While all the girls played a role in the team’s 5th place finish at NXN, Holly Bent has been named “Athlete Of The Week” by MileSplit. It appears as though Holly has a decision to make this spring. No pressure, we’re sure you will do the right thing!
On a blustery day in Portland, the Monarch girls made the most of their At-Large bid by placing 5th at the Nike Cross Championships (NXN). Senior Kaitlyn Benner paced the team with her 24th place finish. Freshman Holly Bent followed closely in 30th, Senior Claire Green 46th, Frosh Audrey Lookner 50th, Junior Karina Mann 61st, Junior Elissa Mann 73rd and Senior Ashley Litoff rounded out the team in 101st. The 5th place finish bettered the team’s only other appearance at the National Championships, 15th in 2010.
More to come…
Thankfully, the selection committee for Nike Cross Nationals saw it that way as well. The girls were awarded an at-large bid to run for the National Championship in Portland next Saturday. Grateful for the opportunity, it’s now time to make the committee look smart and take care of business at NXN!
Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) draws their 22 teams from 8 Regional meets as well as the California State Meet. The top two teams from each of these races are given an automatic spot at NXN. The remaining 4 spots are filled by “at-large” bids.
With the MoHi girls third place finish in the Southwest Regional, we find ourselves hoping that we’ve done enough over the season to be awarded an at-large bid. Here is what the NXN website says about the “at-large” selection process:
“At-Large qualifiers into Nike Cross Nationals from the NXN Regionals: A total of four at-large club berths per gender will be awarded. Clubs placing either third or fourth in the Championship Division race at each NXN regional will move into a pool of clubs receiving consideration for advancing to NXN as an at-large qualifier. A committee of experts will determine the at-large qualifiers.
Greatest weighting by the committee will be given to third-place clubs from the Championship Division race at each NXN Regional who defeated any eventual NXN Regional Champion in prior weeks. In order for this weighting to be employed for the third-place clubs, the victory must have occurred when at least five club members from the eventual NXN regional championship club competed in the same race as the aforementioned loss.”
The decision won’t be announced until next Sunday…stay tuned!
Looking for a little exercise prior to your Thanksgiving meal? Earn your bird!
• When: November 28th, 2013
• Race Start: 9:00 a.m.
• Where: Louisville Public Library - 951 Spruce Street Louisville CO
• What: THIS RACE IS FREE (but you have to bring a donation – non-perishable food or winter clothing please)
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Coach Medina covered the 12k course in 35:24, good for 11th place in the Elite Men’s race. To add a little perspective, Richard’s 5K split was 14:30 (crazy fast)!
Coach Thweatt covered the 12k course in 39:15. Laura’s time was good for third place behind an American record setting run by Molly Huddle. Coach Thweatt’s 5K split was a smokin’ 16:23!
Congratulations coaches…you both make us all proud!
A state panel of coaches have selected six MoHi runners to receive awards based upon both their State meet, as well as their meet results throughout the season.
Ashley Litoff (SR), Claire Green (SR), Kaitlyn Benner (SR) and Holly Bent (FR) all earned 5A All-State status. For Ashley and Kaitlyn, it was their second All-State award. For Claire, it was her third time to have earned this prestigious award.
Isaac Green had the fastest time of any freshman at the State meet this year. Isaac also had the fastest time run at any meet by a freshman in Colorado. For his effort, Isaac has been awarded the title, “Freshman Of The Year” for all classifications in Colorado.
Holly Bent and Audrey Lookner were selected to the Colorado All-Freshman Team. Again the same criteria was used, State Meet results along with times from meets during the season. All three showed great improvement as the season progressed!
The University of Colorado hosted the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships on the Coal Creek Golf Course this past Saturday. In front of over 5,000 fans, the #1 ranked CU men successfully defended their conference championship. The men placed 3-4-5-7-9 to defeat the 4th ranked Oregon men 28 – 54. Other nationally ranked teams in the race were Stanford and Washington.
The #1 ranked Arizona women held off the Buffs 69 – 75. The Buffs, ranked 16th nationally, were able to defeat both #13 Washington (111 points) and #12 Oregon (113). Monarch alum, Maddie Alm, made the most of her opportunity, placing 36th overall. Maddie was the 7th of 10 CU women…a great result for Maddie!
If you missed the race on Saturday and happen to have the Pac-12 television network, the race will be televised this Monday, 11/4 @ 7:30 p.m.