The NXR Southwest Region had no shortage of electricity in the air after momentous finishes in the boys and girls races
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Thompson Valley's Schubert and Krueger made it a sweep of the individual titles.
Splechter places third with second fastest time ever for Kansas runner at Rim Rock
James Heater was busy going deep in the throws under unexpectedly pleasant conditions on Thursday.
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.
Silver Creek, led by Brock Dykema and Logan Simington, fired a message heard around the 4A state.
The teams won't all be the same as the last time there was a meet at Polson Ranch, but all the start line intensity will be back.
Personal bubbles are routinely burst on the Liberty Bell start line. Swapping sweat is the norm. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Drew Seidel raised some eyebrows last week at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. What will Seidel bring this week?
Naomi Harding is just one of the things you worry about when you go up against Battle Mountain.
Dylan Schubert is one big reason the future looks promising for Thompson Valley track and field.
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.
Kelsey Lagunas is one of several reasons Roosevelt is enjoying their best season in a long, long time. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
As story lines go, they don't get much bigger than Brie Oakley vs. Lauren Gregory. Photos 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.
With the emergence of girls like Kelsey Lagunas, Roosevelt is suddenly a much bigger force with the 4A ranks. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Emily Black figures to be one of the veterans in a mixed veteran/freshman roster at Thompson Valley this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jeff Marcus will work to build the kind of success into the Loveland program that his teams in Brush enjoyed on a regular basis. Contributed photo.
Bailey Rosenstrauch is one of the many pieces to the state championship puzzle who returns for Palmer Ridge this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A strategy of patience through the first mile served Emily Leidig and the rest of the Thompson Valley Eagles well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger's 17:39 becomes the standard for the new configuration of the NPEC/BCRP state meet course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Katie Rainsberger is slated to close out her storied Colorado high school career at 12:30 on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ian Meek brings the status of top returning finisher from last year to this year's 4A Boys state race. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Kayla Young punished the Lyons turf for the best time in all Lyons regions of 18:12. Photo by Renee Haip.
The American Fork girls celebrate a regional title and take aim at state next week. Contributed photo.
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 Mitchem was the leader of the Eagles this time as Broomfield once again vanquished all competition. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
It didn't take long for Palmer Ridge to reassert their claim to the #1 spot.
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.
Jenna McCaffey helps to give a formidable Niwot team the inside track to a league title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ellie Colpitts will be moving a couple hours down I-25 this fall to run for UCCS. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Springfield ran away with a lot of things at the state meet, including the 1A Girls 4x100 title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jordyn Colter posted two Colorado all-time records over the weekend, but several more records were shattered. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Caleb Ojennes won the 200 and 400, and helped Palmer Ridge to a 4x400 title at the end of the meet as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Follow each and every 4A girls event toward an eventual state champion!
The present and future of Niwot girls hurdles. 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.
Sammi Watson is one big reason Mountain View is staring down the possibility of a state title this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Having made the decisive pass, Megan Irvine heads toward the finish line. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jordan Swango might be more important that you'd first suspect to Palmer Ridge's title hopes. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Regis Jesuit's Austin Campbell took his recent indoor success outdoor on Saturday, producing a winning high jump of 6-7. Photo by Levi Stone.
Dionne Taylor took over the top of the high jump leaderboard this weekend with a 6-9 at Harrison. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
We begin the preseason rankings with Class 4A.
Kendra Larson runs a nice flight of 300 hurdles, but is at least as important to Thompson Valley's success on relays. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
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.
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.
What makes this year's state meet potentially special for Karina Mann? Read on and find out! Photo by Paul Jaeger.
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.
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.
When it came down to the final battle for third in 5A Region 3, Karina Mann, Cami Kennedy, and Claudia Burgess were all still in it. Photo by Ashley Green.
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.
Chris Theodore and Bailey Timmons are two big reasons why the future of Rock Canyon cross country is looking bright. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Coming off a solid middle school career, Logan Simington has moved directly onto the Thompson Valley varsity and has contributed there in a big way. Contributed photos.
Caleb Palmer is one of a large group sophomores who are making big things happen this fall on the Alamosa boys varsity. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
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.
Thompson Valley and Palmer Ridge retain this week's top spots, but the heat is on both teams.
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!
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.
Kiah Leonard figures to be among those in contention for the regional crown, but can Berthoud eke out a state berth in this powerful region? Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Back in his days at Western State, Kelly Christensen stakes out a lead at the Rocky Mountain Shootout. Contributed photo.
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.
Julian Von Holten figures to be one of the key pieces if Mountain View is to repeat as regional champions. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
So far as 4A boys are concerned, all that's left to do is to run the state meet. And, that's a lot to look forward to, as the 4A boys race has tightened up considerably since we last visited the classification.
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.
Heather Waite won her second meet title in a row and set a new PR at 12-0.5 at her home track. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tyler Trout wasn't throwing the shot put 54-7 when this photo was taken, but he is now. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Lutheran's relays created a stir in Fort Morgan last weekend. This weekend they show up in Keenesburg. Colorado Track XC file photo.
In a scene eerily reminiscent of recent years, Loveland's 4x100 dominates the field. Photo by Kim Salazar.
Lindsey Kroboth's intent was to look outside Colorado for her future. She didn't want to settle for an in-state school without even checking, without ever knowing. (via www.reporterherald.com)
Megan Irvine is one of the more familiar names, but TV will be doing damage by some less familiar names this spring as well. Colorado Track XC file photo.
As Colorado's female sprint talent continues to develop, Alexei Cox is a name you have to think about. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Chris Suppes was many things as a head coach but never uninvested. Contributed photos.
Everyone in 4A knows about Eric Hamer, but if Palmer Ridge has a big year next year, it's likely Tommy Herebic will be playing a crucial role as well. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
The Cougars most likely to pounce on a state title in 2014 may not be from Niwot, Evergreen, or Coronado. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Erin Hooker goes by Jordyn Colter in the state 3200, putting one last exclamation point on a spectacular high school career. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Jake Link won the 2013 Northern Conference individual title, and must be ranked among the favorites for 2014 as well. Photo by Alan Versaw.
They've won a few of these before, but they keep finding ways to do it bigger. Contributed photo.
For Melanie Nun and the rapidly-rising Colorado women, there is yet some hope for a podium finish on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kacie Kaufman had a lot of writing on her hand and a lot of lifting in her season when she came to the state meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Colorado has a tradition of strong performances at Nike Southwest, though those performances have been heavily tilted toward the girls to date.
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.
Joel Such fights off a bid from Ben Butler to seal the deal on Lyons' perfect score. 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.
Skyline's Sam Berg figures among the individual favorites in 4A Region 4 and is also central to his team's chances to qualify for state. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The final set of rankings before state--how accurate will the coaches be?
Although the rankings saw relatively little movement in the last two weeks, there were a couple of big changes atop 4A and 5A girls.
Elise Cranny wins the Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday. Photo by Rick Wilson.
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.
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.
Cherry Creek and Fort Collins celebrate a 2-1 finish at John Martin, reversing their order of finish two weeks earlier at Cherry Creek. Photo by Daniel Joiner.
Liberty Bell has spoken and the polls have responded.
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.
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.
Daniel Book leads a strong Cherry Creek team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Pomona's Marcel Laguera set the tone for his season by dominating the 5A boys field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Through the barns (optional) and into the creek (non-optional) you go... Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Kiah Leonard will be aiming at undoing a little Loveland domination of the top individual spots this fall. 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.
It's a bad place to stray unless you've come prepared.
Adam Egger is one of the guys Coronado will be counting on to step up to bigger roles this fall. 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.
Valor's Spencer Jamison comes in as the top seed in the 400. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Carly Feuerstein is one of the mainstays of a very impressive group of Thompson Valley relays. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tucker Hamilton warmed up for his state-best 3200 with a 1600 and a 4x800 leg. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
Rachel Pott won two titles in a big, big way on Friday. Contributed photo.
Roosevelt's Viktor Baeza earns accolades as one of the top hurdlers in the Loveland area coming into this spring's action. Colorado Track XC file photo. Thompson Valley: In 2012, the Eagles girls won the Class 4A state title and the boys were a major contender. (via www.reporterherald.com)
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.
The teams for the girls championship race have been announced!
The roster of teams has been released for NXR-SW!
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.
Bailey Roth held a slim lead at two miles, but Eli Hemming kept Roth well within range for the final surge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Fair warning: Mandy Ortiz already owns a meet title on the NPEC/BCRP course. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Riley Cooney will be looking for a return trip to state with her Mountain View teammates. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
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.
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.
On a cold day when a few of Coronado's top guns were taking a break from racing, Andres Luna stepped up and led the Cougars to a big win. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
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.
Everything pointed to a great afternoon racing at Liberty Bell, but nobody could have predicted Jordyn Colter crushing the course record with a 17:01. Photo by Lyle Knudson.
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.
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.
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.
Clayson Shumway awakens a few echoes out of Liberty's storied past by winning the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede 5A boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kacie Kaufman and Hayley Berg are two key pieces in the returning roster for Thompson Valley this fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Evergreen's Jackson Sayler made an impression on the world of 4A with a third in the state 800 and a fifth in the 1600 this spring. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Megan Irvine continues the tradition of fast-twitch fiber in the Thompson Valley girls cross country roster. 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.
Karina Ernst had Colorado's top individual finish at NBON this weekend with a 4:52.84 mile for fourth place in that event. Photo by Jeff Adams/MileSplit.
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.
There is handful of Colorado entries who have made the cut for this weekend's premiere outdoor track and field championship event--New Balance Nationals Outdoor.
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.
Sam Baca returns next year for Thompson Valley and figures to be among the top throwers in 4A. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Loveland's Taylor Buschy ran down Littleton in Friday's SMR8, just one of five impressive relays for the Loveland girls. Photo by Ashley Green.
Longmont's Steven Wacker won the 4A pole vault competition on misses at 15-0. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Cartagena and Harrison Einspahr both figure to get a lot of work tomorrow as their respective teams chase a 4A state title.
Griffin Hay celebrates a stunning come-from-behind victory in the 5A 3200. Photo by David Pressgrove.
Vista Ridge will rely heavily on sprints at this weekend's state meet. Will it be enough to carry them? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Pueblo South's Angelique Urenda takes it over the bar at 5-3. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
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.
With only a quarter mile to go, Sydney Scott keeps her race out in front of her pursuers. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Scoring was still proceeding according to form when Chandler Reid turned onto the finish straight. It was what the guys in mohawks behind him were doing that would rock the 4A world. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ben Forsee gets to stare down his biggest cross country opportunities yet on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Despite a little lead bike misdirection, Kirk Webb recovered for the win at 5A Region 3, followed by Greeley West's Evert Finger. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Jeff Abbey leads the Fort Collins finishers at the Front Range Conference meet just over a week ago. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
As we near the state championship, there are still a few teams making their moves.
Evidently, due to crowded conditions on the starting line at the Andy Myers Invitational, the girls were instructed to lead out with their right arms. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Things are starting to settle in at the top as the end of invitational season draws near. Free content.
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.
Another week of action, and a little bit of rustling in the rankings... Free Content.
Griffin Hay, left, and Gus Waneka, right, couldn't settle things on the course and so had to revert to a time-honored tradition among male contestants. Photo by Karina Ernst.
Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.
Liberty Bell brings a few teams up in this weeks rankings.
At one mile into the Division 1 Boys Race, Fort Collins was well-established at the front of the page. They would stay that way. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The biggest invitational of the Colorado season is nearly upon us. In Colorado, and the entire Rocky Mountain region, the Liberty Bell Invitational needs no introduction. Some coaches love it, some coaches avoid it like the plague, but its presence carries a weight no other meet in the state can rival. As we do every year, we expect to see some big things tomorrow. And this year, the weather looks to be almost as ideal as last year was dreadful. There will be no 90-degree race time temperatures this year.
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.
There was a little bit of turmoil in the polls this week as some unexpected performances (both positive and negative) rolled in from the meets.
The folks at Cheyenne Mountain wanted to create a unique and rewarding cross country experience in the state of Colorado. Like many of us, they are proud of the sport’s hold in these parts, the tradition of the sport in Colorado over the years, and the success our high school athletes achieve on a national level today.
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.
Take a look at how our panel of coaches read the results of opening weekend. Free Content.
You already know who you think the top teams are. Check out who our panel of coaches felt were the top teams in each classification. Free content.
With Ben Forsee closing the gap on 4A's top talent, Broomfield is emerging as one of the top teams in the classification. Colorado Track XC file photo. Free content.
Double trouble: Daniel Lara and Gus Waneka give the Thompson Valley Eagles a lot of strength and experience at the front of the lineup. 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.
Erin Michaelis didn't win the discus on Saturday, but her shot put was good enough to win the Boulder Invitational. 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.
They're back, and they're relentless. They're the Fort Collins girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you want to shout encouragement to Spencer Wenck on the course, it's best to do it quickly. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Allie Parks heads toward home en route to her second consecutive 4A girls state title. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
Desmin Ramierez, Alex Pawlak, Gerardo Rodriguez, Nic de Herrera, and Jack Burger mix it up at the front of the pack at Friday's Pat Amato Classic. Photo by Kelli Noto.
Call it a hunch, but Kali Maxwell is probably hoping she never again sees a meet as cold as last year's Falcon Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mike Cernoia returns for his senior season as the classification's top-ranked runner. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Windsor came into the state meet with a reputation for being strong in the sprint relays. They lived up to that reputation but only managed to win one relay--the 4x200. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Amy Medina's jumping figures to keep Mountain View among the top 4A girls teams. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Emily Blok has graduated, but Faleesa Jeffrey and Jolie DuBois are back battling for the top postions in 4A girls sprints. Colorado Track XC file photo.
A quick little tour of the best of cross country and track and field in Colorado for the year 2009. Colorado Track XC file photo.
It will be a new set of legs going by next fall, but it's still the same sport scored the same way. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Broomfield's Jill Carlson took home top honors at the Arvada West Invitational on Friday. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
Can Pueblo West's Anna Marshall become the next individual state titleist from Pueblo? 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.
Mason Finley threw 71-8.75 to win the Nike Outdoor Nationals shot put competition. Photo by Matt Shatkus, njrunners.com.
Brooke Regan, Laura Tremblay, and Liz Tremblay celebrate a new best effort in the 4 X 800 Friday night at NON. Photo by Ken Regan.
As meet officials look on, Boulder's Kelsey Lakowske nips Eleanor Fulton at the finish of the 5A 3200. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Briotto Niuller of Manitou Springs edges ahead of Rye's Jake Van for the Tri-Peaks 100 meter dash title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Loveland's girls 4 X 200 relay team climbed to the top of the rankings this weekend. To say that it was a very good weekend for relay teams from Loveland would be somewhat of an understatement. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Laura Tremblay split what is likely the fastest girls 800 in the state this season to take Thompson Valley to a 9:04.94 4 X 800, second fastest in the nation this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
State qualification by performance was the biggest change in 4A and 5A track this spring. How is it working out so far?
Samantha Chamberlin and Kita Alvares give Cheyenne Mountain a formidable one-two punch in the 100 and 300 Hurdles (photo by Alan Versaw).
Jessica Cunningham and Liz Tremblay finish together at the NXN SW regional, keeping TV's hopes for an at-large bid alive.
It doesn't get closer than this! Colorado senior Laura Tremblay (pictured left) edges out Arizona junior Jessica Tonn (pictured right) at the finish. More photos and race video's coming soon!
Without a lights-out performance from sophomore Josh Simkins, TCA goes home with second place in 3A boys. Other state-champion teams have similar stories.
Coming off the hill at 1.8 miles, Walter Schafer and Evan Appel hold a small lead over Bobby Nicolls in the 5A boys race.
While Melissa Roberts, far left, figures to skip all upcoming 4A races, the rest of the field from early stages of the Dave Sanders meet looks like a Who's Who of the 4A girls field (photo courtesy of Ken Regan).
The leaders of the pack. Left to right, Laura Tremblay, Alicia Nelson, Miranda Benzel, Camille Logan, and Dominique Gerard run in front in the Centerra Division 1 race (photo by Susan Carter).
The Fort Collins girls mix it up with Samantha Thompson and Whitney Maurer early in Saturday's Pueblo Central Invitational (photo by Kris Maurer). Fort Collins returns to the familiar haunts of northern Colorado this weekend.
A big weekend of competition generally means some major movement in the national rankings, and that is certainly the case this week. Making the biggest leap is Tatnall (DE) (pictured by Brandon Miles), who after beating then U.S.#4 Collins Hill (GA) at the McDonald's XC Festival at Maymont jumps to US#8 in the girls rankings.
Each week from now until the end of the season, we'll provide a Top 15 Weekend Round-Up. This MileSplit feature will include main highlights of each of the MileSplit nationally ranked squads and their results on the weekend. See who performed well and who didn't live up to their ranking this week.
The Dave Sanders Invitational marked the triumphant return of Kaitie Vanatta to cross country competition (photo by Ken Regan).
A lot of competitive invitationals took place last weekend, meaning that a few of the top teams in the country lost to unranked squads. With those loses comes new teams jumping into the week #4 MileSplit National Cross Country Rankings. See who's in and who's out in this week's edition.
After all of the intensity of week three, we should not count it surprising that large numbers of top athletes were out of competition in week four. Kara Slavoski (above), however, was one of the ones who was in action this week.
Ashlee Smalley of Greeley West (photo by Ken Regan) heads for the finish in the Division 2 race with teammate Erica Hinchcliffe close behind.
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.
Boulder's Kelsey Lakowske was one of four girls to finish sub-19 at the St. Vrain Invitational on Saturday. Lakowske's finishing time was 18:52.
The committee coaches representing all classifications has cast their ballots and Colorado Track XC is pleased to present the 2008 preseason rankings.