swinging on her high school career. The Vanguard School freshman dropped the fastest time of the day in the D2 race, and the lone sub-19 clocking, running 18:57 - that's currently the No. 1 time in 3A. Reese Tucker nearly cracked 19 - running 19:00.0 in the D1 race.
Through The Lens: D'Evelyn Dash Photos
Across town at the Washington Park Invitational and on the topic of freshman coming out swinging, cue: Rosie Mucharsky. The Denver East freshman ran away with the victory in a PR of 18:36. Mesa Ridge's Elizabeth Carlos was second in 19:00.
A day earlier and a mile less, the Vista Nation XC 2-Mile Invitational was another hot race, per the usual. Brooke Wilson ran 11:28 to win the race just one-second off Taylor Whitfield's 11:27 course record. Emma Stutzman took second in 11:40, while Valor Christian freshman Keeghan Edwards finished third in 11:46.
On the boy's side of the competition Ty Garrett and Carlos Kipkorir Cheruiyot engaged in an all-out kicker's affair over the final half-mile. Despite near-disaster for Garrett (a slip on the final turn) the Valor junior won the race in 10:08 to Cheruiyot's 10:09.
Through The Lens: Vista Nation XC 2 Mile Photos
A day later and a few thousand feet up in elevation, Battle Mountain Husky Invitational saw two big performances. Durango's Land Lambert took down Harrison Witt's 16:51 course record, running 16:47 for the win, while Summit freshman Ella Hagen became the fourth to break 20 minutes on this grueling course, running 19:55 to claim the girl's race.
Through The Lens: Battle Mountain Husky Invitational Photos
Back on the front range there were plenty of movers and shakers in 3A.
Logan Gullett raced on uncontested at the Horizon Invitational, running 16:29 for the win, while Caden Schweer ran 16:24 at the Andy Myers Invitational, and Branden Davis nearly cracked 16, running 16:00 at the 48th Annual Rocky Ford Invitational
- Girls Varsity Race Highlights
- Boys Freshman Sophomore Race Highlights
- Boys Varsity Race Highlights
- Girls Freshman Sophomore Race Highlights
- Girls Open Race Highlights
- Boys Open Race Highlights
|5000m||F 1 1st||17:50.80||Emily Lamontagne||Arapahoe High School|
|5000m||F 1 2nd||18:15.00||Mia Mraz||Legacy High School|
|5000m||F 1 3rd||18:31.40||Adele Havlick||Palmer High School|
|5000m||F 1 4th||18:39.00||Tessa Walter||Air Academy High School|
|5000m||F 1 5th||18:40.50||Ava Mitchell||Arapahoe High School|
|5000m||F 1 6th||18:47.10||Mckenna Mazeski||Cherokee Trail High School|
|5000m||F 1 7th||19:00.80||Aidyn Woodall||Douglas County High School|
|5000m||F 1 8th||19:12.30||Lauren Boutelle||Pine Creek High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||19:16.40||Paisley Piepgras||Cherry Creek High School|
|5000m||F 1 9th||19:19.20||Madelyn Blazo||Pine Creek High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||15:41.00||Evan Kraus||Erie High School|
|5000m||F 1 2nd||16:06.80||Hunter Strand||Cherokee Trail High School|
|5000m||F 1 3rd||16:22.00||Reuben Holness||Cherokee Trail High School|
Photo Albums (1)
|5000m||F 1 1st||18:57.00||Nadhia Campos||The Vanguard School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||19:00.00||Reese Tucker||Chatfield High School|
|5000m||F 1 2nd||19:12.00||Amy O'Connell||Mullen High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||15:13.00||Connor McCormick||Longmont High School|
|5000m||F 1 2nd||15:21.00||Matthew Edwards||The Classical Academy|
|5000m||F 1 3rd||15:47.00||Andreas O'Malley||Longmont High School|
|5000m||F 1 4th||16:10.00||Patrick Doty||Conifer High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||18:36.00||Rosie Mucharsky||Denver East High School|
|5000m||F 1 2nd||19:00.00||Elizabeth Carlos||Mesa Ridge High School|
|5000m||F 1 3rd||19:18.00||Molly Zann||Kent Denver School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||16:10.00||Andrew Ho||Ponderosa High School|
|5000m||F 1 2nd||16:12.00||Peter Neid||George Washington High School|
Photo Albums (1)
- Valor Sweeps The Vista Nation XC 2 Mile Invitational
- Through The Lens: Vista Nation XC 2 Mile Invitational
|2Mile||F 1 1st||11:28.00||Brooke Wilson||Valor Christian High School|
|2Mile||F 1 2nd||11:40.00||Emma Stutzman||Pomona High School|
|2Mile||F 1 3rd||11:46.00||Keeghan Edwards||Valor Christian High School|
|2Mile||F 1 1st||12:07.00||Sarah Perkins||Niwot High School|
|2Mile||F 1 4th||12:09.00||Keira Gamily||Mountain Vista High School|
|2Mile||F 1 5th||12:11.00||Taylor Rorick||Valor Christian High School|
|2Mile||F 1 1st||10:08.00||Ty Garrett||Valor Christian High School|
|2Mile||F 1 2nd||10:09.00||Carlos Kipkorir Cheruiyot||Niwot High School|
|2Mile||F 1 3rd||10:17.00||Drew Costelow||Valor Christian High School|
Photo Albums (1)
- Record Setting Day At The Battle Mountain Husky Invitational
- Through The Lens: Battle Mountain Husky Invite Photos
|5000m||F 1 1st||16:29.40||Logan Gullett||Eaton High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||16:24.00||Caden Schweer||Severance High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||16:00.60||Branden Davis||Lamar High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||19:10.70||Katelyn Maley||Basalt High School|
|5000m||F 1 1st||15:45.50||Jackson Shorten||Mountain View High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||11-0.25||Bridget Sachs||Drift Motion|