Banquet tickets going fast!

Tickets: Our end of season banquet is Sunday Dec 3 from 9-11:30. You must buy tickets by Nov 20. There will be no tickets available later or at the door, so don’t delay. If cost is a barrier to getting your tickets, please see Coach Kohuth or email jareich424@gmail.com to make arrangements.

You can buy tickets here: https://east-xc-banquet-tickets-2017.cheddarup.com 

Auction: We will have auction items available at the banquet. Please consider getting donations– anything and everything helps to support to program. (Restaurants, stores, services, yoga, whatever.)

Swag: We will have some team merchandise available for purchase, including our brand new insulated travel mugs, pictured below (yes, we are trying to help you with your holiday shopping). So bring checks or cash to the auction for shopping.

Help: Our senior team parents are doing all the heavy lifting for the auction planning, but we could use help making a slide show. If you can help, please let Jennifer know.

See you soon!

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State Recap: Sweet 16 for Boys and Girls

For the first time in four years, Denver East sent a boys team to the Colorado State Meet. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Angels were represented by a girls team at the State Meet. So in 2017, for the first time ever, East had both a boys and girls team competing at the Colorado State Championship Meet.

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When the boys took to the course, the temperature had just about reached 40 degrees. Despite these favorable running conditions, the pack of nearly 160 of Colorado’s best prep runners took out the pace fairly slowly despite what is a net downhill first mile. East senior Harrison Scudamore was in 8th place at the mile in a relatively leisurely 5:17. The second mile brings most of the hills on the challenging Norris Penrose course, and the effort picked up precipitously over the hills with the lead pack running that mile in 5:16. Over the final 1.12 miles, including the notorious uphill finish out of the creek crossing, Harrison would average a 4:46 pace, but nonetheless was beat to the finish by four other runners, finishing 5th overall for the second straight year. Meanwhile, sophomore Will Daley moved up from 99th at the mile to 93rd at 2 miles and then 76th at the finish. Fellow sophomore Asher Hoyt finished 106th while senior Jackson Adams ran to a massive personal best, despite the difficult course, of 17:45 for 135th place. Sophomore Riley Nickols finished off the scoring in 146th place. Freshmen Ian Trautwein and Xander Pacini finished 153rd and 159th. When it was all over, the Angel boys had exceeded expectations with a 16th place overall team finish.

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Unlike the boys race, the 5A girls race went out blazing fast. The East girls, always closely packed, put themselves in good position over the first mile and did their best to hold on and move up over the next 2 miles. Leading the way through the finish line for the Angels for the first time all season was sophomore Anna Lucy Buddenhagen with an 85th place finish and an impressive time of 20:11. The rest of the East scoring pack would come through within 25 seconds, with senior Nell Salzman finishing 92nd, freshman AlanaMarie Barros in 97th, junior Lilly Cory in 109th, and senior Laurel Kruger in 114th. Freshman Abby Howard was 123rd and sophomore Lindsey Weyant in 151st. When the points had been totaled, the Angels had finished 16th – quite possibly the best ever finish by an East girls team. Only ten other teams finished with both boys and girls teams in the top 16 in the State.

The Future Looks Bright

The boys and girls teams will each graduate two seniors this spring. A well balanced and deep girls team looks to be well positioned next year to improve on this year’s finish at State. A rapidly improving boys team that will likely feature exclusively sophomores and juniors, looks well positioned to make another run at qualifying for State if they put the work in over the summer. We encourage all of our cross country athletes to run track in the winter and spring.

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We look forward to celebrating this season with everyone at the banquet next month. You can purchase tickets online: https://east-xc-banquet-tickets-2017.cheddarup.com

You can also sign up for the Running Club’s Snow Shoe Trip online as well. This is not an official activity of the cross country team, but is a great opportunity to play, train, and connect. https://snow-shoe-trip-jan-20-21-2018.cheddarup.com

State Meet Details

Practice on Thursday, Oct 26 at 3:15.  Meet in 225 (counseling office).

Arrive at East teachers’ parking lot on Friday, Oct 27 at 1:15.

Leave East at 1:30 pm

State Meet Itinerary

Be sure to bring warm clothes for before and after your race.  Hats, gloves and blankets might be good ideas. Bring healthy snacks. Since the races are early we won’t have a team breakfast, bring what you want to eat, if anything, for breakfast.  We will stop for lunch on our way out of town, bring about $10 for lunch and money for any race souvenirs or concessions you might want to purchase.

Coach Delaney has done some research and reported that this is the first time in 23 years that the girls team has gone to State.  He thinks this might be the FIRST time both teams have ever gone to State together.  Congratulations to the East Cross Country team and coaches of 2017 – you are making fabulous Angel history!  We want to get used to this new trend of sending both teams to State!!

GO ANGELS!

 

End of Season Banquet Dec 3

End of Season Cross Country Banquet
Sunday, Dec 3th from 9:00a-11:30a
Park Hill Golf Club 4141 E 35th Ave, Denver, CO

Please join us for a celebration of another successful East Cross Country season! We’ll have brunch, awards, Coach Kohuth’s famous speeches… and a small silent auction to help raise money for the team.

Runners, parents and siblings are all encouraged to come.
Cost is $20 per person.

You must buy your ticket no later than Nov 20. You may do so at this link (or paste https://east-xc-banquet-tickets-2017.cheddarup.com in your browser). You can also contribute to coaches gifts there too. (If the cost is prohibitive, please see Coach Kohuth. We want to make sure everyone who wants to can attend.)

We are also looking for donations for the silent auction. We would be grateful for items or gift cards from restaurants, specialty stores or hotels. (We can provide you with our non-profit ID so that contributions are tax deductible). Please send auction donations by November 18th. Email jareich424@gmail.com with questions or to let her know what you have.

There are a limited number of Senior t-shirts (“Stop E”- see below) still available for sale. They are $15. If you want one, please email Harry.Scudamore@gmail.com.

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Field Trip for State Team on Monday!

State runners and alternates,

The current forecast for the races at the State XC meet is showing temperatures between 31 and 36 degrees. To be sure you have the appropriate cold weather racing attire, we will have a field trip (shopping trip) to Runner’s Roost after practice (around 5:00) on Monday, Oct 23.

Coach Kohuth has contacted the store and they will set aside appropriate race gear such as headbands, hats, gloves and arm warmers.

If you want to attend this field trip, please bring money to school and have your parent send an email to Ruth,  ruthspano@aol.com,  giving you permission to ride in private cars (driven by coaches, parents or students) to Runner’s Roost.  If these items are cost prohibitive, please let Coach Kohuth or Ruth know.  

We want all of our runners to be able to run safely and comfortably within the CHSAA guidelines.

 

Girls and Boys Teams Qualify for State!

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On a seasonably warm, sunny day, the Denver East Cross Country teams took to the flat course at the Northwest Open Spaces Park in Northglenn for the 5A Region 1 Cross Country Championship with a chance of qualifying for the Colorado State Meet on the line.

Going into the Girls race, the Angels knew they had their best chance at qualifying for State in a very long time. Nobody currently around is certain when an East girls team qualified for the State Meet, but we’re pretty certain it hasn’t happened for at least twenty years. From the shot of the starting gun, the Angel girls went aggressive after this goal. East Angel red was prominent among the top-20 runner from the first mile. The East runners hung on valiantly through the entire 5k, and it was obvious as the runners came through the last ½ mile that the Angels season would be extended another nine days – it was only a question of how high up among the top-4 teams had they finished. Senior Laurel Kruger hung on for a 9th place finish while junior Lilly Cory moved up strongly to grab 15th place with a personal best of 19:56. Freshman AlanaMarie Barros, senior Nell Salzman, and sophomore Anna Lucy Buddenhagen finished 20th, 21st and 22nd, to give East a total of 87 points, behind only State #3 ranked Arvada West. In a demonstration of East’s great team depth, the Angel’s 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th runners were ahead of their counterparts from every other team in Region 1, with freshman Abby Howard in 24th, sophomores Lindsey Weyant in 27th and Elena Thoman in 35th and freshman Christina Doolan in 43rd. Howard, Weyant and Thoman all ran to personal best times at 5K.

Region 1 for the Boys is loaded with very good teams, including State ranked #3 Dakota Ridge, #7 Arvada West, #10 Legend, and traditional power Arapahoe High School. Even with a great race, finishing better than 5th place to grab one of the coveted state-qualifying spots seemed to be most likely out of reach. Then the East boys went out and raced. It was not a given that senior Harrison Scudamore would be able to repeat as Regional Championship from the year prior, but he ran a controlled first 2 miles and was able to pull away in the end to earn the win. Further back, sophomores Asher Hoyt and Will Daley fought hard to get into the top-15, eventually moving up to 20th and 21st place with Daley beating his previous personal best time by 35 seconds in 16:51. Sophomore Riley Nickols moved up well over the second half of the race to beat his personal best for 5K by 50 seconds for 36th place in 17:42. Also starting from deep in the pack and moving their way up smartly were freshman Xander Pacini and senior Jackson Adams who finished in personal bests of 17:59 and 18:00, in Pacini’s case a 50 second improvement, for 49th and 50th place. Freshman Ian Trautwein and senior Patrick Cox finished in 61st and 62nd and senior Henry Kaufman in 81st. As the Angels congratulated one another for the fast times run on the Northglenn course, the team and coaches knew they had exceeded expectations, but a trip to the State meet still seemed unlikely. When the team results were posted, the celebrating began; East had finished 4th, behind only Dakota Ridge, Legend and Arapahoe, and 21 points ahead of Arvada West; the Boys Team would be joining the Girls Team for the trip to Colorado Springs for the 2017 Colorado State Meet.22712399_10214556661614400_1042592633112592320_o

State Meet is at the Norris Penrose Center in Colorado Springs on Saturday, October 28. The Boys race at 9:20 and the Girls at 10:40. If you are a fan of the team or athlete not running, please let Coach Kohuth know if you want to go down to support your team. We will try to organize carpools to the race so East is as well represented by fans as by athletes this year!

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Remember, we will celebrate this exceptional season on Sunday Dec 3 at our end-of-season banquet. More details on that soon.  

Snow Shoe Trip sign up

All cross country runners are invited to Snow Mountain Ranch for a weekend of snow shoeing, relaxing, cardio training, and team bonding. This is not an official cross country team event.

We will leave early on Saturday January 20 and return on the afternoon of Sunday January 21.

The cost is $90 per athlete and includes room and three meals. If you need snow shoes, rentals are an additional $18.

You can make your reservation and payment online here for your trip and snow shoes, if you need them. If cost is a barrier to attending, please see Coach Kohuth. We want everyone who wants to come to attend.

Note we will also need some drivers and chaperones, so consider signing up for that too (at the same link).

All athletes on the trip must turn in a POA for XC 2017-18 school year if you haven’t turned one in yet.  Email POA forms to ruthspano@aol.com or turn in to Coach Kohuth.

ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 20 so we can reserve our space.

Please email Jennifer (jareich424@gmail.com) if you have questions.

Dinner Weds for Regional Team (and transportation to meet info)

Athletes, including alternates, who are training to run regionals on Thursday are invited to dinner this Weds, Oct 18 at 6:30 pm at the Scudamores’ house (751 Elizabeth Street).

This is not a potluck, but attendees are welcome to bring drinks to share.

email Jennifer jareich424@gmail.com if you have questions. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you Weds night.

Also note that because of problems at the district office, it seems there will not be a bus to the meet on Thursday, so you must turn in a Regional Meet Excursion Form For Parent Permission before Thursday so you can ride with a coach, parent, or athlete. 

 

Recap: DPS League Championship (and save the date)

On Tuesday 10/10, the Angels hosted the DPS League Championships at Denver City Park. For many of the runners, this was the last meet of the season, and Angel runners capped their season with many great performance across all divisions – all deserving of recognition (as do the many parents and grandparents who made the meet run smoothly).

The Open races took to the wet, and, in places, slushy course first with the girls chasing the boys who got a four and a half minute head start. From the chaos of these overlapping races emerged some great runs. In the boys’ race, senior Patrick Cox led a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 finish for the Angels who crushed the DPS competition with a mere 20 points to 42 for the next best team. Freshmen Xander Pacini and Ian Trautwein were the 3rd and 4th place finishers while sophomores Kristian Laird and Jack Beardshear were 5th and 6th. Junior Henry Kaufman crossed the line in 8th, just ahead of freshmen Gus Trautwein and Ben Hill in 9th and 10th respectively. A close scan of the results reveals that an East frosh/soph team could have won the Open Division on their own – so the future certainly looks bright.

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Led by sophomores Lindsey Weyant and Elena Thoman in first and second respectively, the Denver East girls swept to a perfect score of 15 points in the Open Girls race. Denver South was second with 54 points. The first ten runners to sprint across the finish line were all Angels. The freshmen pack of Grace Burnett (3rd), Maya Winfield (4th), Lilia Scudamore (5th), Julia Schor (6th), Maya Nussenbaum (8th) and Grace O’Meara (10th), would be broken up only by their upperclassmen teammates. Senior Audrey McGlothlen finished her East cross country career with arguably the best race of her career, coming across in 7th, and junior Emily Turner raced to a 9th place finish.

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For the fourth year in a row, Harrison Scudamore won the Boys Varsity race at the DPS Championship meet; this year he came across the finish line a commanding 39 seconds ahead of the next best runner. Harrison is the first boy (we think) to win the race all four years of his high school career. East sophomores Asher Hoyt and Will Daley ran outstanding races to finish 3rd and 4th, joining Harrison on the All-City First Team. Senior Jackson Adams finished 17th and sophomore Riley Nickols 19th to give East a total of 44 points, 12 points short of Denver South who finished with a mere 32 points by placing five runners in the top nine overall.  Elijah Bruggeman finished 23rd and Jack Thompson 25th for the Angels.

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Running for the final time on their home course, seniors Nell Salzman and Laurel Kruger led the Angels to the Varsity Girls team title at the DPS League Championship Meet, finishing 4th and 6th respectively. Freshman AlanaMarie Barros finished 7th overall to also earn All-City First Team honors. While Denver North placed three girls in the top five, East’s outstanding depth would lead them to prevail for the team title. With junior Lilly Cory finishing 9th and freshman Abby Howard finishing 11th, the Angels would total 37 points, eight points ahead of the second place Vikings. Sophomore Anna Lucy Buddenhagen finished 13th and freshman Christina Doolan 20th for the Angels.

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The Varsity teams will race again on Thursday at the 5A Region 1 Championship at the Northwest Open Spaces Park in Northglenn, where the first four boys and girls teams and first 15 individuals in each race will qualify for the Colorado State Meet.

Details on the regional championship are posted in another email.

Please also SAVE THE DATE:

We will celebrate this great season on Sunday Dec 3 at our brunch banquet from 9-11:30 at the Park Hill Golf Club.

Our annual snow shoe trip is set for January 20-21

 

Regionals Information for Thursday

Here are the entries for Regionals on Thursday. Note that alternates will be selected from the runners who have been doing the regional workouts.

Boys 5000 Meter Run

  • Harrison Scudamore
  • Asher Hoyt
  • Jackson Adams
  • Will Daley
  • Elijah Bruggeman
  • Riley Nickols
  • Xander Pacini
  • Patrick Cox
  • Ian Trautwein

Girls 5000 Meter Run

  •  Nell Salzman
  • Laurel Kruger
  • Lindsey Weyant
  • Lilly Cory
  • Anna Lucy Buddenhagen
  • Christina Doolan
  • Abby Howard
  • Elena Thoman
  • AlanaMarie Barros

1) Race times are as follows:

2:00pm – 5A Region 1 Girls
2:30pm – 5A Region 2 Girls
3:00pm – 5A Region 1 Boys
3:30pm – 5A Region 2 Boys

Awards Ceremony as soon as all results are determined.

2) The course will be fast and flat. We are using the same course that Northglenn runs for the Pat Amato Invite. It is roughly half hard surfaces (paved bike path and concrete sidewalk) and half trail/grass. A course map is available here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_PERm_zhSh7X3NraFVOdHRfcm8/view

3) Bus Parking / Athlete drop off will be at the lot off of W 112th. Head south on Ranch Drive until you get to the parking lots… buses will be asked to park in the lot on the left (east side). Have athletes walk south across the bridge and then east toward the start finish area 1/4 to 1/2 mile away.   https://www.google.com/maps/place/Northwest+Open+Space/@39.8949462,-105.0104497,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xa9a805fbf82829b0!8m2!3d39.8949462!4d-105.0104497

4) Team Camps and Tents: Team camps are not allowed on the football field. Please setup camps in the area between the football field and the finishing stretch. The irrigation system is close to the surface in the park so please NO STAKES DEEPER THAN SIX INCHES. If you are bringing your tent in a personal vehicle (not a bus) you may drop it off using the lot off of Kennedy Dr. There is very limited parking in this lot so you may not be able to park here. There is plenty of parking in the adjacent neighborhood.

5) Spectator Parking is available in the west lot off of W112th Ave. Take Ranch Road South and park in the lot to the right. Although Ranch road is heavily signed “No Parking” the park district says cars can park along the road as long as they are completely off of the road. Please ask parents not to block access to the water treatment facility. Overflow parking is also available in the grass immediately north of the spectator lot. There is also ample parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the park within minimal walking distance.

6) Regional Event T-Shirts and other apparel will be sold by Fine Designs so please ask interested runners to bring a form of payment.

7) Runners should bring extra water. We will have a limited amount of water in the park. It is expected that the water will be shut off to prevent lines from freezing by race day so everyone will need to bring what they need.