The East Angels ran to four DPS League team titles on cool fall afternoon on Denver East’s home course at City Park. The worst of the forecasted weather, which threatened wind and a cold rain, never fully materialized, but great performances from a long list of Angels certainly did.
Junior Bri O’Meara would kick the winning into gear with a dominating wire to wire win in the Girls JV championship race, running 22:29 over the deceptively tough course. O’Meara was followed across the finish line by East classmate Ellie Goldstein (23:01) and ninth grade Lila Cypers (23:03) who each had a firm grip on 2nd and 3rd places respectively from early stages of the race. A rare trio of runners not from East crossed the line before sophomore Anna Rothman-Haji (23:22) and ninth grader Ella Terch (23:30) came through in 7th and 8th to complete the scoring for the Angels with a measly 21 points – good enough to beat the rest of all DPS teams combined. Senior Gemma Haller (14th, 23:59), junior Clara Artley (15th, 24:08), sophomore Avery Ash (16th, 24:08), ninth grader Ana Beam (18th, 24:11), and sophomore Isabella Raworth-Erazo (19th, 24:15) would put an explanation point on the Angels dominance of the race, finishing with 10 of the top 20 runners in the race.
While the East Girls JV left nothing to doubt from the beginning of their race, the Denver East Boys JV (ranked as the 10th best JV team in the State according to Colorado MileSplit) got everything they could handle from a surprising Denver South JV team. Junior Charlie Keglovitz (18:42) took an early lead only to eventually be caught by the top South runner with about a half mile to run. A bit further back, senior Jack Kriekels moved up from 5th place to 3rd place over the latter stages of the race, passing two South runners on his way to finishing just a fraction of a second behind his second-place teammate – a finishing surge which would prove decisive in East’s eventual razor thin victory. Two South runners crossed the line before East senior Alan Harder (19:04) and junior Julio Dominguez-Perez (19:06) came in, putting East’s 4th runner a single place ahead of South’s 4th runner who came across next. With four runners each across the finish line, East and South were locked in an 18-point tie. East senior Charlie Kruger (19:16) and sophomore Kai Luna (19:35) were the next two to sprint down the long finishing straightaway for 9th and 10th place, securing the win for East with 27 points to South’s 29 points.
The Varsity Girls race that followed delivered far more decisive results, both in the race for the individual championship and the team championship. East frosh Rosie Mucharsky had a large lead seemingly from the opening strides, with the rest of the field conceding to her dominance while she chased her goal of grabbing the course record of 18:33 (Catie Leggit, 5A Region 1 Championship, 2015). Storming through in 18:31, Mucharsky claimed both the course record and a 49 second victory. Racing in what was the second of several chase packs, this one running for places 4th – 9th, sophomores Grace Todd (20:22) and Sophia Shiroff (20:49) emerged in 4th and 9th place for the Angels. At that point both Northfield and Denver East had 3 runners through the finishing shoot, but from the early stages of the race the next group of runners who followed were almost exclusively East Angels. Senior Ellison Mucharsky eventually took charge of this pack, finishing 10th in 21:21, followed closely by junior Helen Miller (12th, 21:26), and sophomore Sasha Bull (14th, 21:36) – East with 6 runners across the line before any other team had 4 finish. Captain senior Annabel Filippini was a bit off her usual pace in 24th (22:27). East’s total of 37 was 8-points better than Northfield and 28 better than 3rd place George Washington.
With Denver South Varsity Boys running without their usual #2 runner, what was expected to be the closest team race of the meet never materialized, despite a South runner’s surprising individual win. East’s lead pack of senior Eamon Nussbaum (17:12), and juniors Quinn Higgins (17:22) and Ian Logan (17:38) were ahead of South’s second runner from the start and only extended that lead over the next miles, finishing in 3rd, 4th and 6th respectively. Freshman Jonas Scudamore moved ahead of South’s second runner, among others, in the final mile and would sprint to an eventual 8th place finish with an identical time to the 7th place finisher from Northfield of 17:45.4. Senior David Anderson’s 10th place finish in 17:54 completed the scoring for the Angels at a mere 31 points. Junior Ben Hopper (18:13) and senior Owen Congdon’s 13th and 15th place finishes meant East had seven of the first 15 runners in the race. South totaled 51 points for second place and third place Northfield totaled 86.
Sweeping all four team titles is always a top line goal for the Angels. Mission accomplished! Next goal: qualifying for State. On Thursday, October 21, the Varsity teams travel back to Broomfield County Commons Park for the 5A Region 3 Championship with the top 4 teams and top 15 individuals earning a spot to the Colorado State Meet. Boys race at 4:15pm, Girls at 4:45pm. We hope to have a crowd of supporters there as the Angels take on the best from Boulder and Broomfield Counties.