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...
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
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...
If there was ever a sure thing in high school sports, Pine Creek's Zachary Alhamra was it. The senior won races handily all season, often did it without using everything in the tank, and he had the fastest time of any Colorado high school runner by 17 seconds. In an unexpected twist, however, it all came crashing down on a warm Saturday at...
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...
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...
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...