By Sam Wexler
There’s just something about the Pat Amato Invite that leads to fast times. Maybe its the composition of the course; fairly flat with a good mix of grass, trail and pavement? Maybe its where this meet falls in the schedule with runners at peak fitness levels? Maybe with a season of racing experiences in the rear view mirror, runners confidence is at a high? Whatever “it” is, once again this meet didn’t disappoint as many runners lowered their season best times yet again!
The JV races led off the day at an early 2 pm starting time. Jack Herrmann and Riley Sorbo led the team with their 8th and 9th place respective finishes. Declan Stone-Murphy came next in 15th, followed by another close race between Mitchell Waters and Chris Lyders in 32nd and 33rd. Tyler Waters closed out the JV boys with his 55th place finish. The boys finished 4th overall with 93 points in a tight team race. Emily Hoffmann ran strong in the girls JV race, finishing 2nd overall. Libby Moore was the next coyote to cross the finish line in 18th place, followed by Katy Kilcoyne in 21st place. Cora Isaacson and Annabel Richards ran a close race together with their 31st and 33rd place finish. Jensen Avey rounded out the JV ‘yotes in 56th. The JV girls also finished fourth with 105 points.
The varsity boys team had the best team finish at the meet on Friday in 3rd place. Ben Hogan led the coyotes with his 12th place time of 16:32. He was followed by Charlie Perry in 17th place. Zach Litoff and Isaac Russo finished within 4 seconds of each other in 22nd and 24th place and Greg Hibl and Brandon Wallace completed the varsity squad with their 48th and 105th place respective finishes. The girls’ squad, with Holly Bent and Audrey Lookner taking a race off, still managed to piece together a fourth place finish with 197 points. The coyote girls ran in a tight pack with a 1-5 split of 26 seconds and a 1-7 split of 43 seconds. Liz Hogan led the lady ‘yotes in a 32nd place time of 19:56. Alden Gruidel and Daisy Fuchs were within 1 second of one another in 37th and 39th place. Hailey Leader, Brooke Forsythe, and Abby Hein were all also within 1 second of one another in 44th, 45th, and 48th place respectively. Sam Wexler closed out the varsity girls in 55th place.
The boys’ and girls’ open races followed the varsity races, but since they were timed by the coaches, I don’t have the results. In spite of a cold has been going around the team, a good majority of the team were able to piece together some solid times. Up next on the schedule is the Front Range League Meet on Friday up at Fossil Ridge in Fort Collins. It is the culminating meet for the majority of the team, and hopefully will produce even more PRs.