Ominous clouds threatened rain.
They loomed above in various hues of blues and grays.
A half-hour before the first race at the Jefferson County 4A/5A League Championships it looked like it would be a cold and rainy day on the course.
But fortunately it was an empty threat, and runners were able to out-race the rain.
First on the starting line was the boy's 4A race. And from the first launch off the line, it was all Bryce Reeburgh.
Reeburgh's pace eventually shed Golden teammate Stubenrauch, but Doty continued to track him through the middle and final mile.
But there would be no stopping Reeburugh on this day.
The Golden senior controlled the race, and the pace, and when he reached the apex of the course with just over 600 meters to go, he unleashed a furious kick.
For the first time of the day Reeburgh really let his stride open up.
Reeburgh crossed the finish line in the fastest time of the day - a 15:49 clocking - to capture the Jeffco 4A league title.
Doty finished just nine-seconds back in 15:58 to claim the runner-up finish, while Stubenrauch held on for third in 16:21.
With the individual race wrapped up, all eyes gazed towards the team race.
Isaac VanWestrienen and Wyatt Bly finished fourth and sixth to give Conifer the best 1-2-3 punch with a 2-4-6 finish, though Littleton put three inside the top-10 as well, with Grady Redding, Daniel Lamey, and Sawyer Gannon finishing 5-8-9.
Though Conifer would prevail. They tallied 39 points to claim the team title over Littleton, who tallied 47, while Golden took third with 70.
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