Dakota Ridge and Mountain Vista collectively own six of the Top 10 fastest team averages of the decade.
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Aidyn Woodall had lots of time and space to herself at the end, but it would be Pine Creek securing the team title.
Cole Sprout's 14:16 is the third-fastest cross country 5k ever run by a high schooler.
More meets are won by fifth runners than by first runners, but packing up your 3-4-5 is particularly effective.
Cole Sprout ran 14:38 to crush the previous course record, and run the fastest time in the country.
Cole Sprout opened up his 2019 campaign with the fastest time ever run at the Vista Nation XC 2 Mile.
Bryce Johansen dropped six seconds from her 800 PR to win the event last year.
In the sprints - and the hurdles - the man to beat is Zion Gordon.
Emily Sloan made sure to end her 2018 season with the 300H record.
Dust isn't so bad if you don't mind clogged nostrils and dry throats.
Skip the morning cup of coffee - you won't need it after watching this...
The Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Region has dominated the top of the podium in Portland over the past three years.
Emily Sloan enters the New Balance National Indoor Championships with her eye on a new national record.
Douglas County's Abigail Brown is a certifiable rising star in the sprint ranks.
Jackson Connelly and Ray Robinson were two of the league's fastest last year. Look for even more of the same this year.
Casting about for a team to pay extra attention to next year? Try Caitlin McConnell and her Cherokee Trail teammates.
Relive Easton Allred's journey through NXN, and learn more about the teenage runner
Chris Theodore has been a prominent figure in the rise of Rock Canyon cross country over the last three years.
Ben Morrin is a key element in a very deep group of returning runners for Dakota Ridge next fall.
We will be tracking all throughout the NXN Regional qualifying meets whos in and whos out of NXN.
Easton Allred entrenched himself in the lead group and ended up earning himself a spot at Nike Cross Nationals.
Carley Bennett was one of a lengthy list of Colorado athletes enjoying stellar days at this year's NXR-SW.
Brace yourself for another rousing edition of NXR-SW Boys, but with lots of new faces this time around!
Of course it's another year of hold-your-breath racing shaping up at NXR-SW! And a few girls who stand out from this photo in last year's race are very much in the hunt again this year.
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.
Catch up on the moving and shaking among the region's top teams here.
Scenes like this have the Coronado faithful hopeful they could be seeing their team at State.
Rock Canyon has a very real shot here, but it will take big efforts down the line by guys like AJ Bishop to get it done.
Emily Sloan from Rock Canyon High School in Lone Tree, Colorado, has verbally committed to run for the University of Oregon.
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!
Caden Foster and Ethan Rouse are two good reasons Mountaini Vista is retaining a narrow lead atop the 5A Boys rankings.
Monarch is that pesky team caught in the clutter of the early portion of the 5A season in a way that we don't quite know exactly where they stand with respect to other 5A powers.
Chaparral's advantage wasn't yet apparent at the Fort Morgan Invitational, but it would be soon enough.
The Palmer Ridge boys are one of several teams with a lot on the line this weekend.
Monarch High School out of Colorado used a strong early presence up front to help pick up a big win at Saturday's St. Vrain Invitational.
Few things match the fever-pitched intensity of a Liberty Bell start.
Carter Dillon led Mountain Vista to a tiny win over Rock Canyon in a 5A Boys merge of the Liberty Bell results. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Personal bubbles are routinely burst on the Liberty Bell start line. Swapping sweat is the norm. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The starting line setting at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs is among the very best in the state.
"Cross country race coming through. Clear the path or I'll pierce your eardrums with this here whistle!"
Chase Dornbusch came up with the win at Cherry Creek. Can he make it a twofer at Arapahoe?
Lukas Haug had a nice freshman debut for Boulder on Friday.
Chris Theodore checks around to make sure his lead is for real at the finish of last year's Vista Nation 2-Mile. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Broomfield can beat you by packing it up or stringing it out. They're not especially particular that way.
Easton Allred's 9:45 at in the 5A Boys 3200 placed him 12th, as a freshman.
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.
There was definitely something of a preview of the 5A Region 5 boys at the State 3200 this spring.
Carter Dillon came on strong for Mountain Vista this past school year and could figure as the go-to guy this fall.
Jackson Connelly has the fastest set of wheels in this year's crop of 5A freshman boys.
In a race where anything can happen, watch out for these four boys who might take charge
The 5A Boys crown came down to what seemed before the season a most improbable end.
Regis Jesuit's Tama Tuitele figures as the league's top returning thrower in both the shot put and discus.
For those who figured out who he was in time to appreciate it, Camden Gillis put on quite a show on Saturday morning. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rampart's boys are one of those teams that may be a little difficult to ignore next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As the race descends into the creek crossing, Isaac Green holds a slim lead over Joshua Romine. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Your top ten may not match my top ten point for point, much less in my ordering of things, but I'm guessing these questions are on a lot of folks' minds as we approach tomorrow's state meet.
Be sure that these guys have crossed Mountain Vista's mind a time or two in the last week. 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.
Rampart's Jacob Dewey had a big race at the CSML meet on Thursday and is a big part of the reason Rampart is looking solid heading into regionals. 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.
Daniel Marquez and his Gila Ridge teammates came back from Desert Twilight with a win at the Ken Denson Invitational this past weekend. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Brock Helvey is one of two Douglas County Huskies who figure to have some shot at claiming the Continental League crown. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's top three get a lot of publicity, but Vanessa Kort and Laura Thompson at 19:05 is also a big part of the success of this team. Photo by Tim Hilt.
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.
Kyle Moran ran well at Dave Sanders, but he and his Cherry Creek teammates just missed a team title to Rock Canyon. Colorado Track XC file photo by Jeff McCoy.
Joslin Blair got the win on Friday that got away from her last weekend. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
As you might have guessed, Palmer Ridge and Mountain Vista camp out near the top of the list. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In Mountain Vista's system of interchangeable parts, it was Joshua Romine who came up big this week. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Drew Seidel and Cale Englert battle to a photo finish at the front of the Division 2 Boys race at the John Martin Invitational on Friday. Photo by Scott Chamberlin.
Reina Paredes led Rio Rancho's girls to a second-place finish at the St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Madison Mooney approaches the finish line with a huge grin and nobody in sight. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The view from second place at the Battle Mountain Invitational. Contributed photo.
Rock Canyon took just about everything, including this little individual title showdown between Chris Theodore and Harrison Scudamore. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Harrison Scudamore buried the field at last week's Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. It should be a sterner test for Scudamore on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Claiming top position in rankings--and in meets--is getting to be standard fare for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A rare frontal view of the Great Green Wall at a Mountain Vista cross country meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Alex Fu and Mountain Vista have made a habit of leaving the opposition in their dust, their spray, or whatever other debris the course provides. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
There are any number of ways Mountain Vista can hurt you. Think of Shayan Zarrin as Exhibit A, or B, or C, ... Photo by Alan Versaw.
Shayan Zarrin aided and abetted the cause with a second-place finish, his best of the season to date. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Shannon Osoba leads a solid, and steadily getting better, Rock Canyon girls team into the Continental League championships on Wednesday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
Very early in the girls race, it was the battle of Douglas County, but that quickly narrowed down to two, and then to one. 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.
Devon Peterson edges Luna Slater at the finish of the Arapahoe girls varsity race. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Mountain View was all about business and efficiency on their sprint relays on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Here it is, your preseason picks for 5A!
Landon Rast had a very solid freshman campaign for Legend this fall and figures to be an even bigger part of next fall's picture. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Chloe Arbuckle ranks as the top returner on a very good Rock Canyon team. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
At one mile, Kaleigh Kroeker had successfully created separation between herself and all pursuit. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Senior Solana Quistorff of Douglas County hopes to lead her team to a state qualifying berth on Thursday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Chris Theodore and Bailey Timmons are two big reasons why the future of Rock Canyon cross country is looking bright. Photo by Alan Versaw.
By the final stages of the race, the only thing left chasing Savanna Dalton was the sunlight. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jenna McCaffrey leaves the field in her wake at the RE-1J meet. Photo by Renee Haip.
Meet the Mountain Vista B team, best B team in the state. Photo by Mark Obernesser.
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.
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.
A big part of the Mountain Vista leadership this season falls to senior Tyler Matzke. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
After years of being the younger element of Mountain Vista's varsity roster, Delaney Fitzsimmons becomes the ranking senior this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
It's a long flight to Asheville, North Carolina, but Phoebe Schneider looks forward to trading strides with the Bulldogs this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Savanna Dalton gave a few eyebrows some exercise this past fall. Those same eyebrows may want to keep working out over the winter as the extra level of fitness may prove useful next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
For Melanie Nun and the rapidly-rising Colorado women, there is yet some hope for a podium finish on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ashley Litoff crosses the creek with barely a splash to lead the Monarch Coyotes home in a dominating team victory. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
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.
Pine Creek's strong early standing in the 5A Region 5 girls race would be scattered before the end of the race as Hannah McIntyre (in white, at left) would go on for the win. Photo by Mark Weeks.
Cerake Geberkidane crosses the finish mats just a little over 15-flat at Tuesday's DPS meet. Photo by Lyle Knudson.
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.
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.
Runners from Montrose, Grand Valley, Coal Ridge, Delta, and Ouray make their way up the first of the never-ending Hotchkiss 'dobies. Photo courtesy of David Emory.
Kaleigh Kroeker holds the narrowest of leads over Alaina Anderson at one mile. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
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.
Pomona's Marcel Laguera set the tone for his season by dominating the 5A boys field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Through the barns (optional) and into the creek (non-optional) you go... Colorado Track XC file photo.
Jacob Blackburn leads a group around the final turn of the TCA Titan Thunder from last fall. This year, he could be leading the Rock Canyon team. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Cross country at the Legend Cross Fest includes a lot of country. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For most of the boys on this start line, this was the beginning of the competitive season for 2011. Photo by Alan Versaw. Last year, there was a lot of complaining about the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds course. Too windy, too dusty, too difficult. If only we could have started using this course in 2011, there would have been a lot of people feeling differently about this one. Both 5A races were exemplary of exactly what makes cross country so much fun.
In a talent-rich county, Jake Dysart and Kristen Kientz are two of the best. Colorado Track XC file photos.
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.
Coronado's Dusty Solis and Arapahoe's Connor Winter break away from the pack at Thursday's Coronado Cougar Classic. Photo by Mark Weeks.
William Kincaid of Columbine applies the heat to Denver South's Kidane Berhane as the first big climbs of the open space portion of the race begin. Photo by Alan Versaw.
After all of the intensity of week three, we should not count it surprising that large numbers of top athletes were out of competition in week four. Kara Slavoski (above), however, was one of the ones who was in action this week.
Frank Socha, Aaron Friedland, Sam Feldotto, and Victor Montoya go through the mile in the lead group at the Fountain-Ft. Carson 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.
The face of 4A boys cross country is as much changed as any classification in the state. Battle Mountain is back to defend its repeat state championship, but the odds against it seem long. Traditional power Liberty has departed to 5A, but for anyone looking to take advantage of Liberty's departure, there's the troubling little issue of Wheat Ridge coming down from 5A. Nature, we are told, abhors a vacuum. At left, Falcon's dynamic duo of Wes Rickman and Kevin Johnson in their accustomed position--out in front.