Please meet in the back of the auditorium today at 3:45pm. Remember to wear your mask while indoors.
Legacy Lightening Invitational
East Cross Country kicked off the Labor Day weekend with strong performances at the Legacy Lightening Invitational at Broomfield Commons Park on Friday. The meet featured 37 entered teams and was run at the same park, though different course, that will host State Qualifying Regionals in fewer than seven weeks. Conditions were warm and dry, with some overcast skies later in the meet providing some relief from the heat. The course was primary on hard packed dirt with a bit of concrete sidewalks, and flat for the first 2 miles before a long steady hill followed by a long downhill to the finish.
Boys Varsity got things started, getting off the crowded starting line smartly without getting out too fast. By the mile mark, senior Eamon Nussbaum and junior Quinn Higgins were running together around 20thplace overall, while most of the rest of the East pack came through between 35thand 40th. Eamon moved up over the next 2 miles to finish 10thin a time of 17:10, while Quinn held on to 19thplace in 17:27. The East pack that followed was led by senior David Anderson who clocked a 17:48 personal best by over a minute, followed by freshman Jonas Scudamore (17:51), junior Ian Logan (17:59), and senior Owen Congdon (18:00, personal best) who all moved up throughout the last 2 miles to grab places 26, 28, 31 and 34 respectively. Juniors Ben Hopper (18:16) and Charlie Keglovitz (18:43, pb) and sophomore Kai Luna (19:01) finished 40th, 56th, and 65 respectively. East’s total of 109 points was good enough for 3rdplace behind Fossil Ridge (53 points) and Mead High School (67 points) and well ahead of Region 3 rivals Legacy High School (207 points) and Ralston Valley (161 points) and 17 other teams.
As the cloud cover mercifully floated over the park, the Girls Varsity race got going. The Angels were led by 9th-grader Rosie Mucharsky. Similar to the week prior, Rosie sat in 2ndplace for most of the first 2 miles before launching a decisive surge to win the 5000m race in an attention grabbing 18:00 personal best and 23 seconds ahead of the next runner. Sophomores Sophia Sheriff and Grace Todd came through the mile inside the top-20. Grace (20:00, personal best) moved up to grab an 11thplace finish and Sophia (20:15, pb) held on to 19thplace. Senior Ellison Mucharsky debuted her season with a strong 21:05, 30th place finish, followed by a surging Sasha Bull (21:17, pb) for 34th and senior Annabelle Filippini (21:35) for 37th. Juniors Bri O’Meara (21:56, 42nd), Helen Miller (22:01 45th), and Eleanor Goldstein (22:56, pb, 71st), and 9th grader Lila Cypers (22:51, 70th) rounded out the finishers for the Angels. Fossil Ridge took another team title with a mere 39 points, with Denver East taking 2nd with 82 points, ahead of Fort Collins (87 points), Legacy (108 points), Ralston Valley (168 points), and 13 other schools.
The Boys and Girls JV races would head off a mere 15 minutes apart, creating a seemingly continuous parade of athletes circling the park and open space. For most of the East JV runners, this would be their first attempt at 5000m for the season. Running a very strong 2nd mile, senior Charlie Kruger led the East boys, finishing 4thin 18:54. Newcomer junior Julio Dominguez-Perez ran a 19:21 for 11th place, freshman Finley Steed held on to 12th place in 19:31, sophomore Devin Morse ran a personal best 19:33 for 13th, junior Garrett Johnson finished 15thin 19:43, freshman Oliver Gustavson 21st in 19:59, and junior Corbin Hobert 22nd in 20:03. The Angels finished with 50 points, behind first place Fossil Ridge with 32 points and well ahead of 3rdplace Fort Collins (120 points) and 11 other teams.
In the Girls JV, East was led by the steadily paced performance of junior Evelyn Higgins finishing in 10th place in 22:56. Sophomore Anna Rothmans-Haji (15th, 23:28), Juniors Clara Artley (25th, 23:58) and Siena Berry (31st, 24:39), and 9th-grader Franny Hubbard (32nd, 24:44) made up the rest of the scoring five for the Angels. Sophomores Emma Pieracci (36th, 24:57) and Sophie DeBlasio (37th, 25:04) and 9th-graders Ana Beam (50th, 25:54), Yelena Konowal (54th, 26:09), Grace Taub (57th, 26:14), and Lucia Artley (60th, 26:27) finished solidly in their 5000m debuts. The JV Girls finished 3rdof 12 teams with 93 points, behind 2ndplace Fort Collins (54 points) and 1stplace Fossil Ridge (18 points), who completed their sweep of all four team divisions.
For complete results, click here: Legacy Lightning Results
The weather forecast after the long weekend is for things to get warmer again, and the competition for the Angels will definitely get hotter. The Liberty Bell Invitational on Saturday, September 11, is always one of the most competitive meets in the State. Chances are decent that both the Boys and Girls teams will be placed in the elite section. Race times will be posted as soon as division placements are announced.
As a reminder, we have a team photo site where you can share your pictures and see pictures others have taken. You can upload, download, and enjoy pictures of our photogenic team.
To join, go to https://eastxc2021.shutterfly.com/ and request to join. Once approved, you will see a folder for each week’s meet. Please add your photos to that folder or browse what’s there.
You can also upload to the site from your phone or use the “Shutterfly Share Site” app.
Questions? email Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Great work at the meet today! Here are this weekend’s workouts:
Sat 9/4: Long run 60 – 90 minutes easy running. (no longer than longest run in last 5 weeks)
Sun 9/5: off
Mon 9/6: No official practice – run this workout on your own or arrange to meet-up with teammates. 45 minute maintenance run (25-35 minutes for newer runners) plus 6-8 x 200m uphill sprints .200m hills in East neighborhood: full length of DMNS hill (rather than half we did on Monday); full length of Esplanade; from gazebo to side walk at Cheesman.
Stay hydrated and get some good sleep this weekend!
Drivers, Thank you for getting runners to the Legacy Meet. We are fortunate to not only have great student runners, but we have awesome support for our team!
Drivers: Please meet on the Detroit St side of the school to load runners into your car. Check in with one of the coaches when you arrive.
Thanks to everyone who made our virtual meeting last week and came and cheered the runners on at Wash Park.
For those interested, you can find slides to last week’s meeting here:
The calendar on our website is updated as start times and locations become available. See the details on the meet on the calendar (under schedules) for race schedule. Remember that you can sync that calendar with your own by signing up at the bottom of the calendar page.
The Angel Invite at City Park is on Tuesday Sept 14. As the host, we need lots of help to make this a success. Please sign up here if you can help.
Mark your calendars. Weds Sept 22 will be a fundraiser for Cross Country at Chipotle. Come by, get dinner, and tell friends and neighbors. Runners are invited to grab food and picnic on the lawn at East. Parents, we will have a Q&A table for you to ask any questions you have.
We are so excited to have the season ahead! Thanks for all your support.
Date: Friday September 3rd, 2021
Dismissal from class: 1:30pm
Leave East: 1:45pm
Location: Broomfield County Commons 13200 Sheridan Blvd. Broomfield, CO 80020
Parking: Buses in the North parking lot. Spectators may park in any of the other lots.
Race Times: Boys varsity 3:30, Girls varsity 4:00, Boys JV 4:30, Girls JV 4:45, Awards: 5:20 (only varsity awards will be handed out)
Transportation: There is a shortage of DPS bus drivers this year and we have not been able to get buses for all of our meets. While our ADs are still working on a bus for the Legacy Meet, it is likely we will need to car pool. If we have to car pool we will need drivers.
If you can drive, please sign up by clicking here: Legacy Meet Car Pool Sign Up
Unavailable Runners If you are not available to run this meet, please fill out the runner unavailability form .
East Cross Country Is Back on the Course
Nine days following an intrasquad time trial that had more than a handful of noteworthy performances, East Cross Country hit the course at the Washington Park Invitation against a mix of about eighteen teams that compete at the 2A to 5A level. The Angels exceeded even the high expectations set the week prior.
Girls Varsity were the first to race over what old timers would describe as a European style 5k course on 100% thick grass loops on the large meadow in the middle of the park, around which the usual volleyball and spikeball games were scattered. Ninth grader Rosie Mucharsky was immediately at the front of the pack. Rosie smartly sat a few meters behind the lead runner until about 1200m to go, then launching a strong surge to the lead that would culminate with a 24 second victory in her debut. Her 18:36 is a Denver East girls’ record and currently sits as the 6th fastest time in the State. Sophomore Grace Todd, running her first varsity race, finished 11th in 20:12, while fellow sophomore Sophia Shiroff was 14th in 20:45. In this “rebuilding year,” every runner who followed for East was running their first varsity race and each ran a personal best (some by minutes!): Junior Bri O’Meara 25th, 21:34; sophomore Sasha Bull 27th, 21:44; junior Helen Miller 28th, 21:50, ninth-grader Lila Cypers 29th 22:10, and junior Ellie Goldstein 57th in 23:14. Quick rebuilders that they are, and despite missing several seniors taking the ACT, East came away with the team title with 66 points, followed by fellow 5A power Grandview with 80 points and league rivals Denver South with 81 points and Northfield with 92 points.
Boys Varsity followed the Girls on the course with a mix of veterans and newcomers to the varsity level. Senior Eamon Nussbaum, who led the Angels for all of the 2020 campaign, again led the team with a smartly run 5K during which he moved up from about 12th at the mile mark to 4th overall in 16:53 – joining the small list of East runners to have broken 17 minutes for the first time. Junior Quinn Higgins, new to varsity, threatened the 17 minute barrier with a 17:06 run – personal best by a full 3 minutes – for 8th place. Freshman Jonas Scudamore ran 17:51 (the 10th fastest time by a frosh in Colorado thus far) for 23rdplace, followed closely by junior Ian Logan (24th, 17:55) and senior Owen Congdon (31st, 18:05) who also finished with substantial personal bests. Varsity stalwarts junior Ben Hopper and sophomore Kai Luna finished together in 38th and 39th in 18:34, followed by varsity newcomers senior Josh Bruggeman (41st 18:35) and junior Charlie Keglovitz (52nd, 19:00) – both pr’s. Together, the Angels totaled 79 points, good enough for 2nd behind only Grandview High School and well ahead of 3rdplace Mesa Ridge High School with 116 points and 4th place Denver South with 119.
The Open/JV races that followed ran around the same fields but for a 3000m distance rather than the 5000m distance. The Angels were led in the JV Girls race by a pair ninth-graders: Ella Terch moving up nicely in the latter part of the race for a 2nd place finish in 12:53 and Franny Hebbard who also rallied late to finish 7th in 13:17. Junior Evelyn Higgins finished 8th in 13:17, sophomore Anna Rothman-Haji 10th in 13:19, junior Clara Artley 13th in 13:23, sophomore Avery Ash 14th in 13:24, and junior Siena Berry 17th in 13:37, made up the rest of East’s top-7 runners in the race. The scoring five runners totaled a mere 40 points, 7 points back of the winning Grandview team and 30 points ahead of 3rd place Northfield.
The JV Boys were the last to take the course. Similar to the JV Girls, the JV Boys were led by a couple rookies to the team: junior Julio Dominguez-Perez finishing 3rd in 10:40 and freshman Finley Steed finishing 5th in 10:51. This pair was followed by a strong pack that included junior Corbin Hobert (9th, 11:03), sophomores Garrett Johnson (12th 11:06) and Connor Beardsley(13th, 11:13), a trio of freshmen Oliver Gustavson (20th 11:34), Matias Sifuentes (21st, 11:39), and Emmit Barros (22nd, 11:41) and sophomore Carson Lerner (24th, 11:43). The Boys’ scoring five totaled 38 points, well ahead of Grandview’s 57 and South’s 66, securing the Angels a 2nd team championship for the day.
Full results for all meets are always available at the Colorado MileSplit website: https://co.milesplit.com/meets/437670-washington-park-invitational-2021/results#.YS5mFIhKiUk
Coming off this promising opener, the Angels travel to Broomfield Commons Park on Friday for the Legacy Lightening Invitational. Thirty-eight teams are scheduled to compete at this meet including several 5A Region 3 teams the Angels will face on the same course at the Regional Championship in October for a chance to qualify for the State Meet. Boys Varsity will kick things off at 3:30pm, followed by Girls Varsity at 4:00pm, Boys JV at 4:30 and Girls JV at 4:45pm.
We will be doing this every day after warm-up drills. Please review the following YouTube and note the correct form. These lunges will improve your running and help keep you injury free.
Please meet in the back of the auditorium today at 3:45pm for a quick team meeting. Remember to wear your mask while we are indoors.