In the list of new names to think about, be sure to leave some space for Cherry Creek's Kel McDavid in the 400.
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Mikayla Cox was the runaway winner in the 800 last year, and this year she'll want to defend that title.
Rampart's Ben Conlin will look to become the league's top distance runner this year.
Lucy Hart and William Hibbard were instrumental in bringing not one, but two, CSML 5A titles back to Pine Creek High School.
Fountain-Fort Carson, Denver East, and Cherry Creek racked up a lot of relay points at state this year.
Ariana Bishop-Falu didn't see a lot of track action last spring, but what she did see was enough to indicate some serious promise at 100 meters.
Brie Oakley dominated the field in 2016, running to the largest-ever margin of victory at NXN.
Chloe Cassens, Kyla Ramsey, and Kaylee Thompson set out on the final 80 meters that would determine the eventual winner.
David Fine chases Connor McCabe up the second ascent. McCabe's lead wouldn't last much longer.
It's very likely that Pine Creek is back in 5A after next year's classification adjustments.
I don't have any results from the meet to share with you, but I do know Center honored the memory of former Antonito coach Tommy Archuleta at Center's home meet on Friday, even renaming the meet in Archuleta's honor.
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.
Few things match the fever-pitched intensity of a Liberty Bell start.
Pine Creek continued their season of exceeding all expectations with a big 4A "win" at Liberty Bell.
Back-to-back strong showings moved Lucy Hart and Pine Creek up a notch in a strong 4A Girls field.
Personal bubbles are routinely burst on the Liberty Bell start line. Swapping sweat is the norm. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Rampart's boys were neither challenged nor made to feel that way.
Hannah McReavy puts her win at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede up against the test of a sterner field on Friday.
Joshua Simpson has already begun his impact on Montrose High School cross country fortunes.
A successful return to the roster for Noah Trautner should prove to be a big boost for Pine Creek cross country this fall.
Dylan Schubert is one big reason the future looks promising for Thompson Valley track and field.
Layla Almasri looks to be qualifying for State this spring at both 800 and 1600 meters.
Celia Smith is the CSML's high jumper of reputation entering the 2017 season.
In complete command of the race with 200 meters to go, Maria Mettler heads toward home. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Pine Creek girls may let you out in front for a spell, but they will also chase you down. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Platte Valley's Andrew King won the battle in 3A Region 4, but Cody Jones and Frontier Academy won the war. Photos by Ron Eberhard.
In a region dominated by Air Academy, Pine Creek, and Palmer Ridge, Ashley Polk could be potentially the only individual qualifier. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Before it was all over, there would be a lot of wet feet and one of the tightest team finishes in meet history. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Lilli Hamilton has been a steady carrover at Air Academy from the last couple of years to this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Emma Willadsen is the first face of the Eaton Red Scourge sweeping across northeastern Colorado. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Harley Morgan was never threatened for the lead in the Division 2 Boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A rare frontal view of the Great Green Wall at a Mountain Vista cross country meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With the emergence of girls like Kelsey Lagunas, Roosevelt is suddenly a much bigger force with the 4A ranks. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Results from this spring suggest Maria Mettler will be the face at the front of the Air Academy attack this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Riley Chase free and clear at 14 feet. Photo by Eric Versaw.
Dart Schwaderer was the first Colorado boy to qualify to NXN as an individual. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Pine Creek and Devon Kroeker join 4A next fall as an immediate threat to contend for a state title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Aspen Heidekrueger navigates the final turn en route to a league title in her debut season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Catherine Liggett broke to a lead early and dominated the gold race at Saturday's Rim Rock Classic. Photo by Greg Hall.
Devon Peterson is the top returner on a strong, deep, and experienced Cherry Creek squad. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ben Dingman should be back this fall to shoulder to leader's load for a very strong Rampart team. Photo by Ashley Green.
Pine Creek lost some firepower to graduation this spring, but Athena Kuehn is one reason to believe they have plenty coming back. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When it was time to put the meet away, nobody was even close to being as fast at Cherokee Trail in the 4x100. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Zoe Gilbertson won first round of the 100 hurdles, but a more important round awaits her. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The 5A Girls race could easily be the most exciting of any classification when the state track and field meet convenes on Thursday.
It was a hopeful sign for the Pine Creek faithful when Kaleigh Kroeker took over control of the Pueblo Twilight 1600. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It would be difficult to overestimate the impact Ally Watt, Shayna Yon, and Audra Koopman might have on the eventual outcome of the 5A Girls state contest. Photos by Alan Versaw and Paul Jaeger.
What are Mackenzie Howie and Heide Baron looking so relaxed about? Oh, just a pair of sub-25 200s. Photo by Ashley Green.
Dakota Divich parks one in the sand, with a best effort on the day of 17-10.5. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Here it is, your preseason picks for 5A!
Amelia Harvey is half of the horizontal jumps tandem that is already spelling trouble for Pine Creek's rivals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rampart's rise toward to the top of the CSML 5A has come, in large part, on the shoulder of Claire Brockway. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The whole state is familiar with Ben Dingman and Connor McCabe by now, but it's 3-4-5 guys like Sadio Fenner that make Rampart especially dangerous for next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
There are reasons for everything, and Athena Kuehn is one likely reason Pine Creek is not going away next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kaleigh Kroeker joins a list of early signees from Colorado to the University of Colorado. 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.
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.
Do you like showdowns? They don't come prepackaged much better than this one. Photos by Ashley Green, 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.
If you believe what the polls are suggesting, we're fixing for a couple of very close state meet races at the 5A level.
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.
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.
Aubrey Till cruises to a win at her home invitational on Thursday. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Chris King and his Dakota Ridge teammates will be among the masses at the Dave Sanders Invitational on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Liberty Bell is arguably the state's biggest showcase, and Zachary Alhamra and Lauren Gregory came up big on the big state. Photos by Jeff McCoy.
There is unanimity in one of our 5A polls!
Holly Bent led a storm of Monarch Coyotes to the Liberty Bell finish line on Friday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The Liberty Bell D2 boys race got out the same way it finished--with Zachary Alhamra in front. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Never underestimate how contentious things get on a Liberty Bell start line. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
As you start thinking of out-of-state entries who have the potential to snare a Liberty Bell crown, Jordan Lesansee of Albuquerque Academy should be on your list. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
As you may have expected, this last week's action produced a few changes in the rankings.
With meets having started now in every state except Arizona, the rankings have begun to shuffle a little.
Vote for MileSplit's National Girls XC Team Performance of the Week #1 (Monday, August 25th through Saturday, August 30th). The following 9 girls cross country teams from 7 different states had national noteworthy wins in major invitationals and meets this past week. Pick the one that most impressed you. Voting ends on Thursday, September 4th at 8 PM ET.
US #9 ranked Katie Rainsberger and 2013 NXN top 20 finisher Zachary Alhamra showed why they should be considered as the best from Colorado this fall in wins at the Arapahoe Invitational on Friday.
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.
If you recall this scene from this year's 5A state 1600, you understand why Megan Mooney must be reckoned among 5A's biggest cross country threats. 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.
Ally Watt helped carry Pine Creek to a couple of sprint relay state titles, but Pine Creek didn't quite come out of top of the 100 meter cross country scoring. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
Generally speaking it didn't matter where Ally Watt got the baton, the race was over once she did. But it still wasn't enough to catch Fort Collins. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The lengthy list of state meet records from 2014 includes a 53.44 400 from Nicole Montgomery. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paonia's relays were golden this weekend and a big reason why the Eagles were able to repeat as 2A state champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Geberkidane and Blake Yount battled for the entire last 300 meters of the 5A boys 800. 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.
The lay of the landscape has changed a little since the last time we visited 5A girls. This title bout is a whole lot more interesting that we figured it to be roughly a month ago.
When Bailey Roth dropped Ben Butler on lap four, it became a solely a contest of Roth vs. the clock. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Keaton Brown set a meet record by giving the ball a 59-foot ride. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Madelyn Baron is making a huge impact for Pine Creek this spring and hopes to continue that success at Princeton next year. Contributed photo.
With five meters to go in the 800 meters, Fountain-Fort Carson's Philip Benjamin Thomas was in full stumble mode, but he managed to keep his feet for another five meters and the win over Bailey Roth and Kyle White. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Freshman Audra Koopman scored the biggest day at the Altitude Running Invitational, including winning the long jump at 17-9. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Canon City returns to Pueblo this weekend where last Saturday Katie Till wrapped a nice 400 around the track to give the Tigers a come-from-behind win in the SMR8. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Colorado Track XC takes an early shot at identifying the top five 5A girls teams.
Mantiou's Dustin Bohnert beat the large-school field at both 100 and 200 meters. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Heather Harrower put away the 400 meter field in convincing fashion. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie and Gabby Sered opted to stick together a little longer, both signing with UCLA. Contributed photo.
Zachary Alhamra came into his own this season as a dominating lead runner for Pine Creek High School. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Ally Watt will be chasing some way-out-there kind of records this spring. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Due to their recent success in cross country, Pine Creek is often thought of as a distance program. But the Eagles are also deep in sprinters, like Heide Baron. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Valor Christian broke one all-time relay mark last spring and could be taking a shot at more this spring. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Gabrielle Roth brings an 8th-place finish from this year's 4A state meet into the CS Metro 5A next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger earned a return trip to Portland with Saturday's third-place finish in 17:45. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Aaron Rickey could be the go-to guy for a very solid Palmer team next fall. 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.
As they were at Pat Amato, Emma Gee, Kaitlyn Benner, Ashley Litoff, and Claire Green figure to be doing time at or near the front of the race on Saturday. Photo by Ashley Green.
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.
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.
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.
There were some serious rumblings across the Southwest region last weekend. We'll try here to explain what all those rumblings were all about.
Elise Cranny wins the Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Pine Creek's Sered sisters keep a steady pace at the Coronado Cougar Classic, while ThunderRidge keeps a presence only a few strides behind. Photo by Tim Hilt.
As weekends of cross country go, it doesn't figure to get much better than this weekend. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
Matthew Barraza was the top finisher for the #2 boys team under combined scoring for the Liberty Bell Invitational. Photo by Jeff McCoy
Kaleigh Kroeker holds the narrowest of leads over Alaina Anderson at one mile. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Although Liberty Bell has a regional and national reputation for speed, it isn't necessarily easy to get off the starting line cleanly. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Few people have ever dominated Colorado high school cross country the way Allie McLaughlin did the two years she ran at Air Academy High School.
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.
Shayna Yon figures to be one of the most dangerous athletes in 5A next spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ana Holland currently owns two national #1 rankings and one national #2 ranking in the sprint events. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In some respects, sprinter Emily Romo is the forgotten Bruin, but a very important part of the picture for Cherry Creek nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Elise Cranny completes her record-setting 1600 with nobody in sight. Photo by Ashley Green.
Poudre's Carly Paul still high jumps, but she's making big inroads into other events as well this spring. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Monarch's Claire Green outduels Boulder's Erin McLaughlin to the finish line at the Longmont Invitational. Photo by Ashley Green.
Rachel Pott won two titles in a big, big way on Friday. Contributed photo.
Heather Bates will be going from one great set of teammates to another when she matriculates at CU-Boulder this fall. Contributed photo.
Mountain Range's Autumn Gardner didn't get nearly the recognition she deserved last spring--for her high jumping or for her socks. Colorado Track XC file photo.
One message has shown through in the last five weeks. Whether you put Elise Cranny, Heather Bates, and Katie Rainsberger on hills, in mud, or on a flat and fast course, they are among the very best in the nation. Here, Elise Cranny crosses the NXN finish line in seventh. Photo by Patty Morgan.
Late in the NXR-SW race, Jordan Cross, Luis Martinez (partially hidden), Michael Finch, Jake Heslington, and Andy Trouard strained toward nailing down a bid to Nike Cross Nationals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Led by a 6-7 finish (3-4 in team scoring) from Shea Martinez and Ellie Child, Davis took away top honors in the Nike-Southwest regional. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Claire Green and Kaitlyn Benner bring a Colorado state title with them to Arizona, along with hopes of tackling a course more suited to their natural speed. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The teams for the girls championship race have been announced!
The pieces are largely interchangeable on Monarch's varsity seven. On Saturday, it was Elissa Mann leading the pack. Photo by Karen McCoy.
It doesn't get much better than this. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Pine Creek's Heather Bates breaks the tape all alone, but it took some late rewriting of the script to get us to this point. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Can the Peak to Peak Black Cloud do something special on Saturday? Read on and find out. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
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:
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.
The new sheriff in town. His posse rides behind him. Photo by Kelli Noto.
The Los Alamos, New Mexico, boys stunned the field at the Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
By the midway point of the race Erin Hooker had pulled even with Heather Bates and was applying the pressure to wrest the lead from Bates's hands. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cerake Geberkidane is making a habit of leaving fields in his dust. This week it was the Arvada West Invite field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
After a very impressive two first meets of the season with Alli Cash winning by a wide margin each time, this race will provide some more competition for the US #19 runner. The biggest names to stand out are Colorado's Heather Bates and Hickman's (MO) Nicole Mello.
The Desert Vista boys took their show to California this weekend, facing some of the top boys teams in the nation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
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.
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.
Elise Cranny tolerated some company early in the race but owned it outright later on. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Ralston Valley's Nicole Hahn is back, and winning races is still her thing. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Kaitlyn Benner personified the quality of consistency for Monarch last fall. 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.
Jared Blake's times said he was one of the best hurdlers in the state. As of Saturday, there are a few more believers in Colorado Springs. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Colorado Springs has been home to a lot of top cross country talent for a long time. Hannah Everson and Bryce Gregoire run in that tradition. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Emma Otto's Berthoud team would move back up to 4A if the proposed new classification breakpoints were to take effect next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
That look of confidence on Kelsey Lakowske's face isn't necessarily good news for the rest of the 5A field. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Let's just say that Eleanor Fulton quickly erased any doubt about the outcome of the Division II girls race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Columbine's Will Kincaid made it look easy at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial. 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.
The title of fastest girl in Utah belongs, this year, to Gilian Gorelik of Park City. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jordan Montera of Pueblo West battles Chad Palmer of Alamosa for position in the final quarter mile. Photo by Eric Flores.
Scott Fauble (Wheat Ridge), David Perry (Niwot), Connor Winter (Arapahoe), and Dusty Solis (Coronado) each rank among Colorado's top male runners. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
Still undefeated on the season, Boulder's Kelsey Lakowske posted a huge win at the Front Range Conference meet in Loveland. Photo by Jim Lewis.
Chris Zirkle, after finishing fourth at the Chris Severy Invitational, will be counted on to lead a much improved Moffat County team into the championship season. File photo by Alan Versaw.
One of the surprises of the season thus far has been the Pine Creek girls, led by freshman Heather Bates. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's Jill Carlson took home top honors at the Arvada West Invitational on Friday. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
For the third week in a row, Scott Fauble takes home a major meet title. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Six former Colorado high school athletes will be competing in Thursday's events of the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
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.