Recap: Angels in a Trifecta of Meets Across Two States (and upcoming fun)

It was a busy and exhausting week for the Angels who competed in three meets in two states, and managed a lot of disruptions to normal routines.

On the course, the Angels first competed on Tuesday at the North Viking Invitational on the Case Willis Golf Course. The East coaches really like this course – a true cross country course that is 100% grass with challenging hills. They like it so much they have generally brought athletes to workout there even if the plan was not to race – which was the case for most of the athletes racing varsity. Senior Ben Hopper ran the strongest workout of the boys team, while ninth grader Abraham Morginsky was a highlight for the Angels with his 50th place finish in 21:06 – the 4th best finish of any freshman in the race. Junior Anna Rothman-Haji ran the best race of the East Girls with a 23:04 for 17th place. The Denver East Girls really flexed their depth in the JV Girls race, where they finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 20th, giving them an easy team win. Senior Eleanor Goldstein (24:46) led the way for the Angels, followed by ninth grader Daniela Maldonado-Ramos (25:08) and a trio of sophomores: Ella Terch (25:36), Grace Taub (26:10), and Yelena Konowal (27:30). The JV Boys were led by sophomore Donovan Aggeler (21:27), freshman Mason Harper (21:33), and sophomore Noah Shurz (21:39) with 8th, 9th and 10th place finishes, followed by juniors Carson Lerner (22:29) and Linus Cole (23:08) in 19th and 28th respectively. The team’s 67 points was good enough for 2nd place of 13 teams.

Over the weekend, the Angel Varsity and JV1 teams took the long drive across the eastern half of our fine state and nearly the entire length of Kansas to get to the Rim Rock Farm Invitational. University of Kansas’s Rim Rock Farm cross country course is one of the most iconic in the nation, and the Angels were thrilled to return for the first time since 2019. The meet attracts 300 schools from seven states, with the Angels competing in the prestigious Gold Division. JV raced Friday evening under nearly perfect overcast conditions. The course is a challenging one, with the worst of the hills–Cemetery Hill– coming 2.5 miles into the race. The East JV Girls were not the most aggressive team off the starting line, but by the time they had crested Cemetery Hill, they had buried their competition. Sophomore Lila Cypers led the charge kicking to a 3rd place finish in 21:30. Ninth grader Mary Clare Nussbaum covered the course in 21:44 for 5th place, followed closely by junior Avery Ash (21:46) and senior Helen Miller (21:28) in 6th and 7th. Senior Bri O’Meara closed out the scoring for Angels with her 10th place finish in 22:04. The Angels scored a mere 31 points for a dominating win.

Junior Kai Luna steadily moved his way up through the top-10 runners in the Boys JV race, competing for the win in the final straight away, eventually coming a mere 3 tenths of a second short of the win with his 2nd place 17:36.6 finish. Seniors Garrett Johnson (18:08) and Charlie Keglovitz (18:27) both cracked the top-25 with their 9th and 19th place finishes respectively. Sophomore Ben Brown crossed the finish in 18:46 for 27th, junior Finn Egan 37th in 19:05 and sophomore Finley Steed in 19:23 for 51st. The Angels totaled 85 points for 3rd place – the best finish for an East Boys JV team at this meet. 

The Angels returned to the Farm on Saturday for the Varsity races. The East Girls would once again be led by sophomore Rosie Mucharsky who stuck with the lead pack for an 8th place finish in 19:11. Junior Sophia Shiroff finished 32nd in 20:16, followed closely by ninth graders Scout Chomas (38th, 20:23) and the late charging Julieta Ochoa (52nd, 20:37). Junior Sasha Bull closed out the scoring with her 58th place finish in 20:49, followed by ninth grader Kairine Brown (93rd, 21:41) and Evelyn Higgins (95th, 21:45). The Angel Varsity Girls made the podium for the first time at this meet with a 3rd place finish of 22 of the best teams from the Heartland. 

Sophomore Jonas Scudamore led the Varsity Boys for the first time in his career, breaking into the top-25 of all finishers with his 23rd place finish in 16:29. Senior Quinn Higgins was just a handful of seconds back with his 30th place finish in 16:37. Freshman Henry Bennett moved up to 59th in 17:06, senior Ian Logan held on to 77th in 17:19, and junior Connor Beardsley rounded out the top-5 Angels with his 89th place finish in 17:26, followed closely by seniors Harry Hittle in 93rd and 17:28, and Ben Hopper in 95th and 17:31. The Boys varsity finished a solid, if somewhat humbling, 11th of 25 teams in the Gold Division. 

As things were finishing up in Kansas, the Angels remaining in Colorado were taking the course at the Northfield Nighthawk Invitational. In the Varsity Girls race, the athletes that had powered the JV teams at the North Viking Invite on Tuesday paced the varsity teams on Saturday. For the Girls, it was senior Eleanor Goldstein to be first across the line for the Angels with her 24:29, 51st place finish. Daniela Maldonado-Ramos was 56th in 24:47, Grace Taub 58th in 24:54, senior Siena Berry 62nd in 25:12, and sophomores Yelena Konowal 70th and Rae Tatel 91st in 25:56 and 27:54 respectively. Abraham Morginsky led the Varsity Boys in 20:02 for 41st, with Noah Shurz (20:24) 51st, Mason Harper (20:40) 55th, and sophomore Ben Parish (21:02) and Donovan Aggeler (21:08) 70th and 71st. The Angel Boys took 10th of 16 schools and the Girls 9th of 12 schools –  East’s JV2 teams holding their own in varsity competition. The remaining JV runners finished even better as teams in the Open Division, with the Boy taking 6th of 11 teams and the Girls 4th of 8 teams. Scoring for the Boys were Linus Cole (20th, 21:30), freshman Jonathan Martin (27th, 22:04), junior Isaac Ely (34th, 22:14), and freshmen Cash Griffin (41st, 22:31) and Ved Mohare (46th, 22:53). For the Girls it was junior Emma Pieracci (24th, 26:25), ninth grader Thea Shaff (38th, 27:57), senior Lillian McGlothlen (47th, 28:58), ninth grader Liza Cathey (51st, 29:22) and sophomore Lucia Artley (53rd, 29:38).

Since the Washington Park Invitational a month ago, the Angels have run a gauntlet of incredibly competitive meets against State and Nationally ranked teams weekly, while the JV has been asked to race at the varsity level at smaller meets three times in the last two weeks. The Invitational season concludes for the Angels on Saturday at the Pat Patten Invitational in Boulder (Viele Lake Park). The level of competition does not let up – of the 22 teams competing, the majority are ranked in the top-10 of their respective divisions in Colorado, including a couple nationally ranked teams. The Angels approach the season with the philosophy that tough competition forges tough competitors, and that this relentlessly challenging invitational schedule will prepare the team for the Championship season – a mere 2 weeks away!

Mark your calendars:

Thursday Sept 29- athlete potluck

Saturday Oct 1- Pat Patten Invite

Monday Oct 3- Chipotle Fundraiser. from 4-8, mention Angels XC and we get a portion of your purchase.

Weds Oct 12- DPS League Championship and party/fundraiser at Illegal Pete’s

Sunday Dec 4- end of season banquet from 1:00-4:00 at the Mercury Cafe

Quick meeting in auditorium today & Pat Patten Information

Practice will start today at 3:45 in the back of the Auditorium.

Pat Patten Invitational | Saturday, Oct 1, 2022

Unavailability form: This will be the last invitational before our City League Meet on Oct 12. If you can’t participate in the Pat Patten Invite, please fill out this Unavailability Form

Location: Viele Lake XC Course, Boulder, CO

Parking/Buses:

Buses drop off on Knox Drive. Buses can park in Fairview’s lot on Greenbriar Drive or behind Southern Hills Middle School. Parents must find neighborhood parking. Please be respectful. We are working on getting a bus for this meet. Stay tuned for more info…

Schedule

Varsity: Boys 9:30, Girls 10AM 

Open: Boys:10:30, Girls 11:05 

Awards at conclusion of races~ 11:45

Course Map:

Northfield Invite | Sat 9/24/22 & Team Potluck 9/21/22

Location: Central Park, 8801 Martin Luther King Blvd, Denver, CO 80238 Parking is very limited so you will likely have to park in neighborhoods. We are not allowed to park in the parking lot that is crossed out in orange on the course map below.

Unavailability Form: Click HERE if you can’t race at the Northfield Invite.

Arrival Time: Plan to be at Northfield 90 minutes before your race. Remember to cheer on your teammates when you aren’t racing. There will not be a bus, so you will need to get yourself there.

Carpool: If you need a ride or can give a ride, sign up for carpool HERE

Race Schedule:

9:45am High School Coaches Meeting at Start Line

10:00am HS Girls Varsity

10:30am HS Boys Varsity

11:00am HS Boys Open

11:30am HS Girls Open 

12:30 High School Award Presentation at Pavilion

Awards: Plaques will be awarded to the top 3 Varsity teams and top 1 Open team. Top 10 Varsity individuals will get medals. Top 10 individuals in open race will get ribbons.

Spikes: Spikes are not recommended for this course.

See Kohuth’s window to find out who is running varsity and JV.

Course Map:

There is another event going on the same day so there is a section near the main pavilion in the center of the park so there is some area that is off limits for this meet including the parking lot right there. This is included in the HS course map 

Team Potluck

This week’s potluck will be at 6:00pm at 1965 Krameria St, Denver, CO 80220.

Bring enough for around 8 people.

Freshmen: main dish

Sophomores: side dish or salad

Juniors: Dessert

Seniors: Drinks/chocolate milk

North Viking Meet is still on for Tuesday 9/20

Denver East Cross Country Runners,

East will still compete tomorrow at the North Viking Invitational. No athlete is required to race.Those athletes who wish to race should arrive 90 minutes before their race. Information about the meet is below.

CARPOOL UPDATE: We will not have a bus and will rely on carpooling to the meet. Carpools should meet at the fountain at City Park rather than at East High School. You can sign up to drive others or to get a ride here. (Please text or make arrangments for yourselves using information on this link.)

Varsity athletes not competing are encouraged to meet at Case Willis Golf Course at 2:30pm to do their 40-55 minute maintenance run and support their teammates who are racing. If you cannot make it to the meet, we encourage you to run on your own. 

We know this has been a challenging day and hope that you are finding whatever support you need. Your coaches (and teammates) are here for you. Please let us know if you need anything.

Directions to Willis Golf Course:

From I-70- Take the Sheridan Blvd exit and head North to 52nd street.  You will drive by the Golf Course on your right hand side.  Head East on 52nd Ave to Tennyson St. Turn West onto 50th Ave, and make a left at the fork.  (Parking will be available at club house or secondary parking on the street)

Times:
2:30 pm Boy’s Open Race (unlimited -score Top 5)
3:15 pm Girl’s Open Race (unlimited -score Top 5)
4:00 pm Boy’s Varsity Race (7 runners – Top 5 score)

4:45 pm   Girl’s Varsity Race (7runners – Top 5 score)

5:15 pm  Awards  Ceremony outside the clubhouse

Unavailability Form, Tuesday’s Rim Rock Varsity’s run and the tent

The link for the Viking Unavailability form did not work. If you can’t run Viking, please click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFaSN8x7mDN92KCY0c-7433X8a2dI15Qd0WS93yc4mjScScQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Car pool for Viking will meet at the fountain in Coty Park where we do our warm up drills.

Rim Rock varsity runners can do their run at Willis Case Golf Course on Tuesday.

We still need tent volunteers so we can have a tent at the Viking and Northfield meets. Click here if you can help: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VW1DULPa-usP8a4YycmEIPF_uQ32aa6CSPS5J3xs82A/edit?usp=sharing

Practice Monday, North Viking and Rim Rock Entries

Practice will start today at the back of the Auditorium at 3:45pm.

Below are entries for North Viking Invitational at Case Willis Golf Course on Tuesday and Rim Rock Invitational on Friday (JV) and Saturday (Varsity). Entries for Saturday’s Northfield Nighthawk Invitational will be posted on Wednesday.

Athletes racing at Rim Rock on Friday will run North Viking as a workout. Coach Kohuth will review the plan with athletes on Monday and Tuesday. 

Athletes racing Rim Rock on Saturday will have normal practice times through Wednesday. 

All other athletes will race Tuesday (Viking) and Saturday (Northfield) with normal practice times the rest of the week. 

North Viking

Boys Varsity

Kai Luna (workout)

Ben Hopper (workout)

Tobias Penner (workout)

Garrett Johnson (workout)

Finley Steed (workout)

Charlie Keglovitz (workout)

Abraham Morginsky 

Boys JV

Ben Brown (workout)

Finn Egan (workout)

all other boys not racing at Rim Rock (Kansas)

Girls Varsity

Evelyn HIggins (workout)

Lila Cypers (workout)

Bri O’Meara (workout)

Avery Ash (workout)

Anna Rothman-Haji 

Mary Clare Nussbaum (workout)

Helen Miller (workout)

Girls JV

Meara McBride (workout)

all other girls not racing at Rim Rock (Kansas)

Rim Rock – Lawrence, KS

Boys Varsity (Saturday)

C Hobert

J Scudamore

I Logan

H Bennett

H Hittle

C Beardsley

Q Higgins

Boys JV (Friday)

Kai Luna

Ben Hopper

Tobias Penner

Garrett Johnson

Finley Steed

Ben Brown

Finn Egan

C. Keglovitiz

Girls Varsity (Saturday)

R Mucharsky

G Todd

S Shiroff

S Chomas

S Bull 

J Ochoa

K Brown

Girls JV (Friday)

E Higgins

L Cypers

B O’Meara

A Ash

Mary Clare Nussbaum

Helen Miller

Meara McBride

Northfield

tbd

St. Vrain Invitational 2022

Some meets feel more mysterious than others. At the St. Vrain Invitational at Lyons High School on Saturday, items were weirdly disappearing from athletes midrace. East Angel runners lost a shoe, a hat, a pair of prescription glasses, and at least a couple hair ties. Maybe it was the dust and wind. Maybe it was just Boulder County.

What was less mysterious was the excellent racing that happened there. St. Vrain tends to be as competitive as the Liberty Bell Invitational the week prior, even as it is run over a much different course – loose dirt and grass and a few modest hills. With two nationally ranked teams in both the Girls and Boys races (Niwot and Mountain Vista) plus all of East’s relevant regional competitors, this race at the midpoint of the season was going to be a meaningful challenge. 

The Colorado #8 ranked Angel Girls raced first.  One of the cool features of this meet is that there are timing mats near the 1 and 2 mile marks allowing someone online to follow how the race develops or to look back on how well an athlete moved up during the race. Angels’ lead runner sophomore Rosie Mucharsky moved up superbly from 24th to 12th to a final finish of 9th place in 19:06. Junior Grace Todd raced similarly smartly, going from 53rd to 33rd to 29th in 20:03, while junior Sophia Shiroff moved up to 35th at the two mile mark from 56th before finishing 37th. Ninth grader Scout Chomas (20:38) moved up steadily from 59th to 50th to 46th at the finish. Junior Sasha Bull finished 79th in 21:15, while ninth grader Julieta Ochoa moved all the way from 110th to 87th to a 82nd place finish in 21:18, with classmate Kairine Brown holding on for a 102nd place finish in 21:40.. Teams at St. Vrain get to race 10 in the varsity race. The balance of East’s varsity squad crossing the line included sophomore Lila Cypers (22:10) moving up to 117th from 139th; Anna Rothman-Haji (22:19) holding on for 122nd; and senior Helen Miller (22:28) moving up to 131st from 145th. Denver East had what was probably the best finish ever for the team at this meet, placing 5th of 28 teams, behind only nationally ranked Niwot (42 points), Mountain Vista (53 points) , state ranked Fossil Ridge 149 points , and Fairview High School (153 points).  

The Angel Boys, also ranked #8 in Colorado 5A, also demonstrated some smart running. Senior Corbin Hobert led the way again for East, in a race in which he moved up from 16th place at the mile to 8th at two-miles to an impressive 7th place finish in 16:00. Sophomore Jonas Scudamore (16:51) ran from 58th place to 33rd to 32nd at the finish, while senior Ian Logan held on for a 51st place finish in 17:16. Freshman Henry Bennett (17:19) had one of the more impressive progressions going from 78th to 67th to 53rd, while senior Henry Hittle (17:38) went out in 76th place and held on for 77th. Junior Connor Beardsley (17:58) raced from 95th to 91st while classmate Kai Luna (18:16) held on for 112th. The East Boys bonus varsity runners were Ben Hopper (18:20, 117th), Tobias Penner (18:28) moving up to 125th from 148th; and Ben Brown (19:50, 199th). The Angel Boys finished 7th of 34 teams with 206 points – a very strong finish all considered. Perhaps eye-opening for our ambitions for championship season, Angels finished behind regional rivals Fairview (3rd with 113) and Erie (6th with 202) both finishing ahead. 

The Girls JV team showed some muscle, with the team packing in runners in places 8, 9, 10 and 11. Senior Evelyn Higgins (22:05) went through the mile in 14th place before establishing herself in 8th by 2 miles and holding on to that through the finish. Senior Bri O’Meara (22:17) ran a similar strategy, going from 15th to 9th by the finish, while junior Avery Ash (22:18) moved up 10th from 20th and ninth grader Mary Clare Nussbaum (22:21) moved up to 11th all the way from 36th. Senior Eleanor Goldstein rounded out the scoring for the team with her 49th place finish in 24:17. The JV Girls finished 3rd of 14 scored teams with 84 points, behind just Mountain Visit with 82 and Fairview with 46. 

Senior Garrett Johnson led the JV Boys, moving up from 54th place at the mile to finish 31st in 19:07, followed closely by sophomore Finley Steed (19:09, 33rd). Senior Charlie Keglovitz moved up from 55th to 41st in 19:25. Freshman Abraham Morginsky (19:50) raced his way to 59th place overall, having been 74th at the mile mark, with junior Finn Egan following closely in 60th in 19:59. The JV boys finished 6th of 22 teams.

The Angels head to three meets this coming week. On Tuesday, East Cross Country travels to the Case Willis golf course for the North Viking Invitational – all but Varsity will likely race at this meet. Then this weekend the Varsity and JV1 teams head to Lawrence Kansas for the Rim Rock Invitational with the JV1 race on Friday and the Varsity on Saturday. The rest of the team will race in the Northfield Nighthawk Invitational at Central Park where some JV runners will have the opportunity to step up to varsity racing.