Monday Morning Recap: A Weekend Full Of PRs

Bethany Michalak stormed to a US No. 1, Colorado No. 1, and personal best of 17:00 at the Liberty Bell Invitational.

Week 4 of the 2021 Colorado cross country season went true to form. It was insanely fast. And it was insanely competitive. 

Let's get into it, here are the highlights of the highlights...

Everyone knows there's one main reason to go to the Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational, and that's to run rip-roaring fast. 

As per the usual, personal bests were a plentiful. 

(Insert that Oprah meme: You get a PR! You get a PR! You get a PR!) 

The big highlights out of the meet came out of the Sweepstakes Races, where spectators were treated to some national caliber performances. 

Air Academy sophomore Bethany Michalak scorched a US No. 1, and CO No. 1 of 17:00.40 to win the girl's race. Additionally, it was a sizable PR for the defending 4A state champ. 

Emma Stutzman and Brooke Wilson also ran big PRs of 17:24, with Stutzman three-tenths of a second ahead. Additionally the times were within the US Top-10 rankings

As of this writing, Colorado has three girls in the Top-10 nationally, and the times were run at elevation right here in Colorado... 

And on the topic a US rankings, and PRs, Kaden LevingsTy Garrett and Jake Bach ran themselves into the Top 21. Levings captured his first big win in Colorado, running a CO No. 1 of 15:00.00. Garrett was a second back in 15:01, and Back was three behind him in 15:04. 

READ MORE: Blazing At The Liberty Bell Invitational

All in all, 10 girls broke 18, and 47 broke 19. For the boys, 27 broke 16 minutes.

Moving along... 

The Centaurus Bernie Gay XC Invitational played host to some pretty great races as well. 

Bryce Reeburgh picked up his first win of the season, running 16:04 to win the boy's race, while Kyle Berg was seven seconds back in 16:11.

Maggie McCleskey opened up her season by running away with the girl's race in 18:42. Allison Pippert and Jade Allen also dipped under 19, running 18:55, and 18:58.

Joe I. Vigil XC Invitational was another big meet with some incredible performances this past weekend. 

Matthew Edwards continued to impress by not only winning, but by running fast. The Classical Academy sophomore won in 15:28 - a 31-second victory. For historical comparison, the time ranks No. 4 on the course, and is only five-seconds behind Connor Ohlson's meet record of 15:23, which he ran as a senior - and he later went on to finish fifth at NXN

Needless to say, Edwards is in good company, and running himself onto the top of the mantle as a favorite to take the 3A state title next month. 

The girl's race was a little closer, with three finishing within 10-seconds of each other. Elizabeth Carlos took the title in 19:04, which was six-seconds ahead Willow Lott's 19:10, while Cassidy McDonald was another four-seconds behind her in 19:14.

READ MORE: Joe Vigil Draws Another Solid Crowd

At the Fort Morgan Invite Conifer's Patrick Doty made no contest of the boy's race, running 15:59 to capture the win, while Eaton's Logan Gullett did the same at the Wolverine XC Invitational, running 16:19.

Meanwhile, on the western slope at the Coal Ridge Invitational defending 3A state champion Katelyn Maley torched the field, and the course, running 18:10 to capture the win. Teammate Ava Lane was second on 19:07.

A little bit north at the Grand Junction Tiger Invitational Crested Butte senior Connor Williams did the same, running 16:15 for his first win of the season. 

And on the topic of first-win-of-the-season, Manitou Springs senior Henry Ilyasova had his at the Harrison Panther Invit, where he ran 16:22. 


Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational

Heritage High School XC Course Littleton, CO
Sep 11, 2021
2,654 Total Performances (2,556 CO)

Photo Albums (2)

Videos (10)

Articles (4)

Elite Performances

Girls (58)
5000mF 1 1st17:00.40Bethany MichalakAir Academy High School
5000mF 1 2nd17:24.60Emma StutzmanPomona High School
5000mF 1 3rd17:24.90Brooke WilsonValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 4th17:37.00Keeghan EdwardsValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 5th17:48.20Ava MitchellArapahoe High School
5000mF 1 6th17:48.20Emily LamontagneArapahoe High School
5000mF 1 7th17:53.20Aidyn WoodallDouglas County High School
5000mF 1 8th17:57.20Ella JohnsonGlenwood Springs High School
5000mF 1 9th17:59.10Elena TorresLoveland High School
5000mF 1 10th17:59.60Ella JohnsFort Collins High School
5000mF 1 11th18:00.30Samantha BlairEagle Valley High School
5000mF 1 12th18:02.00Rosie MucharskyDenver East High School
5000mF 1 13th18:02.10Mia MrazLegacy High School
5000mF 1 14th18:03.20Mckenna MazeskiCherokee Trail High School
5000mF 1 15th18:04.10Claire SemerodCherry Creek High School
5000mF 1 16th18:10.80Paisley PiepgrasCherry Creek High School
5000mF 1 17th18:11.00Tessa WalterAir Academy High School
5000mF 1 18th18:13.00Jadyn HeilFruita Monument High School
5000mF 1 1st18:15.20Ella HagenSummit High School
5000mF 1 1st18:15.40Adele HavlickPalmer High School
5000mF 1 19th18:20.50Aspen FulbrightPueblo West High School
5000mF 1 20th18:22.00Jaycee WilliamsBerthoud High School
5000mF 1 1st18:22.90Sierra ParksNiwot High School
5000mF 1 21st18:23.20Shelby BaldingCherry Creek High School
5000mF 1 22nd18:24.20Shayda ZarrinMountain Vista High School
5000mF 1 23rd18:28.60Keira GamilyMountain Vista High School
5000mF 1 24th18:31.10Tatum BergFossil Ridge High School
5000mF 1 25th18:31.80Madelyn BlazoPine Creek High School
5000mF 1 26th18:36.20Addison LaughlinCherry Creek High School
5000mF 1 27th18:41.80Lauryn WojcikHeritage High School
5000mF 1 28th18:41.90Olivia KruegerBerthoud High School
5000mF 1 29th18:42.50Amy O'ConnellMullen High School
5000mF 1 30th18:43.20Brooke AdamsMountain Vista High School
5000mF 1 31st18:44.20Cadence LappLoveland High School
5000mF 1 2nd18:46.00Amanda BerminghamRock Canyon High School
5000mF 1 32nd18:51.60Ava EscorciaArapahoe High School
5000mF 1 33rd18:52.00Carly PerdewArapahoe High School
5000mF 1 34th18:52.20Karli HolmesArapahoe High School
5000mF 1 3rd18:53.20Lindsay CookBoulder High School
5000mF 1 35th18:53.20Mia CardelloArapahoe High School
5000mF 1 36th18:55.70Sierra WallFairview High School
5000mF 1 37th18:57.00Baylor WolfeCherry Creek High School
5000mF 1 38th18:57.00Natalie BuchananPine Creek High School
5000mF 1 4th18:57.70Kiera ShortenMountain View High School
5000mF 1 3rd18:58.20Anne ReillyGeorge Washington High School
5000mF 1 39th18:58.90Anna BridgesArapahoe High School
5000mF 1 40th18:59.20Delaney VoroninFossil Ridge High School
5000mF 1 41st19:00.00Addison PriceCherry Creek High School
5000mF 1 1st19:02.80Zaila SmithBuena Vista High School
5000mF 1 42nd19:04.20Alexandra CollinsRegis Jesuit
5000mF 1 5th19:04.60Brooklyn EwertMountain View High School
5000mF 1 43rd19:05.20Taylor RorickValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 6th19:07.00Layla FisherMonarch High School
5000mF 1 44th19:11.60Ella UnreinFruita Monument High School
5000mF 1 45th19:12.00Marin SmithMountain Vista High School
5000mF 1 46th19:13.90Lauren BoutellePine Creek High School
5000mF 1 47th19:17.20Rose ChurchillFairview High School
5000mF 1 48th19:18.20Jordan BlankenshipValor Christian High School
Boys (50)
5000mF 1 1st15:00.00Kaden LevingsCheyenne Mountain High School
5000mF 1 2nd15:01.40Ty GarrettValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 3rd15:05.50Jake BachPalmer Ridge High School
5000mF 1 4th15:14.30Drew CostelowValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 5th15:15.20Eric SankeyFairview High School
5000mF 1 6th15:16.40Dalton KainesRocky Mountain High School
5000mF 1 1st15:20.90Connor McCormickLongmont High School
5000mF 1 8th15:24.00Enzo KnappCheyenne Mountain High School
5000mF 1 9th15:24.20Erik Le RouxCheyenne Mountain High School
5000mF 1 2nd15:27.40Andreas O'MalleyLongmont High School
5000mF 1 10th15:28.50Tyler NordCheyenne Mountain High School
5000mF 1 11th15:30.00Christian GroendykFort Collins High School
5000mF 1 12th15:36.20Connor KennedyHeritage High School
5000mF 1 13th15:37.70Benjamin AndersonMountain Vista High School
5000mF 1 14th15:42.00Andrew HoPonderosa High School
5000mF 1 15th15:43.20Tyler PrannoValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 16th15:45.00Hunter StrandCherokee Trail High School
5000mF 1 17th15:45.90Dane EikeValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 3rd15:47.10Dominykas RemeikisSummit High School
5000mF 1 4th15:47.40Dominic WarnerLongmont High School
5000mF 1 1st15:51.60Gavin GeerBoulder High School
5000mF 1 18th15:52.50Nandan MurugesanRock Canyon High School
5000mF 1 19th15:54.90Jack NaumanHeritage Christian Academy
5000mF 1 20th15:56.60Tanner HalopoffRocky Mountain High School
5000mF 1 21st15:57.40Kaeden DendorferValor Christian High School
5000mF 1 23rd15:58.50Reuben HolnessCherokee Trail High School
5000mF 1 24th15:58.60Tanner BrownChaparral High School
5000mF 1 25th16:00.10Jackson ParrillChaparral High School
5000mF 1 2nd16:02.00Kien CogleyFruita Monument High School
5000mF 1 5th16:06.40Nathan PontiousCanon City High School
5000mF 1 27th16:08.50Braden StruhsChaparral High School
5000mF 1 6th16:10.90Peter NeidGeorge Washington High School
5000mF 1 28th16:12.70Lucas BossingerPalmer Ridge High School
5000mF 1 29th16:13.20Evan ArmstrongCherokee Trail High School
5000mF 1 30th16:14.50Cy TeruelFossil Ridge High School
5000mF 1 31st16:15.90Tim ChurchillFairview High School
5000mF 1 32nd16:16.20Jack TolbertMullen High School
5000mF 1 7th16:19.10Jake DreverEagle Valley High School
5000mF 1 34th16:19.40Brian KerriganCheyenne Mountain High School
5000mF 1 35th16:21.80Michael VargasRock Canyon High School
5000mF 1 36th16:22.80Luke McDonaldPoudre High School
5000mF 1 37th16:23.20Lance AndersonPalmer Ridge High School
5000mF 1 38th16:23.40Nate LumayeAir Academy High School
5000mF 1 39th16:24.20Evan MillsJefferson Academy
5000mF 1 40th16:25.20Logan McGowanCherokee Trail High School
5000mF 1 41st16:26.70Daniel HruskaCherry Creek High School
5000mF 1 42nd16:27.40Sean BeasleyJefferson Academy
5000mF 1 43rd16:27.70Ben RileyRock Canyon High School
5000mF 1 3rd16:27.80Dylan KnolesBroomfield High School
5000mF 1 44th16:27.90Jake ZajacFairview High School

BYU Autumn Classic

East Bay Golf Course Provo, UT
Sep 11, 2021
1,110 Total Performances (27 CO)

Videos (6)

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
5000mF 1 6th18:59.30Tristian SpenceCentral Grand Junction High School

Centaurus Bernie Gay XC Invitational

Waneka Lake Park Lafayette, CO
Sep 11, 2021
418 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (3)
5000mF 1 1st18:42.70Maggie McCleskeyCentaurus High School
5000mF 1 2nd18:55.50Allison PippertStargate High School
5000mF 1 3rd18:58.90Jade AllenLewis-Palmer High School
Boys (2)
5000mF 1 1st16:04.50Bryce ReeburghGolden High School
5000mF 1 2nd16:11.20Kyle BergCentaurus High School

Joe I. Vigil XC Invitational

Cattails Golf Course Alamosa, CO
Sep 11, 2021
458 Total Performances (340 CO)

Photo Albums (1)

Articles (2)

Elite Performances

Girls (3)
5000mF 1 2nd19:04.90Elizabeth CarlosMesa Ridge High School
5000mF 1 3rd19:10.30Willow LottDurango High School
5000mF 1 4th19:14.90Cassidy McDonaldThe Classical Academy
Boys (5)
5000mF 1 1st15:28.80Matthew EdwardsThe Classical Academy
5000mF 1 2nd15:59.60Land LambertDurango High School
5000mF 1 3rd16:00.20Damian FraustoDurango High School
5000mF 1 5th16:18.10Chandler WilburnThe Classical Academy
5000mF 1 6th16:18.70Elijah WilcoxSalida High School

Thunder Across the Divide

Casey Jones Park Elizabeth, CO
Sep 10, 2021
251 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Fort Morgan Invite

Riverside Park XC Course Fort Morgan, CO
Sep 10, 2021
199 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (1)
5000mF 1 1st15:59.70Patrick DotyConifer High School

Wolverine XC Invitational

Monfort Park Greeley, CO
Sep 10, 2021
194 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (1)
5000mF 1 1st16:19.20Logan GullettEaton High School

RE-1J District Meet

Sunset Golf Course Longmont, CO
Sep 8, 2021
193 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Coal Ridge Invitational

Coal Ridge HS Track New Castle, CO
Sep 10, 2021
159 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (2)
5000mF 1 1st18:10.40Katelyn MaleyBasalt High School
5000mF 1 2nd19:07.80Ava LaneBasalt High School

Harrison Panther Invite

El Pomar Sports Complex Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 10, 2021
154 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (1)
5000mF 1 1st16:22.60Henry IlyasovaManitou Springs High School

Grand Junction Tiger Invitational

Connected Lakes State Park XC Course Grand Junction, CO
Sep 11, 2021
135 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (1)
5000mF 1 1st16:15.80Connor WilliamsCrested Butte Community School

Arrupe Jesuit Open

Standley Lake Basketball Barn Arvada, CO
Sep 11, 2021
34 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

ATB Churchyard Meet #8

Boulder Valley Christian Church Boulder, CO
Sep 11, 2021
9 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Chillicothe Invitational

Simpson Park Chillicothe, MO
Sep 7, 2021
191 Total Performances (6 CO)