Recap: Liberty Bell and St. Vrain 9/8

It was a busy Saturday morning for the East Angels as the team was split between two meets – the Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School and the St. Vrain Invitational at Lyons High School.

The 4A/5A Girls Varsity race at St Vrain featured many of the best teams in the Colorado. Over the three loop course, the Angels got out quickly and were mostly able to hold their positions over the tough course. Junior Anna Lucy Buddenhagen led the team with a 53rd place finish in 20:58. Sophomore Maya Winfield, running her first race of the season, was the next finisher for East in 21:08. Junior Lilly Cory (21:14), sophomore Abigael Howard (21:22) and junior Lindsey Weyant (21:54) were 68th, 74th and 94th, and the Angels’ final tally landed them in 12th place of 30 teams.

In the Boys 4A/5A Varsity race Will Daley ran to a 12th place finish in 16:37, and Asher Hoyt finished 19th in 17:03. Ian Trautwein and Xander Pacini raced to seasonal bests of 18:28 and 18:30 with their 110th and 112th place finishes. Jack Beardshear (19:12) rounded out the scoring in 160th along with Eamon Nussbaum in 161st in an identical time, and the Angels finished 13th of 31 teams.

Laura Romero crushed the competition in the Girls JV race by nearly a minute, running the course in a seasonal best 20:56. Ninth grader Tsige Kaufman (24:11) was 41st, junior Sarah Hoffer (24:48) 58th, sophomore Isabel Fawley 73rd (25:21) and ninth grader Sara Abdulkadir (25:33) 82nd, and the Angels finished 6th of 25 schools entered.

Sophomore Gus Trautwein, ninth grader Allen Harder, and junior Teddy Hickenlooper had breakout races for the season with their 85th, 88th and 96th place finishes in 20:40, 20:44, and 20:48 respectively, leading the JV Boys to a 20th place finish of 28 teams.

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Meanwhile, another set of JV runners was racing across the blazing fast course over the roads of Littleton, doing their best against some of the state’s best varsity teams. Liberty Bell always delivers seasonal best times and this year was no different. For the boys, junior Taylor Lucas led the way with a time of 20:14, followed by sophomore Jacob Silverman in 20:33 and ninth grader Josh Bruggeman in 20:35. Running her first race of the season, Christina Doolan was the first Angel girl across the finish line with a time of 21:50. Fellow sophomores Grace Burnett and Claire Ely finished in 22:07 and 22:10, and junior Ellie McWhirter finished in 22:20.

The week ahead takes the Angels to the Denver West Cowboy Invitational on Tuesday and the Arvada West Invitational on Friday. These are both flat and fast courses, though the forecast for hot weather may slow things down a bit. The Angels will bring large squads to both meets and will be competitive at all levels.

Finally, this week’s alumni report: At the Smith College Cross Country Invitational, Laurel Kruger (class of 2018) of Smith College finished 15th to help her team win the 6-team D3 meet.

Entries for Liberty Bell and St. Vrain Meets

All Runners:  Please fill out the following google form after your race.  Race Review Form

Liberty Bell bus leaves East at 7:00 am on Saturday, Sept 8.

Liberty Bell Entries:  2018 Liberty Bell entries

St. Vrain bus leaves East at 6:30 am on Saturday, Sept 8.

St. Vrain Entries: 2018 St Vrain entries

St.Vrain HS Course Map – 5K

Note from St. Vrain race director about parking:   Please encourage your fans to carpool to the meet, and let them know they will have a 5 to 10 minute walk to get to the course. We are going to continue to ask for a $5 donation per car to be given to the Lyons Community Foundation for parking in Bohn Park and the south parking lot, and we’ll have a donation bucket at the gate for folks coming from the neighborhood. At the request of the Mormon church on 2nd Ave, we will not be asking for donations for anyone who parks in their lot, which they have been gracious enough to give us access to. Needless to say, this will be a work in progress, and we would appreciate it if you let your parents and fans know we need their cooperation and patience to have this go well. 

 

Red Varsity Uniforms & Unavailability Forms

If you have a red varsity uniform from last year, please text Ruth at (303) 525-3829 to make arrangements to return it.  Please do not give it to the coaches, text Ruth.

If you are unavailable to participate in a race, please submit this form as soon as possible, but ideally no later than Sunday on the week of the race. This will help us ensure that you are not taking a place on our roster from another athlete and will help us with accountability for attendance purposes.

Runner Unavailability Form

Recap: Aug 30 Wash Park-Sept 1 Centaurus

The East Angels took to two large meets this week, traveling to the Washington Park Invitational on Thursday and the Centaurus Invitational in Lafayette on Saturday. Seasonal bests were run by a majority of Angels who raced.

With most of the Varsity and JV-1 runners heading to Centaurus, it was up to the JV-2 to step up against varsity competition at Washington Park. In the Girls Varsity race the Angels were up to the task, finishing 5th of 16 teams. Juniors Elena Thoman and Ellie McWhirter led the way with 10th (22:35) and 18th (23:10) place finishes. Ninth grade Annabel Fillipini (23:14) came in close behind in 19th, followed by junior Maisie Moskowitz in 33rd (23:40) and sophomore Kerra Hendrickson in 43rd (24:21). The boys representing East in the varsity race at Washington Park found themselves a bit overmatched, finishing 19th of 20 teams. The Angels were led by senior Diego Quintos de Peterson in 100th (21:50), followed by junior Adam Schwartz (102nd, 22:18), ninth grader Josh Bruggeman (103rd, 22:23), sophomore Nicholas Virnich (104th, 22:31), and ninth grader Paul Buffington (106th, 22:38).

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The Girls JV team fared very well at Washington Park, finishing 2nd only to thee varsity squad from George Washington. Over the 2-mile course, ninth graders Amelia Brogden (14:16), Grace Chambers (14:17) and Alia Quinby (15:13) led the way, placing 3rd, 4th and 14th. Sophomore Isabella Garcia (16th, 15:27) and ninth grader Gemma Haller (17th, 15:28) made up the remainder of the five scoring runners. The JV boys finished a very respectable 6th place. Junior Kristian Laird covered the 2-miles in 12:24 for 11th place, followed by ninth grader Jack Kriekels (12:53) and Allan Harder (13:37) in 26th and 54th. Sophomore Jacob Silverman (64th, 13:48) and junior Theodor Hopfer (71st, 13:58) were the final scorers for East.

It was a near perfect morning for racing and spectating in Boulder County at the Centaurus Invitation at Waneka Lake Park on Saturday where the Varsity Girls were the first to take on the fierce competition. Abby Howard ran across the finish line first of all the Angels, moving up nicely in the last mile to finish in 19th place in a time of 20:25 for 5K. Junior Anna Lucy Buddenhagen and senior Lilly Cory also ran smart and had seasonal bests of 20:39 and 20:53 for 28th and 38th place. A series of East sophomores, Alana Marie Barros (21:37), Lilia Scudamore (21:58), Julia Schor (22:20), and Maya Nussbaumer (22:31) finished 52nd, 60th, 69th, and 76th, helping to secure an outstanding 4th place finish of 29 schools, behind only host Centaurus High School and top-10 ranked teams Broomfield and Monarch.

The Boys Varsity team finished 11th of 29 teams, hot on the heels of new regional rivals Broomfield and Legacy. Juniors Will Daley and Asher Hoyt led the way for the Angels with 9th and 16th place finishes in 16:35 and 16:57. For the second meet in a row, sophomore Xander Pacini (19:02) and junior Elijah Bruggeman (19:03) finished together, placing 97th and 98th on Saturday. First year student Eamon Nussbaum finished 102nd in 19:14, and juniors Ballard Kauffman 125th in 19:41 and Riley Nickols 134th in 19:52, to round out the finishes of the varsity seven.

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The Girls JV at Centaurus matched the best team finish of the week for the Angels with their second place finish. Running her first race for East, sophomore Laura Romero fought for the win for the full 5K, eventually finishing 2nd in 21:21. Junior Lindsey Weyant, running her first race of the season, ran to a strong 4th place finish in 21:49. The tightly packed trio of sophomores Grace O’Meara (23:05) and Claire Ely (23:14) and senior Emily Turner (23:21) finished 21st, 23rd, and 25th to round out the scoring for the Angels.

The JV Boys were the last to race for the weekend. Similar to the JV Girls race, the East Boys were well represented in the lead packs. Senior, and four-year high altitude camp attendee, Sam Crippen rallied in the third mile for a 5th place finish in 18:52 in what was his first official cross country race. Junior Jack Beardshear and sophomores Ian Trautwein and Cyrus Jenkins-Nieto finished 11th, 12th and 29th, in 19:01, 19:06, and 19:43 respectively. Senior Eden Scott, another altitude camp alum running his first career cross country race, grinded out a 20:05 for 43rd place as the 5th scorer. Junior Taylor Lucas (21:27) and senior Jack Thompson (21:29) were the final finishers for East in 91st and 92nd place.

Next Saturday features two of the biggest meets in the Colorado invitational schedule, and East will be represented at both. The team will split up again between the always fast Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School in Littleton and the super competitive St. Vrain Invitational at Lyons High School, which will be run over the same course to which East will return for State Meet qualifying (5A Region 3 Championship) in October.

Finally, this week’s alumni report: East graduates Rafael Marmalejo-Daher (UC-Colorado Springs) and Nikita Cordier (Metro State) finished 14th and 33rd respectively at the UCCS Rust Buster XC Jamboree over an 8000m course in Colorado Springs.

Centaurus on Saturday 9/1

BOYS:
Jack Beardshear
Elijah Bruggeman
Sam Crippen
Will Daley
Asher Hoyt
Cyrus Jenkins-Nieto
Ballard Kauffman
Taylor Lucas
Riley Nickols
Eamon Nussbaum
Xander Pacini
Eden Scott
Jack H Thompson
Ian Trautwein

GIRLS

Alanamarie Barros
Amelia Brogden
Anna Lucy Buddenhagen
Lilly Cory
Claire Ely
Abigael Howard
Ellison Mucharsky-O’boyle
Maya Nussbaumer
Grace O’meara
Laura Romero
Julia Schor
Lilia Scudamore
Emily Turner
Lindsey Weyant

MEET INFORMATION

from the organizers:

The meet takes place at, and around, Waneka Lake Park, which is nestled in a dense neighborhood in Lafayette. While street side parking is available, it is limited. With the influx of the many high school teams, middle school teams, and community members, finding parking will be a challenge. I highly recommend simply navigating to, and parking in, any of the lots at Centaurus High School, and then walking through the neighborhood to Waneka Lake. It is a pleasant ~1km walk, and will save you the added stress of finding street parking.

This effort also helps keep the streets easily navigable for emergency vehicles.

Handicapped parking, staffed by a volunteer, will be available near the start line and bus drop-off at 1600 Caria Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.

information from organizers: Info_Centaurus Cross Country Invitational

Course map: HS 5km Course Map_Centaurus Invitational

Venue map: Venue Map_Centaurus Invitational