Emma Stutzman ran away early for a dominating victory.
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Ryan Montera wasted no time running away from the competition.
For this week's Throwback Thursday, Arria Minor sprints to her fourth straight 200m Colorado state title.
Lily Williams almost certainly would have left a mark on this year's state meet.
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Mountain Vista owns two of the top-three fastest team averages since 2010.
One young lady on the way to a stellar senior season. The photos used are not from this season.
Pomona's Emma Stutzman kicked hard for the victory.
Cole Nash dominated the field at the Thornton Invitational Friday afternoon.
Cole Sprout opened up his 2019 campaign with the fastest time ever run at the Vista Nation XC 2 Mile.
Ralston Valley's Elizabeth Schweiker appears prime for a big, big year.
Connor Ohlson dug deep in the final lap to win the 800.
Broomfield's Sydney Swanker and Lauren Felknor went 1-2 to elevate their squad to a runner-up finish.
Rangeview's Luke Sundberg kicked for a 15:52 victory.
Emily Beckner picked up the first big win of her high school career.
Jimmy Scavuzzo helped elevated SkyView's 4x8 to a new state-leading mark.
Marcus Kemp (right) claimed the 3200m race win against a deep field at the Arcadia Invitational.
The Mooney house-hold now has three state-leading marks.
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.
Madison Mooney has taken on several of the best in Colorado girls distance history and has yet to back down.
The Battle Mountain girls enjoy a moment in the spotlight on account of a third-place finish at NXN.
Casting about for a team to pay extra attention to next year? Try Caitlin McConnell and her Cherokee Trail teammates.
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Mountain Vista had the best-ever Colorado combined program finish at NXN with a third and a sixth, edging the 2010 Fort Collins team by one combined place. Contributed photo.
Breaking down the greatest batch of team portraits in NXN history.
Battle Mountain's girls pulled off a stunner in Casa Grande. Can they revive the magic in Portland this weekend?
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Brie Oakley dominated the field in 2016, running to the largest-ever margin of victory at NXN.
For Emily Mitchem (left), it's a repeat trip to Portland. For Sydney Swanker, it will be a first.
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Carley Bennett was one of a lengthy list of Colorado athletes enjoying stellar days at this year's NXR-SW.
Lizzie Harding, Elizabeth Constien, and Naomi Harding set up strong early. And, they had some important folks in the rear-view mirror.
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.
Hannah Brown's late-race fatigue wasn't enough to keep her from nailing down a team title for Mountain Vista.
Check out what's going down across the country this weekend in this edition of the Weekend Rundown.
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.
Broomfield has won the last two 5A Girls state cross country titles. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Andrew King beats Levi Chambers and Christian Fagerlin to the finish line in 3A Region 4.
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.
The Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho girls mixed things up nicely at the Albuquerque Metro Championships, with AA taking top honors.
Chase Dornbusch charges to the finish line, just out of the reach of William Dixon.
There have been big doings across the region the last couple of weeks. Get caught up here!
Vista Nation wasted little time securing a strong presence up front at Pat Patten.
Mountain Vista sends the advance guard to the front early in the girls race.
Lizzie Harding and company have a very tall task in front of them this weekend, but you can make the case that they've been saving up for this meet.
Caden Foster and Ethan Rouse are two good reasons Mountaini Vista is retaining a narrow lead atop the 5A Boys rankings.
Isabella Bowland and Claudia Burgess kept the lead between themselves until Bowland broke away later in the race.
The Palmer Ridge boys are one of several teams with a lot on the line this weekend.
Few things match the fever-pitched intensity of a Liberty Bell start.
You probably already know Jenna Fitzsimmons and Mountain Vista ran away with this thing, but how did all of 5A settle out when we merge everything? Colorado Track XC file photo.
Broomfield's performance at Centaurus put them squarely into the 5A Girls drivers seat.
Personal bubbles are routinely burst on the Liberty Bell start line. Swapping sweat is the norm. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
"Cross country race coming through. Clear the path or I'll pierce your eardrums with this here whistle!"
Up next in our Flo50 girls team rankings is No. 4 Broomfield (Colorado)
5A Girls start their season with two huge favorites and a lot of teams looking to make a place in history.
Broomfield can beat you by packing it up or stringing it out. They're not especially particular that way.
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Ivy Gonzales moves briskly to the finish line as Broomfield's top finisher at State last fall.
Refamiliarize yourself with the Blue Blob of Broomfield. They're going to be a load to handle.
Sarah O'Sullivan, Caroline Eck, and Jenna Fitzsimmons are three good reasons to keep Mountain Vista in mind as you project a 5A Girls team favorite for the fall season.
Taylor Watson is one of a group of very talented sprinters, jumpers, and hurdlers coming back for Cherokee Trail.
Fort Collins will need a big weekend out of their sprinters if they are to repeat as state champions this year.
Katelyn Sage is part of a CSCS girls hurdle tandem that wasn't on the radar screen when the season started but might possibly be causing problems at State in two more weeks.
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.
Palmer's Chantey Nelson went straight to the top of the 5A 400 meter rankings this past weekend.
By the end of the season, Broomfield had fully made their case as the top team in Colorado.
A look at the top returning individuals and teams for next year's Nike Cross Nationals. A total of 10 girls teams and 4 boys teams have at least 5 returning runners from their 2016 NXN squad.
Whitney Rich and Quinn McConnell ensured that all six of the Southwest region individual qualifiers landed in the top 20. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brie Oakley's race was mostly an exercise in solitude. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At the midway point, Brie Oakley's lead was already the stuff of legend. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Mountain Vista girls and Coach Dalby help break in the course on this year's course preview. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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Katelyn Mitchem stood tall when needed and led a jumbled Broomfield order at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jojo and Billy break down every NXN region
It was tight early and things shuffled a lot during the 2016 NXR-SW Girls Championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
On a day when heat, wind, and dust took their toll on a lot of runners, Casey Clinger stood tall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nobody in Colorado came close to solving the Brie Oakley puzzle this fall. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Broomfield returns a team that will be very nearly all seniors next fall. They have a couple of very solid seasons to live up to. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's girls claimed the Colorado 5A title and Colorado power merge. Davis, American Fork, and Desert Vista loom next ahead of the Eagles. Photo by Karen McCoy.
The answer to one of our ten questions. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Among the stellar seniors we bid farewell to on Saturday were 5A standouts Lauren Gregory and Brie Oakley. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Ivy Gonzales powers her way home on what would prove to be the first step toward a second-consecutive Broomfield girls team title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Beware of unharnessed blobs of blue on the course on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Hotchkiss boys made their first appearance in the rankings with a strong showing at 2A Region 4. Photos by Matt Scoggins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rye's Makayla Rodriguez gets to pound out a few thousand strides in front of the home folks this week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lauren Neugeboren is a key member of a Boulder team that is much better than preseason projections suggested. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
When Isabella Bowland toes the Broomfield starting line on Friday, she will be one of the favorites to win it all. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Reina Paredes led Rio Rancho's girls to a second-place finish at the St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mountain Vista edges Broomfield in a girls merge of the Liberty Bell and St. Vrain results, but it is unlikely anyone is going to feel comfortable about the margin. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Madison Mooney took the Division 2 win, but the Broomfield domination went deeper than that. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Madison Mooney approaches the finish line with a huge grin and nobody in sight. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
As story lines go, they don't get much bigger than Brie Oakley vs. Lauren Gregory. 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.
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.
At one mile of the boys race, there were still a whole lot of folks in contention. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Justin Andrade will be putting his state-leading 5K mark on the line at Centaurus on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Claiming top position in rankings--and in meets--is getting to be standard fare for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It took Broomfield several weeks to earn their stripes last fall. This year, they start out as #1.
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
Although McKenzie Gaines won't be back in Broomfield blue this fall, her outstanding freshman campaign was a big part of the reason Broomfield exceeded virtual meet expectations 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.
Ivy Gonzales tasted a team state title last fall. But, did the taste make Broomfield satisfied or give them an insatiable hunger for more? 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.
Katelyn Mitchem is part of a deep and talented Broomfield roster returning for more this fall. 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.
If Fort Collins is to prevail this spring, much will rest on the shoulders of hurdler Thomas Robillard. Photo by Renee Haip.
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.
Charise Crabb showcased some hurdle skills in Moab, Utah, over the weekend. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Danny Williams is the all-around jumps threat in an amazingly diverse Pomona attack. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Several of Colorado's top indoor competitors will be coverging on the Mountaineer Fieldhouse come Saturday morning.
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.
Katie Rainsberger's was all smiles at the finish line of NXN 2015. Photo by Ashley Green.
Air Academy barely held off Broomfield in a Colorado girls team merge from Saturday's NXR-SW action. 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.
Cherokee Trail and Jordan Herrera will look to continue the rise of that program into 2016. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Not only will the Mitchem sisters be back at Broomfield, but the entire state team accompanies them as well. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Plotting Devilish deeds. 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.
Patience paid off for Ivy Gonzales and her Broomfield teammates, who ran a tempered first mile and came back later to win. 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.
With Brie Oakley just out of view, Lauren Gregory attacks the final hill on the state course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado Track XC talks to Paul Roberts, and a bunch of other athletes, about their state meet races. 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.
Lauren Gregory ran essentially unchallenged to last year's state title. That's not how the script is setting up this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The top six finishers at Colorado 5A Region 5 all wore Mountain Vista green. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
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.
The American Fork girls celebrate a regional title and take aim at state next week. Contributed photo.
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.
Sean Riedel and Sam Primozich led Boulder to a dominating team title at Friday's running of the Pat Amato Classic. Photo by Ashley Green.
Holly Bent was all business winning the Pat Patten girls title on Saturday. Photo by Ashley Green.
As of this weekend, Emily Mitchem holds the top time on a Broomfield team that figures only to get better over the next two years. Colorado Track XC file photo by Jeff McCoy.
At least for the time being, Lamar and Jacob Rogers have firmly ensconced themselves atop the 3A rankings. 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.
Devon Peterson led Cherry Creek to a convincing DI title, but it was a little less convincing when you throw in D2 Broomfield. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Emily Mitchem was the leader of the Eagles this time as Broomfield once again vanquished all competition. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
In all, 72 complete Colorado girls teams toed the line at Liberty Bell on Friday. Here's how they sort out on a merged team score... Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Neither Ivy Gonzales nor Ben Dingman won individual titles, but they led their respective teams to big victories just the same. Photos by Ashley Green.
Last year, Henry Barth was a top-10 finisher at middle school state. This year, he opened as the top finisher for Glenwood and third-place overall at the Basalt meet. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Helen Gover went from seventh at middle school state last year to an easy first on the Centaurus team on Friday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Brooks MacDonald paced a solid Centaurus effort at Friday's New Balance Valmont race. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The names and faces in the 5A preseason polls are familiar names and faces.
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.
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.
If you've been looking for a break in the Fountain-Fort Carson string of domination, Johnathan Penrose and his Broomfield teammates may be able to provide that next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Charles Tigner's long jump joins a long list of other things at Fountain-Fort Carson that are going well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Here it is, your preseason picks for 5A!
Jordan Xiong's speed helps to make a lot of things possible for the 2015 edition of Broomfield track and field. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Fairview figures to be an excellent team in next year's Front Range League--but there are others, as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Although only a sophomore this year, Josh Schoep became a big contributor for Broomfield. Expect bigger things still from him next year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Regan VanDePol's contributions helped to make this year's Broomfield girls team possibly the best the school has ever seen. Photo by Ashley Green.
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.
Wearing lucky #13, Katie Rainsberger crosses the Desert Twilight finish line just ahead of local favorite Dani Jones. Photo by Margot Kelly.
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.
Jenna McCaffrey leaves the field in her wake at the RE-1J meet. Photo by Renee Haip.
For the better part of the race, it was Maya Browning running all by herself and the Red Sea behind her, but... Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Kara Skattum posted the top time for an intriguing Broomfield girls entry at the New Balance Valmont Cross Country Invitational. Photo by Renee Haip.
Maggie Moline started her season with a statement, clocking the best girls time at the New Balance Valmont Cross Country Invitational. Photo by Renee Haip.
Carly Volkmer was only momentarily delayed by the rain-slickened hill at the Central Warrior Invitational. Photo by Ron Niemeyer.
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.
By the time Thomas Busath got the stick on leg #3, Valor was already fading from view. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alexei Cox enjoyed a big state meet for Broomfield, including winning the 100. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Paonia's relays were golden this weekend and a big reason why the Eagles were able to repeat as 2A state champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Elise Cranny's 10:17.48 3200 eclipsed all other state meet news on Friday. 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.
So far as 4A boys are concerned, all that's left to do is to run the state meet. And, that's a lot to look forward to, as the 4A boys race has tightened up considerably since we last visited the classification.
At the end of the 4x100, it was Longmont comfortably out in front. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
There are Bears loose in the 4A boys picnic ground!
The commanding view of all track and field events from the press box at La Junta's Tiger Stadium is rivaled by few venues in the state. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Jordan Xiong made it to the state finals of the 200 last spring out of lane eight. Colorado Track XC file photo.
As Colorado's female sprint talent continues to develop, Alexei Cox is a name you have to think about. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
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.
Liam Meirow held off a late charge from close friend Ethan Gonzales to win the 4A boys state title. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Ricardo Ocampo gets a little verbal boost from Coach Greg Weich with just over 600 meters to go in the race. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Joel Such fights off a bid from Ben Butler to seal the deal on Lyons' perfect score. 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.
If you're looking for a team to create havoc at the state meet that you might not have been thinking about, this would be your crew. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For those in attendance, Elise Cranny put on a remarkable show. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ethan Gonzales sets his sights on another victim. Colorado Track XC file photo.
I was almost dead certain that Mountain Range's colors were Columbia blue and black (just like my old high school) until I saw this photo. Photo by Ken Regan.
Elise Cranny wins the Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday. Photo by Rick Wilson.
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.
Christa Boettiger may be the lesser known Cougar, but she's still a big part of Niwot's success. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Rounding the first turn at the Arvada West Invitational. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Where Kyree Gerstle-Goodman's triple jumps land next spring could have a big influence on where Widefield lands in the 4A scheme of things. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Mariah Walker's head turns in one direction as she prepares to launch the shot put in the opposite direction. 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.
Fair warning: Mandy Ortiz already owns a meet title on the NPEC/BCRP course. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Elise Cranny may get most of the headlines, but Christa Boettiger is likely the biggest difference between last year's Niwot team and this year's. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
On a cold day when a few of Coronado's top guns were taking a break from racing, Andres Luna stepped up and led the Cougars to a big win. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
Freshman Caroline Kawula was the top finisher for a vastly-improved Kent Denver team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. 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.
Megan Irvine continues the tradition of fast-twitch fiber in the Thompson Valley girls cross country roster. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Longmont's Steven Wacker won the 4A pole vault competition on misses at 15-0. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Cartagena and Harrison Einspahr both figure to get a lot of work tomorrow as their respective teams chase a 4A state title.
Vista Ridge will rely heavily on sprints at this weekend's state meet. Will it be enough to carry them? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Coach Gregg Smith passes on some last-minute instructions to the Gunnison girls. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Scoring was still proceeding according to form when Chandler Reid turned onto the finish straight. It was what the guys in mohawks behind him were doing that would rock the 4A world. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ben Forsee gets to stare down his biggest cross country opportunities yet on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Some great individual performances were eclipsed by their meaning within the context of team.
Kiah Leonard, Mercy Bowen, Betzabeth Garcia, Victoria Milano, and Birdie Hutton stake out an early lead at the Wiggins Invitational. In the end, Hutton would lead them all. Photo by Mario Garcia.
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.
Another week of action, and a little bit of rustling in the rankings... Free Content.
Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.
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.
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.
Niwot's Nick Harris chased down Broomfield's Ben Forsee for the individual title, but Broomfield won the boys' team title going away. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With Ben Forsee closing the gap on 4A's top talent, Broomfield is emerging as one of the top teams in the classification. Colorado Track XC file photo. Free content.
For Sam Lewis and Kirk Webb, there are no more years to wait. It's a matter of do or do not in their senior seasons. Colorado Track XC file photos.
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.
Cyler Miles is part of a Mullen sprint group that is as deep and as talented as any this state has seen in a good, long time. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Emma Otto's Berthoud team would move back up to 4A if the proposed new classification breakpoints were to take effect next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Niwot had a solid 2010 campaign with Elise Cranny leading the way, but could be even better in 2011. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Gus Waneka is back next year as a senior after leading Thompson Valley to its most successful boys season ever. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colleen Koenig's third-place finish helped to lead Arapahoe to the Centennial League title on Thursday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Although Allie Morgan's teammates have been hit hard by injury, Morgan remains one the top-ranked individuals in 4A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Let's just say that Eleanor Fulton quickly erased any doubt about the outcome of the Division II girls race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Mike Cernoia returns for his senior season as the classification's top-ranked runner. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's Trent Ireland is a threat to win a state sprint title sometime. If not this year, then certainly next. Photo by BroomfieldFan.
Cherry Creek clings to a narrow lead in 5A, while Broomfield surges to the top in 4A.
Of course you've wondered which schools rank highest in the state when you combine all sports. Unfortunately, the conventional media outlets do not help us answer that question. So, Colorado Runners has.