Colorado's titans will toe the same line, at the same time this Saturday!
We've got some of the best individuals and teams in the country set to battle in the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships!
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Let's get into it, here's the 4A state preview.
Bethany Michalak will toe the line at Penrose as the favorite. Not only is she the defending state champion, but the Air Academy sophomore has put together a nearly flawless season.
Michalak ran 16:54 at Desert Twilight in September, and 17:00 at Liberty Bell a few weeks earlier. Recently she won the 4A Region 2 title in 17:33.
She's run under 18 minutes every time she's raced so far, and she's been undefeated in the state Colorado.
And like last year, this year looks to be a matchup between Michalak and Niwot's Mia Prok.
Michalak and Prok have raced against each other just once this season - at Desert Twilight, and Michalak took that one by 12 seconds - Prok ran 17:06 there. Prok has won her last two races, most recently the 4A Region 4 title in 17:29.
While Michalak and Prok appear to be in their own race, there's still the potential to see someone join the party.
Among the long list of who that could be is Samantha Blair. The Eagle Valley senior finished three-seconds behind Prok at Desert Twilight, running 17:09, showing that she can hang with a hot pace.
And then things open up quite a bit.
There's Ella Johnson, and Tristian Spence - both of who finished in front of Blair at last week's regional meet. And there's the Niwot duo of Eva Klingbeil and Madison Shults, who finished 2-3 at regionals.