St. Vrain Invitational
On another warm September morn, the East Angels traveled half-way to Rocky Mountain National Park, eventually landing at Lyons High School ready for a brand new day and brand new course. The Lyons hosts a number of big meets, and the St. Vrain Invite always draws much of the best talent in the state. The spectator friendly course makes three loops with the first featuring a moderately challenging hill and the latter 2 loops a couple smaller hills. Of all the courses East will run this year, the Lyons course most closely resemble the State Meet course at Norris-Penrose/Bear Creek in Colorado Springs. These are not personal-best setting courses, but courses that will reward you for running a smart first mile with opportunities to move up the field significantly in the second and third miles.
The Varsity Girls took the course first. Ninth-grader Rosey Mucharsky came off the start line in a small pack of girls chasing two of the top girls in the state. Rosie would eventually come across with a hard-fought 7th place finish in 19:19. Sophomore Grace Todd ran her best (if not fastest) race of the season, moving from 53rd 1500m into the race up to 26th at the finish in 20:54, while her classmate Sophia Shiroff has a strong kick to grab 42nd place in 21:38. The pack of senior Annabel Filippini (22:23), Sasha Bull (22:34), Ellison Mucharsky (22:42) and Bri O’Meara (22:43) came through 1500m in about 81st – 85th place before moving up over the subsequent 3500 meters to finish 63rd, 71st, 78th, and 79th. Junior Helen Miller moved up from 127th to 95th, junior Eleanor Goldstein from 132nd to 106th, and ninth-grader Ella Terch from 140th to 108th over the same interval. In all, East’s scoring five runners dropped 43 points over the last 2 miles, finishing with a total of 185 points for 6th place of 21 teams. Of the top seven teams at the meet, five of the programs have qualified teams for Nike Nationals in the last six years (22 boys and girls teams qualify from around the country each year).
The East Boys delivered and even larger come back over the last 2 miles, with the scoring five runners dropping 92 points from mile-one to mile-two and another 38 points before the finish, moving from 12th place as a team one mile into the race to 8th place of 27 teams with 264 points at the finish. The Angels were led by senior Eamon Nussbaum who moved up from 54th place to 25th in 17:40. Frosh Jonas Scudamore charged out early and held on to a strong 58th place finish in 18:21. The pack of juniors Ian Logan (18:36) and Ben Hopper (18:41), and seniors David Anderson (18:46) and Owen Congdon (19:15) went through 1500m between 103rd and 124th before moving up to grab places 64, 67, 72, and 95th respectively. Junior Garrett Johnson ran 19:36 in his varsity debut, moving up from 141st to 99th while classmate Charlie Keglovitz (19:50) went from 178th to 120th, and sophomore Kai Luna went 152nd to 138th in 20:08.
The JV Girls placed three runners between 28th and 31st and the next three between 52nd and 58th to take 5th of 18 teams. Frosh Lila Cypers led the team with a time of 24:07, followed by junior Evelyn Higgins in 30th in 24:24 and Anna Rothman-Haji in 24:26. Junior Clara Artley finished 52nd in 25:16, sophomore Avery Ash 53rd in 25:16 and senior Gemma Haller 58th in 25:28. The JV Boys finished 3rd of 17 teams, led by the standout performance of junior Corbin Hobert who finished 18th in 19:39. Seniors Jack Kriekels and Charlie Kruger finished together in 20:15 for 28th and 29th, while freshman Oliver Gustavson cracked the top-40 with a 39th place finish in 20:52.
On Tuesday the Angels travel across town to the Denver North hosted Viking Invitational at the Case Willis Golf Course – the weather looks more seasonable, but the hilly route run over golf course rough and fairways will still be a challenge. Fall running can still make you feel that way.