Adams City Meet | Cohort 1 Recap

The following runners will go to the Adams City Meet on Saturday: Julia Schor, Laura Romero, Maya Winfield, Abby Howard, Sophia Shiroff, Maya Nussbaumer, and Ellison Mucharsky-O’Boyle. 

Here is the meet information for Adams City:

East-South-GW Varsity Meet

            Employing a shotgun start, with five groups of runners starting simultaneously from five different start/finish lines separated by 500m each, it was harder than usual to know exactly how the race, a single 5k loop on City Park’s Mile High Loop was developing, or had even finished, until Coach Kohuth could combine the results from the five boys races and five girls races and share the final results. Some groups of racers went out slow and wait for a final sprint; some groups of racers saw an individual runner push from the start and run alone for the entire 5000m. A couple races featured fierce competition over the entire loop. When the dust finally settled, the times examined, and the scores tabulated, the Angels had plenty to celebrate.

            Standout performances included junior Eamon Nussbaum decisively outkicking GW standout Peter Neid for the overall victory and a personal best of 17:16. One wave of runners back, 9thgrader Grant Elliot (18:07) and sophomore Ben Hopper (18:08) surged to times that would place them 4thand 5thoverall. Juniors Jack Kriekels (19:02) and Allan Harder (19:06) rounded out the scoring in 9thand 10th, with junior Charlie Kruger also finishing his race in 19:06. East scored a total of 29 points, to best pre-season league favorite Denver South by 7 points; the GW Patriots finished an additional 36 point back. 

            Sarah Wexler of South was the surprise winner of the Girls race, dropping more than 90 seconds from her personal best of last year. East senior Julia Schor was hot on her heals with a time of 19:20, followed by senior Laura Romero in 19:33. Senior Maya Winfield opened up her season with a 20:52 for fourth place, while Abby Howard ran in front and alone for 5000m to easily win wave 2 in 20:53 for fifth place overall. Several South runners ran fast enough to claim places sixth through eighth, followed by East 9thgrader Sophia Shiroff in 9thplace who completed the scoring for the Angels with 23 points, ahead of South who finished with 32 points and George Washington with 85 points. 

            Next week the Girls Cohort #1 will split squad between Adams City Varsity Meet and the East-North-West tri-meet, while all of Boys Cohort #1 will participate in the East-North-West tri.

JV Meet Re-Cap

Cohort 2 took on GW at Lowry Sports Complex on a sunny Saturday morning. In race one, with both teams thinned by holiday weekend travel, our eight Angels took on one GW boy in a race that was led from start to finish by our whole pack. Pushing each other the whole way, David Anderson (1st – 19:56) and Charlie Keglovitz (2nd) paced the team with a nice bit of pack running until David pulled away on the last half lap to secure his first career win by 15 seconds. The rest of the boys followed suit, with Marcus Burnett (3rd) and Quinn Higgins (6th) running side-by-side, followed by Jameson Leigh (5th) and then another pack of Ethan Burk (4th), Jay Cory (7th), and Liam Cook (8th) just a few seconds back. Our final six fought each other for placing on the back-stretch through some soggy grass that slowed potential PR times, but all finished within 25 seconds of one another, each under 21:20.

In race two, our Angels had a bit more competition and heat to contend with, but still faired well. Following the model of the boys, the girls got out quick and pack-ran the whole way, with eventual winner Sasha Bull (1st – 22:57) and Sophia Charles (2nd) running side-by-side throughout. They were pursued by Grace Burnett (3rd), Bri O’Meara (4th), and Claire Ely (5th) who rounded out the top-5, and secured a perfect score for us. After a GW runner came through we got back to work by having the rest of our runners finish seventh through twelfth. On the final half loop Helen Miller (7th) pulled thirty seconds ahead of the pack she had run with and was followed to the finish by Alia Quinby (8th), Clara Artley (9th), Evelyn Higgins (10th), Ellie Goldstein (11th), and Clara Lorenzo (12th).

Cohort 1 Runners and Families

The cohort 1 race will be around the Mile High Loop in City Park—we will have the fastest group of runners start near the Thatcher Fountain, the next group 500 meters down the trail, the next group 500 meters farther, for a total of five groups.  Each group will start simultaneously, and finish at the same point they started.  We feel that this will enable us to start everyone at the same time, instead of having two heats, and will give each group someone to chase ahead of them.  We want to keep the starting groups around three to nine runners and pretty well-matched.  Each start line will have a timer, and times will be put together for the final result, which we will get to Beth to post on MileSplit.  Runners will need to follow all CHSAA guidelines for racing—having masks on at the start line, removing them when the race starts, and putting them back on after the race, once you have moved off the course and away from others.

The boys race will begin at exactly 8:00, the girls around 8:30, once the course and start/finish areas are clear.  We are a permitted event, but there may be people in the course, and we will need to pass them safely and politely (giving ample clearance).

We can use volunteers to help with timing, marshalling, and whatever else needs to be done.  Spectators and volunteers will need to have masks and be physically distanced as much as possible.

Attention Cohort 2 Runners and Families

The location of Saturday’s meet against GW has been moved. We will no longer be running at Bible Park as was announced at practice today. We will instead be running at Lowry Sports Complex, located at 8400 E Lowry Blvd. The course will be set up on the west side of the park next to the tennis courts, and will be a flat and fast 2.5x loop course on mostly grass and gravel path. The coach at GW has asked that spectators park near the tennis courts and watch the race from the soccer fields where they will be able to see the whole race while leaving appropriate space for athletes and each other. There will be just two races, boys starting at 8:00 and girls starting at 8:30. Athletes, please plan to be at the park approximately an hour before you race.