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!
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)