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Mountain Vista owns two of the top-three fastest team averages since 2010.
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Cruz Culpepper defended his state title by scorching the field in the final 500.
This much is sure. The Niwot girls team isn't sneaking up on anyone.
Niwot enters the state meet as a heavy favorite in both team races.
Tatum Miller pulls away from Ella Chura and Jocelyn Millican at the end.
The Air Academy girls are No. 2 on this list.
Cherry Creek is the new No. 1 in the girl's 5A poll.
Dakota Ridge's Ben Morrin came in No. 4 individually, and No. 1 among teams.
We've got the Pre-Season Coaches Poll!
Niwot returns the fastest squad from 2018.
A look inside the fastest 50 returning boy's 4A squads.
Niwot returns as the second-fastest squad in the state.
A cross country and track and field mom shares what she's learned about the process of raising an elite high school athlete.
Air Academy's Cal Banta is the top returner in the 800 and 1,600.
Niwot's Cruz Culepper is set to defend his title, but he'll likely have some challengers next year.
Niwot's Taylor James is the top returner in a stacked 2019 field.
By midway through the race, there were no challengers left for Cole Sprout and Easton Allred.
Ares Reading (center) and Cruz Culpepper kicked late to finish 1-2 Saturday.
Layla Roebke (center) and Taylor James (right) made it a 1-2 punch to give Niwot the state title.
The Niwot girls will have a battle with Battle Mountain on their hands Saturday morning.
Valor Christian's Cole Sprout will open up his season of *racing* at Desert Twilight.
Rebuild? Not quite. Battle Mountain return with their sights set on dominating once again.
Can Cruz Culpepper and Ares Reading lead Niwot to a state title?
The outdoor season has arrived! But not for everyone - Colorado will send some of its best to New Balance Nationals Indoor.
Dontavis Moore Ford will look to help Vista Ridge in the sprints this season.
Jumper Annalese Edwards is but one of a long list of talented returnees for Palmer Ridge.
Maria Mettler dominated the 4A Girls distance events on May 20 and 21.
Ares Reading was a huge addition for Niwot this fall and a key piece of the Cougar puzzle next fall.
The age-old distinction between rebuilding and reloading applies at Battle Mountain. Look for girls like Emma Reeder to be capably filling holes in the roster left by graduation.
Dillon Powell and Cal Banta give Air Academy what may be the best returning 1-2 in 4A Boys, but the Kadets will also need to fill in a couple holes in the roster next fall.
Brock Dykema dogs the heels of Cole Sprout nearing the midway point of the race.
Cole Sprout dominated on this course on August 25. Can he do it again on October 28?
Catch up on the moving and shaking among the region's top teams here.
If Niwot is going to win this thing, the pack is how it's going to get done.
Andrew King beats Levi Chambers and Christian Fagerlin to the finish line in 3A Region 4.
Thomas Chaston approaches the finish line with Ryan Matson safely in the rear-view mirror.
New Mexico's Kashon Harrison barely outdueled Colorado's Cole Sprout in the cool of the Arizona night at Desert Twilight.
Here is part 2 of our recap of the many highlights that went down at Desert Twilight.
Tatum Miller backed up her 17:42 last year with a 17:45 this year, giving her two Colorado top-ten times at Desert Twilight in as many tries.
Adventure calls your name at the Chris Severy Invitational Saturday in Aspen.
You'd expect a grand spectacle in the desert to tell you something. And it did.
Click here to read Andy Gutierrez's rundown of the Girls Sweepstakes race at Desert Twilight.
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.
Kylie Simshauser is establishing a new order of things in southern Colorado girls cross country.
There are few spectacles in Colorado high school cross country at stirring as the St. Vrain start.
Joshua Simpson has already begun his impact on Montrose High School cross country fortunes.
Thomas Chaston works to fend off a late challenge from Cal Banta in the 4A Boys Race.
Luke Thurman just might be the Kadet we're fixing to learn the most about this fall.
Elliot Cassidy figures to be part of a loaded Silver Creek roster for this fall.
Naomi Harding is just one of the things you worry about when you go up against Battle Mountain.
Tatum Miller takes her turn at leading the Kadet parade this fall.
Ryan Matson figures to inherit the role of leader of the pack for the Bears, but can Palmer Ridge extend magic to another year?
The rankings are a big fan of the girls from Battle Mountain.
The Vista Ridge sprint relays had a field day, prevailing in all three 4A Boys sprint relays.
Maria Mettler was reportedly sick. You'd have never known it by her performances.
Mackenzie Fidelak is back contributing in a big way for Niwot once again this year.
Alexis Carroll's 100 hurdles are just one reason Niwot is way out in front at the end of March.
Once again, it appears to be distance by committee at Palmer Ridge High School.
Chaynee Kingsbury is one solid reason why Windsor should be on your short list of 4A Girls teams to watch this spring.
Maria Mettler looks to winning the 4A state cross country title this fall as the highlight of her high school career.
Brandon Pappas will be one of the 4A athletes to watch this spring. Watch for him especially in the 800 and 4x800.
Jacob Adelgren figures to be launching a few more big throws for Palmer Ridge this spring.
Katelin Gallegos returns as one of the league's top throwers and a leading reason Air Academy holds down the top ranking going into the season.
Although Maria Mettler would eventually break free, the dominant color of the chase pack would remain solidly yellow.
Monarch had the second-best overall program score in 5A, falling behind only Mountain Vista. Photo by Karen McCoy.
In complete command of the race with 200 meters to go, Maria Mettler heads toward home. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The white of Palmer Ridge was in evidence early, but not as a flag of surrender. 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.
The current Widefield team has been four years developing. It all comes together for one final effort in these uniforms on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Pine Creek girls may let you out in front for a spell, but they will also chase you down. 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.
In a region dominated by Air Academy, Pine Creek, and Palmer Ridge, Ashley Polk could be potentially the only individual qualifier. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jackson Ponce de Leon is part of a whole phalanx of young Pine Creek Eagles who could spell trouble for the rest of 4A in a couple of years. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Chloe Veilleux hit a major milestone in her career by taking the individual title at the Chris Severy Invitational. Colorado Track XC file 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.
Simon Kelati led his Greeley Central Wildcat teammates to an overpowering team title at the Greeley City XC Championships on Wednesday. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
Beyond the mile, there would be nobody staying with Daniel Bernal. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lilli Hamilton has been a steady carrover at Air Academy from the last couple of years to this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Josh Torres got the individual and team title earlier this week at the Sterling Invitational. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
James Lee is part of a long list of standouts on the Silver Creek roster, but can they take all the marbles? Photo by Jeff McCoy.
No rankings leads changed hands this cycle, but a win over Lyons helped Nick Lovato and Vanguard come very close to taking over the lead in the 2A Boys rankings. 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.
Harley Morgan was never threatened for the lead in the Division 2 Boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Isaac Roberts sets out on a journey to join, and even enhance, the legacy of older brothers Andrew and Paul at Saturday's running of the St. Vrain Invitational. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Colton Stice had a big win at Lake County last weekend, leading the Gunnison boys to a close second-place finish there and earning them a little more recognition in the polling. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The view from second place at the Battle Mountain Invitational. Contributed photo.
Meet Boulder's Anna Tenorio, a senior who debuted on Friday with a 19:26. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
Rock Canyon took just about everything, including this little individual title showdown between Chris Theodore and Harrison Scudamore. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Last year, Jenna Fitzsimmons and Sarah O'Sullivan were top ten finishers at middle school state. This year, they have big team goals with Mountain Vista. Photos by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
The day began with a stunner when Buena Vista's Annie Hughes overtook Soleil Gaylord and never looked back again. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Andrew Rudnicki and his Palmer Ridge teammates just missed last year, but are aiming to fix that this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
Helen Gover was half of a freshman tandem at Centaurus last fall that gave the Warriors a boost well beyond what the preseason virtual meet projected. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Maria Mettler introduced herself to Colorado high school cross country at last year's Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. This year, she's on the short list of favorites to win it. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In case you missed, or otherwise overlooked, Widefield's show of force at the Run for Rwanda, the Gladiators will be doing their thing again--this time in uniform--at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede on Friday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Paige Embaugh and Mackenzie Moss are two of the returning pieces from an exceptional Air Academy team last fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Battle Mountain fields one of the top small-school girls teams anywhere in the nation. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With the emergence of girls like Kelsey Lagunas, Roosevelt is suddenly a much bigger force with the 4A ranks. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you're looking for a most-improved team from last year to this, Montrose should be high on your list. Evan Graff figures as a leader on a very good Montrose team this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The pack is almost entirely back for Palmer Ridge, but that doesn't necessarily mean that things will be easy for the Bears this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Results from this spring suggest Maria Mettler will be the face at the front of the Air Academy attack this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Track season suggests that Ryan Matson, after a couple of years of relative obscurity on a very deep roster, is ready to run with the big dogs this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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You can make a solid case for Vista Ridge as the 4A Boys team that did the most to improve their standing 2015 to 2016, but there's another very strong case to be made as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger left the 2016 state meet with individual titles at 800, 1600, and 3200 meters. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alexis Carroll will finishing up her high school career next spring and figures to want to go out on top with her Niwot teammates. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Senior Maggie Zielinski puts TCA in front to stay in the 4x400. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Oregon recruit won the Class 4A 800m, 1600m, 3200m and 4x800m relay
Dominique Abeyta came up second in hurdle prelims but took the win in finals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
You knew it would happen. Niwot's back. And it all begins for the Cougars with hurdles. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nike Cross Nationals champion Katie Rainsberger is the first Coloradan to earn the award
Air Academy barely held off Broomfield in a Colorado girls team merge from Saturday's NXR-SW action. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At two miles, Katie Rainsberger's pace was taking its toll on Courtney Wayment and Lauren Gregory. The rest of the field had lost contact by that point. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Talia Dreicer led a Los Alamos charge at the New Mexico state meet that suggested the Hilltoppers have a glimmer of hope of advancing on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Pine Creek and Devon Kroeker join 4A next fall as an immediate threat to contend for a state title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Raichart and Battle Mountain made their case as the top small-school girls team in the region at Colorado's state meet on Saturday. But, they just might end up in the overall championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Miguel Baltazar exemplified an Alamosa effort that kept both feet beneath them until the job was done. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Katie Rainsberger's 17:39 becomes the standard for the new configuration of the NPEC/BCRP state meet course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paige Embaugh's 19:16 helped propel Air Academy to the top position in the merged scoring for girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
2010 invididual titles for Kelsey Lakowske and Samantha Berggren piled onto an already-established trend in Colorado high school cross country. Read on to see what that trend is. Colorado Track XC file photos by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger is slated to close out her storied Colorado high school career at 12:30 on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ian Meek brings the status of top returning finisher from last year to this year's 4A Boys state race. Photo by Tim Hilt.
10 questions just begging to be answered...
The scene at one mile of the boys race was pretty much what everyone expected it would be. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The No. 2 ranked cross country runner chose the University of Oregon over Michigan and Stanford
In what's become a bit of a game of hot potato, the 3A Girls #1 ranking went back to Cecilia Kastner and her Salida teammates this week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger posted the nation's fastest 5K of the season to date at Desert Twilight on October 2nd. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
It wasn't intentional that the two top girls teams started out next to each other, but it definitely worked out that way. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
Seamus Millett was one of five Durango boys under 16 minutes at Desert Twilight on Friday night. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Castle View once again hosts their trendy little (or, now, not-so-little) meet just outside of Sedalia on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tiana Bradfield is member #3 of the Peak to Peak freshman class that has the Pumas stalking prey wherever they go. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Taylor Stack adds a Coronado Cougar Classic crown to his list of conquests. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Kyra Hanson picked up her debut high school meet title this weekend at Platte Valley. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
At least for the time being, Lamar and Jacob Rogers have firmly ensconced themselves atop the 3A rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
After a huge win at Centaurus last weekend, Catherine Liggett gets to take on Katie Rainsberger this weekend. Photo by Ashley Green.
The varsity race at Arapahoe wasn't the only race with top-tier talent. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
But Palmer Ridge lost their hold on unanimity in the 4A Boys rankings.
Meet Maria Mettler, the latest in a long line of Air Academy weapons. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Madison Lambros and Veronica Brtek paced a Cheyenne Mountain win in the 4A blue race that may have been concealing a thing or two. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It didn't take long for Palmer Ridge to reassert their claim to the #1 spot.
Kayla Wiitala has been running alongside Katie Rainsberger for three years now, but she's far from the only other dagger in the drawer for Air Academy. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Devon Peterson is the top returner on a strong, deep, and experienced Cherry Creek squad. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Liam Cox was the #2 finisher at state for Palmer Ridge last fall, but the top guy for the Bears this fall could be anyone's guess. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sammi Watson is one big reason Mountain View is staring down the possibility of a state title this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
We begin the preseason rankings with Class 4A.
Co. State XC Champ Katie Rainsberger is a favorite for USA XC Championship Junior Women's competition
Cheyenne Mountain will hope for another solid season for Veronica Brtek next fall as they make their case as the best team in the PPAC, but a couple other teams have very similar title hopes. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
If Katie Rainsberger's regional domination was the warm-up routine for state, we have a lot watch out for, and to look forward to. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Palmer Ridge had a firm grasp on the team standings lead at one-third of a mile. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It appears almost everyone in Arizona was at the Desert Twilight XC Festival
One grabbed national headlines with a big win on one of the nation's faster courses, the other grinds away on the difficult courses of Southwest Colorado, but keeps winning all the same. Colorado Track XC file photos by Ashley Green and Alan Versaw.
Air Academy's Lilliana Hamilton held the lead with 800 meters to go, but the threat that would eventually overtake her was closing behind her in the person of Sydney Fesenmeyer. 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.
After a couple of near misses earlier in the season, Paxton Smith found his way into first at the Coronado Cougar Classic. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Holly Bent led a storm of Monarch Coyotes to the Liberty Bell finish line on Friday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Adam Egger, Dominic Carrese, and Luc Hagen separate from the pack a little on the second loop of the Kadet Invitational. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Though Zachary Alhamra would push the pace early, it was Paul Roberts who eventually took the win and tied Cerake Geberkidane's course record. 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.
After two years of chasing Elise Cranny, it may be time for Katie Rainsberger to chase some dreams. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The list of candidates for top runner in the region is a short one--Eric Hamer is your guy. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Beth DeLaurell is one key reason that Discovery Canyon could easily improve on their fourth-place regional finish from last year. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The stars shown bright at the 74th Annual Chandler Rotary Track and Field Invitational with athletes performing to 5 US#1 marks and 12 meet records!
Yana Brown is one of a trio of returning Discovery Canyon runners who figure to make life difficult for the rest of the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference in 2014. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
The biggest meet in the region last week? Hands down, that would be the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
Get to know this face, because Jenna McCaffrey is the newest member of the Niwot shock-and-awe team. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Late in the race, Luc Hagen and Danyon Anderson of Air Academy maintain a stranglehold on places three and four. Photo by Andrew Versaw.
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.
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.
Until the last 150 meters, the gap between Paul Roberts and Zachary Alhamra never got any bigger than this. All photos 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.
Lucy Biles and Sydney Badger battled at Great Southwest in June. They figure to meet again at NXR-SW in November. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Few people have ever dominated Colorado high school cross country the way Allie McLaughlin did the two years she ran at Air Academy High School.
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.
Adam Egger is one of the guys Coronado will be counting on to step up to bigger roles this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Based on what we saw in track season, Caitlin Schmitt will be bringing a lot of impact to the Evergreen roster this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Palmer's Ben Goodman takes advantage of a brisk first-lap pace set by Danny Marsh in the Banana Belt 800. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ethan Gonzales is a certified contender in Broomfield blue. How the rest of the team develops around him will mark how far Broomfield goes next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Hanna Born was one of three freshmen who contributed in a big way to the success of the Air Academy girls this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Things were at pretty close quarters for the start of the 4A girls race and stayed that way well into the event. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Fair warning: Mandy Ortiz already owns a meet title on the NPEC/BCRP course. Colorado Track XC file photo.
There were still nine runners in the lead pack at the mile. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Late in the race, Eric Hamer and Danyon Anderson share the lead, but Cheyenne Mountain's Zach Kuzma closes the gap. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Mandy Ortiz of Battle Mountain passes Jessica Kleven and Sam Skold at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Battle Mountain has been passing lots of folks lately. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
The time for Danyon Anderson to share in the leadership of this team has arrived. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Evergreen's Jackson Sayler made an impression on the world of 4A with a third in the state 800 and a fifth in the 1600 this spring. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Megan Irvine continues the tradition of fast-twitch fiber in the Thompson Valley girls cross country roster. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The face and form look have the suggestion of familiarity, but it's not Amelia Evans, it's younger sister Olivia. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Colorado Springs has been home to a lot of top cross country talent for a long time. Hannah Everson and Bryce Gregoire run in that tradition. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Niwot had a solid 2010 campaign with Elise Cranny leading the way, but could be even better in 2011. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kirk Webb leads Monarch's boys to a regional title and into the state meet. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Call it a hunch, but Kali Maxwell is probably hoping she never again sees a meet as cold as last year's Falcon Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Allie McLaughlin is Air Academy's most recent state champion, but there's more to the story. Air Academy shares an order of cross country frustration known to only one other high school in the state. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.