By Sam Wexler
The first official meet of the year for the coyotes took place at the Cherry Creek Reservoir, and the ‘yotes came away with a fair share of wins, both team and individual. The team hadn’t participated in this meet for a few years, and Monarch made quite a splash in their first year back. The team thrived on this relatively flat course, mainly on trails and the road, and showed their strength on the hills near the middle of the race. This invitational was split into six different races. There was a frosh-soph race for both boys and girls, JV races (all juniors and seniors not running varsity), as well as boys and girls varsity.
The first race of the day was the boys frosh-soph race and the coyotes were paced by Mitchell Waters with his 11th place time of 18:29 for the 5k. Isaac Russo and Tyler Waters joined Mitchell in the top 20, finishing 16th and 20th respectively. Ethan Glenn, Sam Carner, and Paxton Hansburg rounded out the top 30. The frosh-soph girls were paced by Hailey Leader with her 5th place time of 20:39. She was followed into the top ten by Abby Hein and Brooke Forsythe, in ninth and tenth place respectively. Libby Moore, Annabel Richards and Shelby Oke also turned in great runs for the ‘yotes.
The MoHi Varsity guys turned in a winning performance by over 30 points. The team was paced by Isaac Green and Ben Hogan’s sweep of the top two positions in 16:34 and 16:35 respectively. Greg Hibl turned in a 12th place performance, Charlie Perry and Zach Litoff finished 18th and 19th, placing all 5 scorers in the top 20. Riley Sorbo and Will Dixon followed in 29th and 41st places respectively. The boy’s team performance solidified their position as a contender for the state title. The varsity girl’s race was also won by a coyote, this time it was Holly Bent leading the way in 19:01. Following Holly were Audrey Lookner in 5th place, while Liz Hogan, Daisy Fuchs, and Alden Gruidel rounded out the scoring positions in 17th, 20th, and 21st place respectively. Emily Hoffmann and Sam Wexler kept all of the varsity ladies in the top 40, with their 26th and 39th place finishes.
Both JV races were won by coyotes, and both were in a dominating fashion. Declan Stone-Murphy finished 13 seconds ahead of the field in18:03. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Wallace and Jack Herrmann, in 4th and 5th place respectively. Matt Behrens and Rhett Stockebrand both finished in the top 35. The girl’s JV race was won by Maddie Johnson, finishing nearly a half minute in front of the runner-up in 21:44. Jensen Avey followed her into the top ten, with an 8th place finish. Caroline Bearce and Alison Stouffer also finished in the top 25.
Overall, the first true meet of the 2015 season was a success on many fronts. For the top runners, they proved their worth, as champions or as varsity scorers alike. For others, they gained confidence and figured out how to pace themselves in a race. Overall, both the boys and girls squads showed their depth and championship material in an impressive fashion.