Braeden Holcombe's big indoor season seemed poised to spill over into a big outdoor season.
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Joslin Blair warranted a much better ending to her high school career than COVID-19. It wasn't what she got, though.
Kaela Edwards, a blast from the past, happens to hold the top 4A 800 time from the last decade. A lot of folks will be surprised to learn that.
Valor Christian's 3:41.89 is a clear four seconds ahead of everyone.
Niwot and Durango took this one down to the line...
A seven-foot high jump clearance by Colt Sessions was the 4A standard for the decade.
In 2014, Alexa Efraimson ran her fourth US #1 of the season in the 800m at Brooks PR.
Can anyone keep pace with the Niwot girls?
Niwot's third-place finish led a banner day for Colorado at Nike Cross Nationals
Dakota Ridge and Mountain Vista collectively own six of the Top 10 fastest team averages of the decade.
Mountain Vista owns two of the top-three fastest team averages since 2010.
Connor Ohlson capped his season ranked No. 6 on the MileSplit 50.
Yasin Sado finished 46th at Nike Cross Nationals Saturday.
Dakota Ridge and Niwot were two of four teams to nab a top-10 finish after getting an At-Large berth.
The Niwot girls shocked the country, again, with a third-place finish!
Katelyn Tuohy pulls off the unprecedented three-peat at Nike Cross Nationals.
The Niwot girls will join a massive Colorado crew headed to Portland for NXN!
The Nike Cross Nationals selection committee has chosen four at-large teams in both the boys' and girls' fields.
Can FM Girls and Boys and Eastwood get at-large bids for NXN?
How did Colorado stack up against Colorado?
How did Colorado stack up against Colorado?
Cole Sprout and Cruz Culpepper booked their tickets to Portland Saturday.
The dirt dip appeared for Eliza Arrington, and then so did three more girls.
This week, we're breaking down the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional
Cherry Creek's Riley Stewart heads to Arizona as one of the favorites...
How fast can Cole Sprout go?
Some of Colorado's best sharpened up for for NXR-Southwest at the 2 Mile 4 Real in Longmont.
Dakota Ridge surged to the No. 2 spot.
The Niwot girls come out on top of the 2019 State PowerMerge.
Cruz Culpepper defended his state title by scorching the field in the final 500.
The gang at MileSplit LIVE discusses this weekend's state cross country championships in Colorado
This much is sure. The Niwot girls team isn't sneaking up on anyone.
Niwot enters the state meet as a heavy favorite in both team races.
The Niwot girl's team tallied a perfect 15 points to claim the region title.
Mountain Vista remains on top of the girl's rankings.
The Classical Academy remains on top of the girl's 3A poll.
The Air Academy girls are No. 2 on this list.
Dylan Schubert stormed to victory Friday afternoon.
Niwot surged hard on both sides of the latest NXR-Southwest rankings.
Cherry Creek is the new No. 1 in the girl's 5A poll.
Cole Sprout's 14:16 is the third-fastest cross country 5k ever run by a high schooler.
The Sweepstakes Girls' race is going to be a heck of a toss-up between teams all vying for an NXN bid this season.
Dakota Ridge's Ben Morrin came in No. 4 individually, and No. 1 among teams.
Cherokee Trail won Dave Sanders, but would be behind one other squad this week...
It was another busy weekend with big results from across the state!
Connor Ohlson ran away for a dominating victory, and the fastest time of the day.
Heritage Christian surged to the No. 3 spot in 2A this week.
Nick Thomas led University to the top spot in 3A this week.
Cole Sprout ran 14:38 to crush the previous course record, and run the fastest time in the country.
We're back with another countdown of the top 25 individuals on the MileSplit50 national rankings.
Check out the release of the girls MileSplit50 national team countdown ahead of the XC season
Cheyenne Mountain was a unanimous No. 1 in the 4A polls this week.
The Niwot girls are No. 11 on the MileSplit50 preseason top 25 national rankings countdown
Broomfield surged two spot to the No. 4 position.
We've got the Pre-Season Coaches Poll!
Niwot returns the fastest squad from 2018.
Layla Roebke is headed to compete at Tulsa this fall.
A look inside the fastest 50 returning boy's 4A squads.
Niwot returns as the second-fastest squad in the state.
Kain Medrano capped his high school career with a state meet record in the discus.
The finish in the Boys Sweepstakes race at this year's Desert Twilight Festival comes in at no. 8 on our list of the Top Ten stories of 2018.
Dakota Ridge shocked the country with a third-place finish at NXN.
Niwot's Cruz Culepper is set to defend his title, but he'll likely have some challengers next year.
Niwot's Taylor James is the top returner in a stacked 2019 field.
Dakota Ridge capped their stellar season with a third place finish at NXN.
Dakota Ridge moved to No. 4 in the final MileSplit 50 Team Rankings.
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.
Jenna Fitzsimmons and Mountain Vista will eye that automatic berth to NXN.
See how all the MileSplit50 teams and individuals who competed this weekend performed.
The Classical Academy leapt into the latest Southwest Rankings, landing on the No. 6 spot.
Layla Roebke (center) and Taylor James (right) made it a 1-2 punch to give Niwot the state title.
We gathered all the performances from October 22 to October 27 that athletes in the MileSplit50 rankings have run.
The Niwot girls will have a battle with Battle Mountain on their hands Saturday morning.
Centaurus came away with the upset 31-28 victory over Niwot to claim the Region title.
Fort Collins and Fairvew are battling for the middle spots of 5A heading into the final weeks before State.
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.
Have a look back at the highlight performances at the Desert Twilight XC Festival.
Cole Sprout ran a nation-leading 14:32 to win at Desert Twilight.
Centaurus and Niwot battle for 4A supremacy.
We break down our picks for the top girls teams that will shape the Sweepstakes race tonight.
Check out our picks for the top boys' teams we think will impact the Sweepstakes race tonight at Casa Grande.
Check out our preview of the top girls most likely to make an impact at tonight's Sweepstakes race.
Have a look at our rundown of the top boys and boys' teams to make an impact at the second most important meet of the Arizona cross-country season.
Cherokee Trail remains firmly in the No. 2 spot in 5A.
Valor Christian's Cole Sprout will open up his season of *racing* at Desert Twilight.
Maggie Smith and Samrawit Dishon lead Niwot to a perfect 15.
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.
We've got a new No. 1 in 4A!
Lyons continues to reign over 2A.
Who is ready for Liberty Bell?
Week Three saw a major shake-up in the 3A rankings.
Week Two Polls saw very little movement up top.
Niwot's Samrawit Dishon is the breakout performance of the weekend.
Cruz Culpepper beat a stacked field to claim the course record.
Cruz Culpepper not only has a name that sounds fast, he is in fact, fast.
On paper Centaurus is the No. 1 team in the state heading into the 2018 season.
Rebuild? Not quite. Battle Mountain return with their sights set on dominating once again.
Can Cruz Culpepper and Ares Reading lead Niwot to a state title?
Arria Minor minor enjoyed a monster of a state meet, which included breaking or tying three all-time Colorado high school records.
Fountain-Fort Carson, Denver East, and Cherry Creek racked up a lot of relay points at state this year.
Jimmy Scavuzzo helped elevated SkyView's 4x8 to a new state-leading mark.
Cruz Culpepper ran 4:11 at the Texas Relays for the No. 4 time in the country, and No. 1 among sophomores.
The outdoor season has arrived! But not for everyone - Colorado will send some of its best to New Balance Nationals Indoor.
Niwot sophomore Cruz Culpepper dropped 11 seconds off his personal best in the mile, running 4:21 this past weekend.
Niwot's Mackenzie Fidelak returns as one of the best sprinters in the state. She'll look to help the Cougars defend their league title this year.
Sam Dirkes is one reason Silver Creek throws are looking bright even after a big hit to graduation.
The age-old distinction between rebuilding and reloading applies at Battle Mountain. Look for girls like Emma Reeder to be capably filling holes in the roster left by graduation.
Carley Bennett was one of a lengthy list of Colorado athletes enjoying stellar days at this year's NXR-SW.
Mary Gillett excels in a lot of events, but the 200 and 400 are her top events.
See which are the strongest teams in each NXN region.
Brock Dykema dogs the heels of Cole Sprout nearing the midway point of the race.
If Niwot is going to win this thing, the pack is how it's going to get done.
Silver Creek, led by Brock Dykema and Logan Simington, fired a message heard around the 4A state.
Niwot and Centaurus had a bit of a misfire of a match-up at the Northern League meet. They get another chance on Thursday.
Addi Iken added to her season's list of wins with a dominating effort at Wiggins. File Photo.
The Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho girls mixed things up nicely at the Albuquerque Metro Championships, with AA taking top honors.
If you're looking for keys to the Centaurus sweep of the Northern League titles, one big one can be found in the PR effort of freshman James Overberg.
New Mexico's Kashon Harrison barely outdueled Colorado's Cole Sprout in the cool of the Arizona night at Desert Twilight.
Here is part 2 of our recap of the many highlights that went down at Desert Twilight.
Adventure calls your name at the Chris Severy Invitational Saturday in Aspen.
You'd expect a grand spectacle in the desert to tell you something. And it did.
It's a deep Durango roster, on the starting line and in terms of freshmen and sophomores.
Lately, you've been seeing more of Niwot at the front of things. You may want to grow accustomed to that.
There have been big doings across the region the last couple of weeks. Get caught up here!
Kylie Simshauser is establishing a new order of things in southern Colorado girls cross country.
Chaparral's advantage wasn't yet apparent at the Fort Morgan Invitational, but it would be soon enough.
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.
Personal bubbles are routinely burst on the Liberty Bell start line. Swapping sweat is the norm. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The starting line setting at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs is among the very best in the state.
Joshua Simpson has already begun his impact on Montrose High School cross country fortunes.
Drew Seidel raised some eyebrows last week at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. What will Seidel bring this week?
Elliot Cassidy figures to be part of a loaded Silver Creek roster for this fall.
Naomi Harding is just one of the things you worry about when you go up against Battle Mountain.
Taylor James laid claim the fastest high school girl in the Pearl Street Mile. File photo.
Anna Hall is quite possibly the top returning athlete in 4A Girls.
Maria Mettler was reportedly sick. You'd have never known it by her performances.
Lauren Offerman, Kasey Klocek, and Maria Mettler are just three of the faces in an absolutely loaded 4A Girls 1600 field.
Though very fast, Nick Ciccio is a kind of secondhand Lion. Baseball gets him first.
Mackenzie Fidelak is back contributing in a big way for Niwot once again this year.
Frederick's Julia Wyatt enjoyed one of the bigger days of her high school career on Saturday. File Photo.
In 2014, Niwot (CO) High's Elise Cranny crushed two 800s over two days at The Mt. SAC Relays
Alexis Carroll's 100 hurdles are just one reason Niwot is way out in front at the end of March.
The much-anticipated showdown between Arria Minor and Michaela Onyenwere in the 100 meters went Minor's way.
Jenna McCaffrey's strong 3200 helped push preseason favorite Niwot to the first win of the weekend in the 4A Girls season.
Chaynee Kingsbury is one solid reason why Windsor should be on your short list of 4A Girls teams to watch this spring.
Alexis Carroll, Niwot's do-everything athlete, is back for one more year of tormenting the Northern League.
Loveland's Blonde Bombers were responsible for a state title or two won on the basis of sprint relays.
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.
Jackson Ponce de Leon is part of a whole phalanx of young Pine Creek Eagles who could spell trouble for the rest of 4A in a couple of years. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eliott Cassidy hasn't come in for a lot of headlines, but he's been getting it done for Silver Creek all fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Drew Seidel and Cale Englert battle to a photo finish at the front of the Division 2 Boys race at the John Martin Invitational on Friday. Photo by Scott Chamberlin.
The view from second place at the Battle Mountain Invitational. Contributed photo.
A rare frontal view of the Great Green Wall at a Mountain Vista cross country meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Hooten, already a key piece for Centaurus last fall, may have moved up to #1 guy for the Warriors during the spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Keely Jones had the kind of track season that suggests she's way ahead of where she was in cross country last fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alexis Carroll will finishing up her high school career next spring and figures to want to go out on top with her Niwot teammates. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Kelly Christensen has accepted the offer of a position coaching cross country at Niwot High School. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Senior Maggie Zielinski puts TCA in front to stay in the 4x400. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger and Andrea Willis have already broken all-classification records this season. Maya Evans could potentially be the next 4A athlete to join that list. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kiana Gomez dominated the 100 hurdles early in the meet. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Hurdles will be an essential element of Niwot's title bid this spring, and Kela Fetters is among the classification's best. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brock Knechtel had a PR of nearly 18 feet to claim the Boulder County discus title. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Kela Fetters is but one example of the depth Niwot brings to the table this spring. Photo by Eric Versaw.
Kayla Young punished the Lyons turf for the best time in all Lyons regions of 18:12. Photo by Renee Haip.
Josh Welo gave a promising preview of the future of Chaparral cross country late Monday afternoon. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
In the one title that didn't go Thompson Valley's way, Mikayla Gaffney pulls away from Lauren Offerman late in the race to set a new course record and claim the conference title. Photo by Tamara Gaffney.
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.
Kyra Hanson picked up her debut high school meet title this weekend at Platte Valley. Colorado Track XC file 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.
Jarrett Thollot's speed and experience is one big reason Thompson Valley rates as a slight favorite to start the season. Photo by Ashley Green.
Devon Peterson is the top returner on a strong, deep, and experienced Cherry Creek squad. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jenna McCaffey helps to give a formidable Niwot team the inside track to a league title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cheyenne Mountain and Elizabeth Wayne could be next year's first 4A team to take aim at the Niwot dynasty. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Jordyn Colter posted two Colorado all-time records over the weekend, but several more records were shattered. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mackenzie Fidelak anchored Niwot's 4x200 to a 4A state meet record on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Follow each and every 4A girls event toward an eventual state champion!
Tianna Terrell raised a few eyebrows with the top 300H mark of the week. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The present and future of Niwot girls hurdles. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When the rain was at its worst, Lily Tomasula-Martin was running her best 1600 of the season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mountain View has run some very nice relays this spring, but will they be able to run fully-loaded relays at state and keep their individual event points intact? Photo by Eric Versaw.
Having made the decisive pass, Megan Irvine heads toward the finish line. Photo by Alan Versaw.
What are Mackenzie Howie and Heide Baron looking so relaxed about? Oh, just a pair of sub-25 200s. Photo by Ashley Green.
Lily Tomasula-Martin quickly dispatched all pretenders to the Greeley Central Invite 3200 throne. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Silver Creek's Bronson Thomas-Garcia and Andrew King dominated the RE-1J 800. Photo by Renee Haip.
Kela Fetters exemplifies the versatility of the Niwot girls track and field roster. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Mikayla Gaffney aims at taking Silver Creek to the level of the Northern League elite. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Peter Franklin figures as one of the top returning Northern League runners for next year, and there's no doubt that Mountain View should be among the top teams. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paul Roberts, though running in Colorado's smallest classification, brings the best state meet time from the Centennial State to NXR-SW. Photo by Renee Haip.
The 5A girls medalists share a few thoughts of their own--at least those who are still ambulatory--as they wait for the awards to begin. Photo by Karen McCoy.
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.
Eric Hamer of Palmer Ridge combined a hard-earned team title with his individual title today. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Niwot's tightly-packed regional finish has helped to push the Cougars a little more into the 4A spotlight. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If Katie Rainsberger's regional domination was the warm-up routine for state, we have a lot watch out for, and to look forward to. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Niwot girls wasted little time moving toward the front of the pack--and then staying there. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Shane Mathis won't have any hills the size of Little Willis to conquer on Friday, but he will have competition breathing down his back. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Yet another week of favorite cross country photos.
Kayla Young took a wrecking ball to personal and meet records at Saturday's Wiggins Invitational. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Wearing lucky #13, Katie Rainsberger crosses the Desert Twilight finish line just ahead of local favorite Dani Jones. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Estes Park's Dylan Zurfluh took second in the Patriot League boys race, helping to lead the Bobcats to a sweep of the team titles. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
Palmer Ridge and Mountain View retain their perches atop the 4A rankings, but...
Early in the race, Megan Mooney and Lauren Neugeboren and Madison Mooney were keeping it close with Maya Browning, but it wouldn't end up that way. Photo by Ashley Green.
The emergence of James Jones is a big part of the story behind Cheyenne Mountain's success thus far this season. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Jenna McCaffrey leaves the field in her wake at the RE-1J meet. Photo by Renee Haip.
It wasn't really a matter of great mystery, was it? Fairview's JV has been very nearly as much of a load to handle as their varsity. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Liberty Bell D2 boys race got out the same way it finished--with Zachary Alhamra in front. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
As you start thinking of out-of-state entries who have the potential to snare a Liberty Bell crown, Jordan Lesansee of Albuquerque Academy should be on your list. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Though Zachary Alhamra would push the pace early, it was Paul Roberts who eventually took the win and tied Cerake Geberkidane's course record. Photo by Ashley Green.
Thompson Valley and Palmer Ridge retain this week's top spots, but the heat is on both teams.
Kara Skattum posted the top time for an intriguing Broomfield girls entry at the New Balance Valmont Cross Country Invitational. Photo by Renee Haip.
Aubrey Till has successfully made her break from the pursuit of Lauren Offerman by the top of the hill. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Corey Lewenkamp enjoyed the day's largest margin of victory over the rest of a classification. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Thornton's Joshua Joseph is the top returning state finisher among the fields for Thursday's running of the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Check out who our panel of coaches picked as the top ten teams in the state!
Kaleb Simington, already well-established in the ranks of 4A, is joined by younger brother Logan this year to help give Thompson Valley one of its strongest boys teams ever. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
After two years of chasing Elise Cranny, it may be time for Katie Rainsberger to chase some dreams. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The showdowns between Lauren Offerman, Emily Leidig, and Christa Boettiger figure to endure through the fall season. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Shane Mathis figures to lead a very strong Erie team this fall, but they don't have to travel far at all to find a serious rival in Niwot. 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.
Kayla Young could be the top runner in the region, but from the team perspective it's Niwot's depth that has everyone concerned. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Alexei Cox enjoyed a big state meet for Broomfield, including winning the 100. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Elise Cranny's 10:17.48 3200 eclipsed all other state meet news on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Fort Collins moved by Monarch on the second leg of the 4x800 and never looked back. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you don't know what this matchup is all about, you haven't been paying very good attention this spring. Photos by Alan Versaw and Paul Jaeger.
Only two other girls have ever run faster in US high school history at 1500 meters than Niwot High School senior Elise Cranny. Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay. While Mary Cain's 4:04.62 national record looks to be safe for the time being, the #2 all-time ranked performer at the distance in Jordan Hasay at 4:14.50 from 2008 seems ripe for the picking for the current US leader at 800 meters in Cranny.
For those who haven't yet discovered, Palmer Ridge has developed some exceptional relays, and they will be putting a couple of those squads on display Friday night in Longmont. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Give Niwot the nod of advantage for now, but this one could go down to the wire.
One day after winning section 1 of the college/open women 800 meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays in California with a new US #1 time of 2:06.61, Niwot High School (Colorado) senior Elise Cranny was back in action at the 800 meter distance again, but this time racing against the best of the best at the meet among pros and collegiates in the Saturday night invitational division. Cranny improved upon her US leading time in a 24 hour span by nearly a fully two seconds with a time of 2:04.89.
At the end of the 4x100, it was Longmont comfortably out in front. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Competing in section 1 (seeded section) of the college/open women's 800 meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays in California on Friday afternoon, Niwot High School (CO) junior Elise Cranny took it to a field of older and more experience runners with a 2:06.61 victory, which also moves her to the very top of the high school girls national outdoor leaderboard.
Ryan Willis leaves a few hurdlers is his dust. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Dana Maydew's top high school memory, so far, comes from the State 4x400 that clinched Niwot's first-ever team title.
Okay, it was only a matter of time until we could resist talking about 4A girls no longer. This one could become a showdown of major proportions.
Thompson Valley's Lindsey Kroboth nips Cydney Billups and Gianna Tesone at the finish line of the 100. Photo by Ashley Green.
Dailyn Johnson's dance of the discus was doing well enough to destroy the competition. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Maurice Henriques caught in a pensive moment at last year's Boulder County Championships. Contributed photo.
Elise Cranny made a regular practice of running away from people this fall. The next big step in her game will take her to Stanford Univeristy. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As Colorado's female sprint talent continues to develop, Alexei Cox is a name you have to think about. 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.
Jake Link won the 2013 Northern Conference individual title, and must be ranked among the favorites for 2014 as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
This year at the Nike Cross Nationals Sarah Baxter will face her stiffest challengers to the individual title. An individual title that would be her third straight to cap an undefeated high school career. Too good to be true?
They've won a few of these before, but they keep finding ways to do it bigger. Contributed photo.
Lauren Offerman helped bring Mountain View to prominence as a freshman. She may have bigger aims in sight as a sophomore. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Sisters Natalie and Mae Anderson are an example of the most obvious key to success in 2A cross country. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Elise Cranny works a very wide smile into her domination of the 4A girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Get to know this face, because Jenna McCaffrey is the newest member of the Niwot shock-and-awe team. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For those in attendance, Elise Cranny put on a remarkable show. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ethan Gonzales sets his sights on another victim. Colorado Track XC file photo.
I was almost dead certain that Mountain Range's colors were Columbia blue and black (just like my old high school) until I saw this photo. Photo by Ken Regan.
The Monarch girls got out strong at St. Vrain... and finished even stronger. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Carson Hume and Eric Hamer went quickly to the front of the Joe Vigil high school boys race--and stayed there. Photo by Eric Flores.
Through the barns (optional) and into the creek (non-optional) you go... Colorado Track XC file photo.
Christa Boettiger may be the lesser known Cougar, but she's still a big part of Niwot's success. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
It's always competitive as soon as the gun sounds at the St. Vrain Invitational. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Sierra Dinges and Emily Waters figure to be more than two faces in the crowd this year as ThunderRidge edges toward the top tier of 5A girls. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Based on what we saw in track season, Caitlin Schmitt will be bringing a lot of impact to the Evergreen roster this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Rebecca Harris gives Sand Creek solid state point potential in the long jump and 100 hurdles, with hopes for points from the high jump as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Dana Maydew and Niwot closed out their first state title with a rousing triumph over Thompson Valley in the 4x400. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Bailey Roth eventually crushed all of the resistance in the 4A boys 3200. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Valor's Greg Popylisen crosses the finish line at 1:25.46, giving Valor the new state all-classification record for the 4x200. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Carly Feuerstein is one of the mainstays of a very impressive group of Thompson Valley relays. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Elise Cranny is #3 on all-time scholastic 1500-meter list. (via Runner's World)
Mariah Walker's head turns in one direction as she prepares to launch the shot put in the opposite direction. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Daniel Belk's 400 speed adds a lot of heft to Cheyenne Mountain's bid to become the dominant 4A boys team this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Matt Norton shares a few observations and thoughts after an eye-opening day at the Valor Christian Invitational.
Barely anyone noticed when Mullen's Grant Emrie triple jumped last year. Starting tomorrow, that could be a good deal different. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Not all meets were as fortunate as the City to City Challenge. About half of last weekend's action was lost to weather, but the week ahead looks good. Take a closer look with us. Photo by Kenny Regan.
Alamosa's Samuel Bilderbeck is not a single-event kind of specialist, but he was this close to winning the 60 hurdles at the Air Force High School Indoor Open on Sunday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Girls in Black: One of the more interesting, and telling, battles this spring could come in the long jump between Hailey Stephens of Thompson Valley and Jayma Martin of Pueblo South. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Ethan Gonzales is a certified contender in Broomfield blue. How the rest of the team develops around him will mark how far Broomfield goes next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Hanna Born was one of three freshmen who contributed in a big way to the success of the Air Academy girls this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Fair warning: Mandy Ortiz already owns a meet title on the NPEC/BCRP course. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Elise Cranny may get most of the headlines, but Christa Boettiger is likely the biggest difference between last year's Niwot team and this year's. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Kaite Rainsberger has already had a few big moments in her debut season, but the biggest moment could be yet to come. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Mild-mannered Miriam Roberts trashed at course record at the St. Vrain Valley SD RE-1J meet on Tueday. Photo by Renee Haip.
Mandy Ortiz of Battle Mountain passes Jessica Kleven and Sam Skold at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Battle Mountain has been passing lots of folks lately. Photo by Alan Versaw.
MaryBeth Sant of Valor Christian and Jayma Martin of Pueblo South not only are two of the top returners in the 4A girls 100, but both will also be counted on to contribute heavily to their respective teams' title hopes as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sam Baca returns next year for Thompson Valley and figures to be among the top throwers in 4A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Some great individual performances were eclipsed by their meaning within the context of team.
Kiah Leonard, Mercy Bowen, Betzabeth Garcia, Victoria Milano, and Birdie Hutton stake out an early lead at the Wiggins Invitational. In the end, Hutton would lead them all. Photo by Mario Garcia.
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.
It was a sea of red and black at the start of the Eagle Valley Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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
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.
Annie Kunz's versatility makes Wheat Ridge a 4A title threat. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Valerie Allman has been winning meet titles everywhere she goes this season. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Niwot had a solid 2010 campaign with Elise Cranny leading the way, but could be even better in 2011. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Gus Waneka is back next year as a senior after leading Thompson Valley to its most successful boys season ever. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Los Alamos: New Mexico's green wall of girls. Photo by Blake Wood.
Kirk Webb leads Monarch's boys to a regional title and into the state meet. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Colleen Koenig's third-place finish helped to lead Arapahoe to the Centennial League title on Thursday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Although Allie Morgan's teammates have been hit hard by injury, Morgan remains one the top-ranked individuals in 4A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mike Cernoia returns for his senior season as the classification's top-ranked runner. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For the second week in a row, Fountain-Fort Carson's Solyde Bankston took home 100 meter honors for the Trojans. The timing system demons were caught napping this time, so the time counts. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cheyenne Mountain's Mitch Kasyon barrels toward the finish line with an extra load of frost in his hair. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Niwot's David Perry ranks among the leading contenders to fill the shoes of a brilliant graduated class in 4A boys cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kevin Harris is one of a group of unsung Niwot Cougars who don't post the biggest times in the state, but get things done as a team as well as anyone.
Falcon got a solid 2-3 finish from Wes Rickman and Kevin Johnson, above, but it wasn't enough for Falcon to prevent Fairview and Niwot from slipping into the top two places of the team standings.
Green Mountain's Andi Carpenter (above, photo contributed by Clint Boston), one of the athletes to watch at Friday's John Martin Invitational.
Santino Apodaca, winner of the Division 2 race at Friday's Kadet Invitational, is key to Rocky Ford's hopes for a repeat state championship.
The committee coaches representing all classifications has cast their ballots and Colorado Track XC is pleased to present the 2008 preseason rankings.
The face of 4A boys cross country is as much changed as any classification in the state. Battle Mountain is back to defend its repeat state championship, but the odds against it seem long. Traditional power Liberty has departed to 5A, but for anyone looking to take advantage of Liberty's departure, there's the troubling little issue of Wheat Ridge coming down from 5A. Nature, we are told, abhors a vacuum. At left, Falcon's dynamic duo of Wes Rickman and Kevin Johnson in their accustomed position--out in front.
Many names that used to appear atop the finishers lists at the Colorado state track and cross country meets are now appearing at the NCAA Dvision I track meet.
In the Division 3 boys' A race, Joe Manilafasha (above, photo by Micah Porter) led from the gun and looked to have his sights set on Kevin Williams' course record of 14:51.