A Successful Outing in the Springs

By Sam Wexler

A new standard for the state meet is set with the best finish in program history.

On a warm and sunny day at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, not even the sun was brighter than the smiles on the faces of the team at the end of the day. It was emotional day for the entire team, especially the seniors, as the boys and girls combined for the best program finish in school history.

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The coyotes started the day off with the 5A girls race at noon. Going into the race, Broomfield and Mountain Vista were runaway favorites to contend for the State title, though there is never a doubt in the Monarch team that a state championship is within reach. The team was ranked as a tie for third with Grandview, with a few question marks surrounding the team, one of the main ones being Holly Bent coming back from injury. Holly answered that question and led the girls team with her 13th place finishing time of 19:19 for the tough 5k course. Fellow senior, Audrey Lookner, had been dealing with hip pain for a while and the toughness of the course made it flare up, causing her to not have the race she wanted or anticipated, finishing in 80th. Audrey’s injury was no need for concern though, as the depth of the team showed in the final results. Junior Hailey Leader stepped up and was MoHi’s second finisher in 22nd place. This was an excellent improvement over her 60th place finish the year before. Junior Liz Hogan and Freshman Anna Wexler finished side-by-side in 45th and 46th, while Senior Sam Wexler ended the team scoring in 63rd. Abby Hein and Audrey Lookner rounded out the state team in 71st and 80th.

Both Broomfield and Mountain Vista had 4 finishers in the top 20, distancing themselves from the crowd, with Broomfield prevailing with a score of 55 to 62 over Mountain Vista. The female coyotes showed off the depth of their team in finishing third by a narrow margin of 14 points, with a final score of 153 to Grandview’s 167.

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In a race for the history books, the male Coyotes took off at 1:20 with a vengeance. Going into the race, the boys were ranked number 2 behind the 4-time defending state champions, Mountain Vista. With defending state champion, Isaac Green, as their leader, and a taste of victory in the 4×800 meters on the track last spring, the boys had a fire ignited beneath them and they ran their hearts out to get it done. After a conservative first half of the race, both Senior Isaac Green and Junior Charlie Perry were within reach of the lead pack. It would come to pay off, as Isaac defended his state title, beating Joshua Romine of Mountain Vista by 7 seconds with a time of 15:57. Next into the stadium, to the excitement of the team, came Charlie Perry in 3rd, a huge albeit not surprising performance for those who know him after being in a boot and on the sidelines at the state meet last year. Senior Zach Litoff came next, white in the face and not really conscious in 26th, mustering up enough strength to finish before passing out. Junior Isaac Russo, dealing with knee injuries, came through with a monster race to finish in 29th place, a full 40 places better than his 69th place finish last year. Junior Will Dixon rounded out the scoring for the coyotes in 43rd place, sprinting past a pack of runners at the end to keep the score low. Two seniors in their last high school race in the state of Colorado rounded out the state team as Greg Hibl finished in 62nd and Brandon Wallace finished in 86th.

In the end, the boys came home with the first state championship on the boys side in school history, a two-time defending state champ in Isaac, and a favorite for next year’s title in Charlie Perry. They downed the dynasty of Mountain Vista by a mere 9 points, finishing with 88 points to Vista Nation’s 97.

With a MoHi best combined finish of 1st & 3rd behind them, both teams now turn their attention to the Nike Regional Southwest meet in Casa Grande, Arizona the weekend before Thanksgiving. They hope to build on the momentum and achieve more successes down at sea level. Sko Yotes!

Coyotes Dominate Pat Patten

By Sam Wexler
The local Pat Patten Invite was held with a heavy heart this year,  a week after the passing of Peak to Peak’s Brandon Ries. The Monarch Coyotes donned blue singlets along with stickers to honor Brandon. A fellow high altitude camp attendee, the coyotes ran in honor of Brandon on Friday, and that effort came out with a JV and Varsity race sweep on a tough Viele Lake course.

img_2939The JV girls got the team rolling paced by Julia Mainland’s second place finish with a time of 22:08. Ginger Harrington followed closely in third place with a time of 22:10. Caroline Bearce 5th, Victoria Suazo 10th, and Bailey Wallace in 11th showcased the coyotes depth and boosted them to a victorious team score of 31 points.

The JV boys were up next and they dominated the field on their way to a img_3136winning team score of 20 points. A full 64 points better than runner-up, Boulder. The scoring five finished 2-3-4-5-6 led by Sean Gazarik’s 2nd place followed closely by Paxton Hansburg and a trio of freshman in Logan Weber, Avery Conaghan, and Trevor Senior. Niwot freshman Cruz Culpepper had an impressive race debut winning in 17:25.

The Varsity girls had an impressive performance of their own taking the team title. Audrey Lookner paced the team with her individual win in a img_3319time of 19:09. Hailey Leader followed her into the top ten with her sixth place finish. Liz Hogan and Anna Wexler kept the top four coyotes in the top 15 with their 13th and 14th place finishes, while Sam Wexler rounded out the coyotes scoring in 21st. Abby Hein in 30th and Brooke Forsythe in 34th rounded out the top 7 while Libby Moore in 38th and Cora Isaacson in 49th rounded out the top 9. The girls’ winning score of 55 points was a full 22 points better than runner-up, Fairview

The Varsity boys race was also led by a coyote with Isaac Green taking the win in 16:22. Charlie Perry in 4th and Zach Litoff in 6th were major factors in propelling the team to a victory over 4A powerhouse, Silver Creek. Greg Hibl in 14th and Will Dixon in 18th secured the boys first place team finish with 43 points. Isaac Russo followed close behind in 19th place. Brandon Wallace in 25th, Chris Lyders in 35th, and Declan Stone-Murphy in 37th rounded out the boys.

Overall, the coyotes ran tough on a hilly and uneven course after an eventful week. The miles of hard work and summer training are starting to show as the coyotes move into their prime. Next up is a rest week before the team turns their attention to a fast course at the Pat Amato Invite.
Pat Patten Results

St. Vrain: A Chilly Run Heats Up

By Sam Wexler
The second week of the season saw the Coyotes head northwest to Lyons on a chilly Saturday morning for the St. Vrain Invitational. St. Vrain allows 10 runners to suit up for their varsity races. This gives runners on the cusp of making varsity, a chance to run against the best.

The varsity girls were led by Audrey Lookner with her 19th place in 19:20.  Audrey was followed closely by Hailey Leader in 21st, Liz Hogan in 31st, Anna Wexler in 44th, and Sam Wexler in 48th. The top 5 scored well enough to place 4th overall. Abby Hein finished in 64th place, Libby Moore in 67th, Brooke Forsythe in 80th, Cora Isaacson in 93rd, and Ginger Harrington 94th rounding out the varsity coyotes. Quinn McConnell won the race in 18:15 and Mountain Vista won the team race with 84 points.

The varsity boys had the most exciting race of the day, finishing second to the 4 time defending State Champion, Mountain Vista team by only one point. Isaac Green and Charlie Perry led the team with their 1st and 4th place finishes in 15:49 and 15:51 respectively. Zach Litoff in 13th, Greg Hibl in 23rd, and Will Dixon in 31st rounded out the scoring for the boys giving them a score of 72. Brandon Wallace and Declan Stone-Murphy finished sixth and seventh for the coyotes with their 52nd and 67th place finishes. Chris Lyders in 75th, Sean Gazarik in 84th, and Paxton Hansburg in 97th rounded out the coyotes.

In the Girls  JV race,  Julia Mainland finished in 22:05, good enough for 3rd place. Annabelle Richards followed in 24th, Shelby Oke in 29th, Drew Bussanmas in 33rd, and Ali Brzostowich, 38th, rounded out the scoring helping the girls finish in 4th place overall.

The Boy’s JV race was led by a powerful performance by Isaac Russo, running a 17:16 and winning by over 35 seconds. Isaac’s time was so impressive, he would have finished in the top 40 of the Varsity race! Russo was followed by Logan Weber in 13th, Avery Conaghan in 18th, Cayce Reese in 20th, and Trevor Senior in 21st rounded out the top 5 scorers. The boy’s team score put them in 3rd place overall.

St. Vrain Results

St. Vrain Invite

Saturday is the St. Vrain Invite at Lyons HS. Below is information provided by the meet director, please read! As always, athletes need to be at our tent at least an hour and fifteen minutes before their race, and all athletes are expected to be there for all HS races to cheer on their teammates. Make sure you have water bottles, uniforms, snacks and anything else you may need.
See Everyone on Saturday,
Coach

NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. Please leave your pets at home.

Lyons High School is located at:
100 McConnell Drive, Lyons, CO 80540

We are requesting a (minimum) $5 donation for parking again this year. Parking fees will be donated to Lyons Park and Rec to help the town continue to rebuild from the Flood of 2013. Our volunteers will collect your donations and direct you to available parking. Handicapped attendees will be parked in the south parking lot of the school or in the southern-most part of the big field. Just let our helpers know your need, and they will direct you to the appropriate area. Please carpool if possible.

8:00 National Anthem
8:10 HS Girls Varsity 2A/3A – Run Unlimited, Score 4
8:40 HS Girls Varsity 4A/5A – Run 10, score 5
9:05 HS Boys Varsity 2A/3A – Run Unlimited, Score 4
9:30 HS Boys Varsity 4A/5A – Run 10, score 5
9:55 HS Boys JV
10:25 HS Girls JV
11:00 High School Varsity Awards @ East Grandstand
11:30 Middle School Girls (2-mile race)
11:55 Middle School Boys (2-mile race)

Print your own maps from the link below.
Here are links to several versions of the course map. Please print your own before you come. We will NOT be handing out maps on Saturday morning.

Detailed map:
www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203553302714452910959…..

Simple map:
www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203553302714452910959…..

Off to a Stellar Start at the Centaurus Invite

By Sam Wexler
The first meet of the season was kicked off with the Varsity Girls taking third place with 92 points. All 7 girls placed in the top 35 of the race out of a whopping 145 runners. The team was led by Liz Hogan’s 12th place finish with a time of 19:39. Audrey Lookner and Hailey Leader joined her in the top 20 with their 17th and 19th place finishes respectively. Closing out the scoring for the coyotes were the Wexler sisters, Sam and Anna with their 24th and 27th respective finishes. Abby Hein in 30th and Brooke Forsythe in 34th rounded out the varsity coyotes. Peak to Peak’s Quinn McConnell was the overall winner in 18:18 and the Broomfield girl’s took the team title with 39 points.

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The varsity boy’s race was one that made a state, and potentially, nation wide statement. Isaac Green led the team with his 2nd place time of 15:50. Charlie Perry and Zach Litoff came in 3rd and 4th, followed closely by Greg Hibl in 7th and Will Dixon in 14th. Their winning score of 30 points was 65 points better than runner up Arvada West (ranked ahead of MoHi in pre-season polls). Paxton Hansburg and Brandon Wallace rounded out the coyotes in 40th and 44th place respectively. The Classical Academy’s Tanner Norman was the overall winner in 15:39.

The JV girl’s were every bit as dominant as the varsity boys as they won their race with a score of 32 points. The JV girls were paced by Libby Moore’s 2nd place finish at 21:20. Cora Isaacson in 4th, Maddie Johnson in 6th, Caroline Bearce in 9th, and Ginger Harrington in 11th rounded out the team scoring for the coyotes. Annabelle Richards in 20th and Victoria Suazo in 23rd placed all 7 JV coyotes in the top 25.

Not to be outdone, the JV boys were impressive in their win placing all 5 scoring runners in the top 7 for a team total of 21 points. Chris Lyders paced the team in second place, followed closely by Declan Stone-Murphy in 3rd, Sean Gazarik in 4th, and Cayce Reese in 5th. Logan Weber closed out the team scoring in a remarkable 7th place finish and Ethan Glenn joined him in the top 10 with a 9th place finish. Reed Henderson’s 14th place finish kept all 7 JV coyotes in the top 15.

The Open girls nabbed a second place finish led by Shelby Oke’s 6th place finish. Drew Bussanmas in 8th and Sophia Le in 10th were close behind. Victoria Armitage and Brynn Bussanmas in 13th and 14th closed out the scoring for the girls.

The Open boys had the most impressive win of the day with an almost perfect score of 19. Sam Carner, Trevor Senior, and Avery Conaghan nabbed the first three places followed closely by Ethan Hein in 5th, Ben Ponder in 8th, Max Blanco in 9th, and Cole Phillips in 10th.

Overall, the coyotes looked great in this meet and look to build on these successes next weekend at St. Vrain and beyond.

It’s shaping up to be a great season!

Centaurus Results

Summer Running

Here is the schedule for the week of 8/15, we will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. each day:

Monday: Meet at school outside on the east side of the gym
Tuesday: Founders Park
Wednesday: Tom Watson Park
Thursday: Upperclassmen: Community Park / Frosh: Meet at school @ 3:15
Friday: Everybody at school @ 3:15
PLEASE NOTE: PRACTICES ARE NOW MANDATORY, YOU NEED TO SHOW UP TO COMPETE

Registration is now open through the Monarch HS web site. You need to be registered before the first official day of practice, Aug 15th. You need to have a current physical on file with the school. You will need to turn in a copy of your physical to the athletic office before you are allowed to practice with the team before Aug 15. When scheduling your physical, please get a blood test and ask for your ferritin level, so you can let me know what that is. This is a huge factor for distance runners and can affect your training and racing!

Here is the link for registration for MOHI XC http://moh.bvsd.org/AandA/athletics/Pages/information.aspx

COYOTE CHASE
Make sure you are signing up runners for the Coyote Chase on Aug 27th. Everyone on the team is required to sign up 4 runners in addition to themselves. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. I have attached a registration form. Parents volunteers are needed for this event! Please contact Coach Rieder if you can help out.

Coyote Chase 5k Registration Form 2016

2016 High Altitude Summer Camp

XC Camp is set once again at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. Dates are July 25th-29th, so save the dates. ALL SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR CAMP.

Coach Rieder

MoHi Grabs Halloween Treats

By Sam Wexler (State photos by Jeff McCoy)
On the spookiest day of October, the running ‘yotes earned their candy whilst competing among the state’s best down in Colorado Springs at the State meet. Although plagued by injuries to key runners, both the boys’ and girls’ teams still proved their place among the top of the Colorado running food chain, with their identical sixth place finishes on a new and arguably improved course at the Norris-Penrose event center. The day was highlighted by Isaac Green’s first state cross country championship over friend/rival Jake Mitchem from Broomfield. In typical Isaac fashion, the win highlighted the rest of his undefeated season with a monster kick to the line.

The girls toed the line first at 11 am. Lauren Gregory from Fort Collins was the overall winner for her third win of three trips down to the springs. Notably second was Brie Oakley of Grandview, a soccer player who decided to try out cross country, definitely a remarkable feat. The top Boulder Valley finisher was Claudia Burgess, friend and fellow camp attendee, from Boulder High School in 5th. With Holly Bent sidelined, Audrey Lookner took charge as the coyotes number one, running to a 17th place finish despite a tussle with other runners and rushing Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 10.00.45 AMwaters in the creek crossing at the end of the race. Hailey Leader came into the stadium next, with a solid 60th place performance, a good 16 places better than last year as a member of the Fairview team. Liz Hogan and Brooke Forsythe ran in together in 70th and 72nd places respectively. Brooke, only a freshman, has had remarkable improvement this year to become a consistent scorer for the coyotes and has a bright future ahead of her. Senior Captain Emily Hoffmann rounded out the scoring for the coyotes with her 84th place performance. From not being on the regional roster last year to being a scorer in the state meet, Emily has had a terrific last season as a coyotes. Best friend and running companion, Daisy Fuchs was not far behind in 88th place. Alden Gruidel was the seventh and final Monarch runner into the stadium with her 102nd place performance. The girls’ 253 points was good enough for sixth in a loaded field, Broomfield won with 112.

The boys race at 1 pm had an “isaac” cloud written all over it. Coming off an undefeated season, Isaac Green was in contention for the state title, could he do it? Yes, he could and he did. Isaac came into the stadium with Jake Mitchem from Broomfield at his heels, and then demonstrated his prowess on the track when he took off following Jake’s surge and cruised into the line for his first cross country state title. Isaac’s 11th place finish last year is now a distant memory, as he proves his dominance in the Colorado running circles with a win in the mile and now 5k in 2015. Senior Captain Ben Hogan was the number two runner for the coyotes with his 33rd place finish, a major improvement over his 53rd place finish last year. Zach Litoff’s 3rd place finish on Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 5.55.36 PMthe team and 56th place finish overall is one of the most impressive, as he went from being the alternative to being a key scorer for the coyotes within a year. Isaac Russo or “Isaac 2.0” leaped from JV last year to being the 4th scorer and 69th overall at the state meet this year, a feat mirrored by no one else on the guys or girls teams. Greg Hibl improved on his 93rd place finish at last years meet with an 86th place finish as the 5th and final scorer for the Coyotes. Jack Herrmann, like Zach, was able to run in the state meet after not being on the roster last year. His 106th place performance is impressive considering the tumble he took in the creek. As Audrey did, he got sucked into the mud and water right before the final descent to the finish. Declan Stone-Murphy, who stepped in due to an injured Charlie Perry, was still able to post a 160th place finish to finish out the Coyotes. Mountain Vista took the team race in impressive fashion. Their fourth consecutive state title with a jaw-dropping 50 points, 60 points ahead of runners-up, Fort Collins. The boys’ 224 points, aided by Isaacs 1 point, were able to post a 6th place finish, a major improvement on last years 13th place finish.

Not to be outdone, assistant coach and professional runner, Laura Thweatt, was over in New York making her debut in the marathon at the 2015 TCS Marathon, and boy did she make a debut. Laura hung with the lead pack through 21 miles. Chockful of olympians and record-holders alike, this in itself was a feat. She raced to a 7th place finish in a highly-decorated field and was the top American by over ten minutes. Her time of 2:28 is an average pace of 5:40 per mile for 26.2 miles, crazy really. Her first 5k split of 17:23 would have won the state cross Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 6.13.28 PMcountry meet this year. Questions arose quickly about what she would do for the Olympic Trials, and they were answered and shut down quickly. Laura is going to continue to race track events in hopes of making the Rio Olympics in 2016 on the track. Overall, Laura’s debut was a success, and proved to the rest of the world what everyone at Monarch already knows, Laura Thweatt is the best coach, runner, and person out there. We are so lucky to have her as a motivator and coach.

On To State

On a day better suited for a duck, the coyotes slogged their way to a pair of second place plaques and now move on to the State Championships on Halloween.

The ladies ran first, and were paced by 4 all-region performances from Audrey Lookner, Hailey Leader, Liz Hogan, and Emily Hoffmann. Audrey led the ladies with her 3rd place finishing time of 19:15.  The only runners to finish in front of Audrey were last year’s 2nd & 3rd place finishers from the State Meet. Hailey was next in 7th, followed by Liz in 12th, and Emily in 15th. Brooke Forsythe was the fifth and final scorer for the coyotes with her 19th place finish. Alden Gruidel,  Daisy Fuchs, and Sam Wexler all finished together in 25th, 26th, and 28th place finishes. Abby Hein rounded out the ‘yotes with her 37th place finish. On a day the Coyotes didn’t have the services of top runner, Holly Bent, their second place finish was impressive!

The boys were also paced by 4 all-region performers in Isaac Green, Ben Hogan, Charlie Perry, and Zach Litoff. Isaac was the overall winner of the race in a time of 16:41. Ben and Charlie followed in 4th and 5th, and Zach was 9th. Greg Hibl was the fifth and final scorer for the coyotes in 18th place finish. Jack Herrmann and Isaac Russo were the 6th and 7th runners for the coyotes with their 27th and 32nd place respective finishes. Declan Stone-Murphy and Brandon Wallace rounded out the coyotes in 40th and 42nd. The guys team finished 2nd with 37 points to Boulders incredible score of 26.

On deck…the State Meet on October 31st.

Front Range League Meet Recap

By Sam Wexler

The Front Range League meet took place on the kind of beautiful fall day everyone hopes for at the final meet of the regular season.  Sunny and 65 degrees on a “true” cross country course of single track and grass around the campus of Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins led to some great performances by the ‘yotes. As has been the practice in the past, the top 5 sit this one out with an eye towards the State meet giving many younger runners a chance to move up to the varsity race.

The girls varsity winner is worth a mention, as Lauren Gregory of Ft. Collins won the 5k race in 17:41 by almost a minute. Only a junior, she ran like the two time defending state champion she is. And while no coyotes were able to keep pace with her, they still ran strong against some tough competition. Brooke Forsythe, only a freshman, was the first finisher for the coyotes and dipped under the 20 minute barrier for the first time this season. Brooke crossed the line in 19:46, good for 18th place.  Sam Wexler in 31st,  Emily Hoffmann 37th, Abby Hein 43rd and freshman Katy Kilcoyne closed out the scoring in 46th place. Libby Moore and Caroline Bearce rounded out the varsity with their 68th and 71st place finishes. The ladies, minus the top five, were still able to secure an 8th place finish among some of the top teams in the state.

Isaac Russo, better known as “Isaac 2.0”, led the varsity coyotes with his 24th place time of 17:10. Jack Herrmann followed in 34th, Declan Stone-Murphy 41st,  Brandon Wallace 48th and Riley Sorbo was thefinal scorer in 59th place. Freshman Paxton Hansburg was the 6th and final runner for the ‘yotes in 76th place. The boys, minus their top five runners, were also able to nab an 8th place finish. Boulder High put together a strong race won with an outstanding 36 points.

    The JV girls, following a trend of strong performances by freshmen, were led by Cora Isaacson’s 22nd place time of 22:11. Maddie Johnson was right behind her in 23rd place with a time of 22:14. Annabel Richards was close behind them in 26th. Jensen Avey, Drew Bussanmas, and Val Jonas all came in close together in 41st, 45th, and 49th places. Sophie Schuler finished in 64th, Alison Stouffer in 79th, Sam Kalis was 88th, Julia Wilson was 92nd, Caitlin Browne was 137th, Caroline Hagelin was 170th and Emma Steen was 174th. The girls placed 5th with 146 points.

    The JV boys posted the highest team finish of the day with a 4th place score of 120 points. Chris Lyders was the number one finisher for the ‘yotes in a 15th place time of 18:16. Ethan Glenn was close behind him in an 18th place time of 18:22. Mitchell and Tyler Waters pushed each other to 21st and 25th place respective finishes. Reed Henderson rounded out the scorers in 44th place. Tanner Conklin was next in 71st, Jacob Peterson was 79th, Sean Gazarik was 85th, Rhett Stockebrand was 90th, Sam Carner was 96th, Cayce Reese was 105th, Adam Cabrera was 107th, Jonah Rondash was 117th, Max Blanco was 157th, Perrin Ruth was 159th, Grant Saunders was 173rd, Jack Emerson was 174th, Aidan Payne was 194th, Will Crist was 199th, Corbin Hoppe was 227th, and Jacob Scheiffler was 239th.

    This meet marked the end of another great season for the majority of the coyotes. For the varsity athletes heading to Regionals and on to State, that march begins Thursday, October 22nd, at Regionals in Northglenn. ‘Sko ‘yotes!