9/19-9/23 Recap: North Viking, Pat Patten, Rim Rock

The penultimate week of the invitational part of the season was one of the busiest yet with three meets from Denver, to Boulder, to Lawrence Kansas.

North Viking Invitational

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On Tuesday the Angels took to the Case Willis Golf Course for the North Viking Invitational – the best meet of the DPS season until the City Championship. Considering the competition, many East runners had great races on Tuesday afternoon on a deceptively warm day at the challenging Willis Case course in NW Denver. Girls and boys both finished 11 out of 22 and 25 teams in their respective fields. With JV, JV2 & 3 racing against largely varsity and full JV squads (our varsity and top JV runners were preparing for the Kansas Rim Rock trip), the Angels placed in the top third to top half in all four races! The JV boys and girls both placed 7th in their races.

A lot of guts were displayed by our athletes tackling “Mt Willis Case” at mile 1 and again at mile 2.5 on a windy, dry, cloudless and surprisingly warm day; Angels displayed effort, purpose and focus, passing competitors with determination on the hill.  Many athletes were walking this hill, but none of ours did and they used the hill to pass competitors.

Breakout runs were made by Maya Nussbeumer, Maya Winfield and Julia Schor.  Nussbeumer and Schor worked nicely together in the varsity race while Winfield raced alone as East’s top finisher in the girls JV race. Top finishes in the varsity race were put in by sophomore Maisie Moskowitz and freshman Xander Pacini.  Senior Gunner Ranum finished as the top JV runner in what was one of his most inspired races as an East High XC runner.

Rim Rock Classic Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas

Resized_IMG_12481            Kansas has hills! That is what the 20 East Angels who were fortunate enough to make the trip found out on Friday when previewing the historic Rim Rock Farm cross country course, eleven miles north of the University of Kansas. The all grass and dirt course, which also includes a couple of covered bridges, was different than anything East runners had seen in Colorado, and the Angels were excited for the challenge.

On Saturday, more than 130 teams from at least eight states converged on Rim Rock for what was described by the meet organizers as the warmest day in memory for the meet – so hot and humid (near 90, in both cases), that the final four race of the day had to be cancelled. Fortunately, East was competing in the most competitive division and three of the first four races of the day, before conditions transitioned from challenging to unsafe.

Girls JV were the first to race on Saturday, and despite their youth, East ran with intelligence and poise. Ninth graders Lilia Scudamore (21:32), Christina Doolan (21:54) and Grace Burnett (22:05) ran from deep within the pack of 200 runner to move up to 2nd, 10th, and 19th place finishes respectively. Sophomore Lindsay Weyant and freshman Grace O’Meara finished in identical times of 22:38 for 43rd and 44th to round out the scoring for East, whose 118 points was good enough for 5th place out of 28 teams.

The Girls Varsity would be the next East team to take to the course. East’s scoring five all finished between 52nd and 88th place for a total of 376 points for 13th place out of 36 teams. Ninth grader AlanaMarie Barros led the Angels with a time of 20:33, followed by senior (and recently crowned Homecoming Queen) Nell Salzman in 73rd (20:51) and senior Laurel Kruger in 77th (20:56). Scoring was completed when sophomore Anna Lucy Buddenhagen came across in 21:06 for 87th and Abigael Howard in 21:08 for 88th. Elena Thoman completed the course in 21:36 for 125th and Emily Turner in 22:22 for 171st.

The Boys Varsity, seeded 33rd of the 44 teams, exceeded expectations with a 28th place finish in the most competitive division of the day. Harrison Scudamore led the Angels, running a strategic race. Starting from the back of the lead pack in the first half-mile, he moved his way up to 4th place midway through race, and closed fast on the eventual winner (the #1 ranked runner in Missouri, #23 nationally), narrowing a 12 second gap with half a mile to run to just 4 seconds at the finish, placing second overall in 15:32 and ahead of the #1 ranked runners from Nebraska and Kansas. Sophomore Asher Hoyt came across the line in 17:06 for 65th place, again one of the top underclassmen in the race. Despite fighting a respiratory illness all weekend, sophomore Will Daley finished strong in 17:55 for 167th place followed by Jackson Adams (18:39, 231st), sophomores Elijah Bruggeman (18:48, 242nd) and Riley Nickols (18:57, 261st), and senior Patrick Cox (19:03, 262nd).

Pat Patten Invitational

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On a cool and cloudy Saturday in Boulder, a small, but strong crew of athletes turned in great performances against the state’s best teams. Given the opportunity to run some of their first varsity races, both the boys and girls teams yielded great results, with all 9 boys running varsity coming in under 22 minutes. Henry Kaufman, Gus Trautwein, and Jack Beardshear joined the sub-20 club. The girls’ performances were equally admirable, with all 7 girls running varsity going under 24 minutes, with senior Audrey McGlothlen joining the sub-23 club. The JV races were equally impressive. Jack H Thompson was the first boy across the line for East in just over 21 minutes, and Jane Port came in first among the girls in under 25 minutes. While it isn’t apparent in the results, given the competition, this was some of the best racing of the year, with over half of the runners turning in season or career bests, some by as much as two and three minutes. Coaches Miller, Fehrman, and Spano, were all definitely impressed by the effort!

Looking Ahead

In the last week of invitational competition, the East Angels head to the inaugural Cowboy Invitational at Denver West High School on Wednesday and the always fast Thornton Invitational on Friday. Many will race twice this week. Look for entries to be posted soon.

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9/8-9/9 Recap: Liberty Bell and St. Vrain

Week three of the East Angel’s cross country season kicked off at the 40th Annual Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School in Littleton. Teams from around the region go to Liberty Bell for the promise of fast times on the mostly flat and hard surfaced course, and despite warmer than ideal temperatures, fast times were delivered by the Angels.

Running at full strength for the first time this season, the Boys Varsity were off the line first. Harrison Scudamore led the Angels with a 5K personal record of 15:28 for 4th place, five seconds off the winning time. Harrison was followed by Asher Hoyt (38th, 16:41), Will Daley (87th, 17:42), Jackson Adams (104th, 18:01), and Ian Trautwein (124th, 18:18) who all ran personal best times. Together they totaled 357 points for 16th place of 25 schools in the large school division.

The Girls Varsity closely followed the boys, and were again led by Laurel Kruger who shattered her previous best time for 5K by 43 seconds on her way to a 19:27 finish for 31st place. Laurel was backed up by Nell Salzman (67th, 20:21), AlanaMarie Barros (69th, 20:24), Lilly Cory (80th, 20:38), Abby Howard (84th, 20:42), Anna Lucy Buddenhagen (86th, 20:45) and Emily Turner (106th, 21:26). The scoring five totaled 331 points for 14th place of 23 schools in the large school division.

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The JV-1 squads toed the line about an hour later. The 10th place JV boys were led by Riley Nickols who ran a smartly paced race on his way to an 18:54 49th place finish – a 40 second improvement on his previous best 5K. Riley was closely followed by Patrick Cox (50th, 18:55). The Girls JV-1, made up exclusively of 9th and 10th graders, raced to a 5th place team finish with personal bests run by nearly every runner: Elena Thoman (26th, 21:27), Lindsey Weyant (29th, 21:32), Grace Burnett (32nd, 21:37), Grace O’Meara (34th, 21:39), Lilia Scudamore (44th, 21:51), and Maisie Moskowitz (55th, 22:06).

On Saturday, East Angel Cross Country, minus its Varsity and JV-1 runners, would take on the tough competition at the St. Vrain Invitational in Lyons over the challenging Lyons High School cross country course. In Girls Varsity competition, the Angels were led by sophomore Serene Mather (82nd in 22:54), followed by freshmen Julia Schor (126th, 23:48), Maya Nussbaumer (133rd, 23:52), and Maya Winfield (142nd, 24:17). Despite the challenging conditions, junior Henry Kaufman ran to a new personal best of 20:05 for 152nd place in the Varsity Boys race; sophomore Jack Beardshear also ran a personal best time of 20:41 for 169th.  For the second time in as many weeks, Teddy Hickenlooper was the first Angel to run across the finish line in a JV boys race, this time running 21:00 and 74th place over the St. Vrain 5K course. Ninth graders Clara Lorenzo (26:18, 93rd) and Laurel Supplee (27:01, 114th) were the first Angels in the JV Girls race, which completed the weekend of racing for Denver East High School Cross Country.

This week brings East two opportunities to run seasonal best times as the squads will be split between the inaugural Nighthawk Invitational hosted by Northfield High School at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Thursday and the Arvada West Invitational at the Stenger Soccer Complex in Arvada on Friday. Both courses promise to be flat and fast. Check the website for meet entries this week; Varsity runners selected for the Rim Rock Invitational in Kansas (September 21st – 24th) should expect to hear from Coach Kohuth at the beginning of this week.

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9/1-9/2 Recap: Wash Park, Arapahoe, Centaurus

East Angel Cross Country had a busy start to the Labor Day weekend, spread across 13 races at three different meets.

On Friday, the Open Girls and Open Boys 2-mile races at the Washington Park Invite would kick things off as temperatures hovered near 90 degrees. The Girls Team would race to a 6th place finish led by the impressive debut performance of freshman Maya Nussbaumer who finished 12th with a time of 15:36. Sophomore Teddy Hickenlooper opened his season with a 27th place finish in 13:09 to lead the boys to an 8th place finish.

In the Varsity Girls 5K at Wash Park, the all 9th grader team of Isabella Garcia, Claire Ely, Maya Winfield, Charlie Hite, and Clara Lonrenzo scored a 10th place team finish overall against their more experienced competition. The boys, similarly depleted of varsity experience at other races, were led by freshman Cyrus Jenkins-Nieto who finished 78th in 21:18.

Meanwhile, things were also getting started at the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational under similarly sultry conditions. There, things kicked off with the Boys Frosh/Soph race. Showing the same team leading form as the week prior, sophomore Will Daley ran to a 13th place finish in 18:41. Will was backed up by freshmen Ian Trautwein (19:11, 21st) and Xander Pacini (19:33, 26th) and sophomore Riley Nickols (19:34, 28th) for a 6th place finish of 25 teams. The Frosh/Soph Girls finished 2nd of 25 teams! The tight Angel pack included freshman Lilia Scudamore (17th, 22:24), sophomore Elena Thoman (19th, 22:41), freshmen Grace Burnett (22nd, 22:47) and Christina Doolan (23rd, 22:48), sophomore Maisie Moskowitz (26th, 22:51) and freshman Grace O’Meara (27th, 22:52). With most runners divided across other meets and races, the Angels ran only a handful of runners in the other races at Arapahoe. Notable performances came from a pair of East juniors; Lilly Cory (21:59) and Emily Turner (22:06) rolled over the trails and through the creek crossings at deKoevend Park in the fastest times for East girls for the day.

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On Saturday morning, most of Denver East’s Varsity girls and boys took an early bus to Waneka Lake Park for the very competitive Centaurus Invitational. The Girls ran to a 7th place finish of 23 teams, finishing only behind teams ranked in the top-10 in the State in their respective divisions. Senior Laurel Kruger led the Angels with a 21st place finish in 20:10. Freshman AlanaMarie Barros finished in 20:50 for 37th, followed by a group of Angels who ran together for most of the 5K: senior Nell Salzman (21:17, 46th), junior Lilly Cory (21:20, 51st), sophomore Anna Lucy Buddenhagen (21:25, 53rd) and freshman Abigael Howard (21:42, 60th). For the boys, senior Harrison Scudamore raced to a second place finish in 15:50, behind only the top ranked runner in Colorado. Sophomore Asher Hoyt (17:08, 16th) was the top underclassmen in the race. Senior Jackson Adams (18:41, 67th) and sophomore Elijah Bruggeman (19:01, 81st) also had solid races and the Angel Boys finished 10th of 23 teams.

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This coming week two of the most competitive meets of the Colorado invitational season fall on the same weekend: the Liberty Bell Invitational hosted by Heritage High School in Littleton on Friday and the St. Vrain Invitational hosted by Lyons High School on Saturday. Expect fast times and stiff competition.

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8/25-26 Recap: Cheyenne Mountain Stampede and Ram Run

The East Angel Cross Country Team kicked off the weekend with a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, hosted on the State Meet course in Colorado Springs. First off the line was the JV Girls Team. East packed three girls in the top 10 of that race with sophomore Elena Thoman 4th (23:09), freshman Lilia Scudamore 7th (23:31) and sophomore Maisie Moskowitz 8th (23:40). Sophomore Lindsey Weyant was the next finisher in 24:31, and seniors Audrey McGlothlen (24:50) and Maria Crippen (25:06) moved up nicely in the second half of the race.

The Girls Varsity race was next up, still in the heat of the day on the dusty course at the Norris-Penrose Center. Senior Laurel Kruger started off conservatively and moved her way up nicely for a 13 place finish in 21:07. Freshman AlanaMarie Barros moved up early and held on to 26th place in 21:45. The rest of the Angels came in fairly tightly packed, led by sophomore Anna-Lucy Buddenhagen (44th, 23:12) with freshmen Christina Doolan (49th, 23:25) and Grace O’Meara (50th, 23:28), senior Emily Turner (51st, 23:36), and freshman Grace Burnett (53rd, 23:46) following her into the equestrian stadium. This young East team took 7th of 14 teams.

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As the sun began to sink towards Pike’s Peak, the JV boys would be the next to race. Sophomores Asher Hoyt and Elijah Bruggeman showed off their varsity potential, with Hoyt easily winning the race in 18:12 and Bruggeman finishing 4th in 18:56. Fellow sophomores Kristian Laird (20:55) and Ballard Kauffman (21:09) would be the next to cross the finish line.

Yet another sophomore, Will Daley, would lead the Boys Varsity team with a 41st place finish in 18:28. He was followed by senior Jackson Adams (66th, 19:26) and the freshman duo of Ben Hill (71st, 19:38) and Ian Trautwein (73rd, 19:42). Riley Nickols would round out the scoring for East with an 80th place finish in 19:57 with senior Patrick Cox following closely in 20:05. East finished 13th of 15 teams, though clearly would have moved into the top 10 had their top JV boys run in the varsity race.

Saturday morning about forty East Angels made the trip to Green Mountain High School for a scrimmage with Green Mountain, Golden, and an assortment of other area runners, both young and old, at the very challenging Ram Run 5K. Soccer midfielder and friend to cross country, junior Sammy Crippen was the first Angel across the line in 19:23 for 8th place. Other Angel highlights included Stephen Evan (39th, 22:08), Nikola Hannon (51st, 22:50), Taylor Lucas (52nd, 22:51), Julia Schor (84th, 24:53), Isabella Garcia (109th, 26:01) and Claire Ely (114th, 26:08). Of runners old, East definitely had the first two coaches across the finish line as Coaches Scudamore and Fehrman represented well in 4th and 6th place overall. Congratulations to all the Angels who took on the brutal uphill 3rd mile at Green Mountain.

Next week will be a busy one for the Angels. East will split squads across three meets as we travel to the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational and the Washington Park Invitational on Friday and the Centaurus Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. A few lucky Angels may even race twice this week. Check the website later in the week for entry and transportation details for these meets.

Angel Time Trials & Alumni Run

XC Alums: Anand Zuppa (2016), Andrew Wise (2013) and Devon Romero (2013)

Thanks to everyone who came to run and support the East Angel 2-mile Time Trial and First Annual Alumni Run. We had over 90 current athletes compete and eight alumni came to run with and support our Angels. Coincidentally, 90 degrees was about the temperature when the runners took off on Friday. Good job to everyone who beat the heat and then joined their teammates at The Goods where we had some fun and earned some money for the team.

In the Boys’/Men’s race, Class of ’13 star Andrew Wise, now running for Western Washington University, was the first across the line. Andrew finished with East sophomore newcomer Will Daley in a time of 11:33. Freshman Ian Trautwein was next to finish for the boys, with three other freshman – Ben Hill (6th), Xander Pacini (7th) and Gus Trautwein (10th) – also among the top finishers. Senior Jackson Adams finished third, junior Sammy Crippen fourth, and senior transfer (via Texas) Patrick Cox was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were  senior Jack “DSA” Thompson (8th) and fit looking sophomore Riley Nickols (9th).

In the Girls’ race, Laurel Kruger showed great fitness with a 12:41 run to win the day. Another varsity veteran, junior Emily Turner closed strong in 13:33 for second. Emily was closely followed by Alana Marie Barros, a freshman, who led the youth brigade which then followed – 10th graders Anna Lucy Buddenhagen (4th), Elena Thompson (8th) and Maisie Moskowitz (10th) and 9th graders Christina Doolan (5th), Grace O’Meara (6th), Grace Burnett (7th) , and Lilia Scudamore (9th). It wasn’t until the strong finish of senior Audrey McGlothen in 11th that the parade of underclassmen would be interrupted.

Competition kicks off for the Angels on Friday when the Varsity and top JV will travel down to Colorado Springs to preview the State Meet course against top competition in the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Most of the rest of the team will get to test their mettle over a challenging 5K scrimmage at the Ram Run on Saturday at Green Mountain High School.

Check back for more information on uniform checkout and details for this week’s races.

Post run social at The Goods on Colfax.

Runners and families enjoying the patio at The Goods

 

Recap of Races: Week of Sept 26

This week the East Angels completed their Invitation season and now look forward to the Championship Season beginning Monday, October 10, when East hosts the DPS Cross Country Championships at City Park.

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Thornton Invitational: The Varsity capped off their season with strong runs at the Thornton Invitational – where they will return in three weeks for the 5A Region 1 Championship. Harrison Scudamore ran 15:42, a personal best and the ninth fastest time in Colorado this year, to finish second. Asher Hoyt continues to turn in some of the best freshman times in the state, running 17:15 for 37th place. Jackson Adams ran to a new personal best time of 18:54 – fully 52 seconds faster than his previous best. As has been their habit, the strong freshman trio of Kristain Laird, Elijah Bruggeman, and Liam Peck, came through the finish not far apart in 142nd, 151st and 159th respectively. Sophomore Alex Zonca knocked 28 seconds off his previous best time running 19:29. The boys finished 14th of 37 teams.

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Samantha Skeen ran a seasonal best of 20:14 to lead the Girls Varsity at Thornton. Sophomore Lilly Cory finished only a few places back in 37th. Lindsey Weyant, Laurel Kruger, and Masie Moskowitz demonstrated some disciplined race tactics, moving up nicely in the second half of the race to finish 71, 87th, and 131st. Emily Turner finished right behind Masie in 132nd, and Allana MacRossie-Smith turned in a personal best of 22:42. The girls finished 11th of 35 teams.

Bear Valley: While the Varsity produced a handful of personal bests at Thornton, the JV runners produced more than 40 personal bests at the Denver West Invitational back at Bear Valley Park. To highlight a few of these great performances, in the Boys Varsity race freshman Riley Nickols led the way with a time of 19:38 for 9th place. Finishing 12th, 13th and 14th, David Spritzer, Jack Rocchio and Jack H Thompson all broke 20 minutes.  Zakarias Abdulkadir was the 5th scorer for the Angels in 17th and the Boys finished 3rd of 5 teams in the Varsity division.

In the Girls Varsity race Sara Merman led the way with a personal best 22:53 for 6th place. She was followed across the line by Madeline Solomon, Audrey McGlothlen, and Maddie Scholtz in 7th, 8th and 10th. Mackenzie Whitehead-Bust (14th) was the final scorer for the Girls who finished 2nd of 4 teams in the Varsity division.

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East Angel 9th graders dominated the Girls JV race. Isabella Sundstrom led the way with the outright win by nearly a minute and a personal best time of 23:31. Ellie McWhirter and Brianna Gooch followed in 3rd and 4th in personal best times of 25:25 and 25:28. The first five East Angel boys in the JV boys race – Nicholas Panagos (4th, 20:50), Mac Meeter (6th, 21:08), Carlos Carbajal (7th, 21:35), Theodore Kienast (9th, 21:41) and Henry Kaufman (10th, 21:51)each ran personal bests as the JV boys team finished first of the three teams.

Dakota Ridge Invitational: Earlier in the week most of the team went to the Dakota Ridge Invitational at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Chatfield. Conditions were warm and the course is challenging, so great efforts were measured in how the athletes fought for top places rather than running personal best times. The Varsity Girls finished 7th of 15 teams. As they would go on to do again on Friday, Skeen and Cory led the way, on this occasion with 14th and 19th place finishes. Kruger, Weyant and Turner followed in 42nd, 46th, and 54th, and Serene Mather was the 6th Angel across the line in 56th.

The Varsity Boys were led by Hoyt with an 11th place finish. Laird (56th), Bruggeman (59th), Adams (62nd), Peck (78th), and Nickols (99th) followed, and Cole Finley-Ponds was the 7th Angel in the race with a 100th place finish.  East finished a very solid 9th of 21 teams despite being without two of its usual front runners.

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McGlothlen (16th) and Scholtz (18th) led the East JV Girls to a 6th place finish in the 18 team field. Merman (40th), Alicia Rey-Miller (77th), and Frances Fedele (119th) rounded out the scoring runners for the Angels. The team of Rocchio (48th), Thompson (49th), Spritzer (50th), Ryan Kauffman (59th) and Adam Rang (77th) were the scoring five for the JV Boys at Dakota Ridge, a race in which the team finished 8th of 19 teams.

There are no races the week of October 3 as East gets ready for the DPS Championships on October 10. The Angels are the defending team champions across all four divisions and last year also won three of four individual titles. The Angels will have their work cut out for them this year – South and North will bring stronger teams than they have the last couple of years. Parents should be signed up to volunteer at the meet (or should do so soon).

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Recap of Races: Sept 19-23

The East Angels started the week by bringing a large squad to the North Viking Invitational at Willis Case Golf Course. For the first time is several weeks, East was running its varsity sevens at full strength, and in this meet against all of its DPS rivals, in addition to more than a dozen other teams. We are now just three weeks before the DPS Prep League Championships at City Park. The Case Willis course offers a true cross country challenge with plenty of hills to slow runners down – personal best times are rare here, and more typically, runner were finishing 45 seconds or more slower than their seasonal bests.  It is similar to what will be run at City Park on October 10.

The JV boys got things started. They were led by sophomore Jack Rocchio who achieved that rarest of feats on Tuesday – a seasonal best time of 21:30 for 15th place. Ballard Kauffman (20th), Alex Zonca (22nd), Gunnar Ranum (34th), and Riley Nicklols (35th) were the other scorers for East, and the JV boys finished 4th of 16 teams, 36 points behind 2nd place Denver South.

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Maisie Moskowitz impressed in the Girls JV race, winning the entire race by a full 34 seconds in 23:23. She was backed up by fellow ninth grader Anna Lucy Buddenhagen in 3rd place, junior Madeline Solomon in 6th, sophomore Sara Merman in 7th, and senior Maddie Scholtz in 11th. Together they combined for a mere 28 points and easily won the Girls JV championship.

Junior Harrison Scudamore returned to competition by out-leaning a new rival from Denver South to win the Varsity Boys race. Also cracking the coveted top ten to come home with individual hardware were senior Rafael Marmalejo-Daher and freshman Asher Hoyt, finishing 9th and 10th respectively. The freshman trio of Elijah Bruggeman, Liam Peck, and Kristian Laird (47th, 49th, and 50th) came in close together and the Angels finished 4th of 21 teams with 116 points – 58 points behind champion South Denver and also “behind” 3rd place Denver North who also had 116 points but whose 6th runner finished ahead of East’s.

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It was a different story in the Girls Varsity race, where the East Angels finished 2nd place of 14 teams, a mere 6 points behind Lakewood High School and a slim 3 points ahead of Denver North and 24 points ahead of Denver South. Junior Nell Salzman led the Angels with a 7th place finish and a time of 21:25 – a full 21 seconds faster than she had run the North Viking course as a freshman or sophomore despite Tuesday’s hot conditions. Frosh Lindsey Weyant and sophomore Lilly Cory worked their way up to 13th and 14th, followed by Samantha Skeen (18th), Laurel Kruger (31st), Emily Turner (32nd) and Serene Mather (33rd). It promises to be an exciting DPS Prep League Championship when these schools meet again.

On Friday, the Angels traveled up to Coach Kohuth’s old stomping grounds in Boulder for the Pat Patten Invitational. This was a smaller meet, but one made up almost exclusively of Boulder and Fort Collins area teams that are regularly in the top-10 in the state. The course at Viele Lake has some hills and the afternoon started off warm and became almost comically windy – so personal bests and seasonal bests were rare.

Ninth-grader Allana MacRossie-Smith came across the line 12th in the JV Girls race to lead East to a 4th place finish out of nine teams. She was followed by Scholtz in 23rd, then Audrey McGlothlen (28th) and Merman (31st) who each ran seasonal bests despite the conditions. Junior Caroline Ritchie in 35th rounded out the scorers for the Angels.

Sophomore Alex Zonca and freshman Zakarias Abdulkadir ran together for most of the boys JV race to lead the Angels with their 44th and 45th place finishes in times of 20:19 and 20:20 respectively. Kauffman (61st), Nickols (62nd) and David Spritzer (69th) represented the balance of the Denver East scorers, and the team finished 6th of 9 teams.

Salzman led the Varsity Girls team with a 20th place finish and finishing time a full ninety seconds faster than last year on the course. Skeen finished in 31st and Cory in 32nd – a full 2 and a half minutes faster on the Viele Lake course than she was last year. Kruger (48th) and Moskowitz (54th) were next in for the Angels who finished 8th of 9 high caliber teams.

Scudamore ran to a 2nd place finish in the Varsity Boys race, finishing behind only the defending 5A Boys State Champion.  Marmalejo-Daher, Hoyt, Bruggeman and Laird followed in 29th, 36th, 62nd and 63rd, to make up the balance of the scorers for East. Also running Varsity, were Jackson Adams (69th), Peck (70th), Rocchio (71st and with another seasonal best for the week of 21:04), and Alex Weber (72nd).

The Angels will be busy with three meets next week – the last meets before we get into Championship season. On Wednesday East travels to the Denver Botanic Gardens in Chatfield for the Dakota Ridge Invitational; this is a fun, moderately challenging course at which East ran very well last year. On Friday, the team will split between the Denver West Invitational at Bear Valley Park and the Thornton Invitational at the Thornton (Margaret Carpenter) Recreation Center – which will also host our Regional Championship (aka State Qualifying meet) three weeks later. Both meets will offer a good chance to run seasonal bests over fast courses and the Thornton meet give the Varsity a chance to preview the Regional course with 41 other highly competitive teams.

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Recap of Races Sept 9-10

Many consider this past weekend to be the biggest weekend in Colorado cross country until State Meet due to the quality and size of the Liberty Bell and St. Vrain Invitationals. Denver East is one of the few schools that competes in both of these big meets.

LIBERTY BELL: The East Angels started off their weekend at the Liberty Bell Invitational on Friday, hosted by Heritage High School. True to expectations, this meet produced many personal bests. The varsity boys were led by senior Rafael Marmalejo-Daher in a personal best of 17:11. He was followed closely by freshman Asher Hoyt in 17:13, which was the 6th fastest time of any freshman in the Division 1 Varsity race. Also with life time bests were fellow freshmen Elijah Bruggeman in 18:51 and Kristian Laird in 19:01, junior Jackson Adams in 19:15, and freshman Liam Peck in 19:17. This very young team was 21st of 22 teams.

Junior Nell Salzman turned in the best time for the varsity girls with a strong 20:03. Sophomore Lilly Cory followed not far behind in a lifetime best of 20:23. Lindsey Weyant was the top freshman for East in 20:53, and for the third time in as many weeks junior Laurel Kruger ran a new personal best – this time a 21:20. The girls, all juniors or younger, were 16th of 21 teams.

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In the JV boys race, the Angels saw underclassmen lead the day with sophomore Cole Finley-Ponds (19:29), freshman Ballard Kauffman (19:49), and sophomore Alex Zonca (19:57) each turn in personal best times over 5K. Junior Samantha Skeen, still obligated to run JV races this weekend and next due transfer rules, finished second overall in the girls JV race, followed by frosh Macie Moskowitz and Ann Lucy Buddenhagen, who each ran to personal best times. Maddie Scholtz and Mackenzie Whitehead-Bust rounded out the scorers for the JV squad, who finished 8th out of 18 teams in their division.

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ST. VRAIN: On Saturday, the Angels traveled up to Lyons High School for the prestigious St. Vrain Invitational. Harrison Scudamore, who had skipped the Liberty Bell to concentrate on this race, led through much of the second mile, but would eventually fade to a 5th place finish in a seasonal best 16:08. Asher, Rafael and Elijah, who had all run hard and fast races the previous evening, followed in 64th, 66th and 181st. Junior Alex Weber was the 5th runner for the East boys who finished 17th in a field of 27 teams, of which 9 teams are currently ranked in the top 10 in Colorado in the 4A or 5A Divisions.

Sophomore Emily Turner, who had also run at Liberty Bell, had her strongest race of the season thus far, leading East in the varsity girls race with a 114th place finish. Not far behind, Lindsey (119th), Laurel (120th), Serene Mather (145th), Ann Lucy (174th), Maddie Solomon (180th) and Maddie Scholtz (207th) each followed up their Liberty Bell races with solid performances at St. Vrain. The team, depleted of its top two runners from the day before, finished 20th of 25 teams.

The boys JV race was highlighted by personal best times run by frosh Zach Abdulkadir (20:48) and juniors Mac Meeter (21:51) and Henry Kaufman (22:06). Along with Nicholas Panagos and Jack H. Thompson they led the Angels to 14th place out of 27 teams. The girls JV team was again led by Samantha Skeen in 11th. Allona Macrossie-Smith impressed in her cross country debut with a 36th place finish, followed by Sara Merman, Audrey McGlothlen, and Anna Clayton. Together they placed 7th of 30 teams in JV girls.

LOOKING AHEAD: On Friday the squad will split between the John F Kennedy Commander Cup at Bear Valley Park and the Arvada West Invite at the Stenger Soccer Complex. Both are smaller meets than this past week, but both offer fast courses good for running personal best times over 5K cross country.

Recap of races: Sept 2-3

Arapahoe Warrior Invite

It was an exciting meet for East at the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational on Friday afternoon. This meet always offers up some of the best competition in the state and features a real cross country course – two water crossings, a variety of surfaces, and this year’s added feature of twice having to negotiate your way over a large log lying across the trail.

The East frosh/soph boys kicked things off on this warm day. They were led by Elijah Bruggeman in 51st place. He was followed by Kristian Laird and Liam Peck, who each ran personal bests of 20:25 and 20:33 respectively. Cole Finley-Ponds and Alex Zonca rounded out the scorers for the Angels who finished 12th of 26 teams.

The frosh/soph girls were next on the course, led by a strong finishing Lilly Cory who finished 24th and ran a personal best of 22:49. She was followed by Emily Turner, Anna Lucy Buddenhagen who also ran a personal best time. Serene Mather and Massie Moskowitz followed and the East frosh/soph girls finished a strong 8th out of 23 teams.

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Harrison Scudamore summoned a furious finish, closing a 5 second gap over the last 400m. It was literally a photo finish; the results were in doubt for several hours, but the officials finally determined he had come up a hair’s breadth short, taking second place. Rafael Marmalejo-Daher started his Labor Day weekend off well with a 35th place finish. He was followed by juniors Peter Jonas, David Spritzer and Jack Thompson – all with solid seasonal debuts for 2016.

The varsity girls were again led by Nell Salzman who finished 35th. Laurel Kruger ran another strong performance for the girls, followed by Caroline Ritchie, Madeline Solomon and Francis Fedele.

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The junior/senior boys were led by Mac Meeter who ran a huge personal best in 5K cross country and the junior/senior girls’ race saw the East debut of Samantha Skeen who finished 4th overall. She was followed by Anna Clayton in her debut in cross country.

Congratulations to all the East runners who competed at this challenging meet.

 

Centaurus Invitational

A small and determined group of runners traveled to the Centaurus Invitation in Lafayette on Saturday.

In the boys varsity race, Rafael Marmalejo-Daher came back for his second race of the weekend finishing 46th. Frosh Asher Hoyt followed in 61st place. Jackson Adams, Cameron Ayedelotte, and Alex Weber rounded out the scorers for East.

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For the second race in as many days, Samantha Skeen led the East girls JV squad – on this occasion with a 5th place finish. Maria Crippen, McKenzie Whitehead-Bust, and Audrey McGlothlen followed in 40th, 43rd and 45th – each with seasonal bests.

Stay tuned for many more personal bests next week as the team competes at both the super fast Liberty Bell Invitational and the super competitive St. Vrain Invitational.

Cheyenne Mountain Results

Our own Harrison Scudamore (Junior) led the Angels by winning 1st place with a blazing fast time of 16:09 at Cheyenne Mountain on Friday. Click here for the boys 5A results.

The girls finished in 7th place and was led by Nell Salzman (Junior) who ran a screamin’ fast time of 21:18 and placed 13th in the girls 5A race. The girls team finished 7th overall. Click here for the girls 5A results. 

As Coach Kohuth explained Thursday night, the Angels, no matter where they finished, ran the toughest race they could run.  They will continue to do this each week throughout the season.    “It doesn’t get easier, you just get faster.” ~ Greg LeMond

To view photos of the race, click this link Cheyenne Mountain Photos

We can wait to see how the rest of the Angels run at Green Mountain today!