The Front Range folks were able to get this one done before the weather turned ugly later in the week.
As we suspected might happen, Monarch laid off--both boys and girls--at this one with bigger fish to fry on the horizon. Fort Collins, however, has an 11th commandment about always laying it all on the line at the league meet. And so, it's not terribly surprising that Fort Collins won both league titles fairly handily.
After spotting Rocky Mountain's Bryan Hird the individual title, the Lambkins pushed through a 5-7-9-16-19 team score. Those 56 points beat a very good, and still getting better, Fairview team by 24 points. Curiously, Fairview also failed to put anybody in the top four. There's an abundance of talent in this league, and the top end of that talent is nicely distributed.
For the girls, it was Lauren Gregory all alone in first at 17:27. Megan Mooney was 28 seconds back, but got a little separated from her sister Madison who was eighth in 18:38. The name of Boulder's Claudia Burgess in third is, I believe, a name never before mentioned on Colorado Track XC. Clearly, Burgess has been sneaking up on us, but she runs under cover no longer. At 18:12, it might be a little difficult to catch a good glimpse, but cover no longer exists.
Fairview also finished second in the girls scoring, but with nobody in the top 10 and Maya Browning finishing at 22nd, Fairview has opened the door to some speculation as we draw closer to regionals.