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Mountain Vista owns two of the top-three fastest team averages since 2010.
How did Colorado stack up against Colorado?
Fort Collins owns the fastest team average at 15:38.
Cole Sprout's 14:16 is the third-fastest cross country 5k ever run by a high schooler.
This might be the best boys' field that we've ever seen at Desert Twilight. Check out our rundown of the top action we'll see tomorrow evening.
The biggest race of the season is tomorrow and needless to say we're pumped for the action lined up for this massive showdown in Casa Grande.
Fort Collins stormed the latest NXR-SW poll!
The NXN Southwest region looks to be one of the strongest in 2019.
Nick Thomas led University to the top spot in 3A this week.
Cole Sprout ran 14:38 to crush the previous course record, and run the fastest time in the country.
Mountain Vista returns the fastest squad from 2018.
Gus McIntyre is one of a few runners with big-time potential this fall.
Cole Sprout vs the Lead Bikes - now there's a challenge!
By midway through the race, there were no challengers left for Cole Sprout and Easton Allred.
Fort Collins and Fairvew are battling for the middle spots of 5A heading into the final weeks before State.
Emily Beckner picked up the first big win of her high school career.
Boulder's Lauren Neugeboren returns as the one of the best milers in the state. She'll be among a stacked field of distance runners in the Front Range League.
The good news for Monarch is that half of this twosome is back this spring. The bad news is that half of it is not.
Battle Mountain's girls pulled off a stunner in Casa Grande. Can they revive the magic in Portland this weekend?
Brie Oakley dominated the field in 2016, running to the largest-ever margin of victory at NXN.
If you haven't thought of Julia Schlepp as a possible winner of the regional girls crown, you aren't yet done thinking about that race.
New Mexico's Kashon Harrison barely outdueled Colorado's Cole Sprout in the cool of the Arizona night at Desert Twilight.
The Colorado guys chased hard, but ultimately Laramie won the battle and the war.
Something will have to give on Friday when Aubrey Frentheway, last year's Thornton Invite champion, meets Brynn Siles, this year's rival to the throne.
I don't have any results from the meet to share with you, but I do know Center honored the memory of former Antonito coach Tommy Archuleta at Center's home meet on Friday, even renaming the meet in Archuleta's honor.
Charlie Perry steps into a new role as team leader at Monarch, but it's a role he's well-groomed for.
It looks to be Joshua Krafsur's turn to lead at Fort Collins High School this fall.
Drew Ellis was a key element in propelling Pawnee to the 1A Lords and Ladies of the Leap crown.
Sydnie Main and her Meeker teammates beat down the 2A competition in the throws with depth, never finishing higher than fourth in any of the four throwing events, but piling up points all along the way.
On a long list of very good 300 hurdlers at Fountain-Fort Carson, it's plausible that Jason Farrell ends up as the best.
Michaela Onyenwere was an enormous difference maker for Grandview all weekend long.
Fort Collins will need a big weekend out of their sprinters if they are to repeat as state champions this year.
Big state meets from these two would go a long way toward locking down another Fort Collins state title.
Jasmine Chesson and Audra Koopman got a nice early start on a big Fort Collins day in the 100 meters.
Last year, Fort Collins won a state title with Lauren Gregory functioning at less than 100%. If they mean to repeat this year, they may need all Gregory can offer.
Weston Donati-Leach kept one of the state's longest sub-2 800 meter strings alive on Tuesday. File Photo.
Emma Dern's throws are one big reason Fort Collins has a solid shot at repeating this spring.
Loveland's Blonde Bombers were responsible for a state title or two won on the basis of sprint relays.
Micaylon Moore made it to State as a freshman last year. Expect more from him this year.
The best girls programs in the history of Nike Cross Nationals taking the top 7 runners' performances from each school at all past 12 NXN races then scoring as a meet.
We go back and take a look at the top 500 times run at the NXN Southwest Regional's meet history as well as look at the top performing programs all-time taking the top 7 runners over the meet's history.
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.
Jeremy Harms and Poudre are aiming at a state meet berth as the cap on a successful season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's girls packed it up, ran relaxed, and still came away with the Front Range League title in Colorado. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With about a mile to go, the race will still up for grabs, but the remaining contenders had dwindled a bit. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Desert Vista girls stuck together nicely early at Desert Twilight and ended up as decisive team champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ivy Gonzales ended up second, but still contributed in an enormous way to a tiny margin of victory for Broomfield. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Hopefully you haven't yet had your fill of Mountain Vista vs. Palmer Ridge, because neither of the two schools have yet had their fill. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Monarch has found themselves tightly bunched toward the front of a lot of races this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Highland's girls took a big win, and an even bigger trophy, out of this weekend's Doug Conley meet. Photo by Irving Girabaldi.
Emma Willadsen is the first face of the Eaton Red Scourge sweeping across northeastern Colorado. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
As story lines go, they don't get much bigger than Brie Oakley vs. Lauren Gregory. Photos by Alan Versaw.
While we've been waiting to see the real Mountain Vista team, Monarch gave some proof they will be heard from this season. Here, Charlie Perry forms the middle of a 2-3-4 finish for Monarch at Centaurus on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The view from second place at the Battle Mountain Invitational. Contributed photo.
Palmer Ridge, Mountain Vista, and Rock Canyon mixed it up spendidly at the Vista Nation XC 2-Mile, but evidently the Rock Canyon girls were not easily impressed. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
With the finish line directly ahead and all the green behind him, Chris Theodore takes a quick look around to be sure. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
What would the scoring for the Cherry Creek Steve Lohman meet have been like if guys like James Gregory had run in the varsity race? Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Vanguard is a 2A program with everything to gain and just about nothing to lose at Friday's running of the Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
Erin Hooker is part of a long line of sub-19 types who have plied their trade at Fort Collins High School. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tait Rutherford is one of 12 Fort Collins High School boys to break the 16-minute barrier for cross country in the last decade. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lyons has an astonishing record of no state finish worse than fourth, boys or girls, since the decade opened. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Rock Canyon has officially arrived as a certifiable contender. Look for this team tearing up courses around the state this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alamosa's boys won the school's sixth team title in cross country this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Josh Krafsur is the top returning finisher at state for Fort Collins this year, as the Lambkins try to pick up where last year's team left off. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Crowley County's Lane Walter started out the season at the top of the freshman class discus rankings and finished there, too. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Gabriella McDonald is arguably the top returning thrower in 5A, and Rocky Mountain is very much in next year's 5A Girls title hunt. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Becca Schulte takes over Friday's 800 entering the final turn. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brie Oakley reintroduced lapping runners to the 5A 3200 en route to a new classification record in the event. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Just when we thought that we might go a couple years without blazing, top-end sprint speed, Arria Minor arrives on the scene. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Becca Schulte is the Front Range League 200 and 400 meter champion for 2016. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Henry Raymond's 9:22 in the 3200 went to the top of the 5A charts and to #2 overall on the season. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Haley Rogers is one of the individuals Cherokee Trail will be counting on for a big state meet, but this should be closer than it looked like it would be a month ago. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If Fort Collins is to prevail this spring, much will rest on the shoulders of hurdler Thomas Robillard. Photo by Renee Haip.
Brandon Pappas is doing very well with late-hour 800s this season, winning last night's Stutler Bowl Twilight in a statewide best time of the season of 1:56.21. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Jack Davidson has been a huge surprise for Regis Jesuit this spring, emerging almost out of nowhere as one of the state's top 1600s. Photo by Alan Versaw.
McKenna Ramsay's 2:21.47 won the 800 on Friday by just over a second. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Marcus Quere wasted no time becoming Colorado's first sub-2 800 of 2016. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
According to last year's times, Jordan Xiong is the fastest guy in the Front Range League, but Broomfield still paces a little behind Fort Collins in terms of depth. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In being competitive at state, it's usually very much about scoring points in big bundles. Rocky Mountain's Gabriella McDonald is capable of doing exactly that. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It helps to pile up the places in sprint events when you can put four guys into the finals of a state 200. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In Jasmine Chesson and Becca Sculte, Fort Collins could have the most potent pair of 400s in the state. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Dart Schwaderer was the first Colorado boy to qualify to NXN as an individual. Colorado Track XC file 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.
Long after most former state champions have hung up the spikes, Melody Fairchild is still at it, and going strong. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Mae Anderson finds her race face back after a slip exiting the creek. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Isaac Green puts his head down and pushes past Jake Mitchem for the 5A Boys crown. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Arapahoe tandem of Steven Goldy and Mason Brevig will take their whacks at the 5A boys individual title in a crowded field of contenders. Colorado Track XC file photo by Jeff McCoy.
Megan Mooney not only earned a second-place finish, but also helped her Horizon team to qualify for state despite being down a key runner. Colorado Track XC file photo by Jeff McCoy.
Broomfield's girls used a powerful presence toward the front of the race to dominate Colorado's Front Range League meet last week. Contributed photo.
Henry Raymond continued a strong late-season run with a winning effort of 15:48 at the Front Range League meet. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
Will Handley's second-place finish was a key piece in the stunning Timpanogos upset at Bob Firman on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
In case you missed it, I believe this Arvada West team sent a message at Dave Sanders on Friday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Harley Morgan's 7th-place finish led Vanguard to first-place honors in the Dave Sanders Division 2 boys race. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Ryan Sandoval leads a very good Pecos (NM) team that's been coming in for a lot of small-school attention in the Southwest region. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Arapahoe gets a decisive 3-4 finish from Steven Goldy and Mason Brevig. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
What happens when you put all the Colorado teams together and score them as if it was a single race? Photo by Jeff McCoy.
In a long list of strong small-school performances this weekend, Salida's second-place performance at Arapahoe probably takes the cake. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
The Monarch boys put a 30-point margin of victory up on host Cherry Creek, leaving something for the rest of 5A to think about heading into the second week of the season. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
The names and faces in the 5A preseason polls are familiar names and faces.
Paxton Smith enters his senior season as the leader of Vista Nation, and it promises to be an interesting year for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Blake Salvador is a name on a long list of Fort Collins names that can close the door on your hopes and dreams. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Will Tyler Scholl and Quinn McConnell be the big impact freshmen of 2015? Photos by Alan Versaw.
Devon Peterson is the top returner on a strong, deep, and experienced Cherry Creek squad. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you remember this scene from late in last year's state race, you already know a lot about the Killer Bs of the Front Range League. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Audra Koopman is one of an outstanding list of returning individuals for the Fort Collins girls track program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When it was time to put the meet away, nobody was even close to being as fast at Cherokee Trail in the 4x100. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Zoe Gilbertson won first round of the 100 hurdles, but a more important round awaits her. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The 5A Girls race could easily be the most exciting of any classification when the state track and field meet convenes on Thursday.
It was a hopeful sign for the Pine Creek faithful when Kaleigh Kroeker took over control of the Pueblo Twilight 1600. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Bryan Hird added conference distance titles at 1600 and 3200 meters to his resume. Photo by Ashley Green.
Smoky Hill's Dom Carrasco took his first Colorado hurdles meet title at Liberty Bell, winning the 300s in a very quick 38.39. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
It would be difficult to overestimate the impact Ally Watt, Shayna Yon, and Audra Koopman might have on the eventual outcome of the 5A Girls state contest. Photos by Alan Versaw and Paul Jaeger.
Savannah Mercado was one of a herd of Impalas having outstanding days at their home invitational. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Keely Parish has a big season well underway, pushing her season's best throw out to 151-7 Saturday in Fort Collins. Photo by Levi Stone.
Lamar's Santana Salazar was one of a surprisingly large number of athletes who started the 2015 season beyond the state-qualifying mark for the 2014 season. Photo by Eric Versaw.
Here it is, your preseason picks for 5A!
If you fade the singlet color into purple, you will see Fort Collins' answer to the graduation of Josie Natrasevschi. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Okay, so we'll do a little spoiler here and tell you up front that Dior Hall's story ranks #1. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Fairview figures to be an excellent team in next year's Front Range League--but there are others, as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As you might have guessed, Liberty Bell figured into the top five stories of the season. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Your weekend XC update including action from two down to the wire NXN Regionals
Riley Cooney's brilliant high school career will come to closure without an NXN appearance, but she managed a place in Saturday's top ten nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cami Squires and Sammy Hollingsworth lead the American Fork charge midway through the girls championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Top 50 fastest girls cross country teams in the NXN Southwest Region states.
For several of Colorado’s cross country programs, Saturday brings the moment of truth.
Based on Desert Twilight and overall season performance, Katie Rainsberger looks like the one to beat at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paul Roberts, though running in Colorado's smallest classification, brings the best state meet time from the Centennial State to NXR-SW. Photo by Renee Haip.
Devynn Miller has been a mainstay of the Fort Collins teams for four years now. Next year, it's Kentucky. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Isabelle Ponce-Pore and Annelise Sherman coud be stepping up to fill regular varsity roles for Fort Collins next fall. Photo by Ashley Green.
Ryan Currie's last competition of the season was the UNM Lobo Invitational, but he was a motivating factor for Mountain Vista nevertheless. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
With the Colorado and Utah state meets now completed, what's left to settle of this is from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Those state finish up their state meets on November 8.
See how some in-state battles at State Champs have affected the Saucony Flo50 Rankings
The 5A girls medalists share a few thoughts of their own--at least those who are still ambulatory--as they wait for the awards to begin. Photo by Karen McCoy.
The Palmer Ridge boys, fresh off of running what was arguably the best boys race of the Colorado state meet, relax with a little trophy time. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Mountain Vista's Tyler Matzke and Horizon's Luk Platil hit the incoming stream crossing together. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
When you lay out all the factors leading to Fort Collins' stunning 5A girls title, possibly no factor looms larger than Heather Holt's eight-place finish. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The top time of the day belonged to Katie Rainsberger, but it was the Fort Collins girls who stole the show. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Never count out the Fort Collins girls! Led by 5A race champ US #11 Lauren Gregory, Fort Collins girls are back on top of Colorado after defeating US #8 Monarch (2nd) by 5 points and US #19 Cherry Creek (4th) in their state meet.
It could very easily be that the Rio Rancho girls end up as the youngest team on the NXR-SW starting line, but it would be a mistake to underestimate them on account of that. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Do you like showdowns? They don't come prepackaged much better than this one. Photos by Ashley Green, Alan Versaw.
When it came down to the final battle for third in 5A Region 3, Karina Mann, Cami Kennedy, and Claudia Burgess were all still in it. Photo by Ashley Green.
If you see Broomfield packing up like this around mile one, that would be your cue to raise your level of concern. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kate Leatherman's success this season has been a big part of the Fossil Ridge success story. Photo by Ashley Green.
American Fork and Desert Vista retain their top spots in the rankings, but some recent meets have clearly had their impact in the rankings.
The picture is starting to look brighter once again for Heather Holt and her Fort Collins teammates. Photo by Ashley Green.
If you believe what the polls are suggesting, we're fixing for a couple of very close state meet races at the 5A level.
Marcelo Laguera negotiates the hairpin coming back onto the grass at about 2.5 miles into the Clement Park course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
The last couple weeks of meets have altered the outlook of our panel a little.
Things have tightened up considerably in the 5A Boys rankings.
Aubrey Till cruises to a win at her home invitational on Thursday. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Lauren Ogg's big win at Liberty Bell marks her as a competitor of no small interest at Dave Sanders. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
After almost a month of XC action, there are some shakeups in the Saucony Flo50 team rankings. Jimmy takes a look at some of those changes on the girls' side.
Liberty Bell is arguably the state's biggest showcase, and Zachary Alhamra and Lauren Gregory came up big on the big state. Photos by Jeff McCoy.
There is unanimity in one of our 5A polls!
Holly Bent led a storm of Monarch Coyotes to the Liberty Bell finish line on Friday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
It's a crowded start at Liberty Bell, no matter which race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Never underestimate how contentious things get on a Liberty Bell start line. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
As you start thinking of out-of-state entries who have the potential to snare a Liberty Bell crown, Jordan Lesansee of Albuquerque Academy should be on your list. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Most of New Mexico's top teams saw their first action at this weekend's UNM Lobo Inviational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lauren Gregory's freshman year was filled with great moments, including a state cross country title, a 7th-place finish at NXN, a state title at 3200 meters, and a 10:15.34 3200 at Arcadia. It's difficult to imagine a freshman year going much better than that. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
In a battle between two US top 15 ranked teams from the state of Colorado, the US #11 ranked squad Cherry Creek (33 pts) upset the US #4 ranked Fort Collins (52 pts) in Cherry Creek's home invitational meet on Friday. Fort Collins was racing without their #2 runner Devyn Miller (out due to illness), but Cherry Creek was actually missing their #1 runner in Jordyn Colter (on a recruting trip), so with both teams having 6 of their top 7 on Friday, Cherry Creek still looks like they would have been the better team on this day regardless.
Joshua Joseph bided his time early, then buried the field for a winning margin of 31 seconds. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Heritage's Richard Weigang ran well in the opener at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede and will look to tame a faster course at Cherry Creek tonight. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As you may have expected, this last week's action produced a few changes in the rankings.
With meets having started now in every state except Arizona, the rankings have begun to shuffle a little.
Each year, one of the greatest spectacles in cross country in the entire Southwest region is the American Fork Grass Relays. Photo contributed by Timo Mostert.
Zachary Alhamra and Eric Hamer share the burden of leadership midway through the race, but Alhamra would eventually take the win. Photo by Ashley Green.
Cerake Geberkidane won't be around to run this year's Arapahoe Warrior Invitational, but his meet record of 15:12 will toe the starting line with the rest of the field. Photo by Ashley Green.
The Fort Collins girls of Colorado have a great history of success at NXN which should continue under new head coach Mike Callor with previous national finishes of 6th in 2013, 8th in 2012, 6th in 2011, 6th in 2010, 3rd in 2009, 7th in 2008, and 7th in 2007 to recall on. 7 straight trips to nationals and no worse than an 8th place finish. It is an easy guess what will be the worst possible NXN finish for the 2014 Fort Collins squad.
Jimmy releases the pre-season team rankings (top 10) on the girls side and breaks down why those teams fall where they do.
Mike and Sara Callor have recently added Nathan to their home. Contributed photo.
Check out who our panel of coaches picked as the top ten teams in the state!
The following 10 high school cross country girls teams have been chosen as part of our pre-season watch list for the upcoming season as the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the very top tier of returning squads to watch for this fall in the biggest national meets of the season (in alphabetical order).
If you recall this scene from this year's 5A state 1600, you understand why Megan Mooney must be reckoned among 5A's biggest cross country threats. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Dominic Compoz has been a big contributor since his freshman year. This year he gets the opportunity to make his last and biggest contribution. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Josh Trahan and Conrad Crist join an elite group of coaches across the nation as USTFCCCA Coaches of the Year.
Apparently, this wasn't the weekend to lay low before cross country practice started.
Satchel Caldwell showed a thing or two in track this spring and he and his Boulder teammates are a group you want to keep an eye on. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If you're looking for Monarch to claim their fourth consecutive 5A girls state title, you're probably not basing that on their accumulated 1600 and 3200 times from track this spring, though Holly Bent ranks among 5A's best in both events. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southwest Region including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
It's difficult to keep track of all the guys on the Fort Collins roster who can hurt you, but Henry Briggs is one of that crew. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Most (though not all) of the boys at the front of last year's pack have graduated, but the teams at the front of the pack will ring familiar. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Many of the early leaders of last year's field have graduated, but that doesn't translate into a race that's any less competitive this year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Whether in track or in cross country, it's hard to think of Fort Collins without this kind of scene coming to mind. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Generally speaking it didn't matter where Ally Watt got the baton, the race was over once she did. But it still wasn't enough to catch Fort Collins. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With throwers like Santana Salazar constantly coming up through the ranks, we've long suspected Lamar has one of the best throwing programs in the state. The point totals from this year's state meet add a lot of weight that suspicion. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Geberkidane and Blake Yount battled for the entire last 300 meters of the 5A boys 800. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Fort Collins moved by Monarch on the second leg of the 4x800 and never looked back. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you don't know what this matchup is all about, you haven't been paying very good attention this spring. Photos by Alan Versaw and Paul Jaeger.
The lay of the landscape has changed a little since the last time we visited 5A girls. This title bout is a whole lot more interesting that we figured it to be roughly a month ago.
Holy Family's Shea Zeman posted a 100 time on Wednesday evening that sent a few tremors through the world of 3A girls sprinting. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Freshman Audra Koopman scored the biggest day at the Altitude Running Invitational, including winning the long jump at 17-9. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Bailey Hammer of Fruita Monument edges Moffat County's Ashlee Griffiths and Karmen Christopher to the finish line. Photo by David Pressgrove.
Canon City returns to Pueblo this weekend where last Saturday Katie Till wrapped a nice 400 around the track to give the Tigers a come-from-behind win in the SMR8. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Colorado Track XC takes an early shot at identifying the top five 5A girls teams.
Chris Suppes was many things as a head coach but never uninvested. Contributed photos.
Everyone in 4A knows about Eric Hamer, but if Palmer Ridge has a big year next year, it's likely Tommy Herebic will be playing a crucial role as well. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The Cougars most likely to pounce on a state title in 2014 may not be from Niwot, Evergreen, or Coronado. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The 5A boys state title all came down to this. Colorado Track XC file photo.
A summary of what was accomplished and a look forward.
Elise Cranny crosses the finish line in 16:53 with Sarah Baxter in her wake. Photo by Don Rich.
The NXN boys race last ran on a frozen track in 2009. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Claire Green is one of only two members of the current Monarch team who have experienced Nike Cross Nationals. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Katie Rainsberger earned a return trip to Portland with Saturday's third-place finish in 17:45. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Assorted observations on the weekend that was NXR-SW.... Photo by Alan Versaw.
Seniors and NXN veterans Audrey Oweimrin and Kari Van Zyl helped to key the biggest upset of the day at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
UT/CO teams dominate NXNSW, TX rolls over NXN South! Big time CBA and Briana Gess in NJ! Colorado, Providence dominate team action at NCAA's! (Photos by Margot Kelly)
Add Abby Cohen to the ever-expanding list of Legacy standouts. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
They've won a few of these before, but they keep finding ways to do it bigger. Contributed photo.
For Melanie Nun and the rapidly-rising Colorado women, there is yet some hope for a podium finish on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Fossil Ridge's Keaton Schelir hung with some dangerous company until deep into this year's state race; history suggests those are the guys who become dangerous themselves next year. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Colorado has a tradition of strong performances at Nike Southwest, though those performances have been heavily tilted toward the girls to date.
The Wednesday afternoon crowds lining Utah's state meet course are the stuff of legend. Photo by William Hasty.
Monarch's girls made a serious run at Davis for the region's #1 girls slot in this week's poll. Photo by John Elvig.
Behind Cerake Geberkidane, it was a very spirited race for second for much of the race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Ashley Litoff crosses the creek with barely a splash to lead the Monarch Coyotes home in a dominating team victory. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The top two questions for this year focus on the top two runners for the season so far--Elise Cranny and Cerake Geberkidane. Photos by Alan Versaw.
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.
The biggest meet in the region last week? Hands down, that would be the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
Conference, District, Regional and State meets are upon us and teams will begin resting up to compete well at their championship meets before gearing up for the post-season championship meets. Therefore the rankings haven't changed much this week with the exception of a VERY strong Davis squad moving up to #1 and a few more teams added to the watch list.
As they were at Pat Amato, Emma Gee, Kaitlyn Benner, Ashley Litoff, and Claire Green figure to be doing time at or near the front of the race on Saturday. Photo by Ashley Green.
Simi Valley (CA) showed up big at the Clovis Invitational, winning with 60 points and the 6th fastest total team time average on the course! (Photo by Bob Binnie)
Lauren Gregory leads her #3 ranked Fort Collins teammates to a dominating win at Friday's Front Range Conference meet. Photo by Ken Regan.
The final set of rankings before state--how accurate will the coaches be?
Paul Miller, barely showing a hint of exhaustion, runs to the Front Range League boys title. Photo by Ken Regan.
It was a quiet week on the team front, but there were still a few fireworks on display.
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.
There were some serious rumblings across the Southwest region last weekend. We'll try here to explain what all those rumblings were all about.
Albuquerque Academy's meandering on-campus course was the site of the top action in New Mexico this past weekend. Photo by Blake Wood.
Down goes the empire! At least for now... The girls from Unionville were absolutely unstoppable, putting up 45 points and a 17:32 average to topple Fayetteville-Manlius, 79 points and a 17:59 average.
Although the rankings saw relatively little movement in the last two weeks, there were a couple of big changes atop 4A and 5A girls.
At the midway point of the race Katie Rainsberger and Lauren Gregory were running shoulder to shoulder, but a major change was in the offing. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Pine Creek's Sered sisters keep a steady pace at the Coronado Cougar Classic, while ThunderRidge keeps a presence only a few strides behind. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Dismiss it as coincidence or ignore it if you must, but for many of us, the exceptional round of performances at Coronado and John Martin this past weekend uncovers a deep well of questions and speculation.
Cherry Creek and Fort Collins celebrate a 2-1 finish at John Martin, reversing their order of finish two weeks earlier at Cherry Creek. Photo by Daniel Joiner.
It's a familiar face, but an unfamiliar singlet, for Colorado fans of cross country. Lone Peak (UT) is riding high these days with the help of Clayson Shumway. Photo by Kyle Perry.
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.
The Monarch girls got out strong at St. Vrain... and finished even stronger. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
One thing you can count on for the first half mile or so at St. Vrain is a mass of humanity. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Connor McMillan ran the second-fastest time ever at the American Fork Grass Relays and helped his team to a convincing victory on Saturday. Photo by Rochelle Pinnock.
Daniel Book leads a strong Cherry Creek team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Geberkidane stakes out a lead over Bailey Roth and Andrew Walton early in Friday evening's Arapahoe Warrior Invitational. Photo by Ashley Green.
Cerake Geberkidane is on the short list of people likely to run fastest at state, but will he top the list? Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Rocky Mountain will be counting on Kacey Doner for some big production this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
You may remember this group of girls that hammered from the front end of last year's NXR-SW championship race. Three of the four will be back this fall, but the selection of teams at the top may be different this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
A little over one week away from the season-opening Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, here is how the coaches rank the teams.
They're (mostly) back this fall and just as dangerous as ever. Colorado Track XC file photo.
It's a bad place to stray unless you've come prepared.
Sierra Dinges and Emily Waters figure to be more than two faces in the crowd this year as ThunderRidge edges toward the top tier of 5A girls. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Emily Wolff heads up an Arapahoe team that showed very nicely at 3200 meters this past track season. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
If you're a fan of 5A girls cross country, you already recognize most of these faces--and you realize that they're all back for more this year. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
Jordyn Colter rolls off the final turn of the 800 ahead of Arapahoe's Devan Foster. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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Erin Hooker surges past Jordyn Colter on the final lap. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
In some respects, sprinter Emily Romo is the forgotten Bruin, but a very important part of the picture for Cherry Creek nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Gabby Pajak and Toni Stoll, Pagosa's dynamic duo--between them, they accounted for 72 points at Saturday's Intermountain League meet. Photo by Aaron Lorenzen.
Dakota Leazer, a state hurdle champion two years ago as a sophomore, is central to Fountain-Fort Carson's title hopes. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Gateway's Devundrick Walker takes an early leading en route to winning in a loaded 800 meter final at Liberty Bell. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Poudre's Carly Paul still high jumps, but she's making big inroads into other events as well this spring. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Caleb Seeton joins Ryan Rogers to give Fort Collins a top-tier pair of hurdlers. Will they be able to overcome the other 5A powers in May? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Monarch's Claire Green outduels Boulder's Erin McLaughlin to the finish line at the Longmont Invitational. Photo by Ashley Green.
In one of the day's finest match-ups, Rocky Mountains Carly Lester edged TCA's Alexa Chacon in the 100 meter hurdles final. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At Monarch High School, it's not always clear who the lead horse on the team is. This weekend, it was Kaitlyn Benner, who won the 1600 at the Runners Roost of Fort Collins in 5:14, but it could just as easily be someone else next weekend. Depth is a nice problem to have. Photo by Ashley Green.
Ames, Iowa, is a full day's drive from Fort Collins, but not so far in terms of level of program. Both excel at what they do in distance. Contributed photo.
Based on marks from last spring, Castle View's Tanner Townsend projects as the top scoring athlete among 5A boys this spring. Colorado Track XC file photo.
One message has shown through in the last five weeks. Whether you put Elise Cranny, Heather Bates, and Katie Rainsberger on hills, in mud, or on a flat and fast course, they are among the very best in the nation. Here, Elise Cranny crosses the NXN finish line in seventh. Photo by Patty Morgan.
Late in the NXR-SW race, Jordan Cross, Luis Martinez (partially hidden), Michael Finch, Jake Heslington, and Andy Trouard strained toward nailing down a bid to Nike Cross Nationals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With girls like Devynn Miller rising through the ranks, it's tough to see much of a let-up for Fort Collins next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Midway through the girls championship race, Elise Cranny, Heather Bates, and Katie Rainsberger were firmly entrenched among the top four. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Led by a 6-7 finish (3-4 in team scoring) from Shea Martinez and Ellie Child, Davis took away top honors in the Nike-Southwest regional. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Bernie Montoya, Elise Cranny take NXNSW wins! Domanic, Jochen take NXNS wins! Southlake Carroll dominated team titles at NXNS! (Photo of Montoya winning by Margot Kelly)
Claire Green and Kaitlyn Benner bring a Colorado state title with them to Arizona, along with hopes of tackling a course more suited to their natural speed. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
The teams for the girls championship race have been announced!
The roster of teams has been released for NXR-SW!
Things are building to fever pitch in New Mexico. Photo by Blake Wood.
It doesn't get much better than this. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Pine Creek's Heather Bates breaks the tape all alone, but it took some late rewriting of the script to get us to this point. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Can the Peak to Peak Black Cloud do something special on Saturday? Read on and find out. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Luke Sheesley and Ben Ervin are two stalwarts on a Fort Collins team that has become much better this fall than anyone outside the program expected. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Tori Parkinson was the top finisher on a Mountain Crest team that stunned the world of 4A cross county in Utah. Photo by Kyle Perry.
With the Utah season nearly done and the Colorado season heading into regionals, here is the current shape of the NXR-SW rankings:
The final coaches poll of the 2012 season has arrived! Free content.
Once again, we hit the road across the Great Southwest. Really big and meaningful meets were difficult to come by this weekend, but I'll tell you what we turned up:
Rachael Chacko gets a little encouragement from Coach Jeff Bliven as she goes by at the Centennial League Championships on Thursday. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Elissa Mann and Claire Green are two of Monarch's seven girls who've run below 19:00 at some point during this season. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Clayson Shumway had the lead over Alec Brudzinski as they passed by the camera on Friday evening, but the ultimate victory went to Brudzinski. Photo by Ashley Green.
Mountain Vista has a roster full of ways to hurt you. Andrew Walton and Eric Steiner are two of those ways. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Two weeks have passed since the last rankings and several changes can be seen in the rankings since the last time around. Free content.
The Los Alamos, New Mexico, boys stunned the field at the Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
By the midway point of the race Erin Hooker had pulled even with Heather Bates and was applying the pressure to wrest the lead from Bates's hands. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Study these faces well. If they run at the Desert Twilight this weekend, you'll want to know who they are. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Cerake Geberkidane is making a habit of leaving fields in his dust. This week it was the Arvada West Invite field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Desert Vista boys took their show to California this weekend, facing some of the top boys teams in the nation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
It's been two weeks since our last set of rankings, and there have been some rumblings in the rankings since then. Free content.
Everything pointed to a great afternoon racing at Liberty Bell, but nobody could have predicted Jordyn Colter crushing the course record with a 17:01. Photo by Lyle Knudson.
Jacob Thomson lets it out as he crosses the line well ahead of Jacob Burcham in KY! Arcadia is back and looking very solid while Kaylee Flanagan looks scary good in IL! (Photo by Jonathan Grooms)
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.
Five meters or so into Saturday's Cleveland XC Invitational in New Mexico. Photo by Gary Herron/Rio Rancho Observer.
Paul Roberts took it to a lot of upperclassmen from larger schools, winning his second meet title in as many weeks. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kyle Lund leads a Fairview team that is rapidly rising the ladder of NXR-SW boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Luis Martinez was on fire under the Albuquerque full moon on Friday night, but Los Alamos took Cleveland by surprise for the team title at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo by Blake Wood.
Included are MileSplit’s selection of the top 2012 U.S. girls’ individual and team cross country performances August 27 through September 3. (Photo - Glenbard West HS, IL, who upset preseason #4 ranked New Trier HS)
Clayson Shumway awakens a few echoes out of Liberty's storied past by winning the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede 5A boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Our panel of 24 coaches from all across the state has weighed in with their selections. Here is how the coaches see the various classifications shaping up. Free content.
Much to nobody's surprise, Erin Hooker and her Fort Collins teammates occupy the #1 preseason ranking in the NXR-SW region. Colorado Track XC file photo.
In a great high school girls program, the runners continue to get better through the years. Kari Van Zyl is just one of the examples of that at Fort Collins. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The useful reference for those who've been with the sport a while, and an indispensable resource for those new to the sport here in Colorado. Free content.
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.
Great contests have been the trademark of the NXR-SW races. Expect nothing about that to change this year. Colorado Track XC file photo.
When the Fort Collins girls showed up fired up last November, it was a case of game on, game over. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Cherry Creek's Daniel Book may have been the surprise of the 2012 outdoor season, and he has three more years to go. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Up until about mid way through the state race, 2A girls cross country was all about Nederland and Telluride. It figures to be a good deal more inclusive this fall, and the Nederland dynasty will be in a fight for its very existence. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In a race with big state team title implications, Loveland's Kaylee Packham edges ahead of Katie Weber and Haley Brogan. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Griffin Hay celebrates a stunning come-from-behind victory in the 5A 3200. Photo by David Pressgrove.
Expect to see more of Raymond Bozmans coming off the 200 meter turn at state. Photo by Ashley Green.
In addition to having the best relays in the state, Loveland also boasts Kaylee Packham's talents in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The league meets are now done. The big event is nearly upon us.
For those who had forgotten what she can do in a pair of spikes, Kaela Edwards offered a refresher course this last weekend. Photo by Ashley Green.
Fort Collins High School (CO) Track & Field Team
Mullen's Jaylyn Mars makes up the stagger well before the turn is done. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's always a little subjective picking a "top x stories," but these stories were big in 2011.
Sticking together: At the first pass over the whoop-de-dos, it was the pack mentality working for Fort Collins. Photo by Patrick Bendzick.
It took a long time for the pack at the front of the boys championship race to break up. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At two miles into the race, Erin Hooker challenges Sarah Fakler for the lead. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mountain View and Davis figure to be two of the teams toward the top once again at this year's NXN-SW boys race. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Three of the top four girls finishers from last year's NXN-SW championship race are back, and they're each bringing top-tier teams with them to back them up. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alfredo Lebon waited a very long year for this moment. Photo by Logan McCoy.
It's difficult to match the color and passion of the starting line. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The intensity of the 5A boys race was evident on the faces of the Fort Collins runners before the race even began. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
By the second ascent of Powerline Climb, Jordyn Colter had made it clear that it was her race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Several of the teams on this regional starting line will be back in action this week at state. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Despite a little lead bike misdirection, Kirk Webb recovered for the win at 5A Region 3, followed by Greeley West's Evert Finger. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Jeff Abbey leads the Fort Collins finishers at the Front Range Conference meet just over a week ago. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The roomy start line at the Front Range League meet just might catch on if there were more space to work with at most meets. Photo by Karen McCoy.
As we near the state championship, there are still a few teams making their moves.
Last year, Luis Martinez finished 55th at NXN-SW. Don't look for a repeat of that finish this fall as he leads the Cleveland HS (NM) team into regional contention. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Things are starting to settle in at the top as the end of invitational season draws near. Free content.
Monarch's girls and a few bold enough to run with them pass under the shade of an enormous tree at Saturday's Pat Patten Invitational in Boulder. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Griffin Hay's 15:44 was just a whisker off the course record at the Fountain Creek Regional Park course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Another week of action, and a little bit of rustling in the rankings... Free Content.
Griffin Hay, left, and Gus Waneka, right, couldn't settle things on the course and so had to revert to a time-honored tradition among male contestants. Photo by Karina Ernst.
Liberty Bell brings a few teams up in this weeks rankings.
At one mile into the Division 1 Boys Race, Fort Collins was well-established at the front of the page. They would stay that way. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
US#2 Futsum Zeinasellassie blasted a CR 14:36 for 5000 meters! Angel Piccirillo #2 AT @ Spiked Shoe. Fay-Man girls perfect in opener! US#1 Frazier opens season quietly in NC. (Photo by Bob Piccirillo)
Liberty Bell 2011 answered a lot of questions. Among them...
The biggest invitational of the Colorado season is nearly upon us. In Colorado, and the entire Rocky Mountain region, the Liberty Bell Invitational needs no introduction. Some coaches love it, some coaches avoid it like the plague, but its presence carries a weight no other meet in the state can rival. As we do every year, we expect to see some big things tomorrow. And this year, the weather looks to be almost as ideal as last year was dreadful. There will be no 90-degree race time temperatures this year.
Although it's way too early to make hard predictions about who will get bids to the NXN-SW championship races, it's not at all too soon to look and see what's happening in the various states that may have implications for who might make it to the big dance.
There was a little bit of turmoil in the polls this week as some unexpected performances (both positive and negative) rolled in from the meets.
It was Jordyn Colter's first win as a Cherry Creek Bruin, but we've stopped counting Danny Carney's meet titles. Photos by Jeff McCoy.
It's still early, very early, but it's time to start looking at which teams are positioning themselves for a bid to the championship races at NXN-SW.
Take a look at how our panel of coaches read the results of opening weekend. Free Content.
Rikki Gonzales has won a few races before, but probably none as big as the 5A title at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw
Lindsey Smith's winning effort of 19:10 put Mountain Vista on a collision course with domination. Photo by Pam Smith.
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.
You already know who you think the top teams are. Check out who our panel of coaches felt were the top teams in each classification. Free content.
Double trouble: Daniel Lara and Gus Waneka give the Thompson Valley Eagles a lot of strength and experience at the front of the lineup. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Award-winning journalist Marc Bloom has been compiling high school cross-country rankings for more than 20 years. His most recent books are “God on the Starting Line” (Breakaway, 2004) and “Young Runners” (Simon & Schuster/Fireside, 2009).
Rebecca Hermann has been part of three consecutive state titles at Nederland. It's Hermann's sayonara season this fall. Can the Panthers make it four? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Taylor Floming returns to help key another very strong Monarch team this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brayden Cromar is one of the reasons that Davis is aiming for a return trip to NXN this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
When it comes to cross country tradition, few schools are in the same league as Fort Collins. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Lindsey Stindt is one of the big reasons that neither Lyons nor Akron may come in as the 2A girls favorite next spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Phil Latter and daughter Aspen. Contributed photo.
Pole vaulter Josh Holland is just one of the reasons that Arapahoe figures to finish the state meet with an industrial strength point tally. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Sam Berggren draws upon her 400 speed to move past Erin Hooker on the finish straight of the 1600. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Taleah McClintock should have several capable teammates to share 4x800 duties this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Remember the big stories of 2010? This should help jog your memory.
Andrew Walton came on strong for Mountain Vista this fall, strong enough to be named the Colorado Track XC Male Freshman of the Year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
David Garcia and Griffin Hay helped take Fort Colllins from a state title threat to the #4 team nationally in a little over two months. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Erin Hooker maintained a top-20 position throughout the girls' race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Spencer Wenck made the most of the opportunities presented by the muddy conditions at NXN. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Saturday will be bittersweet for these three young women. Marci Witczak, Maddie Alm, and Mariel Fulton will toe the line with their high school teammates for one final race. Photos by Alan Versaw.
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.
Emily Wolff had a great freshman campaign for Arapahoe. Continued success in her sophomore season will help to keep Arapahoe at or near the top of the pile in 5A girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Claire Green of Louisville leads a pack of Colorado runners early in the NXN-SW girls championship race. 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.
They're back, and they're relentless. They're the Fort Collins girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cheyenne Mountain's boys executed a near-perfect patient pack strategy to dominate the Colorado 4A boys state championship. Photo by Alan Versaw.
"I'll match your two strides with three of mine." Photo by Alan Versaw.
Griffin Hay and David Garcia totaled 19 points between them to pace the Fort Collins effort. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Eye black was out in force at yesterday's state meet. Custer County's Valerie Stark (left) took things up a notch and did a Tim Tebow. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Danny Carney and Will Kincaid battle for position late in the 5A boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
One race everyone will be watching with interest on Saturday is the 5A girls showdown between Monarch, Fort Collins, and Boulder (not shown). Photo by Alan Versaw.
Los Alamos: New Mexico's green wall of girls. Photo by Blake Wood.
Kirk Webb leads Monarch's boys to a regional title and into the state meet. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Check out the final coaches' poll of the season!
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.
New leaders in 4A and 5A girls highlights the changes in this week's rankings.
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.
Erin Hooker opened the first mile at just under 5:30 and never let up from there. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Some of the year's surprising programs are working their ways steadily upwards in the rankings.
Action from this weekend's Glenwood Springs Invitational, where Durango ran away with the girls' title. Photo by Mike Schneiter.
Clayton Young has stepped up in a big way for American Fork over the last three weeks. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Highlands Ranch phenom Eleanor Fulton had a very nice weekend, winning the Division II girls title at Liberty Bell and breaking the meet record in the process. Photos by Jeff McCoy.
Let's just say that Eleanor Fulton quickly erased any doubt about the outcome of the Division II girls race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Boulder brings an excellent pack time and favorite status into the Division I girls race at Liberty Bell. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Shelby Stableford surprised a few fans of cross country--and her coach--by cruising to a 12-second victory at the St. Vrain Invitational on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Welcome to the Lions' Den: Alhambra's season has been going very nicely to date. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Columbine's Will Kincaid made it look easy at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out where coaches across the state have top teams ranked!
High among the teams to watch for in 5A boys this year is Dakota Ridge. Austin Appel leads the charge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you can't spot a few contenders for the individual state title in this photo, you aren't very familiar with 5A girls cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Desert Dust Storm: Due to dessicated park conditions last fall, the start of the NXN-SW girls race raised a serious cloud of dust. Colorado Track XC file photo.
It was fun and games last week as Adam Sinda offered up a little impromptu celebration at the end of the Jeffco 5A 800, but the intensity will be a few notches higher when the athletes next step onto the track. Photo by Clif Jurgens.
Palmer gets a solid contribution from Reggie Allison in both hurdle events and the triple jump. If the Terrors can get all the pieces producing at the same time, they could make a run at state. Colorado Track XC file photos.
A quick little tour of the best of cross country and track and field in Colorado for the year 2009. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Erin Hooker enjoyed the brightest moment yet of a very promising high school cross country career at NXN. Photo by Alan Versaw.
One week from now, 44 teams will be in Portland, and each with the dream of contending for the national championship of high school cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Wearing their uniforms from NXN 2008, the Fort Collins girls take a run-out prior to the 2009 NXN-SW girls championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Wade Meddles (Sierra Lutheran, Nevada) dominated the boys championship race at NXN-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eleanor Fulton starts to pull away from Julia Foster of Albuquerque Academy at 2.5 miles. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Photo courtesy: John Olson, South Carolina Runner's
Scott Fauble of Wheat Ridge finished an unbeaten season with a remarkable run to the 4A Boys title. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Unlike some other competitors at this weekend's state meet, Ty Williams gained some experience with adverse conditions at his regional meet. Photo by Diane Krieg.
Unlike some other competitors at this weekend's state meet, Ty Williams gained some experience with adverse conditions at his regional meet. Photo by Diane Krieg.
The title of fastest girl in Utah belongs, this year, to Gilian Gorelik of Park City. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jordan Montera of Pueblo West battles Chad Palmer of Alamosa for position in the final quarter mile. Photo by Eric Flores.
After this, it's all about doing and nothing about what anyone thinks. Take a look and see how close you think the coaches are to getting it right!
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.
Chris Zirkle, after finishing fourth at the Chris Severy Invitational, will be counted on to lead a much improved Moffat County team into the championship season. File photo by Alan Versaw.
An interesting phenomenon this week--every girls #1 team is a unanimous pick. Only Rocky Ford (2A) is among the boys.
Trophy Hunters - The Xavier Prep girls have been filling the case this fall. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Rikki Gonzales of Rangeview posted a 15-second victory at Friday's Dave Sanders Invitational. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
The matchup between TCA and Fort Collins was supposed to be a good one. It did not disappoint.. Photo illustration by Alan Versaw.
Kyle Pittman of Los Alamos ranks as one of the top male runners from the Land of Enchantment. Photo contributed by Kathy Hipwood.
Broomfield's Jill Carlson took home top honors at the Arvada West Invitational on Friday. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
For the third week in a row, Scott Fauble takes home a major meet title. Photo by Rick Wilson.
The NXN SW 2008 boys championship race at one mile. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The preseason rankings for the Colorado Track XC Coaches Poll are in!
You can figure on finding Sam Lewis, Rachel Viger, and Kelsey Lakowske at the front of the pack again this year. Photo by Jim Lewis.
Everything you wanted to know about high school cross country in Coloado, but you didn't know who to ask....
Sophomore Eleanor Fulton just may have climbed to the top of the pile among a very solid group of female distance runners in Colorado. Photo by Rick Wilson.
State qualification by performance was the biggest change in 4A and 5A track this spring. How is it working out so far?
Smoky Hill's Vanessa Samuel, above, returns to defend her state title in the 300 hurdles. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Eleanor Fulton raised a few eyebrows with a 17:45 finish for third place. Photo by Alan Versaw
It doesn't get closer than this! Colorado senior Laura Tremblay (pictured left) edges out Arizona junior Jessica Tonn (pictured right) at the finish. More photos and race video's coming soon!
Dart Schwaderer (Wheat Ridge, CO) passes Jon Nelson (Timpview, UT) on the final stretch to win the individual title of the boys championship race at NXN SW.
Without a lights-out performance from sophomore Josh Simkins, TCA goes home with second place in 3A boys. Other state-champion teams have similar stories.
Coming off the hill at 1.8 miles, Walter Schafer and Evan Appel hold a small lead over Bobby Nicolls in the 5A boys race.
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.
The leaders of the pack. Left to right, Laura Tremblay, Alicia Nelson, Miranda Benzel, Camille Logan, and Dominique Gerard run in front in the Centerra Division 1 race (photo by Susan Carter).
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.
A big weekend of competition generally means some major movement in the national rankings, and that is certainly the case this week. Making the biggest leap is Tatnall (DE) (pictured by Brandon Miles), who after beating then U.S.#4 Collins Hill (GA) at the McDonald's XC Festival at Maymont jumps to US#8 in the girls rankings.
A lot of competitive invitationals took place last weekend, meaning that a few of the top teams in the country lost to unranked squads. With those loses comes new teams jumping into the week #4 MileSplit National Cross Country Rankings. See who's in and who's out in this week's edition.
Ashlee Smalley of Greeley West (photo by Ken Regan) heads for the finish in the Division 2 race with teammate Erica Hinchcliffe close behind.
Green Mountain's Andi Carpenter (above, photo contributed by Clint Boston), one of the athletes to watch at Friday's John Martin Invitational.
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.
Some things--like the domination of the New Mexico boys--played out according to expectations. Other things did not.
With many of the top teams in the country running in their first or second competition of the year, the MileSplit National CC Rankings are starting to take better shape. Boys U.S.#1 North Central (WA) opened their season in victorious fashion, while Girls U.S.#1 Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) has yet to compete, but is looking strong in practices.
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.
Moffat County's Alicia Nelson and Thompson Valley's Liz Tremblay battled for the lead through much of the 4A girls race. In the end, Nelson took the victory by a narrow margin of about two seconds (photo courtesy Ken Regan).
The committee coaches representing all classifications has cast their ballots and Colorado Track XC is pleased to present the 2008 preseason rankings.
Six former Colorado high school athletes will be competing in Thursday's events of the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Many names that used to appear atop the finishers lists at the Colorado state track and cross country meets are now appearing at the NCAA Dvision I track meet.