By Sam Wexler
This year’s Pat Patten invite’s course was significantly less challenging than last years course at the Buffalo Ranch, but it was a strength course nonetheless. Pat Patten allows 9 runners from each team for the varsity races. While the varsity teams were both successful, per usual, the depth of the team showed through in the jv races.
The jv girls started the day off at 10:30 (a little late, but it is Boulder). Sam Wexler led the Coyote pack finishing 2nd overall in 21:41. Sam was followed closely by Libby Moore in 4th, Katy Kilcoyne in 5th, Maddie Johnson 6th and Caroline Bearce rounded out the Monarch scorers in 7th. The JV girls team placed 1st by a solid 40 points. Anytime you place 5 runners in the top 7 with a spread of 49 seconds…you have had an outstanding team race!
Riley Sorbo won the jv boys race with a winning time of 18:03. Riley was followed by Tyler Waters in 3rd place,. Chris Lyders 7th, Mitchell Waters 8th, and Declan Stone-Murphy took 11th to bring the team to a tight second-place finish of 30 points, three behind Rock Canyon’s 27.
The varsity girls race was also won by a coyote, this time that coyote was Holly Bent. She covered the course in 18:43, the fastest time ever by a female coyote. Holly made it look easy, winning the race by 20 seconds. Audrey Lookner, raced her way to a 6th place finish, Hailey Leader, making her varsity debut, finished in 17th place finish, followed by Liz Hogan in 23rd and Daisy Fuchs in 27th. The scorers punched a 2nd-place finish behind Broomfield.
Ben Hogan took the top spot for Monarch in the boys varsity race with his 9th place finish in 16:56. Charlie Perry and Greg Hibl were numbers 2 and 3 for Mohi with their 15th and 21st place respective finishes. Zach Litoff and Isaac Russo in 24th and 28th kept all 5 monarch scorers in the top 30 overall. The boys, without the services of Isaac Green, finished third behind a strong winning effort by Boulder High.
The races proved two things for the coyotes, that this years young team is deep and improving, and that their training is right where it should be.