State Meet Info

The State meet is Saturday, Oct 17 at the Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80905  Our race is a 4:45pm. Athletes need to arrive by 3pm and meet at the parking circle in front of stadium entrance.

We encourage families, teammates and fans to cheer on our athletes, either in person or via live stream.   A mask must be worn at all times by spectators, coaches and those athletes that are not participants in the race.

Spectator Attendance

Please see the “State XC Site Map” below. Spectators must remain in the “Spectator Area” indicated on the“State XC Site Map”.  Spectators are also allowed on the Bear Creek side of the course. Spectators will not be allowed at the start or finish. You can access the event livestream by clicking  HERE.

Spectator Parking

For those spectators planning to watch the meet from the allowable areas at Norris Penrose or the Bear Creek side of the course, please see the  “State XC Site Map” for parking locations. The available parking locations are indicated on the map in the black outlined areas. Parking for these lots is $10. Spectators will need to walk through Norris Penrose to get to Bear Creek Park. Cars that park at Bear Creek Park East will be ticketed/towed.

State XC Site Map

Travel

I-25 Construction – There are several places where there is construction going on along I-25. Please plan accordingly.

Course Map

The course map can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Sign up for the Great Trailhead Foot Race & City Park 5K

If you want to run a 5K with your teammates this weekend, sign up now for the Great Trailhead Foot Race.  While you are at it, you can sign up for the City Park 5K on Nov 7. Hurry because these races are filling up!   Let’s keep running races and enjoy this fabulous fall weather!  
 
October 17, 2020
Race: The Great Trailhead Foot Race
Bear Creek, 15600 W Morrison Rd. Bear Creek Lake Park Lakewood, CO US 80465
Time: 8:32am
Cost: $45 Race only, no swag, for $15, use code: EASTTRAIL 
OR With Swag, it’s a hat 15% off, use code: 2020Whitney15 
Sign up for wave 2 by using your time as 17:00, even if that isn’t your time.  This will get all of us in the same wave. 
 
Cohorts 2 & 3 and Cohort 1 runners not running State 
 
 
Nov 7, 2020
Race: City Park 5K
Location: City Park
Cost $45 Race for $15, use code EASTHSCITY (no swag – takes $30 off to make the price $15).
OR 15% off, use same code: 2020Whitney15 (all swag – it’s a sweet hoodie thing!)
Click here to register: Registration for City Park 5K
Sign up for Wave 9B, if this fills up go for 9A.
 
Cohorts: 1, 2 and 3
 
If you want to run, but these races are cost prohibitive for you, please contact Ruth at (303) 525-3829 or ruthspano@aol.com and we will make arrangements for you.

 

Deadline to Enter Kooky Spooky Costume 5K is tomorrow night, 10/10

The following are the next three community races.  If you want to keep running, you can register for these and continue to run with your teammates! 

October 17, 2020
Race: The Great Trail Head Foot Race
Bear Creek, 15600 W Morrison Rd. Bear Creek Lake Park Lakewood, CO US 80465
Cost: $45 Race (no swag) for $15, use code: EASTTRAIL (no swag)
OR With Swag, it’s a hat 15% off, use code: 2020Whitney15 
Distance from East: 29 minutes
Cohorts 2 & 3 and any Cohort 1 runners not running State 
 
October 25, 2020
Race: Kooky Spooky
Location: 19500 W 64th Pkwy, Golden, CO
Deadline to register:  10/10/20 at midnight
Costume Contest
Distance from East: 32 minutes
Cohorts: 1, 2 and 3 (everyone!!)
 
Nov 7, 2020
Race: City Park 5K
Location: City Park
Cost $45 Race for $15, use code EASTHSCITY (no swag – takes $30 off to make the price $15).
OR 15% off, use same code: 2020Whitney15 (all swag – it’s a sweet hoodie thing!)
Click here to register: Registration for City Park 5K
Distance from East: 2 min
Cohorts: 1, 2 and 3

 

5A Region 3 Championship Recap

5A Region 3 Championships – October 8, 2020

After some races there is a feeling of exaltation. After other races there is a feeling of disappointment. Following the 5A Region 3 Championships at Monarch High School on a warm smoky day, what most of the Angel harriers seemed to be feeling was relief. The East Girls, as expected, qualified for the Colorado State Championship Meet with their 3rdplace finish, and the East Boys, competing with only single runner with previous Regionals experience and not a single senior, demonstrated the tenacity that will make them a threat in the Region in the years to come.

            The Girls got to race first in Louisville, over a deceptively rough course described by Coach Kohuth as “a grinder.” Pomona High School super-soph Emma Stutzman took off from the start and never looked back on her way to an easy and highly anticipated individual win. The lead chase pack consisted of East senior Laura Romero, a couple runners from Broomfield High School, and a runner each from Legacy High School and Fairview High School, with East senior Julia Schor trailing not far behind. This pack would not breakup significantly until the final 1000m of the race with Romero taking 3rdplace in 19:20 and Schor 6thin 19:35. Senior Maya Winfield, who along with senior Abby Howard, had also started in the first wave, came through with a strong 15thplace finish overall in 20:55 with an evenly paced effort. With 3 runners finishing in the top-15, East looked to be in good shape. However, as has been the case with trying to watch these wave start races this year, what was transpiring farther back in the race was hard to decipher. The 2ndwave, which included East junior Annabel Filippini and senior Maya Nussbaumer, had taken off at a scorching pace and the lead runners were clearly making up ground on much of the back half of the 1stwave. East’s runners seemed to have held their competitors close, but two teams (Broomfield and Fairview) had clearly placed more runners in the top-20 and it appeared there were at least 3 teams in the hunt for the final state qualifying spot. To add to the confusion, the initial results shared by the timing company failed to correct for the wave starts. Coaches Fehrman and Scudamore huddled over their phones and manually added up the scores themselves with anxious athletes asking “did we qualify?” The math looked favorable for the Angels, and there was great relief when delayed official results showed that Howard’s 32ndplace (21:48), Filippini’s 35th(22:01) and Nussbaumer’s 37th(22:14) were good enough for a 91-point total and the 3rdand final qualifying spot – 12 points ahead of 4thplace Boulder and 13 points ahead of 5thplace Ralston Valley. 

            For the Boys Team, only junior Eamon Nussbaum would race from the first wave, while the rest of the team started with the second wave. Nussbaum, nursing an injury for the last 2 weeks, ran near the back of his wave and moved up nicely to secure a 16thplace finish in 17:35. Back in the 2ndwave, sophomore Ben Hopper demonstrated poise as he moved steadily up into the middle of the pack to take 31stin 18:24. Led by junior Charlie Kruger, the rest of the East Angels would move up from the very back of the 2ndwave, picking off runners who could not stay with the aggressive pace up front. Similar to the week prior, junior Jack Kreikels would out sprint Kruger in the final stretch, this time taking 36thin 18:58 to Kruger’s 37thin 19:00. Ninth grader Grant Elliott, also nursing an injury in the week leading up to the race, finished 44thin 19:34, while fellow 9thgrader Kai Luna finished 49thin 19:54. The Angel’s 7thplace finish would officially bring this strange season to an end for the Boys. While the Regional finish was a bit humbling, the team exceeded pre-season expectations. The entire team returns in 2021, and the East Boys look likely to defend their DPS League title for a 4thconsecutive year and well positioned to threaten for a State qualifying spot.

            On Saturday, October 17, the Girls will look to repeat their top-10 Colorado 5A finish from a year ago. The Colorado State Meet returns to the Norris-Penrose Event Center where the Girls will race at 4:45pm in a meet limited to 4 waves of 25 athletes. Among other changes to this year’s meet, spectators and all but 2 coaches will be limited to the Bear Creek side of the course. Follow the website for more details on the race and spectating options as we learn more. 

Click here for complete results:  5A Region 3 Championships – Results

NCAA EC Webinar for Student-Athletes

Hi Runners!  

Coach Kohuth thought some of you would want to see this NCAA information. 

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Guest Speaker | Race Deadlines 10/7 & 10/10

Guest Speaker

Join us for a short VRC meeting from 6 – 6:15 followed by our guest speaker,  East XC alumnus Andrew Wise, at 6:15pm. Click here for the link:  Google meets link

Race Deadlines

The Welcome Back Denver 5K created a special wave for East runners.  This is limited to only the first 25 East runners to sign up.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, 10/7, click here to register: Welcome Back Denver 5K for East  Race is at City Park, arrive at 7:15 and run at 7:30am. Cost is $29 for no swag, $39 for swag.  Open to all East runners except for the State team.

The deadline to register for the Kooky Spooky is Saturday, 10/10/20, at midnight. Click here for special East $26 fee, no t-shirt, $36 with t-shirt .  After you pay with this link, we will send you a waiver link.  This race is open to all East runners and coaches.  The race is on 10/25/20 at 10:00am.  Open to all East runners. Start thinking about your costume! 

Social distancing is required at all races.  Masks are required up to the starting line and can only be removed during race.  They must be put back on after the race.  

DPS League Championship Meet

Championship running is different. Thoughts of running personal best times have to be set aside to execute the team strategy. And when the going gets tough, when things are not going according to plan, when the runner knows they might be having less than their perfect race, the runner has to grind it out the best they can to hang on to every place and every point to help their team reach their ultimate goal. There were some stellar performances by the Angels on Friday at Central Park; and there were some performances that were probably less than what some athletes had hoped for going into the race – but every athlete gave it all they had all the way through the finish line, and that was enough to bring home both team titles for Denver East High School.

            The Angels have mostly avoided serious injuries this season; good summer conditioning is generally good for that. However, going into the DPS Championships it was unclear whether East front runner Eamon Nussbaum was going to available to race due to some persistent “runner’s knee” pain. The junior was able to toe the line and execute his race plan – conceding the first two places to Charlie Welch (15:53) of George Washington and Ian Kleinschmidt (16:26) of Northfield to battle it out against a runner each from GW, South, and North for places 3rd– 6th. Nussbaum gamely finished 4thin 17:17, despite dealing with an injury all week. Meanwhile East sophomore Ben Hopper was having the best race of his young career, racing to a 7thplace, All-City 1stTeam, and finishing in 17:58 – and importantly, a single place ahead of South’s #2 runner. With the first eight runners across the finish line, East, South and GW each had 2 runners in and it was clear that it was going to be a close team race.

            Spectators and coaches could be forgiven for not knowing exactly how scores were shaping up at this point; half of each team was running in the second wave 2-minutes back. But with East junior Charlie Kruger leading the second wave most of the way, and teammate and fellow junior Jack Kriekels not far behind, East fans were growing more confident that a team title was within reach. Kriekels would eventually pass Kruger in the final stretch for 10thplace in 18:21, while Kruger was rewarded for his effort with a personal best 18:22 for 11thplace (this after the times and places for waves one and two were combined). East Angel Grant Elliott had lost contact with his usual racing buddy Hopper early in wave 1, but would hold on for 14thplace overall in 18:30 as the top finishing 9thgrader in the race and wrap up East’s scoring total at 46 – ahead of George Washington with 54 and South with 69. Fellow ninth grader (and the 3rdfrosh across the line) Kai Luna finished 26thin 19:40.

            Prior to the start of the season, it may have seemed a foregone conclusion that the Angels Girls would dominate DPS meets. Afterall, East was returning most of a team that had finished a historic best 8thin the Colorado State Meet in 2019, and were 3-time returning DPS League champs. South and GW had different plans, having put together strong seasons that have landed both teams in the top-10 in State 4A rankings, and included South beating the Angels just 6 days prior to the Championship meet.

From the first mile of the race it was clear that the race was going to be tough battle in which the runners were going to have to fight and scrap for every point. At one mile senior Laura Romero had planted herself in her usual spot at the front of the lead pack along with the top South runner and GW’s top two runners. Senior Julia Schor was uncharacteristically gapped from this lead group, while senior Maya Winfield was racing a bit further back in a pack that included South’s 2ndand 3rdrunners and the top 2 runners from North, with the 3rdrunner from GW and a single runner from Northfield in between Julia and this chase pack. Meanwhile, in wave 2, East senior Abby Howard shared leading duties with South’s #4 runner, with senior Maya Nussbaumer and junior Annabel Filippini in close pursuit along with the fifth and sixth runners from South and GW. 

            By the end of the second mile, it was becoming clear that it was now a 2-team race with several of the GW runners having dropped back. At 2 miles it was clear that Schor had paced herself well as she had caught and easily passed the top 2 GW runners to take a decisive hold on to 3rdplace, while Romero and South’s Anna Wexler continued to battle up front. Winfield’s pack of two North and two South runners continued to hang together a bit back of that in places 8th-11thfor wave 1. Howard and South’s #4 separated themselves from the rest of the second wave of runners and were chased about 10 seconds back by the trio of Nussbaumer, Filippini and South’s #5. These groupings more or less stayed the same all the way through most of the 3rdmile, and it became a matter of who could close the fastest for critical places. In a frantic final 300m, East’s Laura Romero outkicked Wexler for the individual championship in 18:40 and Howard outkicked South’s Grace McClung to win wave 2 and take 12thoverall in 20:39. Those two finishes proved decisive. With Shor’s 3rdplace finish in 19:11, Winfield 14thin 20:45, and Nussbaumer 16thin 20:49, the Angels snatched the Championship by single point, 46-47, over South while GW was just a handful of points back with a total of 53. Filippini finished 17thin 20:50 (ahead of South’s 6thrunner by 3 places, which would have been enough to break a tie in East’s favor had the teams been tied after the first 5 runners). 

            The Varsity teams have just six days to catch their breath before the next challenge: Thursday’s 5A Region 3 Championship at Monarch High School – Girls race at 10:45am, Boys at 11:45am. The top three teams and top 2 individuals qualify for Colorado State Meet on October 17. Due to COVID-19 meet scheduling and limitations, the Angels are in the unusual position of having not faced any of their Region 3 rivals this season. Fairview, Broomfield, Boulder, Monarch and Legacy could all present a challenge to the East Girls team which hopes to improve on last year’s finish at State. Ralston Valley and all the aforementioned Boulder County schools have excellent boys teams who will be a formidable obstacle to East’s young boys team. It will be a fun and exciting meet!