Mia Prok dismantled a stellar field at the Beet Juice Invite.
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Jacob White ran away for a dominating victory at the Durden Invitational Friday morning.
Mia Prok was, hands down, the fastest freshman girl at the National High School Trail Championships. We take a broader look at this year's freshman class here.
Introducing a large portion of the boys cross country class of 2024.
Natosha Rogers shares her journey on getting lapped on the track and then becoming a 2012 10K NCAA champion.
In this Dear Younger Me letter from Natosha Rogers, she shares why "the fight is what makes it worth it."
Niwot's third-place finish led a banner day for Colorado at Nike Cross Nationals
Dakota Ridge and Mountain Vista collectively own six of the Top 10 fastest team averages of the decade.
Connor Ohlson capped his season ranked No. 6 on the MileSplit 50.
Yasin Sado finished 46th at Nike Cross Nationals Saturday.
Dakota Ridge and Niwot were two of four teams to nab a top-10 finish after getting an At-Large berth.
The Niwot girls shocked the country, again, with a third-place finish!
The Niwot girls will join a massive Colorado crew headed to Portland for NXN!
The Nike Cross Nationals selection committee has chosen four at-large teams in both the boys' and girls' fields.
How did Colorado stack up against Colorado?
Cole Sprout and Cruz Culpepper booked their tickets to Portland Saturday.
Riley Stewart ran away from the field by 15 seconds to take the NXR-SW girls title.
This week, we're breaking down the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional
How fast can Cole Sprout go?
Dakota Ridge surged to the No. 2 spot.
The Niwot girls come out on top of the 2019 State PowerMerge.
Arapahoe upset three nationally ranked squads to claim the Colorado 5A state title.
Mountain Vista and Dakota Ridge are set for another big clash at State.
Fort Collins owns the fastest team average at 15:38.
Golden's Rachel Goodrich ran away with the girl's 4A JeffCo title.
Niwot surged hard on both sides of the latest NXR-Southwest rankings.
Cherry Creek is the new No. 1 in the girl's 5A poll.
Jenna Fitzsimmons and Sarah O'Sullivan ran away with the top two spots Saturday morning.
Dakota Ridge's Ben Morrin came in No. 4 individually, and No. 1 among teams.
Connor Ohlson ran away for a dominating victory, and the fastest time of the day.
With a little over 600 meters to go, there was no possible means of picking a winner.
Check out the release of the boys MileSplit50 national team countdown ahead of the XC season.
Up next on our MileSplit50 boys team countdown is No. 7 Dakota Ridge (CO).
Cole Sprout opened up his 2019 campaign with the fastest time ever run at the Vista Nation XC 2 Mile.
Mountain Vista returns the fastest squad from 2018.
The best distance programs in the Denver, Colorado, area credit one key variable to their success
Valor Christian's Camille Peisner claimed two league titles in last year's 4A competition.
Dakota Ridge shocked the country with a third-place finish at NXN.
Cole Sprout vs the Lead Bikes - now there's a challenge!
The boys championship race at Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday produced records on records on records
Dakota Ridge capped their stellar season with a third place finish at NXN.
Some of the MileSplit staff made their predictions on who will finish top five at Saturday's Nike Cross Nationals race at Glendoveer Golf Course, in Portland Oregon.
Dakota Ridge moved to No. 4 in the final MileSplit 50 Team Rankings.
Colorado is sending a large party to Portland for NXN
The NXR Southwest Region had no shortage of electricity in the air after momentous finishes in the boys and girls races
By midway through the race, there were no challengers left for Cole Sprout and Easton Allred.
Dakota Ridge looks to be the first squad in the program's history to qualify for Nationals.
Cole Sprout enters as a heavy favorite to take the individual title.
The Classical Academy leapt into the latest Southwest Rankings, landing on the No. 6 spot.
We gathered all the performances from October 22 to October 27 that athletes in the MileSplit50 rankings have run.
Cole Sprout ran away with the state title, and a new course record of 15:16.
Can anyone run with Cole Sprout?
Fort Collins and Fairvew are battling for the middle spots of 5A heading into the final weeks before State.
Sophia Mena subdued the resistance for second before taking on the challenge of the lead.
Dakota Ridge remains on top of 5A.
Centaurus and Niwot battle for 4A supremacy.
Tiya Tamberlin leads the Division 2 race through the early stages.
Mountain Vista girls come in No. 1 in the first edition of the SW region rankings.
A look inside one of the most competitive meets of the weekend.
The Spartans, they run in a pack. And a lot of raw meat got chewed up along the way, with carcasses spit out the back.
Who is the fastest returning boy's team in 5A?
Check out the beginning of MileSplit50's boys team rankings
Cruz Culpepper beat a stacked field to claim the course record.
On paper Centaurus is the No. 1 team in the state heading into the 2018 season.
Dakota Ridge's Austin Vancil shares his Tips From The Top.
Connor Ohlson could be a vital piece to Dakota Ridge's chance of claiming a team state title.
Lakewood's Chase Dornbusch returns as one of the top distance runners in the state.
As we enter the 2018 season, Ralston Valley's Maya Provencal is one serious contender for top-athlete honors for Jeffco 5A.
Ben Morrin is a key element in a very deep group of returning runners for Dakota Ridge next fall.
Carley Bennett was one of a lengthy list of Colorado athletes enjoying stellar days at this year's NXR-SW.
If you like thinking ahead to next year, you might want to check out how Dakota Ridge fares in a virtual meet of returning runners from NXR-SW.
Ethan Rouse closes in on the creek crossing, and a Mountain Vista state title draws nearer with every step.
Charlie Perry, not much heard from of late, reminded a few folks of what's he's capable of at 5A Region 3.
Harrison Scudamore sets out to building a lead he would never relinquish.
Austin Vancil reprised his 2016 effort with a win in Jeffco 5A this year. File Photo.
Drew Johnson has enjoyed a sensational season to date and is not to be overlooked among the candidates for the Jeffco 5A Boys individual title.
New Mexico's Kashon Harrison barely outdueled Colorado's Cole Sprout in the cool of the Arizona night at Desert Twilight.
Dakota Ridge was this edition's most visible mover in the 5A rankings.
Though things were fairly tight through the mile, Chris Theodore and Easton Allred would take over soon thereafter.
Ezekiel Kuntz and Jacob White give Dakota Ridge back-to-back stellar freshman classes.
The teams won't all be the same as the last time there was a meet at Polson Ranch, but all the start line intensity will be back.
There have been big doings across the region the last couple of weeks. Get caught up here!
Mountain Vista sends the advance guard to the front early in the girls race.
Lizzie Harding and company have a very tall task in front of them this weekend, but you can make the case that they've been saving up for this meet.
Isabella Bowland and Claudia Burgess kept the lead between themselves until Bowland broke away later in the race.
Madeleine Burns set the pace, but Michelle Renner reaped the rewards.
Erin Kraus was fifth at this meet last year; can she make the move to first this year?
Lukas Haug had a nice freshman debut for Boulder on Friday.
Carter Dillon broke free on the second loop and carried it forward to a convincing win at the Vista Nation 2-Mile on Friday. File photo.
Charlie Perry steps into a new role as team leader at Monarch, but it's a role he's well-groomed for.
Grant Gardner added a very good track season to his outstanding cross country season from the fall and leads a very talented Springville team into this fall's fray.
Few people do more with their first two years of high school than Austin Vancil has. We now get to find out what happens with his last two.
Rampart's boys are one of those teams that may be a little difficult to ignore next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Platte Valley's Andrew King won the battle in 3A Region 4, but Cody Jones and Frontier Academy won the war. Photos by Ron Eberhard.
There's much on the line come Friday for Landon Rast and his Legend teammates. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ellie Fantauzzo opens a gap on Emma Willadsen en route to her first high school meet title. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
Sophia Maeda leads a sharply-improved Mead team this season. They get a larger stage to show something on Friday at Dave Sanders. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When Isabella Bowland toes the Broomfield starting line on Friday, she will be one of the favorites to win it all. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Claire Pauley is one of a roster full of Arvada West girls who aren't quite yet household names but are rapidly closing in on that distinction. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cayli Hume moves from a very successful high school career at Dakota Ridge to big hopes and dreams at an unexpected destination of Kansas State. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Joseph Manilafasha, a two-time state champion and one of the best the state has ever seen. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Sophia Galvez and Madison Foley led a Los Alamos charge that would put the Titan Thunder team title into the hands of the Hilltoppers. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kyra Hanson picked up her debut high school meet title this weekend at Platte Valley. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Dakota Ridge figures as the top Jeffco 5A team heading into the season, and Mia Valerio is one of the bigger reasons for that. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's not precisely clear yet to whom the Arvada West mantle of leadership will pass this fall, but Max Sevcik is certainly one of the candidates. Photo by Alan Versaw.
After a standout sophomore season, Noelle Cobb returns as the top-ranked runner among Jeffco 5A girls, but Columbine has a tall order ahead of them to come out on top of this league next year.
If you were already figuring that Joe Berg and his Dakota Ridge teammates might be trouble next year, you were onto something. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Emmah Johannes set the early pace in the girls race and helped push Smoky Hill to twin regional titles. Photo by Bill Mills.
Cayli Hume's return to the course holds the potential to influence a thing or two about the team order of finish in 5A Region 1 Girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katherine Bearup got Ralston Valley rolling toward a team title with a fourth-place finish in the 5A girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ashton Grissom augmented his list of season wins last night at the Dakota Ridge Invitational. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Tyler Day and Marcus Wheeler (Corona del Sol) enjoy some shoulder-to-shoulder running at the front of Saturday's Ojo Rojo Invititation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Paxton Smith and Tyler Matzke get most of the ink, but it's guys like Addison Hellier who keep the Mountain Vista team score low. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The high school boys race gets underway under the shade of the abundant cottonwoods at Alamosa's Cattails Golf Course. Photo by Eric Flores.
Mike and Sara Callor have recently added Nathan to their home. Contributed photo.
Maggie Moline started her season with a statement, clocking the best girls time at the New Balance Valmont Cross Country Invitational. Photo by Renee Haip.
Catherine Liggett's race took off last fall and we can hope for more of the same for her this fall, but can Legend make a run at a regional title? Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Scott Johnson had a solid freshman year for Legend and could help the Titans contend for a regional title this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
When it came down to the big decision, Carson Hume took Colorado State over Portland. Contributed photo.
Katie Bearup is one of several returning Ralston Valley Mustangs who threaten to upset the established order of things in the Jeffco 5A League. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Joseph Horen steps into the very large shoes that will be left by the graduation of Connor Lockwood as Arvada West seeks to climb to the top of the Jeffco 5A mountain next fall. Photo by Alison Lively.
Colorado has a tradition of strong performances at Nike Southwest, though those performances have been heavily tilted toward the girls to date.
Connor Weaver and Zachary Alhamra battled for a long time at last Thursday's regional race before Alhamra broke away for the win. Photo by Mark Weeks.
Emily Wolff left everyone behind in route to the 5A Region 1 girls title. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
Laurette Selleck completes a dominating second half of the freshman girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you were figuring on the Arvada West girls rolling over and playing dead for the Jeffco 5A title, you'd be sadly mistaken about that. Photo by Della Moore.
Zack Retzlaff led a very strong Pueblo West team at the Doherty Spartan Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
This one may surprise you a little. No, I take that back. Nothing about Mountain Vista surprises us much any more. Joshua Romine holds the top freshman time on the top freshman team in the state. And that kind of brings tears to our eyes. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Although Liberty Bell has a regional and national reputation for speed, it isn't necessarily easy to get off the starting line cleanly. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Carson Hume and Eric Hamer went quickly to the front of the Joe Vigil high school boys race--and stayed there. Photo by Eric Flores.
Chloe Andrie and Emily Wolff figure to be among the regions top contenders for the girls individual title. Photos by Paul Jaeger.
Cross country at the Legend Cross Fest includes a lot of country. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Jose Garcia and Joshua Joseph are two key elements in a Thornton team that has some potential to create a little havoc in the 5A ranks this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Dakota Ridge seems to be a team perpetually on the cusp on greatness. Can Carson Hume and company take it to the next level next year? Photo by Paul Jaeger.
While the Liberty Bell course qualifies as tame on just about every count, things are never tame from the report of the starter's pistol to the finish of the race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Alec Brudzinski is part of a very solid lead pack for Cherry Creek's Bruins. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kaitlyn Benner personified the quality of consistency for Monarch last fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Danny Vavrik leads a very strong Arapahoe team into the fall season. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Louisville (Monarch) fell to Fort Collins by one point at last year's NXN-SW regional. Both teams return this year to battle again. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Colleen Koenig is back as Arapahoe's top returning runners, and there's been a lot of buzz about how good that team will be. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Brayden Cromar is one of the reasons that Davis is aiming for a return trip to NXN this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Danny Carney, shown here battling Will Kincaid for the lead late in the 5A state race, will be the top returning finisher in 5A Boys. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A little bit of Portland in Phoenix... Tait Rutherford negotiates the water hazard at Toka Sticks Golf Course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kirk Webb leads Monarch's boys to a regional title and into the state meet. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Colleen Koenig's third-place finish helped to lead Arapahoe to the Centennial League title on Thursday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
That look of confidence on Kelsey Lakowske's face isn't necessarily good news for the rest of the 5A field. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Rio Rancho's Caleb Rubalcaba had the weekend off, but has been running the competition ragged in New Mexico this fall. Photo contributed by Sal Gonzales.
Boulder brings an excellent pack time and favorite status into the Division I girls race at Liberty Bell. Photo by Alan Versaw.
High among the teams to watch for in 5A boys this year is Dakota Ridge. Austin Appel leads the charge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It will be a new set of legs going by next fall, but it's still the same sport scored the same way. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado has sent a lot of individuals, and a lot of teams, to Foot Locker Nationals and NTN/NXN. More than you might think. Photo by Jeff Bliven.
Scott Fauble (Wheat Ridge), David Perry (Niwot), Connor Winter (Arapahoe), and Dusty Solis (Coronado) each rank among Colorado's top male runners. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
Still undefeated on the season, Boulder's Kelsey Lakowske posted a huge win at the Front Range Conference meet in Loveland. Photo by Jim Lewis.
Cherokee Trail, led by Alex Dillenbeck, returns a strong cast this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kristen Kientz of Highlands Ranch, this year's freshman phenom in the 5A ranks, has helped transform Highlands Ranch from a mid-level state team to a top-five level team this year.
Evan Appel finishes first at the Jefferson County League Championships last week (photo courtesy of Janet Newman).
At a meet where most competitors were running okay, but not spectacular, times, Joseph DeMoor took the Tri-Peaks League championship with a 15:51.
The Fort Collins girls mix it up with Samantha Thompson and Whitney Maurer early in Saturday's Pueblo Central Invitational (photo by Kris Maurer). Fort Collins returns to the familiar haunts of northern Colorado this weekend.
The Dave Sanders Invitational marked the triumphant return of Kaitie Vanatta to cross country competition (photo by Ken Regan).
Look for more teams to be running at full strength, or close to full strength, this week than last. Large numbers of teams sat most or all of their regular varsity rosters last week and the competitors are ready to roll agai (photo above by Ken Regan).
Santino Apodaca, winner of the Division 2 race at Friday's Kadet Invitational, is key to Rocky Ford's hopes for a repeat state championship.
It's rare to see such a great early season match-up take place, but that's what happened Thursday evening in Colorado. The top two ranked Midwest boys, Bobby Nicolls (pictured far right by Ken Regan) and Evan Appel, squared off for the first of what could be a few battles this season, while many other top Colorado teams and individuals took to the 5k spread at the Poudre SD Pre-State Cross Country Invitational in Fort Collins.
Last year, the 5A boys classification was Wheat Ridge's show, from start of the season to finish. The juggernaut might have advanced to Portland for NTN nationals had not an unfortunate injury slowed one of their top runners. This year, however, it won't be Wheat Ridge's show. Wheat Ridge has departed to 4A, leaving a pile of hungry teams to compete for the gold trophy. Bobby Nicolls and Evan Appel, above, return as the preseason favorites to win the individual title (all photos courtesy of Ken Regan).