Recap of Races: Sept 16

The East Angels split their JV and Varsity teams between the Arvada West Invitational and the Commander Cup Invitational this past Friday. It was a chance to let some less experienced up and coming athletes gain some valuable experience running Varsity. We won’t spend too much time analyzing how these split squads placed in team competition and instead focus on some outstanding individual performances that will portend to future team success in the weeks to come.


AT THE ARVADA WEST INVITE, the boys were led by freshman Asher Hoyt followed by senior captain Rafael Marmalejo-Daher, junior Jackson Adams and sophomore Cole Finley-Ponds. Freshman Zakarias Adbulkadir, making his varsity debut, ran a personal best 20:02 over 5K, and the team finished 11th of 17 teams.

A solid summer of training has paid dividends for Lily Cory, who led the Varsity Girls with a 20th place finish. Fellow sophomore Emily Turner came in next for the Angels, followed by freshmen Serene Mather and Allana MacRossie-Smith, who in her varsity debut ran a personal best of 22:59. Senior Captain Maddie Scholtz rounded out the scoring for the Angels who finished 9th of 15 teams.


Personal bests were run by the first four Denver East runners to cross the line in the JV Boys race: David Spitzer 20:31; Adam Rang 21:14; Jack H Thompson 21:21; and Nick Panagos 21:24. Mac Meeter was the 5th scorer for the Angels JV boys who finished 8th of 14 teams.

Samantha Skeen, in what should be the final JV race of her career, won the JV Girls race by a full minute. Also in the JV girls race, juniors Audrey McGlothlen and Grace Kieft ran to seasonal bests of 24:19 and 25:42 respectively.

COMMANDER CUP:  Similar to the Arvada West meet, the Varsity Boys at the Commander Cup were led by a freshman, this time Kristian Laird who ran to a personal best 18:55, and was followed by fellow freshman Elijah Bruggeman. Junior Alex Weber ran a seasonal best 19:22 on his return to varsity competition. Sophomore Cameron Aydelotte ran a personal best of 19:50 for the Angels while freshman Ballard Kauffman rounded out the scorers for East. Freshman Riley Nickols (20:06) and sophomore Nolan Younoszai (21:27) also made their first appearances in a varsity race.

Nell Salzman was in her usual spot leading the Varsity Girls team, taking 5th overall. Ninth grader Lindsey Weyant followed closely in 7th place in a personal best of 20:45. Laurel Kruger moved past two runners from rival Denver South in the closing stages of the race and finished an impressive 12th place. Frosh Masie Moskowitz and Anna Lucy Buddenhagen came across in identical times of 22:28, followed by juniors Caroline Ritchie (23:34) and Maria Crippen (24:11) – the latter two had seasonal bests. While East finished a bit behind Denver North and Denver South, one got the sense that the Angels will match up well when the whole varsity races together.

In the JV Boys race it was a parade of personal bests coming across the line for the Angels, led by 9th grader Teddy Hickenlooper (21:03). Ryan Kauffmann (21:25), Theodore Kienast (22:02), Max Epperson (22:02), Henry Fox (22:10), and Cole Umbaugh (22:10) all followed with personal bests for 5K cross country.

The first five Angels across the line in the JV girls race also each ran personal bests, led by 9th grader Elizabeth Latsis (25:27), and followed by Ellie McWhirter (25:51), Frances Fedele (26:12), Emily Trautwein (26:30) and Natalie Angstadt (26:43).

This week the Angels travel to two more challenging cross country courses: the Denver North Viking Invite at the Willis Case Golf Course on Tuesday; and the Pat Patten Invitation at Viele Lake in Boulder on Friday, where the quality of competition will be every bit as tough as the course. Personal best times will be harder to come as we get into the second half of the season.

This week’s events

POTLUCK: The athlete team potluck will be at Libby Strong’s house this week on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 at 700 Franklin Street. Please bring food according to your grade level (note these do not change during the season or year-to-year, so everyone will eventually bring everything):

  • Frosh: main dish
  • Soph: Sides
  • Juniors: Dessert
  • Seniors: Drinks

TENT: We need parents to transport the tent to and from meets this Friday (yes, there are two meets on Friday). If you can help, please email

GEAR: We have a link in the gear shop for long-sleeve shirts and water bottles. Be sure to get yours before we run out… parents can buy gear too.


Recap of Races Sept 9-10

Many consider this past weekend to be the biggest weekend in Colorado cross country until State Meet due to the quality and size of the Liberty Bell and St. Vrain Invitationals. Denver East is one of the few schools that competes in both of these big meets.

LIBERTY BELL: The East Angels started off their weekend at the Liberty Bell Invitational on Friday, hosted by Heritage High School. True to expectations, this meet produced many personal bests. The varsity boys were led by senior Rafael Marmalejo-Daher in a personal best of 17:11. He was followed closely by freshman Asher Hoyt in 17:13, which was the 6th fastest time of any freshman in the Division 1 Varsity race. Also with life time bests were fellow freshmen Elijah Bruggeman in 18:51 and Kristian Laird in 19:01, junior Jackson Adams in 19:15, and freshman Liam Peck in 19:17. This very young team was 21st of 22 teams.

Junior Nell Salzman turned in the best time for the varsity girls with a strong 20:03. Sophomore Lilly Cory followed not far behind in a lifetime best of 20:23. Lindsey Weyant was the top freshman for East in 20:53, and for the third time in as many weeks junior Laurel Kruger ran a new personal best – this time a 21:20. The girls, all juniors or younger, were 16th of 21 teams.


In the JV boys race, the Angels saw underclassmen lead the day with sophomore Cole Finley-Ponds (19:29), freshman Ballard Kauffman (19:49), and sophomore Alex Zonca (19:57) each turn in personal best times over 5K. Junior Samantha Skeen, still obligated to run JV races this weekend and next due transfer rules, finished second overall in the girls JV race, followed by frosh Macie Moskowitz and Ann Lucy Buddenhagen, who each ran to personal best times. Maddie Scholtz and Mackenzie Whitehead-Bust rounded out the scorers for the JV squad, who finished 8th out of 18 teams in their division.


ST. VRAIN: On Saturday, the Angels traveled up to Lyons High School for the prestigious St. Vrain Invitational. Harrison Scudamore, who had skipped the Liberty Bell to concentrate on this race, led through much of the second mile, but would eventually fade to a 5th place finish in a seasonal best 16:08. Asher, Rafael and Elijah, who had all run hard and fast races the previous evening, followed in 64th, 66th and 181st. Junior Alex Weber was the 5th runner for the East boys who finished 17th in a field of 27 teams, of which 9 teams are currently ranked in the top 10 in Colorado in the 4A or 5A Divisions.

Sophomore Emily Turner, who had also run at Liberty Bell, had her strongest race of the season thus far, leading East in the varsity girls race with a 114th place finish. Not far behind, Lindsey (119th), Laurel (120th), Serene Mather (145th), Ann Lucy (174th), Maddie Solomon (180th) and Maddie Scholtz (207th) each followed up their Liberty Bell races with solid performances at St. Vrain. The team, depleted of its top two runners from the day before, finished 20th of 25 teams.

The boys JV race was highlighted by personal best times run by frosh Zach Abdulkadir (20:48) and juniors Mac Meeter (21:51) and Henry Kaufman (22:06). Along with Nicholas Panagos and Jack H. Thompson they led the Angels to 14th place out of 27 teams. The girls JV team was again led by Samantha Skeen in 11th. Allona Macrossie-Smith impressed in her cross country debut with a 36th place finish, followed by Sara Merman, Audrey McGlothlen, and Anna Clayton. Together they placed 7th of 30 teams in JV girls.

LOOKING AHEAD: On Friday the squad will split between the John F Kennedy Commander Cup at Bear Valley Park and the Arvada West Invite at the Stenger Soccer Complex. Both are smaller meets than this past week, but both offer fast courses good for running personal best times over 5K cross country.

Important updates for the week

Team Potluck: The first of our weekly athlete-only potluck dinner will be this Thursday Sept 8 from 6:00-8:00 at the home of Anna Clayton (7344 E. Cedar Avenue, Denver 80230– phone: 720-253-6295. Directions: south on Quebec. Take a left on E. Cedar Place, which is the last left prior to Alameda,  Take a right at the stop sign, on to Quantum, and house is ahead.)

Please bring something to share based on the following assignment:

  • Frosh: main dish
  • Soph: side dish
  • Juniors: desserts
  • Seniors: drinks

Other dinners are on our team calendar under the schedule link. There is still one more spot left if you would like to host a dinner on Sept 22. Sign up here

Tent Transport: We will need a volunteer to take the tent on Friday to the Liberty Bell meet and also a volunteer to take it to the St. Vrain meet on Saturday. Please email if you can help. (Athletes will find out on Weds where they are running. Thanks in advance for helping.)

Meet Pictures. Keep those pictures coming in the Dropbox! Email if you do not yet have access to our shared folder. Thanks for those of you who shared pics last week.

On to another great week!




Recap of races: Sept 2-3

Arapahoe Warrior Invite

It was an exciting meet for East at the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational on Friday afternoon. This meet always offers up some of the best competition in the state and features a real cross country course – two water crossings, a variety of surfaces, and this year’s added feature of twice having to negotiate your way over a large log lying across the trail.

The East frosh/soph boys kicked things off on this warm day. They were led by Elijah Bruggeman in 51st place. He was followed by Kristian Laird and Liam Peck, who each ran personal bests of 20:25 and 20:33 respectively. Cole Finley-Ponds and Alex Zonca rounded out the scorers for the Angels who finished 12th of 26 teams.

The frosh/soph girls were next on the course, led by a strong finishing Lilly Cory who finished 24th and ran a personal best of 22:49. She was followed by Emily Turner, Anna Lucy Buddenhagen who also ran a personal best time. Serene Mather and Massie Moskowitz followed and the East frosh/soph girls finished a strong 8th out of 23 teams.

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Harrison Scudamore summoned a furious finish, closing a 5 second gap over the last 400m. It was literally a photo finish; the results were in doubt for several hours, but the officials finally determined he had come up a hair’s breadth short, taking second place. Rafael Marmalejo-Daher started his Labor Day weekend off well with a 35th place finish. He was followed by juniors Peter Jonas, David Spritzer and Jack Thompson – all with solid seasonal debuts for 2016.

The varsity girls were again led by Nell Salzman who finished 35th. Laurel Kruger ran another strong performance for the girls, followed by Caroline Ritchie, Madeline Solomon and Francis Fedele.


The junior/senior boys were led by Mac Meeter who ran a huge personal best in 5K cross country and the junior/senior girls’ race saw the East debut of Samantha Skeen who finished 4th overall. She was followed by Anna Clayton in her debut in cross country.

Congratulations to all the East runners who competed at this challenging meet.


Centaurus Invitational

A small and determined group of runners traveled to the Centaurus Invitation in Lafayette on Saturday.

In the boys varsity race, Rafael Marmalejo-Daher came back for his second race of the weekend finishing 46th. Frosh Asher Hoyt followed in 61st place. Jackson Adams, Cameron Ayedelotte, and Alex Weber rounded out the scorers for East.


For the second race in as many days, Samantha Skeen led the East girls JV squad – on this occasion with a 5th place finish. Maria Crippen, McKenzie Whitehead-Bust, and Audrey McGlothlen followed in 40th, 43rd and 45th – each with seasonal bests.

Stay tuned for many more personal bests next week as the team competes at both the super fast Liberty Bell Invitational and the super competitive St. Vrain Invitational.