Pine Creek coach Max Oliver may have an interesting dilemma on his hands when state track and field rolls around in May.
What to do with Heide Baron, a razor-quick junior, a steadfast piece to her team's sprint relays and an emerging power in the individual sprinting events.
On Saturday, the polite and low-key speedster handily won the...
A team-by-team look at girls' track and field squads in the Pikes Peak region.
Coach: Doug Hugill
Key athletes: Olivia Babeu, sr. (distance); Lauren Hancock, sr. (sprints and jumps); Madison Brown, jr. (sprints, relays); Sair Gavzy, jr. (jumps).
Outlook: This season the Cougars move to Class 5A from 4A. Long distance...
Often when athletes face off against their toughest competition, they push themselves to be better than they would normally be. When an athlete's toughest competition happens to be on their own team, each day is a battle to be the best. Such is the case for Rampart high jumpers Ashlyn Hare and Kiara Kearney, who consider each other to be...
Zachary Alhamra, Pine Creek
Ben Dingman, Rampart
Adam Egger, Coronado
Dylan Day, Fountain-Fort Carson
Connor McCabe, Rampart
Colton James-Wells, Doherty
Nic Vai, Coronado
Michel Swanson, Coronado
Jack Quinn, Liberty
Dominic Walker, Palmer
There's a momentary calm in the Rainsberger household - after a packed schedule of nonstop racing and training, 16-year-old Katie Rainsberger can sit at the dinner table and talk about everything except running. It's a necessary pause for the fastest high school girl in the state and The Gazette's girls' cross country Peak Performer of the...
Palmer Ridge's Eric Hamer closed his eyes and soaked in the audible reception in the final meters of his state victory. He'd dreamed of this moment for four years, one thorough vision passing through his mind with every mile he logged.
It seemed so surreal when it finally arrived. But who knew the best was yet to come.
Hamer, somewhat of a...
During his first practice as team coach in 2013, Kelly Christensen ran next to Eric Hamer on the team's long run and put forth what seemed like absurd goals. Win state. Get to nationals. Frankly, it seemed lofty for a runner who finished outside the top 15 the year before. Hamer responded with individual state title a year later, however,...
The Gazette Boys' Cross Country All-Area teams
Eric Hamer, Palmer Ridge, sr. - Won Class 4A state championship individually in 16:17.7 and as a Bears team member.
Zachary Alhamra, Pine Creek, sr. - Struggled to 75th at 5A final, but his time of 14:58 at the Liberty Bell Invitational was fastest time in the state over the course...
On an afternoon when Pine Creek runner Kaleigh Kroeker inked her college plans in front of family and friends, she couldn't help but think about everything she still wants to accomplish in high school. She calls it her "unfinished business." The Eagles senior was all smiles when she signed her letter of intent to the University of Colorado...
It's not uncommon for Palmer Ridge senior Eric Hamer and Air Academy junior Katie Rainsberger to cross the finish line well ahead of the pack.
It's just never felt quite this good.
Hamer finished his career on a warm Saturday at Norris-Penrose Event Center with a dominant run at the state cross country meet, finishing in a time of 16...