5A Region 3 Championship Recap

5A Region 3 Championships – October 8, 2020

After some races there is a feeling of exaltation. After other races there is a feeling of disappointment. Following the 5A Region 3 Championships at Monarch High School on a warm smoky day, what most of the Angel harriers seemed to be feeling was relief. The East Girls, as expected, qualified for the Colorado State Championship Meet with their 3rdplace finish, and the East Boys, competing with only single runner with previous Regionals experience and not a single senior, demonstrated the tenacity that will make them a threat in the Region in the years to come.

            The Girls got to race first in Louisville, over a deceptively rough course described by Coach Kohuth as “a grinder.” Pomona High School super-soph Emma Stutzman took off from the start and never looked back on her way to an easy and highly anticipated individual win. The lead chase pack consisted of East senior Laura Romero, a couple runners from Broomfield High School, and a runner each from Legacy High School and Fairview High School, with East senior Julia Schor trailing not far behind. This pack would not breakup significantly until the final 1000m of the race with Romero taking 3rdplace in 19:20 and Schor 6thin 19:35. Senior Maya Winfield, who along with senior Abby Howard, had also started in the first wave, came through with a strong 15thplace finish overall in 20:55 with an evenly paced effort. With 3 runners finishing in the top-15, East looked to be in good shape. However, as has been the case with trying to watch these wave start races this year, what was transpiring farther back in the race was hard to decipher. The 2ndwave, which included East junior Annabel Filippini and senior Maya Nussbaumer, had taken off at a scorching pace and the lead runners were clearly making up ground on much of the back half of the 1stwave. East’s runners seemed to have held their competitors close, but two teams (Broomfield and Fairview) had clearly placed more runners in the top-20 and it appeared there were at least 3 teams in the hunt for the final state qualifying spot. To add to the confusion, the initial results shared by the timing company failed to correct for the wave starts. Coaches Fehrman and Scudamore huddled over their phones and manually added up the scores themselves with anxious athletes asking “did we qualify?” The math looked favorable for the Angels, and there was great relief when delayed official results showed that Howard’s 32ndplace (21:48), Filippini’s 35th(22:01) and Nussbaumer’s 37th(22:14) were good enough for a 91-point total and the 3rdand final qualifying spot – 12 points ahead of 4thplace Boulder and 13 points ahead of 5thplace Ralston Valley. 

            For the Boys Team, only junior Eamon Nussbaum would race from the first wave, while the rest of the team started with the second wave. Nussbaum, nursing an injury for the last 2 weeks, ran near the back of his wave and moved up nicely to secure a 16thplace finish in 17:35. Back in the 2ndwave, sophomore Ben Hopper demonstrated poise as he moved steadily up into the middle of the pack to take 31stin 18:24. Led by junior Charlie Kruger, the rest of the East Angels would move up from the very back of the 2ndwave, picking off runners who could not stay with the aggressive pace up front. Similar to the week prior, junior Jack Kreikels would out sprint Kruger in the final stretch, this time taking 36thin 18:58 to Kruger’s 37thin 19:00. Ninth grader Grant Elliott, also nursing an injury in the week leading up to the race, finished 44thin 19:34, while fellow 9thgrader Kai Luna finished 49thin 19:54. The Angel’s 7thplace finish would officially bring this strange season to an end for the Boys. While the Regional finish was a bit humbling, the team exceeded pre-season expectations. The entire team returns in 2021, and the East Boys look likely to defend their DPS League title for a 4thconsecutive year and well positioned to threaten for a State qualifying spot.

            On Saturday, October 17, the Girls will look to repeat their top-10 Colorado 5A finish from a year ago. The Colorado State Meet returns to the Norris-Penrose Event Center where the Girls will race at 4:45pm in a meet limited to 4 waves of 25 athletes. Among other changes to this year’s meet, spectators and all but 2 coaches will be limited to the Bear Creek side of the course. Follow the website for more details on the race and spectating options as we learn more. 

Click here for complete results:  5A Region 3 Championships – Results

Cohort 1 Quad Recap and Race Results | Virtual Running Club

Recap and Race Results

South-Green Mountain-Golden-East Varsity Quad Meet

On a perfect morning for racing, Denver East, Denver South, Golden High School and Green Mountain High School took on each other and a road course around City Park deliberately designed to produce fast times for the final regular season race of the year.

In the Boys race, Green Mountain star senior Graham Tuohy-Gaydos put on quite a performance running the 6thfastest time in the history of the state of Colorado for a high school boy, blazing to a time of 14:57. This is only the 7th time a high school boy has run under 15 minutes in Colorado and one of only three times a high schooler has run that fast on a course other than the net downhill Liberty Bell/Heritage High School course. Golden’s top runner took second place a full 65 seconds behind, in 16:02 – a time that wins most races in Colorado. East junior Eamon Nussbaum would again lead the Angels – he continues to knock on the threshold of breaking 17 minutes, this time running a very respectable 17:06 for 6thplace. Ninth grader Grant Elliott and sophomore Ben Hopper would work their way up the pack in the final mile together, as has become their habit, finishing in personal bests of 17:49 and 17:50 respectively for 11thand 12thplace. Junior Jack Kriekels also finished strong, placing 14thas he equaled his personal best of 18:02.  Ninth grader Kai Luna bested his high school pr by a full 30 seconds, running 18:22 for 18thplace. Coming up from the second wave of runners, juniors Charlie Kruger ran 18:26 for 20thplace, Owen Congdon 18:42 for 26thplace, Allan Harder 18:55 for 27th, Josh Bruggeman 18:56 for 29th, and ninth grader Conner Beardsley 19:04 for 30th– all personal bests! Green Mountain dominated the team competition, scoring an impressive 25 points. Golden was 2ndwith 45 points, followed by East with 61 and South with 91.

The Girls race served up some fast competition as well. Angel senior Laura Romero stayed with South’s undefeated junior Sara Wexler for 4800m before launching her kick over the last 200m to win the individual race for East with a time of 18:56. Senior Julia Schor came up not far behind for 3rdplace in 19:12.  Meanwhile, a pack of girls from South moved up nicely over the last mile to grab places 7th, 9th, 11thand 12th, which would be good enough for the team title with 41 points, to 46 points for Golden and 53 for East. Maya Winfield was 10thplace for East in 20:12, Annabel Filippini 18thin 21:08, and Maya Nussbaumer 21stin 21:15. This was the East Girls first loss of the season and first loss to a DPS rival in several years.

On Friday, East’s Varsity teams will head to Central Park for the DPS League Championships. The young and surprising East Boys Team heads to the meet as a slight favorite to take the title for the third straight year ahead of preseason favorite South. The East Girls Team, at full strength, will be co-favorites with the South Girls as the Angels try to secure their fourth straight team title. For the individual titles, George Washington’s sub-16 minute runner Charlie Welch looks poised to take his first league title after an 8 year streak of East runners taking the title, with East ready to place as many as three runners on the All-City 1stTeam led by Eamon Nussbaum. East’s Laura Romero and Julia Schor will battle for the individual title against Northfield’s Riley Buese and South’s Anna Weller, while Maya Winfield and Abby Howard will look to join them on the All-City Team.

Thank you to our volunteer course monitors, Wendy Kriekels, Patrick Winfield, Wendy Hoffer, David Harder and Laurel Kruger.  We have the best parents and siblings!

Complete Results: Boys Results   Girls Results

Keep running with the Virtual Running Club

While covid ended most people’s xc season early, it doesn’t mean we have to stop running and having fun.  The VRC welcomes cohort 1 and 2 runners as their seasons come to an end.  We have some fun community 5Ks coming up and, of course, a Halloween 5K with costumes!  Click here for more info and how to join the VRC:  Virtual Running Club (Cohort 3)  


Thomas Jefferson-Northfield-East Varsity Triangular Recap & Details for 9/26 East Meet

Triangular Recap

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

Ram Clash Recap and Results | Cohort 2

Cohort 2 got its first real taste of serious competition at the Ram Clash on Tuesday night. The course near the APEX Center in Arvada gave us a little bit of everything from road and sidewalk, to dirt hills, wood chips, and single track – true cross country. The racing started off with a speedy first mile in the boys race, but the Angels collectively used some strong second miles surging on hills to really put themselves in positions to race in mile three. While heat affected some of the boys performances, some solid closing at the finish yielded a second place team finish, and top-20 finishes by David Anderson (4th), Elliott Brumbaugh (13th), Jameson Leigh (14th), Jay Cory (16th), and Marcus Burnett (20th).

Running in the second race, the girls followed their typical pack strategy that has carried them to a lot of success so far. Collectively taking the first mile at a more controlled pace, everyone moved up consistently throughout the race and it was looking like we were going to run away with the win as Sophia Charles (1st) ran to the win, Sasha Bull (2nd) held off a late charge for second, and Grace Burnett (6th)  was just edged out to finish 6th. In a surprise though, some of the wave 2 runners paced through the wave 1 runners, and despite placing 6 more runners in the top-20, Bri O’Meara (11th), Claire Ely (13th), Alia Quinby (14th), Helen Miller (16th), Ellie Goldstein (17th), and Clara Artley (19th), we were edged by just 2 points in the final scoring 31-33 by race host Green Mountain.

But with a pair of second place finishes and some really fast times, we have a lot to celebrate about today, and to look forward to going into our final race of the season on Saturday against Northfield.

Complete Results:

Boys Results: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=222993

Girls Results: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=223006

Recap: Aug 24-25 Cheyenne Mountain and Ram Run

Finally, the East Angels got to start competing. This week’s Varsity and JV-1 teams traveled to the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede to preview the State Meet course against some of the toughest competition in 5A. In fact, of the 20 teams entered, the Girls 5A race featured five of the top-10 teams in the preseason poll and two of the top-10 boys teams battling it out over 5 hilly kilometers on a warm August day in Colorado Springs.

The Girls JV were the first to take to the course. While the JV race was not officially scored, it looked to be a close battle between runners from Denver East, Cherokee Trail, and Fossil Ridge. The Angels had three of the first twelve runners to cross the line, led by sophomore Lilia Scudamore in 22:31, followed closely by senior Lily Cory in 22:43 and sophomore Alana Marie Barros in 22:47. Senior Emily Turner crossed the line in 23:33, ahead of Grace O’Meara, Reese Brogden, and Ellie McWhirter, who each broke 24 minutes over the tough course.


The Varsity Girls race immediately followed the JV. Sophomore Abby Howard and junior Anna Lucy Buddenhagen led the Angels to a 9th place finish of the 20 teams, finishing in 37th and 42nd place respectively with times of 21:52 and 22:01. Junior Elena Thoman finished in 22:30 for 60th place, while sophomores Maya Nussbaumer and Julia Schor rounded out the scoring in 54th (22:52) and 59th (23:02). Making her high school debut, Ellison Mucharsky-O’Boyle finished in 66th in 23:31.

Later in the afternoon, it was the JV Boys turn to toe the line. After more than three tough miles, junior Ballard Kauffman would be the first Angel to cross the line, in time of 20:09. Sophomore Cyrus Jenkins-Nieto would closely follow in 20:14, and senior Jack Thompson would be the next Angel to finish, in 21:39. Junior Taylor Lucas and 9th grader Nick Virnich would also come in under 22 minutes.


For the Varsity Boys, it was juniors Will Daley and Asher Hoyt moving up smartly in the second half of the race to snag podium finishes of 9th and 10th place with times of 17:10 and 17:11 respectively. The next three Angels came across the line separated by only 13 seconds, as sophomore Xander Pacini finished 69th in 19:09, junior Elijah Bruggeman in 72nd in 19:12, and 9th grader Eamon Nussbaum in 79th in 19:22. Junior Riley Nickols survived a fall during the race to finish in 93rd in 19:46, and Jack Beardshear finished 111th in 20:34. The Boys, like the Girls, finished 9th of 20 teams.

The following day, East’s JV-2 scrimmaged against Golden High School and Green Mountain High School at the 10th annual Ram Run 5K hosted by Green Mountain –  where the Angels in attendance saw more hills over 5K than they might see at all the meets for the rest of the season combined. Top performances were turned in by Paul Buffington in 24:04, Kerra Hendrickson in 24:59, Alia Quinby in 25:03, Marcus Burnett in 25:04, Alex Schor in 25:24, and Clara Lorenzo in 25:49. Coaches Miller, Fehrman, and Scudamore also ran the course well. A special shout out to parent Renee Supplee who not only came to pick up the tent, but also dropped a 24:48 for 5K!

Next weekend brings us the Washington Park Invitational on Thursday for most of the team, while Varsity and JV-1 go to the Centaurus Invitational on Saturday.