Final girls XC team scores rankings in all 50 states and the team at the top of each state's leaderboard as of December 11th
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Jenna Fitzsimmons and Riley Stewart are set up for a big battle next year.
Dakota Ridge capped their stellar season with a third place finish at NXN.
Some of the MileSplit staff made their predictions on who will finish top five at Saturday's Nike Cross Nationals race at Glendoveer Golf Course, in Portland Oregon.
Dakota Ridge moved to No. 4 in the final MileSplit 50 Team Rankings.
Who's in line for a national title on the girls side at NXN on December 1?
Based on the teams attending the 2018 Nike Cross Nationals, which boys squad will come out on top?
Colorado is sending a large party to Portland for NXN
Another year, another season of discussion around which team did not make the NXN field.
Check out which at-large teams the committee chose to race at Nike Cross Nationals
The NXR Southwest Region had no shortage of electricity in the air after momentous finishes in the boys and girls races
By midway through the race, there were no challengers left for Cole Sprout and Easton Allred.
Cole Sprout enters as a heavy favorite to take the individual title.
The MileSplit LIVE crew debates the best girls team in the country right now
Jenna Fitzsimmons and Mountain Vista will eye that automatic berth to NXN.
The Classical Academy leapt into the latest Southwest Rankings, landing on the No. 6 spot.
Jenna Fitzsimmons ran away to defend her state title.
We gathered all the performances from October 22 to October 27 that athletes in the MileSplit50 rankings have run.
Cole Sprout ran away with the state title, and a new course record of 15:16.
The MileSplit50 No. 2 ranked Mountain Vista girls are well on a path toward claiming state
Can anyone run with Cole Sprout?
Current JV girls XC team scores rankings in all 50 states and the team at the top of each state's leaderboard as of October 18th.
This week, catch up on any of the MileSplit Coaches Corner podcasts you may have missed!
D'Evelyn surged three spots to No. 3 this week.
The theme of this week was unanimous No. 1s
Dakota Ridge remains on top of 5A.
Centaurus and Niwot battle for 4A supremacy.
Cherokee Trail remains firmly in the No. 2 spot in 5A.
Current boys XC team scores rankings in all 50 states and the team at the top of each state's leaderboard as of September 26th.
Current girls XC team scores rankings in all 50 states and the team at the top of each state's leaderboard as of September 26th.
Shantell Hafner dropped 26 seconds off her Liberty Bell time to run 18:45 this past weekend.
On the third episode of the MileSplit Coaches Corner Podcast, Mountain Vista (CO) coach Jonathan Dalby joined us to talk about his nationally ranked XC program.
Tiya Tamberlin leads the Division 2 race through the early stages.
Mountain Vista girls come in No. 1 in the first edition of the SW region rankings.
Legend made a jump in the rankings this week.
A look inside one of the most competitive meets of the weekend.
We've got a new No. 1 in 4A!
Lyons continues to reign over 2A.
Who is ready for Liberty Bell?
Mountain Vista remains on top of 5A.
Week Three saw a major shake-up in the 3A rankings.
Cherry Creek's Parker Wolfe captured his second win of the season.
Who is the fastest returning boy's team in 5A?
The titans remained on top, but we saw some shaking within the rankings.
Week Two Polls saw very little movement up top.
MileSplit will release the top 25 individual national rankings for high school girls and boys every two weeks throughout the fall season as a part of our annual MileSplit50.
Cruz Culpepper beat a stacked field to claim the course record.
Mountain Vista tops the charts heading into the 2018 season.
On paper Centaurus is the No. 1 team in the state heading into the 2018 season.
Who are the top returning teams in each state? We project the fastest returning teams as well as links to full statewide rankings in all 50 states using our XC team scores rankings feature.
Jenna Fitzsimmons and Sarah O'Sullivan will look to lead Mountain Vista to a repeat.
The Heartland Distance Summit, a two-day clinic for high school distance coaches, will take place June 29-30 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
The Mountain Vista distance crew shined at the Continental Relays this past weekend.
Cameron Beal will head north to compete for Northern Colorado next year.
Meet Hunter Elliott, Mountain Vista's new 800-meter threat.
Caden Foster will follow in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather by taking his talents to West Point Military Academy next year.
Carter Dillon has been on the Colorado racing scene for quite some time. Next year he'll be taking his talents to Duke.
Douglas County's Abigail Brown is a certifiable rising star in the sprint ranks.
Jenna Fitzsimmons' outstanding season has now been officially recognized by Gatorade, who just named her as the Colorado girls cross country runner of the year.
Jackson Connelly and Ray Robinson were two of the league's fastest last year. Look for even more of the same this year.
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.
Ben Morrin is a key element in a very deep group of returning runners for Dakota Ridge next fall.
We break down some our initial reactions and surprises from Nike Cross Nationals.
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.
NXN is almost here. Check out this preview of the boys teams and individuals ahead of the big meet.
Battle Mountain's girls pulled off a stunner in Casa Grande. Can they revive the magic in Portland this weekend?
Who wins in a battle between the nation's best teams and their runner's overall PRs?
The drought is over for Arizona boys as the State sends its first boys team to Nike Cross Nationals this Saturday.
Brie Oakley dominated the field in 2016, running to the largest-ever margin of victory at NXN.
We will be tracking all throughout the NXN Regional qualifying meets whos in and whos out of NXN.
Which teams on the bubble of NXN will get chosen as at-large bids?
Carley Bennett was one of a lengthy list of Colorado athletes enjoying stellar days at this year's NXR-SW.
An interesting thing happens when you plug Allie Chipman's result into the team scoring from NXR-SW.
Late in the race, Aidan Troutner took on the look of invincibility, while the team race came to a rolling boil behind him.
Lizzie Harding, Elizabeth Constien, and Naomi Harding set up strong early. And, they had some important folks in the rear-view mirror.
Mountain Vista (Vista Nation) figures to be a force in the open races as well as the championship races.
Brace yourself for another rousing edition of NXR-SW Boys, but with lots of new faces this time around!
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.
The top five for Mountain Vista should all be back next fall, with Jenna Fitzsimmons likely at the front.
5A Region 5 dominated the 5A Girls regions at State. Much of that, but certainly not all of it, was due to Mountain Vista.
When you win both team state titles, it's hard not to win the combined program score for your classification as well.
Ethan Rouse closes in on the creek crossing, and a Mountain Vista state title draws nearer with every step.
Hannah Brown's late-race fatigue wasn't enough to keep her from nailing down a team title for Mountain Vista.
Not surprisingly, Mountain Vista wins the state meet merge, but how do the rest of the teams fare?
Check out what's going down across the country this weekend in this edition of the Weekend Rundown.
Cole Sprout dominated on this course on August 25. Can he do it again on October 28?
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.
Andrew King beats Levi Chambers and Christian Fagerlin to the finish line in 3A Region 4.
Scenes like this have the Coronado faithful hopeful they could be seeing their team at State.
Habtamu Cheney and Desert Vista moved up to #2 in this edition of the Southwest region rankings.
The Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho girls mixed things up nicely at the Albuquerque Metro Championships, with AA taking top honors.
Rock Canyon has a very real shot here, but it will take big efforts down the line by guys like AJ Bishop to get it done.
David Fine chases Connor McCabe up the second ascent. McCabe's lead wouldn't last much longer.
It seems everywhere we turn, we end up seeing green.
Jenna Fitzsimmons and Sarah O'Sullivan helped Mountain Vista solidify their regional rankings lead on Saturday.
Check out who which teams top the nation in the 5K and 3-mile distances
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.
Both Dave Sanders and Pat Patten start on a lot of grass, but the Dave Sanders tends to run a little faster overall, thus requiring an adjustment to equalize times.
What do you do when the generator goes out? Well, nobody is going over the timing mat unless you hold the inflatable up.
David Fine's win at Dave Sanders may prove to be a step along the way to bigger things. File Photo.
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.
Monarch is that pesky team caught in the clutter of the early portion of the 5A season in a way that we don't quite know exactly where they stand with respect to other 5A powers.
Chaparral's advantage wasn't yet apparent at the Fort Morgan Invitational, but it would be soon enough.
The Palmer Ridge boys are one of several teams with a lot on the line this weekend.
Mountain Vista's girls went hunting big game this past weekend, and came back with what they went for.
Monarch High School out of Colorado used a strong early presence up front to help pick up a big win at Saturday's St. Vrain Invitational.
Check out the latest edition of the Flo50 girls team rankings on MileSplit
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.
Carter Dillon led Mountain Vista to a tiny win over Rock Canyon in a 5A Boys merge of the Liberty Bell results. 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.
Chase Dornbusch came up with the win at Cherry Creek. Can he make it a twofer at Arapahoe?
Carter Dillon broke free on the second loop and carried it forward to a convincing win at the Vista Nation 2-Mile on Friday. File photo.
5A Girls start their season with two huge favorites and a lot of teams looking to make a place in history.
Up next on our Flo50 girls team rankings is No. 8 Mountain Vista
Sarah O'Sullivan and Caroline Eck helped lead Mountain Vista to last year's Southwest regional title. There are not a few regional coaches who believe they can do it again.
Chris Theodore checks around to make sure his lead is for real at the finish of last year's Vista Nation 2-Mile. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Broomfield can beat you by packing it up or stringing it out. They're not especially particular that way.
Charlie Perry steps into a new role as team leader at Monarch, but it's a role he's well-groomed for.
Carter Dillon was nipping at Joshua Romine's heels this spring. It looks to be Dillon's team to lead this fall.
Grant Gardner added a very good track season to his outstanding cross country season from the fall and leads a very talented Springville team into this fall's fray.
If Mountain Vista is in the region, the region already has a leg up in the "toughest region" derby.
Refamiliarize yourself with the Blue Blob of Broomfield. They're going to be a load to handle.
There was definitely something of a preview of the 5A Region 5 boys at the State 3200 this spring.
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.
Carter Dillon came on strong for Mountain Vista this past school year and could figure as the go-to guy this fall.
Taylor Watson is one of a group of very talented sprinters, jumpers, and hurdlers coming back for Cherokee Trail.
Iosua Maika could very well held one key for tipping the scales in favor of Fountain-Fort Carson this weekend.
Fort Collins will need a big weekend out of their sprinters if they are to repeat as state champions this year.
Aside from taking out the next-to-last hurdle, Aaron McCoy's 300 hurdles looked end-of-season sharp on Saturday.
Scott Johnson does his part to get Legend to 8:02 in the 4x800.
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.
Emma Dern's throws are one big reason Fort Collins has a solid shot at repeating this spring.
Shewli Ghosh returns as one of the top sprinters in the Continental League and a centerpiece of ThunderRidge's title hopes.
By the end of the season, Broomfield had fully made their case as the top team in Colorado.
The 5A Boys crown came down to what seemed before the season a most improbable end.
Regis Jesuit's Tama Tuitele figures as the league's top returning thrower in both the shot put and discus.
Mountain Vista and Palmer Ridge shared a stunning moment in the California spotlight back in September. Contributed photo.
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.
It was tight early and things shuffled a lot during the 2016 NXR-SW Girls Championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Caroline Eck's 18:36 helped propel Mountain Vista to the NXR-SW title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Carter Dillon and his Mountain Vista temmates enjoyed their best race since Woodbridge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Who's qualified so far?
On a day when heat, wind, and dust took their toll on a lot of runners, Casey Clinger stood tall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Casey Clinger meets the Utah state meet finish line with a large gap on his pursuers. Photo by Bryan Deibel.
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.
Rampart's boys are one of those teams that may be a little difficult to ignore next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado has learned that Bears are dangerous. Who's next? 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.
As the race descends into the creek crossing, Isaac Green holds a slim lead over Joshua Romine. Photo by Jeff 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.
Be sure that these guys have crossed Mountain Vista's mind a time or two in the last week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nate Osterstock led Olympus to a stunning win over Timpagnogos in Utah 4A last week. Contributed photo.
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.
Broomfield's girls packed it up, ran relaxed, and still came away with the Front Range League title in Colorado. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rampart's Jacob Dewey had a big race at the CSML meet on Thursday and is a big part of the reason Rampart is looking solid heading into regionals. 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.
Brock Helvey is one of two Douglas County Huskies who figure to have some shot at claiming the Continental League crown. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Desert Vista girls stuck together nicely early at Desert Twilight and ended up as decisive team champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Monarch has found themselves tightly bunched toward the front of a lot of races this fall. 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.
Joslin Blair got the win on Friday that got away from her last weekend. Colorado Track XC file 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.
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.
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.
As you might have guessed, Palmer Ridge and Mountain Vista camp out near the top of the list. Photo by Alan Versaw.
We're used to looking at teams' top runners, but how deep do the various teams in the state go? Photo by Alan Versaw.
No result over the last two weeks made more waves in the rankings than the 1-2 finish of Mountain Vista and Palmer Ridge at Woodbridge. Photo by Amanda Tivnan.
In Mountain Vista's system of interchangeable parts, it was Joshua Romine who came up big this week. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Mountain Vista and Palmer Ridge bask together in the glow of a stunning performance. Photo by Amanda Tivnan.
Reina Paredes led Rio Rancho's girls to a second-place finish at the St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sophomore David Fine is enjoying a breakout year at Elizabeth. He gets to run in front of the home crowd on Tuesday. 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.
If you merge the results between St. Vrain and Liberty Bell, with a multiplication factor on Liberty Bell to "equalize" the results, Carter Dillon and his Mountain Vista teammates come out a narrow winner. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The battling at the front was at fever pitch between 5A giants Mountain Vista and Monarch, plus 4A powerhouse Palmer Ridge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Isaac Roberts sets out on a journey to join, and even enhance, the legacy of older brothers Andrew and Paul at Saturday's running of the St. Vrain Invitational. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Colton Stice had a big win at Lake County last weekend, leading the Gunnison boys to a close second-place finish there and earning them a little more recognition in the polling. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
The view from second place at the Battle Mountain Invitational. Contributed photo.
Last year, Jenna Fitzsimmons and Sarah O'Sullivan were top ten finishers at middle school state. This year, they have big team goals with Mountain Vista. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Harrison Scudamore buried the field at last week's Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. It should be a sterner test for Scudamore on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Palmer Ridge, Mountain Vista, and Rock Canyon mixed it up spendidly at the Vista Nation XC 2-Mile, but evidently the Rock Canyon girls were not easily impressed. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
With the finish line directly ahead and all the green behind him, Chris Theodore takes a quick look around to be sure. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Claiming top position in rankings--and in meets--is getting to be standard fare for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A rare frontal view of the Great Green Wall at a Mountain Vista cross country meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
This year's Mountain Vista team will be able to hurt you in lots of ways. Weston Hart is one of those ways. 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.
Battle Mountain fields one of the top small-school girls teams anywhere in the nation. Photo by Alan Versaw.
MileSplit previews the top returning girls teams for the meet.
Rock Canyon has officially arrived as a certifiable contender. Look for this team tearing up courses around the state this fall. 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.
Alex Fu and Mountain Vista have made a habit of leaving the opposition in their dust, their spray, or whatever other debris the course provides. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
There are any number of ways Mountain Vista can hurt you. Think of Shayan Zarrin as Exhibit A, or B, or C, ... Photo by Alan Versaw.
Camren Todd heads up a very strong returning delegation from the Davis program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Caroline Eck was Mountain Vista's impact freshman last year. There are more coming this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Angel Heredia came into his own as a hurdler this spring and helped Hinkley make a couple of giant strides forward in their program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Pappas is doing very well with late-hour 800s this season, winning last night's Stutler Bowl Twilight in a statewide best time of the season of 1:56.21. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Paxton Smith will make the transition this fall from Colorado's top high school program to Colorado's top collegiate program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Matt McDonald's 4:21.08 1600 was one of the best Colorado performances of the weekend in Arcadia. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Photo finish in the 800. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Look for a few minor changes at state cross country as a result of the new field sizes. Photo by Erin Percy.
Sierra Suazo comes into the spring as the top-ranked thrower in the Continental League in both the shot put and discus. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When it came to deciding the 5A boys individual crown, it all came down to this. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger smashes the course record and takes the win. Photo by Ashley Green.
For Paxton Smith and Vista Nation, Saturday is a long-awaited and much dreamed about opportunity to find out what they're made of against the nation's very best. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It was another fabulous year of competition at Nike Cross Regionals Southwest. Photo by Alan Versaw.
So, give the win to Mountain Vista, but how did the rest of the Colorado delegation fare at NXR-SW?
Watch the Colorado squad react after pulling off a massive upset!
Casey Clinger trades strides with a few co-leaders at a very early stage of the boys championship race. 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.
Logan Mackay figures to be one of the guys Davis will be leaning on to earn yet another NXN berth 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.
Gage Hornung and Boulder will be among those taking shots at stopping Mountain Vista from a fifth-consecutive team title next fall. 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.
If that's a hint of a smile on Joshua Romine's face it could be because he realizes Vista Nation only tightened their grip on the 5A Boys team title as the race wore on. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Raichart and Battle Mountain made their case as the top small-school girls team in the region at Colorado's state meet on Saturday. But, they just might end up in the overall championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Miguel Baltazar exemplified an Alamosa effort that kept both feet beneath them until the job was done. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
With Brie Oakley just out of view, Lauren Gregory attacks the final hill on the state course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Isaac Green puts his head down and pushes past Jake Mitchem for the 5A Boys crown. 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.
It surprised very few folks that Parker Mackay's Mountain Vista teammates dominated all facets of team scoring at today's Colorado state cross country meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
2010 invididual titles for Kelsey Lakowske and Samantha Berggren piled onto an already-established trend in Colorado high school cross country. Read on to see what that trend is. Colorado Track XC file photos by Alan Versaw.
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.
10 questions just begging to be answered...
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.
How long are the odds against anyone toppling Mountain Vista? A virtual meet can help answer that question. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Shayan Zarrin aided and abetted the cause with a second-place finish, his best of the season to date. Colorado Track XC file 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.
Shannon Osoba leads a solid, and steadily getting better, Rock Canyon girls team into the Continental League championships on Wednesday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With a curious equine looking on, Kiara Mattern races to the Doherty Spartan individual title. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Joshua Romine has been a big part of the story at Mountain Vista this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
Things get a little intense around a Salida finish line. Photo by Sarah Hudelson.
Very early in the girls race, it was the battle of Douglas County, but that quickly narrowed down to two, and then to one. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Will Handley's second-place finish was a key piece in the stunning Timpanogos upset at Bob Firman on Saturday. 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.
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.
Lauren Soares is rapidly making a name for herself at the front of a very strong Mountain Vista B team. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
James Lee is part of the Westview-to-Silver-Creek legacy that is writing a new chapter in Silver Creek cross country lore. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sara Musselman has been a strong addition to the 2015 American Fork girls. Photo by Rob Versaw.
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.
Two Mountain Vista teams are all smiles after finishing sixth and fourth at the Woodbridge Sweepstakes race. Photo shamelessly pilfered off of Vista Nation XC Twitter feed.
Kyra Hanson picked up her debut high school meet title this weekend at Platte Valley. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Allie Chipman rolls to the individual title in the Woodbridge Sweepstakes race in 16:31.1 for three miles. Photo by Lizette Adams.
It didn't take Mountain Vista long to find themselves in control of the St. Vrain race and, ultimately, the entire weekend. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you thought Mountain Vista looked like the top team in the state before this weekend, you might be even more convinced now. 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.
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.
The race that exacted a toll. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The 200 meters of wooden bridge at the Woodland Park course is an experience not soon forgotten. Colorado Track XC file 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.
After a huge win at Centaurus last weekend, Catherine Liggett gets to take on Katie Rainsberger this weekend. Photo by Ashley Green.
Monarch was the most notable mover off of opening weekend performances.
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.
The names and faces in the 5A preseason polls are familiar names and faces.
Paxton Smith enters his senior season as the leader of Vista Nation, and it promises to be an interesting year for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Fu and Addison Hellier rank among the leaders in an extremely deep returning roster for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Devon Peterson is the top returner on a strong, deep, and experienced Cherry Creek squad. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jessica Nats holds a high spot on a very deep Mountain Vista roster. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rangely didn't exactly dodge the weather for their meet, but Plateau Valley did manage to scramble for cover at their bus. Photo by Matt Scoggins.
When speed was required, Joshua Wright delivered as advertised. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Landon Rast had a very solid freshman campaign for Legend this fall and figures to be an even bigger part of next fall's picture. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Chloe Arbuckle ranks as the top returner on a very good Rock Canyon team. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Riley Cooney's brilliant high school career will come to closure without an NXN appearance, but she managed a place in Saturday's top ten nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cami Squires and Sammy Hollingsworth lead the American Fork charge midway through the girls championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For several of Colorado’s cross country programs, Saturday brings the moment of truth.
Based on Desert Twilight and overall season performance, Katie Rainsberger looks like the one to beat at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
After a couple years of working his way up through the ranks, Alex Fu has emerged as a major contributor for Vista Nation with his senior year still ahead of him. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The tight battle between Paxton Smith and Ben Dingman could extend to their teams as well next fall. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Ryan Currie's last competition of the season was the UNM Lobo Invitational, but he was a motivating factor for Mountain Vista nevertheless. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
With the Colorado and Utah state meets now completed, what's left to settle of this is from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Those state finish up their state meets on November 8.
The Palmer Ridge boys, fresh off of running what was arguably the best boys race of the Colorado state meet, relax with a little trophy time. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Mountain Vista's Tyler Matzke and Horizon's Luk Platil hit the incoming stream crossing together. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
When you lay out all the factors leading to Fort Collins' stunning 5A girls title, possibly no factor looms larger than Heather Holt's eight-place finish. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It could very easily be that the Rio Rancho girls end up as the youngest team on the NXR-SW starting line, but it would be a mistake to underestimate them on account of that. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
At one mile, Kaleigh Kroeker had successfully created separation between herself and all pursuit. Photo by Alan Versaw.
American Fork and Desert Vista retain their top spots in the rankings, but some recent meets have clearly had their impact in the rankings.
The picture is starting to look brighter once again for Heather Holt and her Fort Collins teammates. Photo by Ashley Green.
If you believe what the polls are suggesting, we're fixing for a couple of very close state meet races at the 5A level.
Marcelo Laguera negotiates the hairpin coming back onto the grass at about 2.5 miles into the Clement Park course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Senior Solana Quistorff of Douglas County hopes to lead her team to a state qualifying berth on Thursday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Chris Theodore and Bailey Timmons are two big reasons why the future of Rock Canyon cross country is looking bright. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
The last couple weeks of meets have altered the outlook of our panel a little.
Things have tightened up considerably in the 5A Boys rankings.
Austin Dennis and Alex Hebner help give Chaparral a strong hand--both this year and next. 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.
Paxton Smith and Kayla Young both ran to big wins last week. Photos by Tim Hilt and Ashley Green.
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.
Meet the Mountain Vista B team, best B team in the state. Photo by Mark Obernesser.
After a couple of near misses earlier in the season, Paxton Smith found his way into first at the Coronado Cougar Classic. Photo by Tim Hilt.
There is unanimity in one of our 5A polls!
Probably the worst draw on the entire starting line. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Jefferson Academy's Nathan Moore, Ryan Lehmuth, Joe Raff, and Christian Van Cleave have been packing it in in a nice way this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Most of New Mexico's top teams saw their first action at this weekend's UNM Lobo Inviational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paxton Smith and Tyler Matzke get most of the ink, but it's guys like Addison Hellier who keep the Mountain Vista team score low. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tanner Norman and Tyler Matzke negotiate the never-ending gauntlet of spectators at the UNM Lobo. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Allie Chipman uses a downhill stretch to build a little momentum and take over second place with a little over half mile to go in the race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Looping through the starting line, Miyamura's Nile Thomas and Albuquerque Academy's Jordan Lesansee lead the Varsity Boys Race early during the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo courtesay of Alan Versaw.
Last year on this weekend, Paxton Smith was a contributing member of the Mountain Vista varsity at the St. Vrain Invitational. This year, he's one of Vista Nation's go-to guys in Albuquerque. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As you may have expected, this last week's action produced a few changes in the rankings.
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.
Tabor Scholl was spotted this weekend at the CU Alumni/Open Time Trial. Photo by Lyle Knudson.
Zachary Alhamra and Eric Hamer share the burden of leadership midway through the race, but Alhamra would eventually take the win. Photo by Ashley Green.
Cerake Geberkidane won't be around to run this year's Arapahoe Warrior Invitational, but his meet record of 15:12 will toe the starting line with the rest of the field. Photo by Ashley Green.
Check out who our panel of coaches picked as the top ten teams in the state!
Dominic Compoz has been a big contributor since his freshman year. This year he gets the opportunity to make his last and biggest contribution. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Satchel Caldwell showed a thing or two in track this spring and he and his Boulder teammates are a group you want to keep an eye on. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If you're looking for Monarch to claim their fourth consecutive 5A girls state title, you're probably not basing that on their accumulated 1600 and 3200 times from track this spring, though Holly Bent ranks among 5A's best in both events. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Most (though not all) of the boys at the front of last year's pack have graduated, but the teams at the front of the pack will ring familiar. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
A big part of the Mountain Vista leadership this season falls to senior Tyler Matzke. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Many of the early leaders of last year's field have graduated, but that doesn't translate into a race that's any less competitive this year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
After years of being the younger element of Mountain Vista's varsity roster, Delaney Fitzsimmons becomes the ranking senior this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Ryan Willis leaves a few hurdlers is his dust. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Molly Reicher paces while Val Constien hunts midway through the girls 1600. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
Connor Weaver will take two state cross country team titles with him to Brigham Young University in Provo. Utah. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
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.
Before Jonathan Dalby coached Mountain Vista to a state championship, he was groomed to win state championships back home in Missouri. Contributed photos.
Way back on August 29, I ran an article with the questions below. It's time to write down the answers to those questions and reflect back a little on the season that was.
Savanna Dalton gave a few eyebrows some exercise this past fall. Those same eyebrows may want to keep working out over the winter as the extra level of fitness may prove useful next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Katie Rainsberger earned a return trip to Portland with Saturday's third-place finish in 17:45. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Gerberkidane built an early lead that would wither some in the final mile of the race, but not enough to wrest the individual title out of his hands. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Blake Graf is one of many to reap rewards of the Mountain Vista supplemental strength program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For Melanie Nun and the rapidly-rising Colorado women, there is yet some hope for a podium finish on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado has a tradition of strong performances at Nike Southwest, though those performances have been heavily tilted toward the girls to date.
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.
It's tough enough just to overcome Lauren Gregory's talent, but as she starts to take on the patterns of a wily old veteran, it becomes even tougher. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Behind Cerake Geberkidane, it was a very spirited race for second for much of the race. Photo by Jeff 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.
Connor Weaver and Zachary Alhamra battled for a long time at last Thursday's regional race before Alhamra broke away for the win. Photo by Mark Weeks.
The biggest meet in the region last week? Hands down, that would be the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
Pine Creek's strong early standing in the 5A Region 5 girls race would be scattered before the end of the race as Hannah McIntyre (in white, at left) would go on for the win. Photo by Mark Weeks.
Lauren Gregory leads her #3 ranked Fort Collins teammates to a dominating win at Friday's Front Range Conference meet. Photo by Ken Regan.
If you are looking for the eventual winners of the Albuquerque Metro Championships, they are currently mired in the middle of the pack. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The final set of rankings before state--how accurate will the coaches be?
Cerake Geberkidane crosses the finish mats just a little over 15-flat at Tuesday's DPS meet. Photo by Lyle Knudson.
One of the bigger pieces of news out of Colorado this weekend was the return to action of Bailey Roth, immediately enhancing Coronado's status as a player. 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.
Alison Deitsch and Delaney Fitzsimmons set the pace in early stages of the Doherty varsity girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
York (IL) made a huge move to score the #3 spot with an impressive win at the Palatine Invitational with 49 points, a 15:02 average and a 48 second spread!
Albuquerque Academy's meandering on-campus course was the site of the top action in New Mexico this past weekend. Photo by Blake Wood.
Although the rankings saw relatively little movement in the last two weeks, there were a couple of big changes atop 4A and 5A girls.
Mountain Vista graduated a lot of senior girls last spring, but Madison Easton and company are filling in very nicely. Colorado Track XC file photo.
This one may surprise you a little. No, I take that back. Nothing about Mountain Vista surprises us much any more. Joshua Romine holds the top freshman time on the top freshman team in the state. And that kind of brings tears to our eyes. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Dismiss it as coincidence or ignore it if you must, but for many of us, the exceptional round of performances at Coronado and John Martin this past weekend uncovers a deep well of questions and speculation.
In the final stages of the race, the pursuit pack has lost contact with Mountain Vista's Connor Weaver. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Zach Grand of Santa Fe and Colin Hemez of Los Alamos battle for the win at Saturday's ATC Everybody Invitational in Santa Fe. Photo by Blake Wood.
It's a familiar face, but an unfamiliar singlet, for Colorado fans of cross country. Lone Peak (UT) is riding high these days with the help of Clayson Shumway. Photo by Kyle Perry.
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.
The Monarch girls got out strong at St. Vrain... and finished even stronger. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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...
One thing you can count on for the first half mile or so at St. Vrain is a mass of humanity. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Connor McMillan ran the second-fastest time ever at the American Fork Grass Relays and helped his team to a convincing victory on Saturday. Photo by Rochelle Pinnock.
Daniel Book leads a strong Cherry Creek team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Geberkidane stakes out a lead over Bailey Roth and Andrew Walton early in Friday evening's Arapahoe Warrior Invitational. Photo by Ashley Green.
Cerake Geberkidane is on the short list of people likely to run fastest at state, but will he top the list? Photo by Paul Jaeger.
You may remember this group of girls that hammered from the front end of last year's NXR-SW championship race. Three of the four will be back this fall, but the selection of teams at the top may be different this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
A little over one week away from the season-opening Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, here is how the coaches rank the teams.
Jacob Blackburn leads a group around the final turn of the TCA Titan Thunder from last fall. This year, he could be leading the Rock Canyon team. Colorado Track XC file photo.
They're (mostly) back this fall and just as dangerous as ever. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Lucy Biles and Sydney Badger battled at Great Southwest in June. They figure to meet again at NXR-SW in November. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cross country at the Legend Cross Fest includes a lot of country. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Daniel Book's strength at middle distances gives Cherry Creek a big boost in the 1600 analysis. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's difficult to find a cross country analysis where Andrew Walton and his Mountain Vista teammates don't come out on top. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
If you're a fan of 5A girls cross country, you already recognize most of these faces--and you realize that they're all back for more this year. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Jose Garcia and Joshua Joseph are two key elements in a Thornton team that has some potential to create a little havoc in the 5A ranks this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
With girls like Devynn Miller rising through the ranks, it's tough to see much of a let-up for Fort Collins next fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Midway through the girls championship race, Elise Cranny, Heather Bates, and Katie Rainsberger were firmly entrenched among the top four. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Luis Martinez had a stellar senior cross country season for the Cleveland (NM) Storm and heads into Saturday's NXR-SW championship race as one of the favorites for the individual title and as the leader of a team in the hunt for a slot to NXN. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Dakota Ridge seems to be a team perpetually on the cusp on greatness. Can Carson Hume and company take it to the next level next year? Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The roster of teams has been released for NXR-SW!
Things are building to fever pitch in New Mexico. Photo by Blake Wood.
The pieces are largely interchangeable on Monarch's varsity seven. On Saturday, it was Elissa Mann leading the pack. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Exultant, Ashi Geberkidane approaches the finish line to his state championship run. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Luke Sheesley and Ben Ervin are two stalwarts on a Fort Collins team that has become much better this fall than anyone outside the program expected. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Tori Parkinson was the top finisher on a Mountain Crest team that stunned the world of 4A cross county in Utah. Photo by Kyle Perry.
You rarely see the Mountain Vista guys running alone, and certainly not on Thursday. Photo by Alan Vesaw.
Caleb Ingram had a big win at the TCA Titan Thunder and figures to be an important part of Pine Creek's bid to send a boys team to state as well. Colorado Track XC file photo.
With the Utah season nearly done and the Colorado season heading into regionals, here is the current shape of the NXR-SW rankings:
The final coaches poll of the 2012 season has arrived! Free content.
Once again, we hit the road across the Great Southwest. Really big and meaningful meets were difficult to come by this weekend, but I'll tell you what we turned up:
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.
Elissa Mann and Claire Green are two of Monarch's seven girls who've run below 19:00 at some point during this season. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Clayson Shumway had the lead over Alec Brudzinski as they passed by the camera on Friday evening, but the ultimate victory went to Brudzinski. Photo by Ashley Green.
Mountain Vista has a roster full of ways to hurt you. Andrew Walton and Eric Steiner are two of those ways. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Two weeks have passed since the last rankings and several changes can be seen in the rankings since the last time around. Free content.
Isabelle Kennedy was the star of the show running in her high school's own backyard. Photo by Ashley Green.
The Los Alamos, New Mexico, boys stunned the field at the Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Study these faces well. If they run at the Desert Twilight this weekend, you'll want to know who they are. Photo by Margot Kelly.
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.
Herriman's (UT) times may have been a little off this week, but there would be a reason for that. Here, Lucy Biles leads a very thinned out crowd of leaders up a long hill in the girls race. Photo contributed by Jonathan Haag.
It's been two weeks since our last set of rankings, and there have been some rumblings in the rankings since then. Free content.
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.
Five meters or so into Saturday's Cleveland XC Invitational in New Mexico. Photo by Gary Herron/Rio Rancho Observer.
Alec Brudzinski is part of a very solid lead pack for Cherry Creek's Bruins. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The day's races begin with Kiah Leonard in the lead. She would keep that lead.
Bridger Tomlin wins the battle with Mountain Vista's Blake Graf, but Graf's finish would be instrumental in handing the team title to Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kyle Lund leads a Fairview team that is rapidly rising the ladder of NXR-SW boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Luis Martinez was on fire under the Albuquerque full moon on Friday night, but Los Alamos took Cleveland by surprise for the team title at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo by Blake Wood.
Ralston Valley's Nicole Hahn is back, and winning races is still her thing. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Much to nobody's surprise, Erin Hooker and her Fort Collins teammates occupy the #1 preseason ranking in the NXR-SW region. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Kaitlyn Benner personified the quality of consistency for Monarch last fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Danny Vavrik leads a very strong Arapahoe team into the fall season. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Lindsey Smith fights her way up Powerline Climb at last year's state meet. She'll have a bigger hill, literally and metaphorically, to climb at state this year. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Great contests have been the trademark of the NXR-SW races. Expect nothing about that to change this year. Colorado Track XC file photo.
When the Fort Collins girls showed up fired up last November, it was a case of game on, game over. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Andrew Walton ran a PR of 15:48.58 to place 18th in last fall's Nike Cross Regionals - Southwest championship race where he was the highest-placing sophomore. 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.
Eric Steiner is just one of the weapons in Mountain Vista's arsenal, but they all can hurt you. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At two miles into the race, Erin Hooker challenges Sarah Fakler for the lead. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mountain View and Davis figure to be two of the teams toward the top once again at this year's NXN-SW boys race. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Louisville (Monarch) fell to Fort Collins by one point at last year's NXN-SW regional. Both teams return this year to battle again. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Three of the top four girls finishers from last year's NXN-SW championship race are back, and they're each bringing top-tier teams with them to back them up. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's difficult to match the color and passion of the starting line. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The intensity of the 5A boys race was evident on the faces of the Fort Collins runners before the race even began. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
By the second ascent of Powerline Climb, Jordyn Colter had made it clear that it was her race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Several of the teams on this regional starting line will be back in action this week at state. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
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.
Karlee Schwartzkopf rounds the final turn and heads toward the individual title at the Continental League meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
When you start looking at the top talent in Arizona, it's hard to miss Carter Macey and his Desert Vista teammates. And, although they took this past weekend off, they are taking the desert by storm. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Fruita Monument's Kyler Brown made the four-hour trip over from west of Grand Junction to win the Aurora Invitational. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.
Proving that patience pays off, Corrine Huthoefer cruises to second (teammate Jessy Sweet won the race) after sticking to a conservative pace in early stages of the race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
It's still early, very early, but it's time to start looking at which teams are positioning themselves for a bid to the championship races at NXN-SW.
Rikki Gonzales has won a few races before, but probably none as big as the 5A title at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw
Lindsey Smith's winning effort of 19:10 put Mountain Vista on a collision course with domination. Photo by Pam Smith.
Colleen Koenig is back as Arapahoe's top returning runners, and there's been a lot of buzz about how good that team will be. Colorado Track XC file photo.
In a talent-rich county, Jake Dysart and Kristen Kientz are two of the best. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Award-winning journalist Marc Bloom has been compiling high school cross-country rankings for more than 20 years. His most recent books are “God on the Starting Line” (Breakaway, 2004) and “Young Runners” (Simon & Schuster/Fireside, 2009).
Brayden Cromar is one of the reasons that Davis is aiming for a return trip to NXN this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Javonte Walker-Reese nails down the first of his three individual titles in the 110 Hurdles. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Andrew Walton came on strong for Mountain Vista this fall, strong enough to be named the Colorado Track XC Male Freshman of the Year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Danny Carney, shown here battling Will Kincaid for the lead late in the 5A state race, will be the top returning finisher in 5A Boys. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Emily Wolff had a great freshman campaign for Arapahoe. Continued success in her sophomore season will help to keep Arapahoe at or near the top of the pile in 5A girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
They're back, and they're relentless. They're the Fort Collins girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Griffin Hay and David Garcia totaled 19 points between them to pace the Fort Collins effort. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Action from this weekend's Glenwood Springs Invitational, where Durango ran away with the girls' title. Photo by Mike Schneiter.
Clayton Young has stepped up in a big way for American Fork over the last three weeks. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Monarch's Kirk Webb outduels Mountain Vista's Stephen Chipman to the finish line at the St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you can't spot a few contenders for the individual state title in this photo, you aren't very familiar with 5A girls cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
A happy (and triumphant) Mountain Vista girls team poses with the first-place hardware from the Air Academy Kadet Invitational.
Broomfield's Jill Carlson took home top honors at the Arvada West Invitational on Friday. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.