Guest Speakers: DU Sports Psychology Grad Students, Maria D’Ugo and Allodia Park

Guest Speakers

Join DU Sports Psychology Grad Students, Maria D’Ugo and Allodia Park for a Google Meet tonight at 6:15pm. Here is the meeting link:  Google meets link

 Maria and Allodia are in a program at DU that is designed to develop individuals in the sport, performing arts, health and fitness, and mental health fields who want to improve the performance and lives of the people they work with. This program focuses on the psychological factors that influence human performance while practicing assessment and intervention strategies that enhance an individual’s performance and personal growth.

All cohorts are welcome to attend this meeting.

Cohort 1

All cohort 1 runners will continue to train together this week.

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 runners are eligible to join the VRC.  Click here for more info: Virtual Running Club (Cohort 3)

Meet the virtual runners at the E at 4:00 on Mondays (today), Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cohort 3 (VRC) and Cohort 2

Please join the google meeting at 6:00pm tonight for a brief update before the guest speakers arrive. Google meets link

Cohort 1 Quad Recap and Race Results | Virtual Running Club

Recap and Race Results

South-Green Mountain-Golden-East Varsity Quad Meet

On a perfect morning for racing, Denver East, Denver South, Golden High School and Green Mountain High School took on each other and a road course around City Park deliberately designed to produce fast times for the final regular season race of the year.

In the Boys race, Green Mountain star senior Graham Tuohy-Gaydos put on quite a performance running the 6thfastest time in the history of the state of Colorado for a high school boy, blazing to a time of 14:57. This is only the 7th time a high school boy has run under 15 minutes in Colorado and one of only three times a high schooler has run that fast on a course other than the net downhill Liberty Bell/Heritage High School course. Golden’s top runner took second place a full 65 seconds behind, in 16:02 – a time that wins most races in Colorado. East junior Eamon Nussbaum would again lead the Angels – he continues to knock on the threshold of breaking 17 minutes, this time running a very respectable 17:06 for 6thplace. Ninth grader Grant Elliott and sophomore Ben Hopper would work their way up the pack in the final mile together, as has become their habit, finishing in personal bests of 17:49 and 17:50 respectively for 11thand 12thplace. Junior Jack Kriekels also finished strong, placing 14thas he equaled his personal best of 18:02.  Ninth grader Kai Luna bested his high school pr by a full 30 seconds, running 18:22 for 18thplace. Coming up from the second wave of runners, juniors Charlie Kruger ran 18:26 for 20thplace, Owen Congdon 18:42 for 26thplace, Allan Harder 18:55 for 27th, Josh Bruggeman 18:56 for 29th, and ninth grader Conner Beardsley 19:04 for 30th– all personal bests! Green Mountain dominated the team competition, scoring an impressive 25 points. Golden was 2ndwith 45 points, followed by East with 61 and South with 91.

The Girls race served up some fast competition as well. Angel senior Laura Romero stayed with South’s undefeated junior Sara Wexler for 4800m before launching her kick over the last 200m to win the individual race for East with a time of 18:56. Senior Julia Schor came up not far behind for 3rdplace in 19:12.  Meanwhile, a pack of girls from South moved up nicely over the last mile to grab places 7th, 9th, 11thand 12th, which would be good enough for the team title with 41 points, to 46 points for Golden and 53 for East. Maya Winfield was 10thplace for East in 20:12, Annabel Filippini 18thin 21:08, and Maya Nussbaumer 21stin 21:15. This was the East Girls first loss of the season and first loss to a DPS rival in several years.

On Friday, East’s Varsity teams will head to Central Park for the DPS League Championships. The young and surprising East Boys Team heads to the meet as a slight favorite to take the title for the third straight year ahead of preseason favorite South. The East Girls Team, at full strength, will be co-favorites with the South Girls as the Angels try to secure their fourth straight team title. For the individual titles, George Washington’s sub-16 minute runner Charlie Welch looks poised to take his first league title after an 8 year streak of East runners taking the title, with East ready to place as many as three runners on the All-City 1stTeam led by Eamon Nussbaum. East’s Laura Romero and Julia Schor will battle for the individual title against Northfield’s Riley Buese and South’s Anna Weller, while Maya Winfield and Abby Howard will look to join them on the All-City Team.

Thank you to our volunteer course monitors, Wendy Kriekels, Patrick Winfield, Wendy Hoffer, David Harder and Laurel Kruger.  We have the best parents and siblings!

Complete Results: Boys Results   Girls Results

Keep running with the Virtual Running Club

While covid ended most people’s xc season early, it doesn’t mean we have to stop running and having fun.  The VRC welcomes cohort 1 and 2 runners as their seasons come to an end.  We have some fun community 5Ks coming up and, of course, a Halloween 5K with costumes!  Click here for more info and how to join the VRC:  Virtual Running Club (Cohort 3)  


Cohort 2 Race Info | Cohort 3 (VRC) info

Cohort 2

Races start at 8am for the boys and 8:30am for the girls. The course starts and ends inside the track/football facility on the Northfield High School campus. The north (entrance off of 56th traveling east) and south (entrance at Central Park and 54th) parking lots can be used for parking. Teams will be allowed to enter the track but parents will be asked to stay outside of the facility. The course is two loops around the campus and surrounding neighborhood.

Cohort 3 (VRC)

Cohort 3 will not be racing on Sat, 9/26, but will race on 10/3 at the Just for J 5K in Arvada.  More details to follow.


5A Region 3 Championship – State Qualifying Meet | Cohort 1

Cohort 1 runners and fans, please mark your calendars for the 5A Region 3 Meet.  If you use google calendar and haven’t added the XC Calendar yet, click here and click on the icon that looks like this .  Your xc life will become easier!

WHEN: Thursday October 8th

WHERE:  Monarch High School

RACE TIMES: 11:00am GIRLS    12:00pm BOYS

COURSE:  2k Loop, mixture of grass, some dirt and some sidewalk

FORMAT: With 12 teams we will only be able to run 6 athletes per team to stay under the 75 athlete limit.  We will have to run three waves with 24 athletes per wave.  Based on the course layout we can space the waves by 3min for the girls and 2min apart for the boys so everyone will be on course at the same time.  We will have to either 1) break up the team members and run 2 athletes per wave or 2) seed the teams in some fashion which would be tricky.

Thomas Jefferson-Northfield-East Varsity Triangular Recap & Details for 9/26 East Meet

Triangular Recap

The Thomas Jefferson High School coach reportedly measured the 5000m course at James Bible Park five times – so the fast times run by the Cohort 1 Angels on a warm and hazy day at the TJ-Northfield-East triangular must be legit. Most of the course was run on the hard packed Highline Canal Trail,  a trail known to produce fast times at other big meets during a more normal season – think Liberty Bell course at Heritage High School at which the Colorado State all time fastest time by a boy was set last week by Parker Wolfe of Cherry Creek High School.

Northfield star senior Ian Kleinschmidt ran away with the boys’ race, literally winning by minutes. It was a tighter race for 2ndfor more than 2 miles as East junior Charlie Kruger went back and forth with a runner each from Thomas Jefferson and Northfield. In the end, Kruger would have to settle for 5thplace in a time of 19:10. Kruger was followed by an uninterrupted parade of Angels: 9thgrader Conner Beardsley in 19:19, senior Xander Pacini in 19:25, junior Josh Bruggeman in 19:31, and sophomore Ian Logan in 19:53. The depleted boys team, with over half of the team having competed at the Ram Charger meet on Tuesday, managed to beat the Northfield varsity team 28-35, followed by TJ with 65.

In the girls’ race, East seniors Laura Romero and Julia Schor ran shoulder to shoulder with Northfield’s Riley Buese for over 2 miles. Buese would finally pull away for the win, running under 19 minutes for the first time in her career.  Romero would grab second place in a personal best time of 18:39 with Schor also pushed to a personal record of 18:48 for 3rd. Maya Winfield ran largely on her own for the entire race to take fourth place in a seasonal best 20:01. A second Northfield runner would cross the line in 5thbefore the parade of Angel girls finished consecutively in places 6ththrough 10th: senior Abbey Howard (20:28), junior Annabel Filippini (20:48), senior Lilia Scudamore (21:01), senior Grace O’Meara (21:14), and 9thgrader Sophia Shiroff (21:26). The East girls easily took the team win with a mere 22 points, remaining undefeated for the season, ahead of Northfield with 39 points and TJ with 85.

The regular season for Cohort 1 culminates on Saturday, September 26thwith a home meet against Denver South, Green Mountain, and Golden. We will set up a fast course and will have electronic timing. Boys race at 8am and Girls at 8:30am. We need parent volunteers for course monitors, so please come out next Saturday to support your Angels.  Click here to volunteer:  Course Monitor Sign Up

East Meet Details

East Meet 9/26/20


Currently the park is closed to all motor vehicles, so there will only be typical weekend morning foot and bike traffic. For parents and athletes that means they should park at East, either on the Esplanade or they can park in either the teacher or student lots in front of the school, off of 16thAve.


Please ask parents to stay back off the roads and sidewalks where athletes are running. We ask that they be masked, even though there will likely be many other park visitors unmasked. They will have a good view of the race from near the City Park Pavilion, giving them a view across and lake and an opportunity to move to the soccer field to see the finish if they choose to.


We will start the boys’ race at 8:00 and the girls at 8:30. We should have a wide enough start area that all runners in each wave will be able to spread out.   The second wave in each race will start exactly two minutes after the first wave.  Please make sure your athletes are there in time to do the required COVID check-in procedures.  Coaches can pick up their packets starting at 7:00 near the start area.


The race will be timed by Whitney from 3W Races and results will be sent to MileSplit.  The race will be live-streamed at: Racin Rams Live Feed


Here is a link to the course map—it is a simplified variation of the course we have used for JV meets this season:

Please let me know if you are unable to open the link and I will share it directly.

It is 2 x 2500m loops on park road and sidewalks. Flat and fast.


We will have medals for the top five runners in each race

Ram Clash Recap and Results | Cohort 2

Cohort 2 got its first real taste of serious competition at the Ram Clash on Tuesday night. The course near the APEX Center in Arvada gave us a little bit of everything from road and sidewalk, to dirt hills, wood chips, and single track – true cross country. The racing started off with a speedy first mile in the boys race, but the Angels collectively used some strong second miles surging on hills to really put themselves in positions to race in mile three. While heat affected some of the boys performances, some solid closing at the finish yielded a second place team finish, and top-20 finishes by David Anderson (4th), Elliott Brumbaugh (13th), Jameson Leigh (14th), Jay Cory (16th), and Marcus Burnett (20th).

Running in the second race, the girls followed their typical pack strategy that has carried them to a lot of success so far. Collectively taking the first mile at a more controlled pace, everyone moved up consistently throughout the race and it was looking like we were going to run away with the win as Sophia Charles (1st) ran to the win, Sasha Bull (2nd) held off a late charge for second, and Grace Burnett (6th)  was just edged out to finish 6th. In a surprise though, some of the wave 2 runners paced through the wave 1 runners, and despite placing 6 more runners in the top-20, Bri O’Meara (11th), Claire Ely (13th), Alia Quinby (14th), Helen Miller (16th), Ellie Goldstein (17th), and Clara Artley (19th), we were edged by just 2 points in the final scoring 31-33 by race host Green Mountain.

But with a pair of second place finishes and some really fast times, we have a lot to celebrate about today, and to look forward to going into our final race of the season on Saturday against Northfield.

Complete Results:

Boys Results:

Girls Results:

Updates for the week of Sept 21

Hi Runners!

Here is what is happening with East XC this week:

Cohort 1

East is hosting a cohort 1 meet at City Park on Saturday, Sept 26 at 8:00am. We are looking for parent, family and fan volunteers.  Please sign up here if you can help:  8/26 Cohort 1 Volunteer Sign Up  

More details about this meet will be posted soon.

Cohort 2

Tuesday, Sept 22:  Ram Clash in Arvada at the APEX Center 13150 W 72nd Ave Arvada, CO US 80005. The coaches were able to add more athletes, see complete lists below:

Boys Entries for Ram Clash (ranked for entries)*

  1. David Anderson
  2. Nathan Turner
  3. Elliott Brumbaugh
  4. Charlie Keglovitz
  5. Jameson Leigh
  6. Jay Cory
  7. Liam Cook
  8. Quinn Higgins
  9. Frank Buddenhagen

*These athletes will need to be released at 1:30 for a 3:15 race time in Arvada.

Girls Entries for Ram Clash (ranked for entries)**

  1. Sophia Charles
  2. Grace Burnett
  3. Sasha Bull
  4. Claire Ely
  5. Bri O’Meara
  6. Helen Miller
  7. Evelyn Higgins
  8. Alia Quinby
  9. Clara Artley
  10. Ellie Goldstein
  11. Clara Lorenzo

**These athletes will need to have a 2:15 early release for a 4:00 race time in Arvada.

It would be a good idea for these athletes to ask their teachers if it would be possible to attend the morning session of synchronous learning on Tuesday, Sept 22 since the boys will miss almost the entire afternoon and girls will miss their entire second class. 

Saturday, Sept 26:  Cohort 2 will run at Northfield.  More details to follow.

Cohort 3 (virtual running club)

Monday meeting at 6:00pm  Google meets link

Guest speaker at 6:15 on the above link.  Cohorts 1,2 and 3 are welcome to attend.

Our guest speaker will be Laurel Kruger.  Laurel is an East High School alumna from the class of 2018. Over the course of the 3 years she ran at East, she took 4 and half minutes off her 5k time, going from JV to one of the top female runners in school history. In 2017, she was a member of the first East girls’ 4×800 relay to qualify for state track championships, and the first (since 1995) East girls’ cross country team to qualify for state XC championships. Despite a string of injuries and other challenges, she continues to run competitively at the DIII collegiate level at Smith College in Northampton, MA.