The following are the next three community races. If you want to keep running, you can register for these and continue to run with your teammates!
Championship running is different. Thoughts of running personal best times have to be set aside to execute the team strategy. And when the going gets tough, when things are not going according to plan, when the runner knows they might be having less than their perfect race, the runner has to grind it out the best they can to hang on to every place and every point to help their team reach their ultimate goal. There were some stellar performances by the Angels on Friday at Central Park; and there were some performances that were probably less than what some athletes had hoped for going into the race – but every athlete gave it all they had all the way through the finish line, and that was enough to bring home both team titles for Denver East High School.
The Angels have mostly avoided serious injuries this season; good summer conditioning is generally good for that. However, going into the DPS Championships it was unclear whether East front runner Eamon Nussbaum was going to available to race due to some persistent “runner’s knee” pain. The junior was able to toe the line and execute his race plan – conceding the first two places to Charlie Welch (15:53) of George Washington and Ian Kleinschmidt (16:26) of Northfield to battle it out against a runner each from GW, South, and North for places 3rd– 6th. Nussbaum gamely finished 4thin 17:17, despite dealing with an injury all week. Meanwhile East sophomore Ben Hopper was having the best race of his young career, racing to a 7thplace, All-City 1stTeam, and finishing in 17:58 – and importantly, a single place ahead of South’s #2 runner. With the first eight runners across the finish line, East, South and GW each had 2 runners in and it was clear that it was going to be a close team race.
Spectators and coaches could be forgiven for not knowing exactly how scores were shaping up at this point; half of each team was running in the second wave 2-minutes back. But with East junior Charlie Kruger leading the second wave most of the way, and teammate and fellow junior Jack Kriekels not far behind, East fans were growing more confident that a team title was within reach. Kriekels would eventually pass Kruger in the final stretch for 10thplace in 18:21, while Kruger was rewarded for his effort with a personal best 18:22 for 11thplace (this after the times and places for waves one and two were combined). East Angel Grant Elliott had lost contact with his usual racing buddy Hopper early in wave 1, but would hold on for 14thplace overall in 18:30 as the top finishing 9thgrader in the race and wrap up East’s scoring total at 46 – ahead of George Washington with 54 and South with 69. Fellow ninth grader (and the 3rdfrosh across the line) Kai Luna finished 26thin 19:40.
Prior to the start of the season, it may have seemed a foregone conclusion that the Angels Girls would dominate DPS meets. Afterall, East was returning most of a team that had finished a historic best 8thin the Colorado State Meet in 2019, and were 3-time returning DPS League champs. South and GW had different plans, having put together strong seasons that have landed both teams in the top-10 in State 4A rankings, and included South beating the Angels just 6 days prior to the Championship meet.
From the first mile of the race it was clear that the race was going to be tough battle in which the runners were going to have to fight and scrap for every point. At one mile senior Laura Romero had planted herself in her usual spot at the front of the lead pack along with the top South runner and GW’s top two runners. Senior Julia Schor was uncharacteristically gapped from this lead group, while senior Maya Winfield was racing a bit further back in a pack that included South’s 2ndand 3rdrunners and the top 2 runners from North, with the 3rdrunner from GW and a single runner from Northfield in between Julia and this chase pack. Meanwhile, in wave 2, East senior Abby Howard shared leading duties with South’s #4 runner, with senior Maya Nussbaumer and junior Annabel Filippini in close pursuit along with the fifth and sixth runners from South and GW.
By the end of the second mile, it was becoming clear that it was now a 2-team race with several of the GW runners having dropped back. At 2 miles it was clear that Schor had paced herself well as she had caught and easily passed the top 2 GW runners to take a decisive hold on to 3rdplace, while Romero and South’s Anna Wexler continued to battle up front. Winfield’s pack of two North and two South runners continued to hang together a bit back of that in places 8th-11thfor wave 1. Howard and South’s #4 separated themselves from the rest of the second wave of runners and were chased about 10 seconds back by the trio of Nussbaumer, Filippini and South’s #5. These groupings more or less stayed the same all the way through most of the 3rdmile, and it became a matter of who could close the fastest for critical places. In a frantic final 300m, East’s Laura Romero outkicked Wexler for the individual championship in 18:40 and Howard outkicked South’s Grace McClung to win wave 2 and take 12thoverall in 20:39. Those two finishes proved decisive. With Shor’s 3rdplace finish in 19:11, Winfield 14thin 20:45, and Nussbaumer 16thin 20:49, the Angels snatched the Championship by single point, 46-47, over South while GW was just a handful of points back with a total of 53. Filippini finished 17thin 20:50 (ahead of South’s 6thrunner by 3 places, which would have been enough to break a tie in East’s favor had the teams been tied after the first 5 runners).
The Varsity teams have just six days to catch their breath before the next challenge: Thursday’s 5A Region 3 Championship at Monarch High School – Girls race at 10:45am, Boys at 11:45am. The top three teams and top 2 individuals qualify for Colorado State Meet on October 17. Due to COVID-19 meet scheduling and limitations, the Angels are in the unusual position of having not faced any of their Region 3 rivals this season. Fairview, Broomfield, Boulder, Monarch and Legacy could all present a challenge to the East Girls team which hopes to improve on last year’s finish at State. Ralston Valley and all the aforementioned Boulder County schools have excellent boys teams who will be a formidable obstacle to East’s young boys team. It will be a fun and exciting meet!
Live results will be posted at the above link!
The Thomas Jefferson High School coach reportedly measured the 5000m course at James Bible Park five times – so the fast times run by the Cohort 1 Angels on a warm and hazy day at the TJ-Northfield-East triangular must be legit. Most of the course was run on the hard packed Highline Canal Trail, a trail known to produce fast times at other big meets during a more normal season – think Liberty Bell course at Heritage High School at which the Colorado State all time fastest time by a boy was set last week by Parker Wolfe of Cherry Creek High School.
Northfield star senior Ian Kleinschmidt ran away with the boys’ race, literally winning by minutes. It was a tighter race for 2ndfor more than 2 miles as East junior Charlie Kruger went back and forth with a runner each from Thomas Jefferson and Northfield. In the end, Kruger would have to settle for 5thplace in a time of 19:10. Kruger was followed by an uninterrupted parade of Angels: 9thgrader Conner Beardsley in 19:19, senior Xander Pacini in 19:25, junior Josh Bruggeman in 19:31, and sophomore Ian Logan in 19:53. The depleted boys team, with over half of the team having competed at the Ram Charger meet on Tuesday, managed to beat the Northfield varsity team 28-35, followed by TJ with 65.
In the girls’ race, East seniors Laura Romero and Julia Schor ran shoulder to shoulder with Northfield’s Riley Buese for over 2 miles. Buese would finally pull away for the win, running under 19 minutes for the first time in her career. Romero would grab second place in a personal best time of 18:39 with Schor also pushed to a personal record of 18:48 for 3rd. Maya Winfield ran largely on her own for the entire race to take fourth place in a seasonal best 20:01. A second Northfield runner would cross the line in 5thbefore the parade of Angel girls finished consecutively in places 6ththrough 10th: senior Abbey Howard (20:28), junior Annabel Filippini (20:48), senior Lilia Scudamore (21:01), senior Grace O’Meara (21:14), and 9thgrader Sophia Shiroff (21:26). The East girls easily took the team win with a mere 22 points, remaining undefeated for the season, ahead of Northfield with 39 points and TJ with 85.
The regular season for Cohort 1 culminates on Saturday, September 26thwith a home meet against Denver South, Green Mountain, and Golden. We will set up a fast course and will have electronic timing. Boys race at 8am and Girls at 8:30am. We need parent volunteers for course monitors, so please come out next Saturday to support your Angels. Click here to volunteer: Course Monitor Sign Up
East Meet Details
East Meet 9/26/20
Currently the park is closed to all motor vehicles, so there will only be typical weekend morning foot and bike traffic. For parents and athletes that means they should park at East, either on the Esplanade or they can park in either the teacher or student lots in front of the school, off of 16thAve.
Please ask parents to stay back off the roads and sidewalks where athletes are running. We ask that they be masked, even though there will likely be many other park visitors unmasked. They will have a good view of the race from near the City Park Pavilion, giving them a view across and lake and an opportunity to move to the soccer field to see the finish if they choose to.
We will start the boys’ race at 8:00 and the girls at 8:30. We should have a wide enough start area that all runners in each wave will be able to spread out. The second wave in each race will start exactly two minutes after the first wave. Please make sure your athletes are there in time to do the required COVID check-in procedures. Coaches can pick up their packets starting at 7:00 near the start area.
The race will be timed by Whitney from 3W Races and results will be sent to MileSplit. The race will be live-streamed at: Racin Rams Live Feed
Here is a link to the course map—it is a simplified variation of the course we have used for JV meets this season:
Please let me know if you are unable to open the link and I will share it directly.
It is 2 x 2500m loops on park road and sidewalks. Flat and fast.
We will have medals for the top five runners in each race
Cohort 2 Recap
Cohort 2 had to two very successful days on our home course with Saturday’s race against Northfield, and yesterday’s race against South. Both races played out very similarly, and given the pristine conditions Saturday morning, and the hazy, smoky conditions, yesterday that’s saying something about the untapped speed many of our runners are discovering they have.
On Saturday in the boys race, the lead pack got out quick and led the race throughout. A patient first mile translated into a 30 second victory for David Anderson, followed by Nathan Turner, and Elliott Brumbaugh. The rest of the boys all finished well also, with our top-11 having a pack time of 1:08.
In the girls race Sophia Charles and Sasha Bull took the lead out early. But a smart race by Grace Burnett kept her just back of them for most of the first two miles, before capturing the lead and securing her first win of the season by seven seconds over Sasha. The middle of the pack saw some impressive jockeying for the finish over the final mile as runners 4-10 finished within 38 seconds of each other.
Last night, the boys race duplicated their effort, resulting in another perfect score. David Anderson secured his third straight victory, but the real stand-out performances were by Charlie Keglovitz (3rd), who finished with a career PR of 20:00, and Liam Cook (4th) in 20:21; both runners moved up several spots over Saturday’s finishes.
On the girls side, Sophia Charles set a blistering pace early, and wasn’t challenged to the finish for her first victory of the season, and bettering her Saturday time by 25 seconds. Grace Burnett came in second followed by Sasha Bull. Claire Ely and Bri O’Meara, who have been pushing each other throughout the season rounded out our top-5, with Claire just outkicking Bri at the finish, both shaving off 18 and 30 seconds respectively on their Saturday times.
Thank you to all of the current and alumni parent volunteers for helping with the East South Dual meet. Cathy Daley, Jason Keglovitz, Sara and Tom Cook, Erin Egan, Michelle Miller and Jen Artley came out yesterday to help make this meet happen! There is a reason East XC has amazing student athletes, they come from great parents!
Ram Clash Details:
Boys Entries for Ram Clash (ranked for entries)*
- David Anderson
- Nathan Turner
- Elliott Brumbaugh
- Charlie Keglovitz
- Jameson Leigh
- Jay Cory
- Liam Cook
Girls Entries for Ram Clash (ranked for entries)**
- Sophia Charles
- Grace Burnett
- Sasha Bull
- Claire Ely
- Bri O’Meara
- Helen Miller
- Evelyn Higgins
**These athletes will need to have a 2:15 early release for a 4:00 race time in Arvada.
It would be a good idea for these athletes to ask their teachers if it would be possible to attend the morning session of synchronous learning on Tuesday, Sept 22 since the boys will miss almost the entire afternoon and girls will miss their entire second class.
Meet Location: APEX Center 13150 W 72nd Ave Arvada, CO US 80005
Tues 9/22 – JV – Boys 3:15 / Girl 4:00
There will be a restricted parking area that is for teams/officials/volunteers only. There will also be a restricted area that will contain the start/finish line along with the team camps.
We ask that you request your parents and spectators cooperate in respecting this restricted area and also emphasize how important it is to avoid future meets being cancelled this season.
There will be parking for spectators also in the southwest area of the APEX Center parking lot.
Masks must be worn by all spectators at ALL times when outside their vehicle. Spectators must socially distance between family units at all times.
On the map we have provided recommended spectator viewing areas that will allow spectators and parents to see athletes on the course multiple times. These areas will also minimize impact on public trail use along heavily used Ralston Creek Trail.
PARKING, CAMPS, START/FINISH LINE
APEX Center 13150 W 72nd Ave Arvada, CO US 80005
Class dismissal: 12:15pm
Bus leaves: 12:30pm
If you are entered for the Northfield Nighthawk Invite and cannot race, please fill out this form: Runner Unavailability Form
Tent: Thanks to Angel parents, we will have a tent at the meet! All tent transportation spots have been filled for the season. Thank you to our xc parents, Justin, Sara, Renee, Lania, Kim, Tom and Brian for getting the tent to and from the meets. Also, thanks to our coaches! You are all appreciated so much for making sure our team has shelter.
Location: Stapleton Central Park
1:30 Coach check-in (at the finish line)
2:00 Girls Open (unlimited entries)
2:45 Boys Open (unlimited entries)
3:30 Girls Varsity (limited to seven entries top five score)
4:00 Boys Varsity (limited to seven entries top five score)
4:30 High School Awards Ceremony at Start Line
On behalf of the runners, thank you for supporting the Angels!
Thanks to everyone, the Angel Invite was a successful meet! The dozens of parent volunteers made the meet go as smooth as possible. We are so grateful for our parents and their willingness to help the team!
Here are some stats from our meet:
- We hosted 28 teams (including East)
- 561 runners finished the Angel Invite
- In our fundraising efforts, we made $153 from the Kona Ice Truck, $260 from Chipotle and $190 from merchandise sales!
- We had over 48 parent volunteers, 8 coaches, 2 operations volunteers, 2 DPS athletics employees, 2 East mountain bike team members, 2 athletic trainers, an athletic director and an East administrator. All of whom worked seamlessly together to make the Angel Invite happen.
- Last but not least, we had our amazing East Angel xc runners. Of course, they are accomplished runners, but they also were excellent hosts to their guests from the other 27 schools.
We have the honor of hosting the regional meet on Friday, October 18. Now that we are warmed up, let’s do this again! Please volunteer by clicking here: Volunteer Sign Up for Regional Meet School will not be in session on Friday, Oct 18.
Thank you for all you do for the Denver East Cross Country experience!