By Sam Wexler
The local Pat Patten Invite was held with a heavy heart this year, a week after the passing of Peak to Peak’s Brandon Ries. The Monarch Coyotes donned blue singlets along with stickers to honor Brandon. A fellow high altitude camp attendee, the coyotes ran in honor of Brandon on Friday, and that effort came out with a JV and Varsity race sweep on a tough Viele Lake course.
The JV girls got the team rolling paced by Julia Mainland’s second place finish with a time of 22:08. Ginger Harrington followed closely in third place with a time of 22:10. Caroline Bearce 5th, Victoria Suazo 10th, and Bailey Wallace in 11th showcased the coyotes depth and boosted them to a victorious team score of 31 points.
The JV boys were up next and they dominated the field on their way to a winning team score of 20 points. A full 64 points better than runner-up, Boulder. The scoring five finished 2-3-4-5-6 led by Sean Gazarik’s 2nd place followed closely by Paxton Hansburg and a trio of freshman in Logan Weber, Avery Conaghan, and Trevor Senior. Niwot freshman Cruz Culpepper had an impressive race debut winning in 17:25.
The Varsity girls had an impressive performance of their own taking the team title. Audrey Lookner paced the team with her individual win in a time of 19:09. Hailey Leader followed her into the top ten with her sixth place finish. Liz Hogan and Anna Wexler kept the top four coyotes in the top 15 with their 13th and 14th place finishes, while Sam Wexler rounded out the coyotes scoring in 21st. Abby Hein in 30th and Brooke Forsythe in 34th rounded out the top 7 while Libby Moore in 38th and Cora Isaacson in 49th rounded out the top 9. The girls’ winning score of 55 points was a full 22 points better than runner-up, Fairview
The Varsity boys race was also led by a coyote with Isaac Green taking the win in 16:22. Charlie Perry in 4th and Zach Litoff in 6th were major factors in propelling the team to a victory over 4A powerhouse, Silver Creek. Greg Hibl in 14th and Will Dixon in 18th secured the boys first place team finish with 43 points. Isaac Russo followed close behind in 19th place. Brandon Wallace in 25th, Chris Lyders in 35th, and Declan Stone-Murphy in 37th rounded out the boys.
Overall, the coyotes ran tough on a hilly and uneven course after an eventful week. The miles of hard work and summer training are starting to show as the coyotes move into their prime. Next up is a rest week before the team turns their attention to a fast course at the Pat Amato Invite.
Pat Patten Results