Michalak And Bach Make Statements At Coronado Cougar Classic


Bethany Michalak blew away the rest of the competition at yesterday's Coronado Cougar Classic when she took the varsity girls 5k in 17:11.18 - over a minute ahead of the rest of the field.

Michalak has clearly proven that she can get this done in a solo effort, as her time is the second-fastest ever run on this course behind Katie Rainsberger's 17;05.

Additionally it's a Colorado No. 5.

The Air Academy junior is no stranger to Colorado cross country, though.

As a freshman, she ran 17.14.84. As a sophomore, she ran a blazing 16:49.53. She's just getting started - we can expect lots from her in the near future.

Michalak wasn't the only show-out of the day, though. Senior Adele Havlick was the runner-up in 18:20.56 - leading her team, Palmer High, to a second place finish. She was followed closely by Air Academy freshman Jordan Banta, who finished in 18:25.29.

Banta, being only a freshman, has already made a name for herself this season. Just a few weeks ago at the Liberty Bell Invite, she dropped a time of 17:30.10. That time put her No. 2 in the Colorado freshman rankings, as well as No. 12 in Colorado overall.

Fourth was Emma Wilhelm of Pine Creek with a time of 18:31.01. Fifth and sixth places brought out two more stellar freshmen - Castle View's Brenna Jorde and Air Academy's Lauren Myers

The two have put themselves high up in the Colorado freshman rankings, with Jorde being No. 3 and Myers being No. 4.

Jorde finished with a time of 18:42.85, while Myers finished with a time of 18:50.74. Jorde led her team, Castle View High, to a first place finish.

Seventh was sophomore Riley Combe, also of Castle View High, with a time of 18:59.42.

Castle View High took the team title with 67 points, followed by Palmer High with 80 points, and the Air Academy took third with 104 points.

Lots more to come this weekend in Colorado cross country - stay tuned!