Matt Sease helped engineer a dominating Erie effort with a winning time of 16:48. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Evidently, a sleeping giant has awoken.
An Erie boys team that had remained mostly quiet this season in the wake of the graduation of several key members of last year's team delivered the goods at Tuesday's Tri-Valley Championships in Broomfield.
It wasn't close. It wasn't even close to close.
Matt Sease, with arguably his best race of the season to date, though recent trends in results hinted this was coming, won in 16:48. Anthony Willert took second in 17:08. And the rout was on.
When all the tallying was done, Erie had 29 team points to 73 for second-place host Holy Family. But, perhaps other numbers help to tell the story better: Erie had four runners across the line before anyone else had two. Luke Simeon, Erie's fifth, was a full 22 seconds ahead of anyone else's fifth.
The victory was complete. Erie now stares down next week's regional meet with a nicely enhanced resume.
The girls race, on the other hand, was a nail biter of the highest order. Though Holy Family came in as a substantial favorite, the absence of one key varsity member for Holy Family gave Mead a window of opportunity to close down the projected gap.
Madi Kenyon of Roosevelt took the win, as expected. Following Kenyon in second was Holy Family's Kika Napierkowski, a promising sign for the Tigers.
But, the tide turned a bit over the next six places. In those six places, Mead scored three in the persons of Sophia Maeda, Camilla Lee, and Kaitlynn Salazar. Holy Family responded with only Olivia Bartoletti.
A clear edge belonged to the Mavericks. Holy Family was able to overturn the advantage, however, by sending their next three across before Mead could score their fourth. The rapid succession of Emily Campbell, Amanda Medearis, and Taylor Santangelo over a span of eight seconds pulled the league title out of the fire for Holy Family, beating Mead by slender margin of four points.