The Lutheran boys and girls enter the season ranked No. 1.
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If Salida is to repeat as league champions this year, senior Rebekah Earhart figures as a pivotal piece in that effort.
Hannah Ellis got a slow start to her season owing to an injury from spring, but she has things pointed solidly in the right direction with a dominating win at the Patriot League meet on Saturday.
Adventure calls your name at the Chris Severy Invitational Saturday in Aspen.
The starting line setting at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs is among the very best in the state.
Buena Vista's Rossten Sherlock is one of an impressive array of freshmen already making a difference for their teams.
Thomas Chaston works to fend off a late challenge from Cal Banta in the 4A Boys Race.
Colton Stice is a name you're going to become familiar with this fall.
Triple jumper Brooke Stremler is one reason Lutheran can continue to have bright hopes for the future of their program.
Jacob Dack stayed busy throwing deeper than 53 feet this past week.
Salida isn't necessarily going to knock one out of the park in every event, but they can score well across a frightening spectrum of events with athletes like Abby Ceglowski.
Jared Keul is slated to begin defense of his 800 meter state title in March.
Ruby Brown's big race was a crucial part of the Salida regional title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For those who've grown accustomed to tight quarters and lots of dust at the start of Tri Peaks League contests, there won't be nearly as much of either this year. 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.
The view from second place at the Battle Mountain Invitational. Contributed photo.
Ella Benkendorf stands tall on a list of last year's freshmen at Elizabeth who changed the fortunes of the cross country program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Defending state champion Alamosa returns their varsity squad essentially intact. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rebekah Earhart had one open 800 all last spring, but she made it count. That performance portends well for Salida this spring if she can be persuaded to do more of it this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alie Hodgson handles the individual sprint piece of the puzzle in Eaton's bid for a repeat state title this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ethan Rummell just might weigh in as the top returning athlete among this year's Tri Peaks boys. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ben Butler claimed his second straight 3A boys state title with a 15:50.5. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
September 5 is probably not the last time Kaleb Crum has stolen at quick glance at what Alamosa is doing. Photo by Alan Versaw.
10 questions just begging to be answered...
Taylor Stack leads Jacob Rogers and Isaiah DeLaCerda shortly before the midway point of the race. Photo by Tim Hilt.
It's difficult to show improvement from one year to the next when you're already a top team, but Lamar has done exactly that. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Taryn Ceglowski and Hannah McReavy had a great battle for first as long as it lasted. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Golden's Mary Fox may have come in at a bit of an advantage, and she only built on that advantage to claim the individual title at the Rampart Foxes and Hounds race. Colorado Track XC file 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.
Tanner Norman and Chantae Steele took wins by very different models at the Pueblo Central Invitational. Photos 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.
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.
For those who didn't see it coming, the Peak to Peak team led by Quinn McConnell and Anna Shults sternly challenged Taryn Ceglowski and Salida for 3A Girls team honors at St. Vrain. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The boys race was very competitive through more than two miles up front, but even here you can detect a green wave about to crest. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the first-ever Southwest region small-school girls rankings, as voted on by our panel of coaches!
Elizabeth Reyes and Cora Cannedy had the lead entirely to themselves from a very early stage of the Joe Vigil high school girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kaleb Crum is a stalwart veteran on an imposing Lamar roster. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Some unexpected outcomes at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede threw a little shuffle into the 3A rankings.
After taking one on the chin to Air Academy on Friday, Megan Rossman and her Battle Mountain teammates could be loaded for bear this weekend. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Matthew Hartshorn contributed more to a Lamar team title than a 17th-place finish. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Alamosa managed to hang onto one of their two state titles from last fall in the preseason rankings.
The Southwest region small schools lay claim to plenty of exceptional talent, as exemplified here by Tuba City senior Albert Fuller. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In the summer, Buena Vista's Lynzi Doke has gained a reputation as one of the state's top burro racers. Photo courtesy of Kelly Doke.
Jacob Rogers earned three state meet medals this past school year and will likely be counted on for another this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Allee Beach promises to be a potent force in 3A Girls next spring, but Beach and Platte Valley have to solve the same puzzle of closing the gap on Eaton that other 3A programs face. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kent Harris comes back next spring, meaning that it's highly unlikely that Lutheran will be challenged to score points in the sprint events. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Between the 800 and 1600, Emma Willadsen poured 12 points into the Eaton state title bucket. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Bennett's Danny Warner could potentially figure as the top scorer at the 3A state meet next week, but it will be tough to overcome the team depth of Lutheran and Platte Valley. Photo by Alan Versaw.
You go a long way down the list of Lutheran Lions who can score at state before you run out of guys like Matt Hanson. Photo by Eric Versaw.
A great deal about the 3A state meet could be determined by the kind of three days Ashley Snyder has. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Austin Brant pulls the trigger. Photo by Eric Versaw.
Here it is, your preseason picks for 3A!
Jordan Lesansee and his Albuquerque Academy teammates topped the small school teams in this year's NXR-SW small-school standings. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Brenna Vallejos was a strong addition as a freshman last spring for Lamar in the horizontal jumps. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kiara Mattern may be the best cross country runner in James Irwin history, and next fall's team could easily be the top team in school history as well. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Ashley Snyder enters the turn in last year's state 200 meter prelims. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The Lamar boys have been at the center of a lot of things lately and it is a reasonable guess that they aim to stay there. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As you look ahead to next year in 3A boys, Isaiah Remington and Kaleb Crum are two guys who could readily become difference makers for their teams. Photos by Ashley Green.
3A Region 3 left us with a lot of questions left to be answered at state. Photo by Renee Haip.
Great teams are able to pack it in up front; Frontier Academy is a great team. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
You know all about Ben Butler, but Isaac Holm is busy adding a little depth to the SkyView Academy roster. Holm finished third in the 2A/3A race at St. Vrain with a time of 17:44. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
The high school boys race gets underway under the shade of the abundant cottonwoods at Alamosa's Cattails Golf Course. Photo by Eric Flores.
The coaches are fairly unanimous in their opinions of who the top 3A teams are.
Corey Lewenkamp enjoyed the day's largest margin of victory over the rest of a classification. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lamar's Jake Rogers finishes all alone at the front of the 3A boys race. Potos by Tim Hilt.
For Telluride's Anna Fake, a new season means never running alone in Miner maroon again. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
In the short list of serious individual title contenders, Taylor Stack and Ben Espinola rank high. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
In a region unusually deep in talent, Jericho Ulibarri and Jake Rogers are two of the best. Colorado Track XC file photos by Paul Jaeger.
Taryn Ceglowski enjoyed a breakout season in track and figures to be playing a still larger role on the cross country team this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
McKayla Bauer, who kept this year's high jump interesting all the way through 5-5.5, figures to be back next year as one of the top high jumpers in the 3A classification. Colorado Track XC file photo.
With throwers like Santana Salazar constantly coming up through the ranks, we've long suspected Lamar has one of the best throwing programs in the state. The point totals from this year's state meet add a lot of weight that suspicion. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's probably safe to say that 3A girls has taken a little clearer shape since our last look at the classifications top five. And most of that shaping has been taking place in a quiet little town just north of Greeley.
With this 3A girls installment, we continue our rotating series of Colorado Track XC Top 5 rankings, checking up on the top teams in each classification and gender.
No, it isn't that Colorado Track XC has gone to covering football. It's just that there are usually a lot more cameras around the gridiron than there are around the throwing rings. Photo by John Contrares/Lamar Ledger.
Everyone in 4A knows about Eric Hamer, but if Palmer Ridge has a big year next year, it's likely Tommy Herebic will be playing a crucial role as well. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The 5A boys state title all came down to this. Colorado Track XC file photo.
2014 should be a good year for Vanguard to move up into the Tri-Peaks as they bring a solid roster, including Jenneah Lenzini and Jenny Smith, back next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Jacob Benson celebrates a hard-earned victory over Salida's Taylor Stack. Photo by Logan McCoy.
The top two questions for this year focus on the top two runners for the season so far--Elise Cranny and Cerake Geberkidane. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Job one for Chris Baker will be winning a team state title, but if things go well he may figure into the individual race as well. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
Having long since dropped the chase pack, Josh Davis brings it home to the finish line. Photo by Tim Hilt.
It's been the case all fall that where you see one Salida girl, you're bound to see a bunch--and they're usually very close to the front. Bari Beasley and Sydney Fesenmeyer share a little time together here. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The final set of rankings before state--how accurate will the coaches be?
Ever in danger of being consumed by the purple people eating Salida crew, Elena Slavoski held on for her third consecutive Tri-Peaks League crown. Photo by Tim Hilt.
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.
Although the rankings saw relatively little movement in the last two weeks, there were a couple of big changes atop 4A and 5A girls.
Elise Cranny wins the Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday. Photo by Rick Wilson.
It was a spectacularly loaded field for Thursday's Coronado Cougar Classic girls race. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Liberty Bell has spoken and the polls have responded.
Midway through the race, Josh Davis sets the pace, but Centennial's Michael Duran sits dangerously on his shoulder while Charles Lucero and Corey Lewenkamp keep contact. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Callan Deline and Ian Boucher enjoyed a nice view from the front row of the 2A boys race. Photo by Tim Hilt.
If Evan Walters is healthy again this fall, count on him being among the region's top competitors. Colorado Track XC file photo.
For being in a land of wide-open spaces, things can get a little cozy on the Wiggins starting line. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Miles Hatton didn't run cross country last fall, but could be a solid addition for Vanguard if he comes out this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Forrest Smith and his Crested Butte teammates ran a set of 3200 times this spring that suggest the Titans could be very competitive in the fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Jake Rogers and Josh Davis lead a dramatically improved Lamar team into the fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lamar's Courtney Clark returns as one of several top throwers among 3A girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Andy Bowles had a premature ending to his state meet this year, but figures to come back with redemption on his mind next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Megan McCabe took over leadership of the state pole vault rankings on Thursday with a clearance of 12-6. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Frontier Academy's Chris Baker is a returning medalist from this year's state meet and the leader of a Frontier Academy team that has every reason to believe they're right in the thick of next year's title hunt. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Erich Hixson leads an enigmatic Holy Family team and just might also contend for the 3A individual title. Photo by Karl Fortney.
Kinsey Cichowitz is, hands down, one of the top runners in the region, but you don't always know in advance if she'll be racing. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
What figures to be unique about Jacob Adamson when the 3A state race runs on October 27? Read on and find out. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Several of the left. the race's top finishers can be identified at the front of the pack in this photo from the early stages of the Windjammer girls race, but eventual winner Erin Norton is biding her time on the left. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Aubrey Till took advantage of her home meet to log her first win of the season, and it was a big win. Paul Jaeger file photo.
Josh Davis of Lamar and Lauren Hamilton of The Classical Academy ran to dominating wins on the grass and paths of the Elmwood Short Nine. Photos by Alan Versaw.
The league meets are now done. The big event is nearly upon us.
A lone runner (who may be Evan Fortney--the form looks like his--but I'm not certain about that) negotiates the trails of the Pat Amato Classic on Friday. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
Josh Davis and Jessica Kleven broke onto the scene as freshmen last fall. Both appear to be headed toward outstanding high school careers. Colorado Track XC file photos.