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!