Kidus Begashaw ran away with the boy's 2A state title.
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The Air Academy girls are currently ranked No. 2 in 4A.
Buena Vista returns the third fastest squad in 2A.
Joel Schluessler and Peyton return as the third fastest squad in 2A.
Introducing a large portion of the boys cross country class of 2024.
Taeryn Trumper is one of several 2A seniors for whom we can only wonder what their final season might have held.
Elco Garcia ran cross for Bayfield since Ignacio doesn't have a program, but he's posted several nice years of track for Ignacio.
Ryan Boucher's win in the 400 was attended by some less-obvious help in the relays as well.
Shame on you if you've forgotten about Jennifer Celis. I promise you Tabor Scholl hasn't.
Highland has a battle on their hands!
Isaac Roberts captured his first cross country state title in dominating fashion.
The Lyons Lions appear to be in prime position to sweep 2A.
The Classical Academy remains on top of the girl's 3A poll.
Lyons tops the classification for both boys and girls.
Cherry Creek is the new No. 1 in the girl's 5A poll.
Jenna Fitzsimmons and Sarah O'Sullivan ran away with the top two spots Saturday morning.
Heritage Christian surged to the No. 3 spot in 2A this week.
Nick Thomas led University to the top spot in 3A this week.
Of the teams gathered, Peyton may have done more to turn attention in their direction than all the rest.
Broomfield surged two spot to the No. 4 position.
We've got the Pre-Season Coaches Poll!
Lyons enters the 2019 season as the fastest returning squad.
Isaac Roberts leads the fastest returning squad in 2A.
Buena Vista's Matthew Thompson is the top returner from last year's 400 final.
Remington Ross has been a dominating force in the sprints, and she'll look to continue that this year.
Katie Fankhouser (right) and Quin Gregg (left) return as the State Champion, and Runner-up.
Custer County's Micah Zeller is the top returner.
Seth Bruxvoort capped his high school cross country career with a state title.
Katie Fankhouser roared to victory.
The Lyons girls are eyeing their third title in five years.
Hertiage Christian's Seth Bruxvoort ran away with the victory.
The top two teams in 2A are set to battle at the Region 1 championships in Lyons.
D'Evelyn surged three spots to No. 3 this week.
The theme of this week was unanimous No. 1s
Centaurus and Niwot battle for 4A supremacy.
Cherokee Trail remains firmly in the No. 2 spot in 5A.
Maggie Smith and Samrawit Dishon lead Niwot to a perfect 15.
We've got a new No. 1 in 4A!
Seth Bruxvoort and Levi Kilan lead a stellar Heritage Christian squad.
Mountain Vista remains on top of 5A.
The titans remained on top, but we saw some shaking within the rankings.
Lyons returns the fastest 2A squad in Colorado.
Helen Cross and Nederland will look to defender their state titles this October.
Isaac Roberts will look to lead Lyons to a title defense against Levi Kilian and Heritage Christian.
Fountain-Fort Carson, Denver East, and Cherry Creek racked up a lot of relay points at state this year.
As Lyons looks to step up their game from last year to this, Ethan Burton could emerge as one of the key pieces, especially at 400 and 800 meters.
Mason Howard emerged as a high-end threat for Peyton this past fall. Does the whole team emerge as a high-end threat next fall?
Lizzie Valentine and Centauri figure to be stirring the 2A Girls pot a little next fall.
When you win both team state titles, it's hard not to win the combined program score for your classification as well.
Charlie Perry checked in on his competition midway through the race, but by the end there was nobody there.
Isaac Roberts' second-place finish helped keep Lyons in the familiar position of first.
Sarah Davidson ends her high school cross country career playing an instrumental rule in bringing a title back to Nederland.
Check out what's going down across the country this weekend in this edition of the Weekend Rundown.
Soleil Gaylord has spent a lot of time running by herself this fall. Can she continue that into State?
Lyons and Nederland have seen plenty of each other this season. They get to see a little more on Thursday.
Isaac Roberts won a round with Levi Kilian last week Thursday. Can he repeat that this week Wednesday?
David Fine chases Connor McCabe up the second ascent. McCabe's lead wouldn't last much longer.
Adventure calls your name at the Chris Severy Invitational Saturday in Aspen.
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.
Lyons retains the top position in both 2A polls this time around, but there's a serious threat looming on the horizon. Kylee is the new Udovich making a difference in the Lions' scoring order.
There weren't any meet records set at Saturday's St. Vrain Invitational, but Charlie Perry had things safely in hand just the same.
There are few spectacles in Colorado high school cross country at stirring as the St. Vrain start.
It's a very similar cast of characters as it was at last year's state meet for 2A Boys.
The starting line setting at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs is among the very best in the state.
Drew Seidel raised some eyebrows last week at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. What will Seidel bring this week?
Maya Ordonez is two-for-two in cross country team titles in her high school career. Will this year make it three-for-three?
It's not quite cross country season yet, but you wouldn't know that from Georgia Barone's race this morning. File photo.
Isaac Roberts keeps a familiar surname in view at powerhouse Lyons.
Field Soosloff is one of a long list of returning Lyons distance types who might be inclined to feel like last year's second-place finish isn't good enough for this year's team.
Sydney Petersen is half of a powerful duo at Crested Butte. If the Titans can find or develop a third, there could be trouble brewing within the 2A ranks.
It's hard to say right now who the top 2A boys team will be this fall, but Heritage Christian Academy and Seth Bruxvoort figure to be part of that mix, along with Lyons and the tandem of Jonjak-Plahn and Roberts.
Isaac Roberts is one of this year's 2A freshman boys who figure to loom large on the 2A Boys scene over the next three years.
There's a reasonably good chance these two will be the faces of 2A Girls headlines for the next few years.
After a brilliant freshman season, Remington Ross looks to solidify her standing as the top 2A sprinter next spring.
Distance leader Christian Fagerlin holds one of the keys if Resurrection is to rise to the top of the pile next year.
Cedaredge figures to get a bundle of points out of relays at State, and that puts them in the driver's seat for the time being.
Sophia Anderson is a critical piece of the Paonia puzzle this spring.
One of the keys to Lyons' strength is a very strong pole vault presence, including here Logan Kuskie.
Xander Purcell is one big reason things are looking up for Cedaredge.
Berlin VanNess's mismatched socks and big day were two big reasons Buena Vista is on our radar screen after week one of competition.
Long jumper Tyler Schwartz going 19-9 was one of the reasons Crowley County showed unexpectedly well in the debut version of winning the weekend.
Cedaredge has a lot of weapons back this spring, including sprinter Isaac Swoffer.
There may be no sight in 2A Girls more feared than a Paonia relay.
Josh Damir might have a lot of people seeing his backside this spring.
Brenna Kuskie may be quite a bit more than the Mile High League favorite in the pole vault.
Loveland's Blonde Bombers were responsible for a state title or two won on the basis of sprint relays.
Grant Hughes became the Vanguard point man after soccer had run its course.
On a day when several top runners staggered to the finish line, Veilleux's powerful push to the finish provided a study in contrast.
As if Paonia hasn't been dominant enough in track of late, they just might be a team of concern in next year's 2A Girls team title hunt. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colton Jonjak-Plahn and Lyons should probably be considered your early 2A favorites for next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Monarch had the second-best overall program score in 5A, falling behind only Mountain Vista. 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.
When others were wilting, Chloe Veilleux had more than enough left at the end. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jerald Taylor closes out his high school cross country career with a convincing win. Photo by Karen 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.
Rocky Ford brings back-to-back meet titles into the state meet on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jerald Taylor's stellar season could come down to a rematch at state with Ben Kelley. 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.
Emma Schaefer has been quietly enjoying a solid season at Shining Mountain and will look to earn a trip to State at her regional meet in Yuma. 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.
Vanguard's Bria Johnson figures to be one of the more prominent individuals in 2A Girls cross country in two years. She's already made a splash as a freshman. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Harley Morgan has done a lot of running away from most of the 2A crowd this season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Emma Willadsen is the first face of the Eaton Red Scourge sweeping across northeastern Colorado. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Expect the remainder of the season to be a bit more focused for Soleil Gaylord now that World Mountain Running is in the rear-view mirror. 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.
Durango's Anna Smagacz led the Demons to a crushing defeat of the assembled field at Saturday's running of the Joe Vigil Open. Photo by Don Scott.
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.
Meet Boulder's Anna Tenorio, a senior who debuted on Friday with a 19:26. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
Luke Preble helped Telluride to a much better finish last fall than the preseason virtual meet had them projected for. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lyons has an astonishing record of no state finish worse than fourth, boys or girls, since the decade opened. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Georgia Barone will be one of several girls looking to find room on a very competitive Lyons roster this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alamosa's boys won the school's sixth team title in cross country this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
We should see a few more Cody Danley/Jerald Taylor battles in the fall, and both of their teams should be somewhere in the mix as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
By November of last year, CeAnn Udovich was back to her familiar position near the front of every race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colton Jonjak-Plahn had a nice freshman cross country season and then an even better track season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Shane Gates won his first state title of the weekend in the 110 hurdles, but he wasn't nearly done yet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Where hurdles are concerned, Alyssa Valko is accustomed to running from the front of the field. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Kiana Gomez dominated the 100 hurdles early in the meet. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
There will be many centerpieces to any ultimately successful team title bid, but Shane Gates figures as a key piece of the Cedaredge puzzle. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Just as they did last year, expect Paonia to get a lot of mileage out of their relays. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Photo finish in the 800. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Erika Ivkov is part of a deep Lyons roster that touches every event with scoring potential. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With guys emerging like Austin Katzer in the triple jump, Paonia seems poised to rejoin the top tier of 2A boys. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Most are well aware of the headliner kind of talent Heritage Christian Academy brings to the table, but to win a league title in this league, it's individuals like Olivia Couch who stand to make the difference. Photo by Alan Versaw.
This is the year that Cooper Ward figures to more or less take over as the top sprinter in the Mile High League. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger's was all smiles at the finish line of NXN 2015. Photo by Ashley Green.
When it came to deciding the 5A boys individual crown, it all came down to this. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paul Roberts recently became Colorado's first boys four-time state champion. Photo by Alan Versaw.
CeAnn Udovich and her Lyons teammates raced patiently, moving up nicely later in the race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
4-Time Colorado State Champion Paul Roberts talks about his state title, China, nationals, and his ten siblings.
Joel Such ran mostly injury-free this year to his third state medal in four years, helping to lead Lyons to a fourth-consecutive team title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
From the sounding of the starter's pistol, it was all about getting the seemingly improbable job done for Telluride. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
Soleil Gaylord has come along very nicely as the season has progressed and may not rate as a slight favorite to snare the 2A Girls individual crown. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nate Fedel hasn't come in for a lot of publicity east of the Continental Divide, but he is one of the top 2A medal contenders just the same. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jack Plantz leads with a little push from Ro Paschal early in Friday's 2A regional at Delta. Photo by Matt Scoggins.
For anyone hoping to upend Lyons at state, Landon Milbrath made that scenario look a whole lot more difficult today. Photo by Renee Haip.
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.
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.
Emily Cranny earned her first cross country meet title on Wednesday, taking the RE-1J district meet in 20:41. 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.
One of the big differences for Salida this season has been the emergence of Seth Minor as a top competitor for the Spartans. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Heritage Christian Academy put up a nice showing for both teams at the St. Vrain Invitational, but perhaps especially so with their girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A lot of eyes will be fixed on the spectacle when the paths of Ben Butler and Paul Roberts cross at 9:05 AM on Saturday morning. Photos by Alan Versaw.
There was some shuffling at the top, but only relatively modest changes overall in the 2A 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.
Brooks MacDonald paced a solid Centaurus effort at Friday's New Balance Valmont race. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
We have a first-ever event in the preseason edition of the 2A polls.
Will Tyler Scholl and Quinn McConnell be the big impact freshmen of 2015? Photos by Alan Versaw.
Joel Such should be back healthy for Lyons this fall, signaling bad news for the Mile High League and all of 2A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Last year, Mackenzie Dill was Highland's lone representative at state cross country. This year, she will try to bring her team along with her. Photo by Ashley Green.
400 meter specialist Bryce Klaseen is part of a very strong returning roster in 2016 for the Cedaredge Bruins. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Merino's Jorden Jole capped off a solid high school career with a state title at 800 meters. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brooke Hillman has helped extend Paonia's strength in the 800 and 1600 to a level earlier Paonia teams had not attained. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It took Paul Roberts a while to drop the stubborn resistance from Corey Lewenkamp, but once he did he very nearly chased down the 2A state meet record for the 1600. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Chad Mikelson was a little torn between events today, but his triple jump results didn't suffer in the least. Photo by Alan Versaw.
You complete event-by-event guide to the 2A boys state team title race, and to seeing blue in almost every event!
Hoehne's Shaelyn Walton has emerged in stunning fashion as one of 2A's top high jump and 800 talents, but it may be a year or two away before Hoehne has the necessary depth to seriously contend for a 2A team title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rye has some nice top end talent in Corban Pagnotta and a handful of others, but Rye--like a lot of other folks--will be pressed hard to keep pace with the depth of Cedaredge and Lyons. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Matt Dillon has been the often overlooked member of the Lyons distance group, but Lyons will find his state points very useful and important this spring nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Denver Christian's Kyler Schmitt elbowed out a little room in a very competitive 2A shot put field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado Track XC Preseason Rankings Put 2A under the Spotlight.
You know all about Paul Roberts and Joel Such, but Zach Christiansen is a vital part of the Lyons title hopes this spring as well. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Luke Gilliland may have been regretting the black singlet at this year's state meet, but he won't be regretting what Heritage Christian Academy has coming back next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sierra Tucker returns next fall for her senior season at Lyons. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As important as a healthy Joel Such might be, Lyons will need more than that to win a fourth consecutive state title next fall. Photo by Renee Haip.
Cody Danley is just one the reasons that things are looking up for Rocky Ford cross country for 2015. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jenna Anderson's gritty race under adversity sealed a state title for the Lyons girls, one that has eluded them since the beginning of the 2A classification. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jack Plantz figures to be high on the 2A boys leaderboard come Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Lyons continues to dominate the boys rankings, and there is much to look forward to in the state girls race.
Sydney Fesenmeyer scored one for the small schools by winning the individual girls title at Saturday's TCA Titan Thunder. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sophia Lindenberger leads Nederland into the Mile High League meet on Thursday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
2A continues to be one picture of unanimity and one picture of turmoil.
CeAnn Udovich's second-place finish at Castle View warranted a few second glances. 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.
Freshman Simon Kearns has helped to transform Mancos into one of 2A's top teams. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
In 2A cross country, it's the third runner that is so very important. Hotchkiss looks to Katy Parsons for big things this fall. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
Sabine Lindler had two nice medal finishes on grinder courses in as many days this weekend. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
If you like jigsaw puzzles, you'll want to check out the 2A girls rankings.
Though pushed mercilessly by a pair of the best runners in the state, Lexi Reed and Paul Roberts emerged victorious in their respective races on Saturday. Contributed photo/Photo by Ashley Green.
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.
Mason Phillips had to fight off Brush's Erik Barfuss for almost the entire race distance en route to taking the 2A/3A boys individual title. Photo by Ashley Green.
The top positions in 2A remain in the same hands, but...
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.
Check out who our panel of coaches picked as the top ten teams in the state!
Jack Plantz traded strides with Ben Butler deep into last year's state race. There will be no Ben Butler to worry about in 2A this year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
For Tabor Scholl, it's been an endless summer of track and field action since the state meet. Can she keep the momentum moving forward in cross country season? Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Chelsea Meilner figures big in Paonia's plans for the fall, but she'll need help chasing down Lyons. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
The guy in the middle for Lyons will be taking his race to Western State this fall, but the rest of these guys will be mixing it up in 2A cross country this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo by Jeff McCoy.
Luke Gilliland figures as the top guy for a rising Heritage Christian Academy team this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
2A Region 1 matches not only top talent like Rachel Rairdon and Ginger Hutton, but also more than its share of top teams. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Kevin Akers exhorts a runner in a race early this spring. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The uniforms at the start of the 2A boys 200 tended toward the side of monochromatic. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Morgan Hartigan pitched a win for Paonia in the shot put with a throw of 39-10. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Photo coming soon to this space.
The scenario that 2A girls is coming down to isn't terribly surprising, but it should be very exciting nevertheless. We saw at least four of these five teams coming even before the season started. And now they face a massive showdown at state.
After a couple years of stark domination by Lyons, suddenly 2A boys is a contest again. As with most other things in life, ebb and flow is part of the cycle of things.
So far, we haven't seen much that is all that surprising about 2A girls
Evidently, Lyons has achieved lifetime membership (whatever the lifetime of a high school is) in the 2A top five, but the rest of this article comes closer to turning over new soil.
Marcel Such has enjoyed one of Colorado's best 2A high school careers ever, and the recruiting attention he got underscores that success. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Miriam Roberts had things her way at the 2A state cross country meet this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
As you think about potential new 2A state records this spring, Nico Forcatto is a thought you want to have cross your mind. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Erin Hooker goes by Jordyn Colter in the state 3200, putting one last exclamation point on a spectacular high school career. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
For Melanie Nun and the rapidly-rising Colorado women, there is yet some hope for a podium finish on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Always an overachieving small school, Lyons assistant coach Jeff Boele shares what the Lions do in the strength and conditioning department. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The Wednesday afternoon crowds lining Utah's state meet course are the stuff of legend. Photo by William Hasty.
Sisters Natalie and Mae Anderson are an example of the most obvious key to success in 2A cross country. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Ever so briefly, Paul Roberts left the outcome of this race in doubt. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Before they parted company, Miriam Roberts and Natalie Anderson had already established clear leadership of the 2A individual race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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 wild card who could potentially spin the 2A girls race for a loop, you need look no further than Jenna Anderson. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Custer County's Corey Lewenkamp has demonstrated an eagerness to mix it up with the state's top talent all fall. He seeks to reap the rewards of those effort on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Marcel Such glances back to check on the status of the pursuit while Matt Dillon, Paul Roberts, and Joel Such keep the pace subdued in front. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The final set of rankings before state--how accurate will the coaches be?
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.
Although the rankings saw relatively little movement in the last two weeks, there were a couple of big changes atop 4A and 5A girls.
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.
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.
Until the last 150 meters, the gap between Paul Roberts and Zachary Alhamra never got any bigger than this. All photos by Alan Versaw.
Lots of movement in the polls this week after the action on opening weekend...
A little over one week away from the season-opening Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, here is how the coaches rank the teams.
It's always competitive as soon as the gun sounds at the St. Vrain Invitational. 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.
Dallas Frisbie leads a Peak to Peak squad that should be very competitive in 3A 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.
You wouldn't necessarily know she runs for Hotchkiss with her bib pinned over the school imprint, but Sophia Schelle is one of the reasons that Hotchkiss will enter the 2013 cross country season as the 2A favorities. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Jack Plantz was the "other" freshman in 2A last fall, making a name for himself on the western side of the Continental Divide. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
John Broadhead became a serious force for Telluride in the jumps this year. He could be the classification's top all-around jumper in 2014. Photo by David Pressgrove.
There's a very good chance the girls 2A state title is headed back to Delta County next year, but Miranda Mathiason and her Highland teammates may have something to say about that. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The sun set on Ryan Boucher's brilliant high school career with individual titles in the 200 and 400 meters and a state meet record in the 400. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Taylor Polson takes her turn in pushing the Paonia 4x400 below the magical four-minute barrier. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Hotchkiss's Cody Bartlett took the lead on lap one of the 800 and eventually wore at the resistance, claiming the title in 1:59.47. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paonia's 4x800 set a completely new standard for 2A girls 4x800s. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ashley VanVleet's speed at 400 and 800 meters has helped make Paonia the new Goliath on the 2A girls block. Photo by David Pressgrove.
Hurdler Matt Radich is one of the pieces of a fearsome Lyons track and field machine headed for Lakewood's Jeffco Stadium on May 16. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Trevor Benson is one of the reasons that prospects are looking brighter for Lutheran High School than most people were thinking as recently as one month ago. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eaton's Aimee Ledall pulls ahead of Silver Creek's Brooke Mallette and Erie's Chelsea Martus in the Randall Hess 100. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With any prolonged dominance comes the risk of complacency and bluster. Embarking on a campaign to win three straight boys and girls track and field titles, the Lyons Lions are challenging themselves to avoid squandering such a golden opportunity. (via www.bocopreps.com)
Not only did Kathryn New win a cold and wet state 100 last spring, she also brings back a 58.08 mark in the 400. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Kirk Webb took it out hard on lap one and we all held our breath on lap two, waiting to see what would happen. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Last spring, Yuma's Michael Howell was chasing the leaders in the 2A 400. It might be a different story this spring. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Marcel Such's third-place finish among returning runners was perhaps a bit overshadowed by the first-place finish of teammate Paul Roberts, but is was significant nevertheless. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Taylor Polson and Anna Fake are two of the most talented runners returning to the 2A ranks next fall, but both will be in search of added cast members for the team. Photo by Alan Versaw.
All wrapped up in the finish banner, Paul Roberts claims what could be but the first in a long list of state titles. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Rachel Hampton not only maintained her lead on the second half of the course, but gained on all of the field except Miriam Roberts. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Will 2012 be the year for Natalie Anderson and her Hotchkiss teammates? Colorado Track XC file photo.
Ryan Ernst leads a Wiggins team anxious to make it back to state and make the kind of noise Tiger teams of old made. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The final coaches poll of the 2012 season has arrived! Free content.
Jake Erickson's quietly impressive season includes a win at the Doherty Spartan Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nobody is going to be too surprised if one of these two girls ends up as this fall's 2A individual titleist. 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.
Two weeks have passed since the last rankings and several changes can be seen in the rankings since the last time around. Free content.
Mild-mannered Miriam Roberts trashed at course record at the St. Vrain Valley SD RE-1J meet on Tueday. Photo by Renee Haip.
It's been two weeks since our last set of rankings, and there have been some rumblings in the rankings since then. Free content.
Joel Such may have to endure running in the shadow of Paul Roberts his entire high school career, but he definitely makes Lyons a better team. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Elise Cranny tolerated some company early in the race but owned it outright later on. Photos 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.
Our panel of 24 coaches from all across the state has weighed in with their selections. Here is how the coaches see the various classifications shaping up. Free content.
Miranda Middleton and Katherine Bush are two names you should be hearing a lot about this fall. Here are the faces to associate with the names. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Jake Boesch is likely the best 2A cross country runner you've never before heard of. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Rangely's William Scoggins has weathered the reign of Ty Williams and now will return in 2013 as the top-ranked 1600 runner in 2A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Natalie Anderson and company could throw a monkey wrench into Lyons' quest for a third consecutive 2A girls title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Holyoke's Alex Quintana and Matt Radich of Lyons kept it close at the front of the 2A 110 hurdles final. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Loveland's Taylor Buschy ran down Littleton in Friday's SMR8, just one of five impressive relays for the Loveland girls. Photo by Ashley Green.
Justin Boldt's ride over the 300 hurdles was one of several Lyons qualifying marks for tomorrow's finals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sometimes you can tell athletes all you want about holding back a little on the first day of state, and adrenaline still takes over. Maybe that explains what happened at state today.
A couple of impressive relays in the last weekend before league meets thrust Vanguard in the state team title picture in a way they hadn't been before. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The league meets are now done. The big event is nearly upon us.
Lyons can lean equally hard on relays or individual events this spring. Here Ryan Boucher passes the baton to River Crane, Photo by Alan Versaw.
Josh Mielke, one of the state's top hurdlers, is headed to the St. Vrain Invitational this Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw. Free content.
Andres Flores helps take University to a 3A best 4x800 time of 8:28.13. Photo by Mike D'Amato.
Mckenzie Brogan has left a lot of people in her wake the last couple of years. On Saturday, she and her Lakewood teammates will be trying to do it again at the Greeley Central Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you like seeing what speedsters like Emily Romo are doing this winter, you'll love what's coming up this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Great relay races are a highlight of almost any track meet, but nowhere more so than at state. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Marcel Such ran 17:30 to finish sixth at this year's state meet as a sophomore. And that helps give Lyons plenty of reason to be hopeful about the prospects for next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ty Williams and Ian Boucher were going at it hammer and tongs midway through the 2A boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Birdie Hutton and Rachel Hampton went out with Kelley Robinson in the early going, but even then it was apparent Robinson's pace was going to break things open. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Kelley Robinson has been on a tear of late and hopes to keep the frenzy going this weekend at state. 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.
Some great individual performances were eclipsed by their meaning within the context of team.
It was a sea of red and black at the start of the Eagle Valley Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A number of the 2A boys and teams who figure to make some noise at state this fall are pictured here. How many do you recognize? 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.
Rachel Hinker was untouchable at state, setting two new 2A state records. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When you're about five miles from Littleton HS, it can be tough to get the 4x400 recognition you deserve, but Arapahoe figures to contend this weekend. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Last year, Andrew Proebstle and his Rifle teammates were competing in 4A. This year, they threaten to take over 3A. Contributed photo.
Freshman Miriam Roberts has added strength to the Lyons middle distance events this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lyons has potential to score big state points in almost every event. One of those threats is Ryan Boucher in the 400. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eleanor Fulton had another big day at the Mullen Runners Roost, dominating the 1600 and 800 meter events. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Akron left Johnstown Saturday afternoon with a meet title and a new meet record in the 4x400. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Cartagena of Vista Ridge won the 100 and 200 meter events at the Pueblo Centennial Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lyons has plenty of athletes capable of making it to the 2A podium, but Forrest Donnell and Zach Pfeifer figure to be prominent among those. Contributed photo/Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Rachel Hinker can help Lyons in a lot of ways. They'll have to decide where her abilities work best this spring. 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.
It isn't easy to go through high school running second on your team when you have the talent to be first on most teams, but Rebecca Hermann has made the most of it. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kyle Becker and Jake Rothman are two of the reasons Alexander Dawson figures to be a prominent 2A contender next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Having left the competition behind, Kelley Robinson wills her way up Powerline Climb. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Peyton's Nick Baca and Telluride's Ty Williams hammer on each other a little early in the 2A boys' race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Eye black was out in force at yesterday's state meet. Custer County's Valerie Stark (left) took things up a notch and did a Tim Tebow. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Danny Carney and Will Kincaid battle for position late in the 5A boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rodrigo Baeza has helped to elevate Fountain Valley to a top-tier 2A program this season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kirk Webb leads Monarch's boys to a regional title and into the state meet. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Brooke Grissom's hopes for the state meet figure into both the individual and team races. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nick Baca and Peyton come down from 3A this year and figure to add a serious element of interest to the 2A competition this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rounding the final turn of the 800, it was Samantha Berggren and Emily LaValley. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Garrett Smith and Lori Weirich of Eads have been on a roll of late. Each is atop of the 2A discus rankings. Photos contributed by John Weirich. Rocky Ford's Amber Lowther is a legitimate threat to win all three jump titles in 2A girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Lindsey Hubbard, shown here en route to winning the 300 hurdles at last spring's state meet, is one of those athletes who will have to make some event choices prior to the state meet. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Geordan Brewer makes Cedaredge a threat in both hurdle events and in the sprint relays. 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.
Nick Taylor, the top freshman in 3A boys cross country last fall, returns to key the hopes for Colorado Academy in his sophomore season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
This is what .006 seconds of difference at the finish line looks like. TCA's Emily LaValley and Kara Slavoski of St. Mary's will go at it again in the 800 at state. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Miss Diversification: the triple jump is just one of the things that Beth Jones does well for 3A power Eaton. She also runs a mean 800 and runs legs on relays. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kelley Robinson, Kat Robinson, and Tara Richardson take an early lead at the 2A Region 1 meet today in Lafayette (photo courtesy of Mario Garcia). Look for all three in the lead pack again at next Saturday's state meet.
A good day to be in purple... Miranda Benzel, Sam Lewis, and Kelsey Lakowske work a small early lead at the Front Range Conference Championships on Friday (photo courtesy of Jim Lewis).
Amos Bowen of Brush is one a several top talents in the ranks of 3A boys.
In what has become an annual rite of passage, runners negotiate the water crossing at the Prairie View Invitational (photo by Bill Stahl).
Moffat County's Alicia Nelson and Thompson Valley's Liz Tremblay battled for the lead through much of the 4A girls race. In the end, Nelson took the victory by a narrow margin of about two seconds (photo courtesy Ken Regan).
The committee coaches representing all classifications has cast their ballots and Colorado Track XC is pleased to present the 2008 preseason rankings.
For Wiggins High School, the good news is that they are defending 2A state track champions. The bad news is that the class of 2007 was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of class for a 2A school.