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  • Pine Creek runner Kayleigh Kroeker looking to cap off career on high note

    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...

  • Area individuals, team take state cross country titles

    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...

  • Palmer Ridge boys' and girls' cross country teams set sights on state titles

    When the Palmer Ridge cross country runners wake up Friday morning, their yards will look different than when they went to sleep. Those late-night shenanigans can be attributed to coach Kelly Christensen. "I'm trying to bring a little fun back in the sport," Christensen said. And to get all his runners to relax before Saturday's state...

  • Pine Creek's Zachary Alhamra and Air Academy's Katie Rainsberger driven to win state cross country titles

    Zachary Alhamra and Katie Rainsberger don't need to ride into the state meet atop a white horse. No need for a rousing pregame speech or a once-in-a-lifetime performance that can never be repeated. The Pine Creek senior and Air Academy junior said they don't plan on reinventing or changing their running styles by next week's state meet. Just...

  • Doherty's Kayli Tabares comes off injury to take third at Spartan Invitational

    Kayli Tabares stood at the finish line between the blue, white and green flags - colors owned by her school and race host Doherty - that signaled the end of the race. She was hunched over with her hands on her knees, allowing herself a minute to catch her breath. The freshman runner had one goal for herself before the race: finish in the top 10...

  • Fountain-Fort Carson might be turning corner in cross country program

    FOUNTAIN - Trojans senior Michael Dylan Day never gets tired of the track and field season. Fangs out, chompers wet, expecting his team to run, jump and throw well past every other team in the state. But for as long as the king of Fountain-Fort Carson athletics has been celebrated and revered with another year of lofty expectations and...

  • Aubrey Till and Madison Lambros shine in wake of injuries

    Cañon City senior Aubrey Till and Cheyenne Mountain junior Madison Lambros have had to overcome career-threatening injuries to sustain success in high school cross country. And on Thursday, they continued their second-chance stories with a pair of headline performances at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Till, who dealt with back injuries...

  • Third-place finish for tight-knit Vanguard at Stampede

    Thursday had nearly the same feel and size as the state cross country meet, and even some of the same excitement. But even a joyous first punch by animated Vanguard School coach Steve Read was tempered by the knowledge that his team's success at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede wouldn't necessarily translate to the state meet in October. Still...

  • Boys' cross country team-by-team capsules

    A team-by-team look at boys' cross country.

  • Girls' cross country capsules

    5A Coronado Coach: Doug Hugill (16th season) Key runners: Olivia Babeu, sr.; Gabby Roth, sr. Outlook: Another Roth running in red bodes well for Coronado's season. Roth along with Babeu should lead a fairly young core of runners. The Cougars finished 11th at state last year. Doherty Coach: Rob Duensing (fifth season) Key runners:...

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