The DPS League Championships on Monday produced more than a few highlights for the Angels. First off, thanks to our amazing assembly of volunteers, we hosted a terrific meet for everyone. Thank-you!
The JV boys led things off. Freshman Zakarias Abdulkadir, 5th, and Jack Rocchio, 7th, led the boys team to a second place finish in the Open race. They were backed up by the trio of Cole Finley-Ponds, Alex Zonca, and Ballard Kauffman in 10th, 11th and 12th.
Freshman Allanna MacRossie-Smith grabbed the Girls Open Championship with a very strong finish in her race. She was followed by Sara Merman in 2nd place. A few girls from North would finish next, then an uninterrupted parade of Angels, in places 6th through 13th, would storm across the finish line, sealing the Girls Open team championship for East. That dominating group included Maria Crippen, Anna Lucy Buddenhagen, Audrey McGlothlen, Maddie Scholtz, Madeline Solomon, Caroline Ritchie, Anna Clayton and Mackenzie Whitehead-Bust.
Junior Harrison Scudamore defended his DPS League Championship, his third varsity title, running a course record time of 16:36. Rafael Marmalejo-Daher, 4th, and Asher Hoyt, 6th, ran their way on to the All-City team with Hoyt finishing as the top freshman of the meet. Kristian Laird, Elijah Bruggeman, Jackson Adams, and Liam Peck finished strong and the boys hung in for 2nd place. In a hint about the future, had there been a separate freshman boys race, East would have taken 5 of the top 8 places.
Samantha Skeen led the varsity girls with a 6th place finish and a place on All-City team. Freshman Lindsey Weyant finished in 10th place, followed by Laurel Kruger (13th), Emily Turner (15th) and the closely grouped pack of Nell Salzman, Maisie Moskowitz, and Serene Mather (18th, 19th and 20th) to score a total of 62 points for 3rd place, behind much improved squads from North and South.
Next up, the Varsity squads will take aim at the Colorada 5A Region 1 meet on Friday, October 21, where qualification for the State Meet will be on the line. The meet is at the Thornton (Margaret Carpenter) Recreation Center at 108th and Colorado Blvd. The girls race at 3:10pm, the boys at 4:50pm. Come out and support your Angels.