Bailey Roth set the pace and the Coronado boys' - and girls' for that matter - runners followed right behind.
Roth set a personal record in cross country at altitude, according to Coronado coach Doug Hugill, winning the Colorado Springs Metro League meet in 15 minutes, 23 seconds, topping both the 4A and 5A boys' runners Thursday at Fountain-Fort Carson.
Just about the rest of the Cougars were right behind him, as Coronado took seven of the top nine spots in the 4A CSML race to run away with the league crown. Coronado finished with 18 points. Widefield was second with 54.
"We finally are healthy and we've had sickness all year," Hugill said. "We're starting to put things together. We ran well."
That's an understatement. Coronado finished first, second and third on the boys' side, while the girls' team, led by Roth's younger sister Gabrielle, took the top six spots and seven of the top eight. Gabrielle finished in 19:05.
"We're really working toward state, bottom line," Hugill said. "We'll see how we do. If everybody stays healthy, and I think they will, I'm looking forward to good things."
In the 5A CSML meet, it was the Pine Creek girls' team that was thoroughly impressive. So much so, that Hugill even commented on the Eagles.
"They're very good," the Coronado coach said. "They're an excellent team. They've really put it together. I'm really impressed with them."
Pine Creek took three of the top four spots, led by junior Kaleigh Kroeker who won in 18:34, edging Palmer's Hannah McIntyre who was credited with the same time. Eagles twins Gabrielle and Katherine Sered finished third and fourth, as Pine Creek had five runners in the top nine for a score of 24. Palmer, with two in the top 10, took second with 68 points.
It was another Pine Creek runner who took the 5A boys' meet, as Zachary Alhamra finished in 15:39, 11 seconds faster than Rampart's Ben Dingman. But Dingman's Rams took the team title with 54 points, edging Doherty by one. Rampart's Reid Bartels finished fifth. Doherty had three runners in the top 10 and four in the top 12 to keep it close. Palmer was only three points back of the Spartans as it placed three runners in the top 11 and four in the top 13.
Bailey Roth's time and pace thoroughly impressed Hugill, who has become accustomed to watching his senior dominate.
"He's just a pleasure to watch," Hugill said. "He's such an intelligent runner. He understands a race just inherently. He's just in complete control of a race."
Bailey Roth missed much of the early part of the season following international competition toward the end of the summer. Then he came down with an illness that was going around that kept him out of several more races.
Since then, he's captured three titles.
Hugill let Bailey know how much he appreciates being able to watch him.
"I just texted him," Hugill said, "'Bailey what a treat to watch you race.'"
NAVY 28, AIR FORCE 10
Air Force 3 7 0 0 - 10
Navy 0 7 7 14 - 28
AFA-FG Conant 45, 8:33.
Navy-Reynolds 3 run (Sloan kick), 4:55.
AFA-LaCoste 18 run (Conant kick), 1:50.
Navy-D.Brown 38 run (Sloan kick), 12:09.
Navy-Reynolds 2 run (Sloan kick), 8:39.
Navy-Reynolds 10 run (Sloan kick), 4:37.
First downs 19 18
Rushes-yards 57-231 51-273
Passing 82 54
Comp-Att-Int 7-16-2 6-10-0
Return Yards 1 14
Punts-Avg. 3-42.3 6-42.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 1-5 1-5
Time of Possession 31:05 28:55
RUSHING-Air Force, Hart 18-67, Lee 13-61, LaCoste 5-36, Roberts 9-31, Romine 3-25, Brown 2-10, Gagliano 3-5, Johnson 1-4, Rushing 1-(minus 4), Team 2-(minus 4). Navy, Reynolds 28-126, Sanders 3-39, D.Brown 1-38, C.Swain 8-30, Thomas 2-21, N.Copeland 6-13, Williams-Jenkins 1-5, Staten 1-3, Team 1-(minus 2).
PASSING-Air Force, Roberts 6-14-1-67, Romine 1-2-1-15. Navy, Reynolds 6-10-0-54.
RECEIVING-Air Force, Gagliano 2-32, Robinette 2-22, Griffin 2-13, Hendricks 1-15. Navy, Aiken 1-17, Lynch 1-12, Sanders 1-12, Bolena 1-6, Thomas 1-6, N.Copeland 1-1.