Monday Morning Recap: Mid September Madness

Liberty Common's Isabel Allori kicked to finish fifth in the 4A/5A race at the St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational.

We're starting to see the cream rise to the top...

There were some revealing performances across the state - and far west in California. Each week we get a little closer to next month's Colorado Cross Country State Championships! 

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

We'll start out of state - at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in California.

A few Colorado squads headed west, and most of them came back with some shiny new personal bests. Berthoud's Jaycee Williams highlighted among the girls, cracking 17 for the three-mile course. Williams ran 16:59. The time was just eight-seconds in front of the defending 3A state champ, Katelyn Maley, who ran 17:07. Olivia Krueger also picked up a PR, running 17:24.

For the boys Frontier Academy packed it up, with Sebastian GroomDarren Hayden, and Noah Baca all running within two-seconds of each other. Groom ran 15:31, while Hayden and Baca both ran 15:33.

Back in Colorado 

Nadhia Campos shined at the Air Academy Kadet Invitational. The Vanguard School freshman picked up her second win of the season, running 19:10. 

The Cherry Creek girls made a 1-2-3 sweep at the Fairgrounds 5kRiley Stewart torched the field with a 17:55 clocking. Teammates Addison Price and Claire Semerod finished 2-3, running 19:01, and 19:11. George Washington's Anne Reilly broke up the Cherry Creek party, finishing fourth in 19:15.

Reese Tucker highlighted at the Arvada West Durden Invitational. The Chatfield sophomore ran away for an 11-second victory, running 19:05. Mullen's Amy O'Connell was second in 19:16.

The Loveland Sweetheart Invitational played host to some fast times. 

Loveland's Elena Torres picked up win No. 4 of the season, running 18:30. Tatum Berg finished second in 18:41, while Ella Johns was third in 18:47. On the boy's side of the race Christian Groendyk ran away with a big victory. The Fort Collins junior ran 15:44 FTW. Cy Teruel was second in 16:30. 

Meanwhile Henry Ilyasova dropped another stellar performance at the Fountain-Fort Carson Cross Country Invitational. The Manitou Springs senior picked up his second win of the season, running 15:57. Jodzuel Juarez was second in 16:20. 

Up a few thousand feet of elevation in Gunnison's thin air Zaila Smith kicked to win a tight race over Taylor Buese at the Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational. Smith ran 19:16 to Buese's 19:18. Connor Williams starred on the boy's side, soloing a 16:23. 

Allison Pippert was the highlight of the Brighton Mercury Invitational. The Stargate sophomore ran away with a 18:16 victory - and also a big PR.