Monday Morning Recap: Colorado Flexes Across The US

Colorado was everywhere this past weekend. 


And everywhere Colorado was, Colorado won. 

You could say that Colorado was doing Colorado things...

There were a ton of national-caliber team battles across the country, and Colorado came out on top every time.

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

We'll start in Arizona at the Desert Twilight XC Festival, where Air Academy sophomore and 4A defending state champ Bethany Michalak cracked 17 minutes for the first time. Michalak finished second in the girl's sweepstakes race, running 16:55. Mia Prok was third in 17:06, which was just ahead of Emily LamontagneSamantha Blair, and Madison Shults, who ran 17:10, 17:10, and 17:11. 

A staggering 17 Colorado girls cracked 18 minutes.

US No. 16 Niwot  had the upset win over US No. 3, Arapahoe. Niwot took the girl's team title, tallying 44 points. Add that they had a 1-5 split of 50-seconds, and an impressive 17:26 average. Arapahoe took second with 77 points to give Colorado the 1-2 punch.

On the topic of a Colorado 1-2 punch, Zane Bergen claimed the boy's sweepstakes race title, running 14:50. Connor McCormick cracked 15 for the first time, running 14:55 to finish second. Joey Hendershot and Bryce Reeburgh were just over the mark, running 15:03, and 15:04 to finish 5-6. 

US No. 12 Niwot made no contest of the team title, tallying 61 points - an 82-point victory. 

Heading north to Utah some of the best teams in the country battled at the Border Wars.

Cheyenne Mountain's Kaden Levings and Erik Le Roux cracked 15 minutes, with Levings finishing second in 14:54, while Le Roux was five seconds back in 14:59.

The 1-2 punch was vital in the team battle, where US No. 6 Cheyenne Mountain took down US No. 2 Farmington 68-76. Add that US No. 7 American Fork was in the race too (and finished third with 132 points.)  

In the Pacific Northwest Cherry Creek represented at the Nike Portland Classic in Oregon. Riley Stewart led her squad with a runner-up finish, crossing the line in a 16:43 personal best.

US No. 6 Cherry Creek edged out US No. 11 Summit 69-82 to claim the team title. 

In the midwest Ty Garrett was the individual champion at the Rim Rock Farm Classic in Kansas. Garret won the race in 15:18 to lead US No. 6 Valor Christian to the team title 69-74 over US No. 8 Millard West.

Keeghan Edwards made it a Valor sweep of the individual titles, as the freshman won the girl's race in 17:50. US No. 13 Valor ran away with the team title, tallying 74 points - a 97-point victory.

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