Summer Kick Off Meeting

We will host our summer kick off meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00pm in the East Commons (lunch room).

We will talk about summer practice, summer running camp and our weekend fun runs.  This is also a great way for new runners to meet the coaches and for current runners to reconnect with teammates and coaches.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Although summer practice isn’t required, it is a fantastic way to be prepared for the fall season and to connect with new and old running friends.

Summer Overview

Freshmen orientation:

May 31, June 1 and June 2 at East after school with Coach Gwaltney and other East XC coaches.  Come ready to run and bring a water bottle. Exact time to be determined, stay tuned.  To sign up for orientation, click here: Freshmen Cross Country Orientation

Summer Practice:  

Summer practice will begin on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 8:00am.  Meet at the Big E in front of the school ready to run.  Bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen.  We will meet every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:00am until the first part of August when we will adjust the time to the afternoon. 

Summer High Altitude Running Camp:  

If you haven’t signed up for Summer running camp yet, here is the link: East HS Summer Camp

Camp will be July 26-28 at Snow Mountain Ranch in Tabernash, CO.  The cost is $200. We only have 7 spots left for girls and 8 spots left for boys at the time of this posting.

If it is cost prohibitive for you to attend camp, please contact Coach Spano at or Coach Kohuth at and to find out about our camp scholarship programs.    

Weekend Fun Runs:  

The “Friday Fun Run” has been changed to the Weekend Fun Run.  These are trail runs led by coaches that start away from the school.  They may be on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, we will post the schedule on the website. The summer team will car pool to a destination and go for a long trail run.  Full disclosure: they may or not be “fun” while you are running them, but it is fun to feel good after you are done. 

Team Captains: 

If you are going to be a senior in the fall and are interested in becoming an XC team captain, stay tuned about the application process.  We will be selecting fall team captains before summer practice begins. 

“Cross country champions are made in the summer.”

Go Angels! 

Let’s help our friends in Superior!

Hey Runners!

As you know, quite a few of the Monarch cross country and track team were affected by the Marshall Fire, and several have lost everything. Our friends Laura Thweatt and Maddie Alm have created a go fund me page to help those families. Please check it out, and if you can, make a donation using the link below.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to help our fellow Region 3 runners.


Go Fund Me Fire Relief for Monarch HS Cross Country/Track families

End of Season Banquet

Happy Thanksgiving Angel XC Runners and Parents!

Our end of season banquet is coming up!  Please click here to RSVP:  Banquet RSVP

Here are the details:

Date:  Sunday, December 5, 2021

Time:  Arrive at 12:45pm.  Program begins at 1:00pm and will last until around 3:00 pm

Where:  Central Park Pavilion, 8801 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Cost:  $15 per person  (We will have a pancake truck!)

Who:  All runners and their biggest fans

Why:  To celebrate a fantastic XC season!

DRESS WARMLY. The event will take place partially inside/outside.

If the banquet is cost prohibitive for you and/or your family, please let Coach Kohuth know.  We don’t want anyone to miss the banquet due to financial reasons. 


State Meet Recap | Oct 30, 2021

East Boys 11th at State

 Kruger wins Unified State Race

 Mucharsky and Todd among top-12 Girls in East State Meet History

Beautiful conditions rose over the Norris-Penrose Event Center for the Colorado State Meet on Saturday morning. For the East Angels, represented in three races, the day started well, got even better, and crescendoed in a championship as the sun reached its zenith.

The 5A Girls were the first race of the day, and East was represented by underclassmen stars Rosie Mucharsky and Grace Todd. Mucharsky, the DPS League champion and Region 3 runner-up, positioned herself well for a top-10 finish, coming through the first mile in 5:49 and the second mile in 12:06. The ninth grader would hang on for a 14th place finish (and 3rd among all freshman) in 18:45. Mucarsky’s finish is the 2nd best finish by an East Girl in school history, only behind Lillie Toaspern’s 12th place finish in 2007. Sophomore Todd bided her time through the first mile, coming through in 6:34 and 104th. The Norris-Penrose course will generally award such patience, as the hills come in the 2nd mile; Todd’s patience paid off as she moved up to 84th by the 2-mile mark and finished a strong 69th place in 20:22 – this ties her for 12th among the top finishes at State Meet for East Girls all time. (The team archivist is pretty sure, if not certain, about these records.)

A year ago, the East Boys finished a distant 7th at the regional meet and did not have a single boy who broke 17 minutes for 5K for the season and only three runners who broke 18 minutes. But the 2021 version of East Boys Cross Country was a team that had shown State Meet aspirations beginning at the opening time trial of the season and now showcases three boys who have broken 17 minutes and an additional six who have broken 18 minutes. The Angel Boys Team that toed the line at this year’s State Meet featured exactly zero boys with any State Meet experience but proved to be ready for the moment. “This race rewards runners who run the first mile smartly” had been the coaches’ mantra prior to the meet, and the East Boys proved to be one of the smartest teams on the course. At the mile mark, East was in 18th place with 432 points with senior Eamon Nussbaum (89th, 5:34) and juniors Quinn Higgins (93rd, 5:35) Ian Logan (98th, 5:38) leading the way, followed closely by freshman Jonas Scudamore (5:40, 103rd), sophomore Ben Hopper (5:41, 105th), and seniors David Anderson (5:42, 11th) and Jack Kriekels (5:46, 119th).  By the 2-mile mark Higgins had moved to 46th (11:16), Nussbaum to 50th (11:17), Logan to 73rd (11:28), Anderson to 102nd (11:44), Scudamore to 103rd (11:44), Kriekels 108th (11:47) and Hopper to 114th (11:50), putting the Angels in 15th, having shed nearly 100 points over the second mile. But the Angels were far from done moving their way up the field as Higgins, Nussbaum, Logan, Anderson, Kriekels, Hopper and Scudamore eventually stormed into the rodeo stadium to claim 35th, 41st, 71st, 92nd, 105th, 108th, and 110th respectively to claim an 11th place team finish with 301 points. Only twice in the last 20 years has an East Cross Country team finished better (2012 – 5th place Boys; 2017 – 8th place Girls). Individually, only two East boys have finished better than Higgins and Nussbaum in the last eight years, while Scudamore’s finish was 6th of all freshman boys in 5A.. 

Over the last four years, senior Charlie Kruger has been a constant pillar on Denver East Cross Country. Nobody had been to more practices, gone on more runs, or competed in more races. If you have been around the team the last four years and failed to learn something about running and being a teammate from Kruger, you haven’t been paying attention. In 2020, Kruger’s 11th place (18:22) finish at the DPS League Varsity Championship was key to East securing the team title, and in 2021 his 9th place finish in the JV race was crucial to securing that team title. For most of 2021, Kruger was just outside the Varsity 7, but he would get his chance at the 2021 State Meet his senior year in the Unified Championship, the third and final race in which East would be represented. In front of a frenzied crowd of teammates, coaches, family and friends, Kruger ran to a decisive win in the 1.7 mile race with a winning time of 10:50 and a 17 second margin of victory. It was a fitting highlight on top of a fantastic day and season for Angel Cross Country. 

In order for us to provide uniforms for next year’s team, we must receive every uniform back.  If you haven’t already, please return your uniform after school today (2:10pm) in the counseling center.  We received two uniforms yesterday that were dropped off without names and we have no idea who checked them out.  Even if you give your uniform to Kohuth, you must pin your name on it with a safety pin so we can check it in properly.  Thank you! 

Todd & Mucharsky

Higgins, Kriekels, Logan, Scudamore, Nussbaum, Hopper & Anderson

Kruger after winning the Unified State Race

Kruger on the podium with teammates and coaches

East Angels Alumni Report

There are currently three former Angels running collegiately, all in New England: Laurel Kruger, class of 2018, now at Smith College; Will Daley, class of 2020 now at Dartmouth College; and Julia Schor, class of 2021, now at Amherst College. They are about at the midway point in their collegiate season. 

Kruger has led her team in each of the first three meets of the Pioneers’ season, including 2nd place finishes at the Keene State Alumni Meet and the Smith College Invitational and a 16th place finish in the Purple Valley Classic at Williams College which featured many of the top DIII programs in New England. 

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Likewise, Daley has led the Big Green in both of their first two races of the season including a win at the Maribel Sanchez Souther Invitational and a 16th place finish in the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown at Boston’s Franklin Park, where many of the best DI teams from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic gathered to preview their NCAA regional championship course.

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In her debut campaign at the collegiate level, Schor has finished as one of the Mammoths’ top four runners in each of her first three races, including an 22nd place finish at the Ken O’Brien Minute Man Invitational, an 11th place finish at the Little III Invitational, and a 48th place finish at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University – always one of the biggest collegiate meets of the year. 


In other Denver East Cross Country adjacent news, Coach Dylan Fehrman ran a 2:59:34 marathon on a soggy Sunday morning at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon!




Due to the rising numbers of the COVID-19 Virus, Denver East has elected to not participate in Session 8, which was scheduled to begin next week and run through December 4th.  As of now only Session 8 is cancelled and we will re-evaluate for Session 9 after the Thanksgiving Holiday, which is currently scheduled to begin December 7th, fingers crossed. 

We will be posting workouts to be done on your own here on the website two or three times a week. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.  Have a wonderful Holiday break, and stay safe! 

Michael Tasker Head Track & Field Coach

Sign Up for Next Track Session

Track & Field Athletes!

Pre-season track & field practice will continue into session 8 of in-person off-season training following Denver Public Schools COVID guidelines.

All participating athletes will have to fill out the waiver below to participate before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 11th. After this time, the waiver will close and DPS will not be accepting any late submissions.

— Once registration is complete, Coach Tasker will reach out with practice times and dates to the registered athletes.


Thank you Angels —

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 Speakers: DU Sports Psychology Grad Students, Maria D’Ugo and Allodia Park

Guest Speakers

Join DU Sports Psychology Grad Students, Maria D’Ugo and Allodia Park for a Google Meet tonight at 6:15pm. Here is the meeting link:  Google meets link

 Maria and Allodia are in a program at DU that is designed to develop individuals in the sport, performing arts, health and fitness, and mental health fields who want to improve the performance and lives of the people they work with. This program focuses on the psychological factors that influence human performance while practicing assessment and intervention strategies that enhance an individual’s performance and personal growth.

All cohorts are welcome to attend this meeting.

Cohort 1

All cohort 1 runners will continue to train together this week.

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 runners are eligible to join the VRC.  Click here for more info: Virtual Running Club (Cohort 3)

Meet the virtual runners at the E at 4:00 on Mondays (today), Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cohort 3 (VRC) and Cohort 2

Please join the google meeting at 6:00pm tonight for a brief update before the guest speakers arrive. Google meets link