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Tiya Tamberlin leads the Division 2 race through the early stages.
Andrew King beats Levi Chambers and Christian Fagerlin to the finish line in 3A Region 4.
Max Bonenberger is on the bubble for a state-qualifying position as an individual, but he gets to make the attempt on the Summit home course.
Austin Vancil reprised his 2016 effort with a win in Jeffco 5A this year. File Photo.
Personal bubbles are routinely burst on the Liberty Bell start line. Swapping sweat is the norm. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Ponderosa's own Baylie Koonce posted the top overall time at last night's Ponderosa Mustang Stampede. File photo.
Naomi Harding is just one of the things you worry about when you go up against Battle Mountain.
There was a strong 4A Region 1 presence early in last year's 4A Girls State race. We might see more of the same this year.
Tomah Whitney brings back proven leadership on the course for Evergreen this fall.
The technology of snowshoes continues to evolve. You just might see snowshoes such as these at the Colorado State Snowshoe Championships.
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.
Rachel Goodrich runs point on a rapidly-improving Golden team. 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.
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.
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.
As story lines go, they don't get much bigger than Brie Oakley vs. Lauren Gregory. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Zachary Bright has moved up nicely in the ThunderRidge ranks this fall and figures to be among the top contenders in the JR/SR boys race. 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.
Naomi Harding was part of a group of sophomores and freshmen who very nearly pushed Battle Mountain to a state title last fall. Look for bigger things this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nathaniel Badger's track season suggests he's ready to make more noise for Battle Mountain in cross country this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ben Waters is one of the workhorses Valor figures to be building their attack around this spring. Photo 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.
Caitlin Schmitt led Evergreen to an upset of Wheat Ridge in 4A Region 1 and a spot in the 4A Girls rankings. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Sargent's Makayla Garcia ran to the individual title at the Eric Wolff Invitational on Friday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Cooper Wiens was the top finisher for a victorious Gunnison Cowboy team on Friday. 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.
Matt Kline posted the top Evergreen time from Liberty Bell, but the #2 time came out of the B race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
It didn't take long for Palmer Ridge to reassert their claim to the #1 spot.
Reagan Hausmann spent last school year as Lauren Ogg's understudy. This year, the responsibility on Hausmann's shoulders is much greater. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's impossible to say now who the top Jeffco 4A runner will be this fall, but Charles Doebbler should be on your list of possibles. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Aafedt headlines a very strong returning cast of runners for Evergreen in 2015. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
In a league full of strong teams, Sophia Wubben helps make Golden one of the strongest teams. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eric Hamer of Palmer Ridge combined a hard-earned team title with his individual title today. Photo by Karen McCoy.
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.
Amy Leasure will be helping Wheat Ridge nail down a state qualification, and possibly a regional title as well, at D'Evelyn on Thursday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Yet another week of favorite cross country photos.
Not only will Golden's Alec Hornecker be shooting for an individual title, but he'll be trying to help his team qualify as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katherine Bearup got Ralston Valley rolling toward a team title with a fourth-place finish in the 5A girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Jenna McCaffrey leaves the field in her wake at the RE-1J meet. Photo by Renee Haip.
I'm not sure which of the Rairdon sisters this is--I am unskilled at making those distinctions--but there is a message here for 2A girls cross country. 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.
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.
Ponderosa's Phillip Reid sets the pace at the midway point, as Michael Duran and Everett Johnson (mostly hidden) tuck in behind in the driving rain. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kaleb Simington, already well-established in the ranks of 4A, is joined by younger brother Logan this year to help give Thompson Valley one of its strongest boys teams ever. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
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.
Caitlin Schmitt is the leader of a strong Evergreen girls team, but the boys will be heard from in 4A Region 1 as well. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
The showdowns between Lauren Offerman, Emily Leidig, and Christa Boettiger figure to endure through the fall season. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Josh Braun is one of several returning runners for Battle Mountain that make them a team of no small concern this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Ruthie Boyd has quietly emerged as oneof 4A's best on the cross country course. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Get to know this face, because Jenna McCaffrey is the newest member of the Niwot shock-and-awe team. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you were figuring on the Arvada West girls rolling over and playing dead for the Jeffco 5A title, you'd be sadly mistaken about that. Photo by Della Moore.
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.
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.
Green Mountain's Cammy Sargent proved herself as a leader last fall and will be counted on for big things for Green Mountain this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Only in the mountain region do you find meets with climbs like this one at Aspen's Chris Severy Invitational. Photo by Matt Scoggins.
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.
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.
The pack behind Jordyn Colter was pretty tight until Erin Norton (right) broke free. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Josie Warren is one of the leaders of a D'Evelyn team that has been running very well lately. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Kaite Rainsberger has already had a few big moments in her debut season, but the biggest moment could be yet to come. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Baca returns next year for Thompson Valley and figures to be among the top throwers in 4A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Can Sam Lewis make it three in a row as national junior snowshoe champion? Her opportunity to accomplish that will come right here in Colorado. Photo by Jim Lewis.
Ben Forsee gets to stare down his biggest cross country opportunities yet on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Centaurus and Evergreen started mixing it up early. Despite taking the first three places, Evergreen would succumb to the depth of the Warrior roster. Photo by Jim Reid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The folks at Cheyenne Mountain wanted to create a unique and rewarding cross country experience in the state of Colorado. Like many of us, they are proud of the sport’s hold in these parts, the tradition of the sport in Colorado over the years, and the success our high school athletes achieve on a national level today.
Take a look at how our panel of coaches read the results of opening weekend. Free Content.
At 2.1 miles, Alfredo Lebron and Josiah Valenzuela were still neck-and-neck. Over the next mile, however, Lebron would open a nearly 30-second gap. 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.
With Alaina Anderson and Desmin Ramirez running, Pomona should keep a highly visible profile this fall. 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.
Gus Waneka is back next year as a senior after leading Thompson Valley to its most successful boys season ever. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Allie Parks heads toward home en route to her second consecutive 4A girls state title. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Kirk Webb leads Monarch's boys to a regional title and into the state meet. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Colleen Koenig's third-place finish helped to lead Arapahoe to the Centennial League title on Thursday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Although Allie Morgan's teammates have been hit hard by injury, Morgan remains one the top-ranked individuals in 4A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Just a few guys you should be seeing a lot more of as the month winds down. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Action from this weekend's Glenwood Springs Invitational, where Durango ran away with the girls' title. Photo by Mike Schneiter.
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.
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!
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.
Mike Cernoia returns for his senior season as the classification's top-ranked runner. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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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.
The start of the 3A boys State race from 2008. You should be seeing a few of these guys again on Saturday. Colorado Track XC File Photo.
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.
An interesting phenomenon this week--every girls #1 team is a unanimous pick. Only Rocky Ford (2A) is among the boys.
Does anyone ever lose a shoe in that pit? Photo by Bill Stahl.
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.
Coronado's Dusty Solis and Arapahoe's Connor Winter break away from the pack at Thursday's Coronado Cougar Classic. Photo by Mark Weeks.
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.
While Melissa Roberts, far left, figures to skip all upcoming 4A races, the rest of the field from early stages of the Dave Sanders meet looks like a Who's Who of the 4A girls field (photo courtesy of Ken Regan).
At a meet where most competitors were running okay, but not spectacular, times, Joseph DeMoor took the Tri-Peaks League championship with a 15:51.
In what has become an annual rite of passage, runners negotiate the water crossing at the Prairie View Invitational (photo by Bill Stahl).
The Dave Sanders Invitational marked the triumphant return of Kaitie Vanatta to cross country competition (photo by Ken Regan).
Ryan and Bryn Haebe didn't quite sweep the individual titles this time but, better yet, the Evergreen teams swept the team titles at Tuesday's Conifer Invitational (photo by Della Moore).
In the Division 3 boys' A race, Joe Manilafasha (above, photo by Micah Porter) led from the gun and looked to have his sights set on Kevin Williams' course record of 14:51.