By midway through the race, there were no challengers left for Cole Sprout and Easton Allred.
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Ares Reading (center) and Cruz Culpepper kicked late to finish 1-2 Saturday.
Who 'won the weekend' with the best 1-5 split?
Cruz Culpepper beat a stacked field to claim the course record.
Palmer Ridge swept the individual races, and team races Friday afternoon.
Kieran Nay will head into Colorado's high country to Western State next season.
Dontavis Moore Ford will look to help Vista Ridge in the sprints this season.
Jumper Annalese Edwards is but one of a long list of talented returnees for Palmer Ridge.
Ares Reading was a huge addition for Niwot this fall and a key piece of the Cougar puzzle next fall.
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.
Brace yourself for another rousing edition of NXR-SW Boys, but with lots of new faces this time around!
Of course it's another year of hold-your-breath racing shaping up at NXR-SW! And a few girls who stand out from this photo in last year's race are very much in the hunt again this year.
When you win both team state titles, it's hard not to win the combined program score for your classification as well.
Charlie Perry checked in on his competition midway through the race, but by the end there was nobody there.
Naomi Harding was one of four Battle Mountain Huskies claiming top-20 finishes on Saturday.
Brock Dykema dogs the heels of Cole Sprout nearing the midway point of the race.
Ryan Matson's patient persistence helped keep Palmer Ridge in a position to execute their dreams of a state title.
Check out what's going down across the country this weekend in this edition of the Weekend Rundown.
Catch up on the moving and shaking among the region's top teams here.
If Niwot is going to win this thing, the pack is how it's going to get done.
Andrew King beats Levi Chambers and Christian Fagerlin to the finish line in 3A Region 4.
The Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho girls mixed things up nicely at the Albuquerque Metro Championships, with AA taking top honors.
Hannah Ellis got a slow start to her season owing to an injury from spring, but she has things pointed solidly in the right direction with a dominating win at the Patriot League meet on Saturday.
Thomas Chaston approaches the finish line with Ryan Matson safely in the rear-view mirror.
New Mexico's Kashon Harrison barely outdueled Colorado's Cole Sprout in the cool of the Arizona night at Desert Twilight.
Battle Mountain retains the top girls position, but Durango and Palmer Ridge continue to close up ranks at the Huskies.
Adventure calls your name at the Chris Severy Invitational Saturday in Aspen.
It's a deep Durango roster, on the starting line and in terms of freshmen and sophomores.
Though things were fairly tight through the mile, Chris Theodore and Easton Allred would take over soon thereafter.
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.
There have been big doings across the region the last couple of weeks. Get caught up here!
Grandview's Kaitlyn Mercer had a very nice second-place finish in the Girls Varsity Gold A race at 17:02.3, giving her the fifth-best Colorado time on the day.
The Palmer Ridge boys are one of several teams with a lot on the line this weekend.
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.
There weren't any meet records set at Saturday's St. Vrain Invitational, but Charlie Perry had things safely in hand just the same.
There are few spectacles in Colorado high school cross country at stirring as the St. Vrain start.
Back-to-back strong showings moved Lucy Hart and Pine Creek up a notch in a strong 4A Girls field.
Joshua Simpson has already begun his impact on Montrose High School cross country fortunes.
Carter Dillon broke free on the second loop and carried it forward to a convincing win at the Vista Nation 2-Mile on Friday. File photo.
The race to the front of 4A is on again, featuring most of the same teams as last year.
Chris Theodore checks around to make sure his lead is for real at the finish of last year's Vista Nation 2-Mile. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
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.
Grant Gardner added a very good track season to his outstanding cross country season from the fall and leads a very talented Springville team into this fall's fray.
Some of the Palmer Ridge pack has gone the way of graduation, but much of it is back again this fall, meaning 4A Region 2 doesn't look to be taking any serious dips from previous years. Photo by Eric Hippe.
Ryan Matson figures to inherit the role of leader of the pack for the Bears, but can Palmer Ridge extend magic to another year?
Anna Busath was new to Palmer Ridge cross country and track and field last year, but you wouldn't have guessed it by her performances.
The rankings are a big fan of the girls from Battle Mountain.
Dylan Schubert is one big reason the future looks promising for Thompson Valley track and field.
James Lee should enter the 2018 as 4A Boys' top distance threat.
Nik Chappee's stride that each up enormous lengths of track with every bound has him as a key figure in the 4A 200 and 400.
Isaac Green (3200) and Madison Mooney (400) went to alternate events at Monday's Stutler Bowl Twilight.
Dontavis Moore Ford is one of Vista Ridge's multiple very effective relay pieces.
Once again, it appears to be distance by committee at Palmer Ridge High School.
Brandon Pappas will be one of the 4A athletes to watch this spring. Watch for him especially in the 800 and 4x800.
Zaccre Kenward douple dipped for titles Saturday in the long jump and triple jump. File Photo.
Jacob Adelgren figures to be launching a few more big throws for Palmer Ridge this spring.
Katelin Gallegos returns as one of the league's top throwers and a leading reason Air Academy holds down the top ranking going into the season.
Mountain Vista and Palmer Ridge shared a stunning moment in the California spotlight back in September. Contributed photo.
Drew Lester and his Palmer Ridge teammates once again have high hopes for this year's 4x800. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Casey Clinger meets the Utah state meet finish line with a large gap on his pursuers. Photo by Bryan Deibel.
NXR mixing up the top 25 teams.
Former Nike Cross Nationals champion Craig Lutz sends Girls Heat 2 on their way. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The three seniors at the front of the Palmer Ridge pack won't be back next year, but the next wave isn't at all far behind. Photo by Eric Hippe.
Nobody figures to get much relief from Battle Mountain next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colorado has learned that Bears are dangerous. Who's next? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Monarch had the second-best overall program score in 5A, falling behind only Mountain Vista. Photo by Karen McCoy.
In complete command of the race with 200 meters to go, Maria Mettler heads toward home. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The white of Palmer Ridge was in evidence early, but not as a flag of surrender. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Your top ten may not match my top ten point for point, much less in my ordering of things, but I'm guessing these questions are on a lot of folks' minds as we approach tomorrow's state meet.
The current Widefield team has been four years developing. It all comes together for one final effort in these uniforms on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Hotchkiss boys made their first appearance in the rankings with a strong showing at 2A Region 4. Photos by Matt Scoggins.
Platte Valley's Andrew King won the battle in 3A Region 4, but Cody Jones and Frontier Academy won the war. Photos by Ron Eberhard.
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.
Broomfield's girls packed it up, ran relaxed, and still came away with the Front Range League title in Colorado. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ellie Fantauzzo opens a gap on Emma Willadsen en route to her first high school meet title. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
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.
Mackenzie Moss followed up a solid performance at Desert Twilight on Friday with a PPAC individual title on Wednesday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Desert Vista girls stuck together nicely early at Desert Twilight and ended up as decisive team champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ivy Gonzales ended up second, but still contributed in an enormous way to a tiny margin of victory for Broomfield. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Hopefully you haven't yet had your fill of Mountain Vista vs. Palmer Ridge, because neither of the two schools have yet had their fill. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rye's Makayla Rodriguez gets to pound out a few thousand strides in front of the home folks this week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
James Lee is part of a long list of standouts on the Silver Creek roster, but can they take all the marbles? Photo by Jeff McCoy.
No rankings leads changed hands this cycle, but a win over Lyons helped Nick Lovato and Vanguard come very close to taking over the lead in the 2A Boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
No result over the last two weeks made more waves in the rankings than the 1-2 finish of Mountain Vista and Palmer Ridge at Woodbridge. Photo by Amanda Tivnan.
In Mountain Vista's system of interchangeable parts, it was Joshua Romine who came up big this week. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Mountain Vista and Palmer Ridge bask together in the glow of a stunning performance. Photo by Amanda Tivnan.
Reina Paredes led Rio Rancho's girls to a second-place finish at the St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sophomore David Fine is enjoying a breakout year at Elizabeth. He gets to run in front of the home crowd on Tuesday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Durango's Anna Smagacz led the Demons to a crushing defeat of the assembled field at Saturday's running of the Joe Vigil Open. Photo by Don Scott.
The battling at the front was at fever pitch between 5A giants Mountain Vista and Monarch, plus 4A powerhouse Palmer Ridge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Isaac Roberts sets out on a journey to join, and even enhance, the legacy of older brothers Andrew and Paul at Saturday's running of the St. Vrain Invitational. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Colton Stice had a big win at Lake County last weekend, leading the Gunnison boys to a close second-place finish there and earning them a little more recognition in the polling. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Justin Andrade will be putting his state-leading 5K mark on the line at Centaurus on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Palmer Ridge, Mountain Vista, and Rock Canyon mixed it up spendidly at the Vista Nation XC 2-Mile, but evidently the Rock Canyon girls were not easily impressed. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
With the finish line directly ahead and all the green behind him, Chris Theodore takes a quick look around to be sure. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Andrew Rudnicki and his Palmer Ridge teammates just missed last year, but are aiming to fix that this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A rare frontal view of the Great Green Wall at a Mountain Vista cross country meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
In case you missed, or otherwise overlooked, Widefield's show of force at the Run for Rwanda, the Gladiators will be doing their thing again--this time in uniform--at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede on Friday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
William Chandler and his senior teammates at Durango proved remarkably constant through last fall's cross country campaign. 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.
Alex Fu and Mountain Vista have made a habit of leaving the opposition in their dust, their spray, or whatever other debris the course provides. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
If you're looking for a most-improved team from last year to this, Montrose should be high on your list. Evan Graff figures as a leader on a very good Montrose team this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The pack is almost entirely back for Palmer Ridge, but that doesn't necessarily mean that things will be easy for the Bears this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Track season suggests that Ryan Matson, after a couple of years of relative obscurity on a very deep roster, is ready to run with the big dogs this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Camren Todd heads up a very strong returning delegation from the Davis program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Caleb Ojennes closed out his high school career with state titles in the 400, 200, and 4x400 meter relay. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Hannah Capek saved her best seasons for her senior year and became one of Colorado's top high school distance talents. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kelly Christensen has accepted the offer of a position coaching cross country at Niwot High School. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Logan Stewart hits the sand en route to a state long jump crown. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Ben Kelley reveals some of the excitement of an approaching finish line with nobody close. 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.
Liam Cox leads a pack of bears to a 1, 2, 3, 5 finish in the boys 1600m with the top three finishing sub 4:39. Photo by Daniel Russell
Meets have been coming at us the last few days almost as fast as Melanie Doty and Shea Zeman. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
If you look closely at 4A Boys discus, it's not difficult to see the potential for a lot of points up and a lot of points down for some key contending teams. George Silvanic is Palmer Ridge's top hope in the event. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Center's Adrian Behena saw some nice improvement on his 100 meter time at Wednesday's Pine River Invitational. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Pappas is doing very well with late-hour 800s this season, winning last night's Stutler Bowl Twilight in a statewide best time of the season of 1:56.21. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The pole vault is Kyle Rex's headliner event--at least until you start thinking about the decathlon. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Adam Dawson winds up on the biggest discus throw Colorado has seen in a while. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Matt McDonald's 4:21.08 1600 was one of the best Colorado performances of the weekend in Arcadia. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Nik Chappee now has something nobody else in Colorado has--the fastest 200 meter time of the high school season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brandon Pappas outduels Dakota Cleveland of New Mexico to the finish line on Saturday night. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Palmer Ridge does a lot of things well, including, apparently relay symmetry. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Sam Rippley returns as the PPAC's top-ranked 400 and as a key component of a very deep Palmer Ridge squad.
Bailey Rosenstrauch is one of the many pieces to the state championship puzzle who returns for Palmer Ridge this spring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's easy to think of Palmer Ridge as a distance program, but these are multi-dimensional Bears, as demonstrated here by George Silvanic. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Katie Rainsberger's was all smiles at the finish line of NXN 2015. Photo by Ashley Green.
When it came to deciding the 5A boys individual crown, it all came down to this. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Joseph Manilafasha, a two-time state champion and one of the best the state has ever seen. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Henry Barth helps to make Glenwood Springs one of the 4A teams most worth watching for next year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jeremy Meadows and Andrew Rudnicki are two big reasons to give Palmer Ridge their due for next year. If you require more reasons, they can be found. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Alex Raichart and Battle Mountain made their case as the top small-school girls team in the region at Colorado's state meet on Saturday. But, they just might end up in the overall championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Miguel Baltazar exemplified an Alamosa effort that kept both feet beneath them until the job was done. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
A great team battle between Durango and Palmer Ridge up front was carried all the way through their respective regions at state. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Even half way into the race, it was clear that the team battle of interest was being waged between Durango and Palmer Ridge. 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.
10 questions just begging to be answered...
The scene at one mile of the boys race was pretty much what everyone expected it would be. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In what's become a bit of a game of hot potato, the 3A Girls #1 ranking went back to Cecilia Kastner and her Salida teammates this week. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It wasn't intentional that the two top girls teams started out next to each other, but it definitely worked out that way. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's October, so it's time to expect Andrew Lester and a few other Bears to try to cause some havoc at the PPAC meet (but it doesn't end there). Photo by Alan Versaw.
Will Handley's second-place finish was a key piece in the stunning Timpanogos upset at Bob Firman on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Tiana Bradfield is member #3 of the Peak to Peak freshman class that has the Pumas stalking prey wherever they go. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Catherine Liggett broke to a lead early and dominated the gold race at Saturday's Rim Rock Classic. Photo by Greg Hall.
Lake City offers scenic and remote solitude as part of its cross country meet experience. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Kyra Hanson picked up her debut high school meet title this weekend at Platte Valley. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Tanner Norman and Chantae Steele took wins by very different models at the Pueblo Central Invitational. Photos by Alan Versaw.
If you thought Mountain Vista looked like the top team in the state before this weekend, you might be even more convinced now. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At least for the time being, Lamar and Jacob Rogers have firmly ensconced themselves atop the 3A rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The boys race was very competitive through more than two miles up front, but even here you can detect a green wave about to crest. Photo by Alan Versaw.
After a huge win at Centaurus last weekend, Catherine Liggett gets to take on Katie Rainsberger this weekend. Photo by Ashley Green.
But Palmer Ridge lost their hold on unanimity in the 4A Boys rankings.
Last year, Henry Barth was a top-10 finisher at middle school state. This year, he opened as the top finisher for Glenwood and third-place overall at the Basalt meet. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
It didn't take long for Palmer Ridge to reassert their claim to the #1 spot.
Paxton Smith enters his senior season as the leader of Vista Nation, and it promises to be an interesting year for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kayla Wiitala has been running alongside Katie Rainsberger for three years now, but she's far from the only other dagger in the drawer for Air Academy. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Will Tyler Scholl and Quinn McConnell be the big impact freshmen of 2015? Photos by Alan Versaw.
Liam Cox was the #2 finisher at state for Palmer Ridge last fall, but the top guy for the Bears this fall could be anyone's guess. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Running in the low 47s for the 400 can take you places you didn't expect to go. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cast your vote for the story of the year!
Mountain View returns a lot of punch for next spring, and hurdler Luke Gordley is definitely one you want to keep your eye on. 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.
Sprinter Cole Pappas exemplifies the kind of depth that permeates the Palmer Ridge roster. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eric Hamer's senior season off cross country raised a few eyebrows--evidently including some at CSU. 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.
Competitors in the Sand Creek 3200 got to run under a full moon--if any of them bothered to notice. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When the dust had settled at the end of a breezy day, Celia Smith's 5-4 winning high jump was high on the short list of top marks for the day. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tevin Donnell was unstoppable in the sprints. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It missed the wind-legal criterion, but Riley Rowles-Birdsong did get off one of the monster long jumps of the early season. Photo by Michele Bisbee.
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.
We begin the preseason rankings with Class 4A.
Figure Cole Pappas handles a lot of batons for Palmer Ridge again this spring. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Riley Geldean and Maya Evans left a pair of serious impressions at Steinhauer Field House this weekend. Colorado Track XC file photos by Alan Versaw.
Eric Hamer's state race served notice of bigger things to come. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cheyenne Mountain will hope for another solid season for Veronica Brtek next fall as they make their case as the best team in the PPAC, but a couple other teams have very similar title hopes. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Okay, so we'll do a little spoiler here and tell you up front that Dior Hall's story ranks #1. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Hannah Capek was Palmer Ridge's top finisher at State, but the Bears rotated that honor through the season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For several of Colorado’s cross country programs, Saturday brings the moment of truth.
Based on Desert Twilight and overall season performance, Katie Rainsberger looks like the one to beat at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Cora Cannedy and her Taos teammates set of very high standard for small school girls cross country at the New Mexico state meet on Saturday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
Andrew Rudnicki is one candidate to be Palmer Ridge's front runner for 2015, but there are others. In fact, they really need a primary to narrow the field of choices. 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.
Eric Hamer of Palmer Ridge combined a hard-earned team title with his individual title today. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Paul Roberts of Lyons owned the best time of the day, but it was easily Palmer Ridge who won the merged team scoring. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Never count out the Fort Collins girls! Led by 5A race champ US #11 Lauren Gregory, Fort Collins girls are back on top of Colorado after defeating US #8 Monarch (2nd) by 5 points and US #19 Cherry Creek (4th) in their state meet.
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.
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.
Palmer Ridge had a firm grasp on the team standings lead at one-third of a mile. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The picture is starting to look brighter once again for Heather Holt and her Fort Collins teammates. Photo by Ashley Green.
In our final 4A poll of the season, Palmer Ridge and Mountain View stay on top, but there was no small amount of shuffling beneath them.
Marcelo Laguera negotiates the hairpin coming back onto the grass at about 2.5 miles into the Clement Park course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kayla Young took a wrecking ball to personal and meet records at Saturday's Wiggins Invitational. Photo by Ben Hershelman.
Chris Theodore and Bailey Timmons are two big reasons why the future of Rock Canyon cross country is looking bright. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
Palmer Ridge and Mountain View retain their perches atop the 4A rankings, but...
Aubrey Till cruises to a win at her home invitational on Thursday. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Lauren Ogg's big win at Liberty Bell marks her as a competitor of no small interest at Dave Sanders. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
Tyler Day and Marcus Wheeler (Corona del Sol) enjoy some shoulder-to-shoulder running at the front of Saturday's Ojo Rojo Invititation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Jenna McCaffrey leaves the field in her wake at the RE-1J meet. Photo by Renee Haip.
Meet the Mountain Vista B team, best B team in the state. Photo by Mark Obernesser.
Palmer Ridge had Eric Hamer's backside covered, over the bridge and everywhere else. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Palmer Ridge and Mountain View top the rankings!
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.
Thompson Valley and Palmer Ridge retain this week's top spots, but the heat is on both teams.
Each year, one of the greatest spectacles in cross country in the entire Southwest region is the American Fork Grass Relays. Photo contributed by Timo Mostert.
Tabor Scholl was spotted this weekend at the CU Alumni/Open Time Trial. Photo by Lyle Knudson.
Zachary Alhamra and Eric Hamer share the burden of leadership midway through the race, but Alhamra would eventually take the win. Photo by Ashley Green.
Cerake Geberkidane won't be around to run this year's Arapahoe Warrior Invitational, but his meet record of 15:12 will toe the starting line with the rest of the field. Photo by Ashley Green.
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.
Josh Trahan and Conrad Crist join an elite group of coaches across the nation as USTFCCCA Coaches of the Year.
Palmer Ridge has an abundance of distance depth. You've heard a lot about Eric Hamer, but it's younger guys like Liam Cox who will determine how far Palmer Ridge goes this fall. 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.
The list of candidates for top runner in the region is a short one--Eric Hamer is your guy. Colorado Track XC file photo by Paul Jaeger.
Most (though not all) of the boys at the front of last year's pack have graduated, but the teams at the front of the pack will ring familiar. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Back in his days at Western State, Kelly Christensen stakes out a lead at the Rocky Mountain Shootout. Contributed photo.
Beth DeLaurell is one key reason that Discovery Canyon could easily improve on their fourth-place regional finish from last year. Colorado Track XC file photo.
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.
Josh Trahan enjoys a moment with his state champion 4x400 team this spring. Contributed photo.
Bailey Roth ran away from the NBNO field in today's 2000 steeple at NBNO. Photo by Ashley Green.
With Vincent Hood and several more coming back, Valor will be looking to be among 4A's top contenders once again next spring. Colorado Track XC file photo.
By the time Thomas Busath got the stick on leg #3, Valor was already fading from view. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alexei Cox enjoyed a big state meet for Broomfield, including winning the 100. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Walton takes a moment to revel in the thrill of winning the 1600. Photo by Ashley Green.
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.
Ashley Miller made the 100 hurdles look simple in a wind-legal 13.87. Photo by Alan Versaw.
There are Bears loose in the 4A boys picnic ground!
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.
The Centennial Invite completed with a girls 4x400 run under conditions of driving snow. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
As a freshman last spring, Caleb Ojennes was already leaving folks in his dust. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Jackson Spalding is the kind of guy who can give the 4A throws records a few sleepless nights. 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.
Yana Brown is one of a trio of returning Discovery Canyon runners who figure to make life difficult for the rest of the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference in 2014. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you're looking for a team to create havoc at the state meet that you might not have been thinking about, this would be your crew. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Late in the race, Luc Hagen and Danyon Anderson of Air Academy maintain a stranglehold on places three and four. Photo by Andrew Versaw.
Alison Deitsch and Delaney Fitzsimmons set the pace in early stages of the Doherty varsity girls race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Elise Cranny wins the Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday. Photo by Rick Wilson.
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.
On a gloriously cool August morning in Colorado Springs, a whole bunch of high schoolers got just a little taste of cross country.
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.
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.
Lamar's Ashley Snyder strides away from the field in the 100 meter prelims. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Matt Norton shares a few observations and thoughts after an eye-opening day at the Valor Christian Invitational.
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.
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.
Fair warning: Mandy Ortiz already owns a meet title on the NPEC/BCRP course. Colorado Track XC file photo.
There were still nine runners in the lead pack at the mile. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Roberts took it to a lot of upperclassmen from larger schools, winning his second meet title in as many weeks. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Freshman Caroline Kawula was the top finisher for a vastly-improved Kent Denver team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Clayson Shumway awakens a few echoes out of Liberty's storied past by winning the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede 5A boys race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eric Hamer quietly posted one of the best freshman seasons in the state last fall. This year, he figures to be the go-to guy for Palmer Ridge. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Kelley Robinson and Elise Cranny enjoyed stellar performances at Saturday's Boulder County Championships meet in Broomfield. Photos by Ashley Green.
On a day when it wasn't necessarily easy to stand out, Cody Nitzel's 159-7 discus mark stood out. 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.
At 2.1 miles, Alfredo Lebron and Josiah Valenzuela were still neck-and-neck. Over the next mile, however, Lebron would open a nearly 30-second gap. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
Cyler Miles is part of a Mullen sprint group that is as deep and as talented as any this state has seen in a good, long time. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Hunter Warwick brings the top returning hurdle times to the track in the 4A classification. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Niwot had a solid 2010 campaign with Elise Cranny leading the way, but could be even better in 2011. 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.
Shelby Stableford surprised a few fans of cross country--and her coach--by cruising to a 12-second victory at the St. Vrain Invitational on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.