By Sam Wexler
On a sunny Saturday morning that was September 5th, the running coyotes took to a local course at Waneka Lake Park in Lafayette for the Centaurus Cross Country Invite. Monarch scored well in all 6 races, finishing in the top three team positions in each.
Girls varsity led off the day with a strong performance by Holly Bent, finishing in 3rd place with at time of 18:41. Audrey Lookner followed Holly into the top 10 with her 8th place time of 19:12. Liz Hogan, Alden Gruidel, and Daisy Fuchs rounded out the scorers, with their 23rd, 31st, and 33rd place finishes respectively. Emily Hoffmann and Abby Hein kept all 7 varsity runners for Mohi in the top 50 with their 39th and 48th place times. Overall the varsity team was second to BVSD foe, Broomfield with a score of 92 to their 77.
The Boy’s varsity race was the next to go off. Isaac Green broke away from Broomfield’s Jake Mitchem at the finish for the win in 15:59. Charlie Perry had an outstanding run to finish in 8th place with a time of 16:51. Ben Hogan, Greg Hibl, and Zach Litoff kept all of the scorers in the top 25 with their 18th, 22nd, and 24th place respective finishes. Riley Sorbo and Declan Stone-Murphy rounded out the varsity team with their 48th and 72nd place times. Overall the team was second to Rampart with a mere 4 points separating the teams.
The JV races demonstrated Monarch’s team depth, with the Coyotes winning the next two races. Hailey Leader led the Girls charge with her winning time of 21:01, 33 seconds ahead of 2nd place. Brooke Forsythe, Sam Wexler, and Maddie Johnson all finished in the top 10 with their 4th, 6th, and 9th place finishes. Libby Moore, Caroline Bearce and Alison Stouffer kept the whole JV squad in the top 50 with their 15th, 22nd, and 42nd place finishes respectively. The JV girls won decisively with a 20 point victory over Broomfield.
Not to be outdone, the JV boys had the most dominating race of the day, with Will Dixon finishing 10 seconds ahead of teammate Isaac Russo to finish 1-2. They were followed by Jack Hermann in 5th, Brandon Wallace in 7th, and Mitchell Waters in 11th. Ethan Glenn and Tyler Waters kept all of the boys in the top 30 with their 27th and 30th place times respectively. The JV boys won the team title with a low score of 26 points, besting the second place team, Boulder, by 41 points.
The open races were supposed to be sent off at the same time, but due to the amount of runners, race officials decided to stagger the start by 3 minutes, with boys starting first followed by the girls. Six of the top 20 finishers in the boys open race were from Mohi, with Chris Lyders leading the charge in an 8th place time of 19:50. Matt Behrens, Sean Gazarik, Tanner Conklin, Paxton Hansburg, and Rhett Stockebrand turned in 10th, 12th, 16th, 17th, and 19th place times respectively. Ian Fowles, Garrett Weaver, and Sam Carner demonstrated good pack racing with their 21st,22nd,and 23rd times all within 2 seconds of one another. The open boys team score of 63 was 3rd to Boulder and Broomfield.
The girl’s open race was led by Katy Kilcoyne, whose time of 23:28 was 11 seconds faster than the second place girl. Annabel Richards, Drew Bussanmas, Cora Isaacson, and Sophie Schuler followed Katy into the top ten with their 4th, 7th, 8th, and 10th place times. The open girls team won with a score of 30 to Broomfield’s second place score of 56.
Overall, this convenient race was a hit for parents and runners alike due to the easy commute and the relative flatness of the course. Times are starting to drop as the season goes on, the sky’s the limit for the running coyotes.