On Tuesday 10/10, the Angels hosted the DPS League Championships at Denver City Park. For many of the runners, this was the last meet of the season, and Angel runners capped their season with many great performance across all divisions – all deserving of recognition (as do the many parents and grandparents who made the meet run smoothly).
The Open races took to the wet, and, in places, slushy course first with the girls chasing the boys who got a four and a half minute head start. From the chaos of these overlapping races emerged some great runs. In the boys’ race, senior Patrick Cox led a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 finish for the Angels who crushed the DPS competition with a mere 20 points to 42 for the next best team. Freshmen Xander Pacini and Ian Trautwein were the 3rd and 4th place finishers while sophomores Kristian Laird and Jack Beardshear were 5th and 6th. Junior Henry Kaufman crossed the line in 8th, just ahead of freshmen Gus Trautwein and Ben Hill in 9th and 10th respectively. A close scan of the results reveals that an East frosh/soph team could have won the Open Division on their own – so the future certainly looks bright.
Led by sophomores Lindsey Weyant and Elena Thoman in first and second respectively, the Denver East girls swept to a perfect score of 15 points in the Open Girls race. Denver South was second with 54 points. The first ten runners to sprint across the finish line were all Angels. The freshmen pack of Grace Burnett (3rd), Maya Winfield (4th), Lilia Scudamore (5th), Julia Schor (6th), Maya Nussenbaum (8th) and Grace O’Meara (10th), would be broken up only by their upperclassmen teammates. Senior Audrey McGlothlen finished her East cross country career with arguably the best race of her career, coming across in 7th, and junior Emily Turner raced to a 9th place finish.
For the fourth year in a row, Harrison Scudamore won the Boys Varsity race at the DPS Championship meet; this year he came across the finish line a commanding 39 seconds ahead of the next best runner. Harrison is the first boy (we think) to win the race all four years of his high school career. East sophomores Asher Hoyt and Will Daley ran outstanding races to finish 3rd and 4th, joining Harrison on the All-City First Team. Senior Jackson Adams finished 17th and sophomore Riley Nickols 19th to give East a total of 44 points, 12 points short of Denver South who finished with a mere 32 points by placing five runners in the top nine overall. Elijah Bruggeman finished 23rd and Jack Thompson 25th for the Angels.
Running for the final time on their home course, seniors Nell Salzman and Laurel Kruger led the Angels to the Varsity Girls team title at the DPS League Championship Meet, finishing 4th and 6th respectively. Freshman AlanaMarie Barros finished 7th overall to also earn All-City First Team honors. While Denver North placed three girls in the top five, East’s outstanding depth would lead them to prevail for the team title. With junior Lilly Cory finishing 9th and freshman Abby Howard finishing 11th, the Angels would total 37 points, eight points ahead of the second place Vikings. Sophomore Anna Lucy Buddenhagen finished 13th and freshman Christina Doolan 20th for the Angels.
The Varsity teams will race again on Thursday at the 5A Region 1 Championship at the Northwest Open Spaces Park in Northglenn, where the first four boys and girls teams and first 15 individuals in each race will qualify for the Colorado State Meet.
Details on the regional championship are posted in another email.
Please also SAVE THE DATE:
We will celebrate this great season on Sunday Dec 3 at our brunch banquet from 9-11:30 at the Park Hill Golf Club.
Our annual snow shoe trip is set for January 20-21