South metro cross country preview

Posted 8/9/18

Overview Mountain Vista’s girls and boys are the defending Class 5A team champions and are considered title contenders again in 2018. In fact, the Golden Eagles’ girls team looks very strong, …

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South metro cross country preview

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Overview

Mountain Vista’s girls and boys are the defending Class 5A team champions and are considered title contenders again in 2018. In fact, the Golden Eagles’ girls team looks very strong, with individual state champ Jenna Fitzsimmons and three other runners from last year’s title team returning this season. Broomfield, Rock Canyon and Valor Christian are other 5A girls teams to keep an eye on.

The 5A boys team outlook starts with Vista, but Dakota Ridge is also a preseason favorite.

One of the state’s top runners, Easton Allred, who ran for Rock Canyon last season, is ineligible after transferring to Mountain Vista.

Valor Christian’s Cole Sprout, the defending 4A individual, will be running in 5A this season.

Rules 4-3-1, 4-3-1b and 4-3-1-c have been clarified this season so that a uniform is considered legal if the school approves individually purchased items as part of the school uniform.

Runners to watch

Top returners for south metro-area teams:

Girls

Jenna Fitzsimmons, Mountain Vista; Caroline Eck, Mountain Vista; Sarah O’Sullivan, Mountain Vista; Hope James, Rock Canyon; Shannon Osoba, Rock Canyon; Taylor Whitfield, Valor Christian; Madison Reed, Mountain Vista; Ashten Loeks, Elizabeth; Keely Jones, Valor Christian; Riley Irwin, Valor Christian; Erin Smith, Cherry Creek; Baylie Koonce, Ponderosa; Victoria Hall, Cherry Creek; Mia Henderson, Heritage; Lauren Lapporte, Cherry Creek; Nina St. John, Rock Canyon; Emily Glenn, Rock Canyon; Cassidy Hickey, Chaparral; Shea Henley, ThunderRidge.

Boys

Ethan Rouse, Mountain Vista; Jack O’Sullivan, Mountain Vista; Cole Sprout, Valor Christian; Tyler Scholl, SkyView Academy; David Fine, Elizabeth, Christian Sapakoff, Littleton; Wes Beckham, Rock Canyon; Derek Fearon, Rock Canyon; Nolan Getchell, Legend; Ian Kelly, Heritage; Cory Kennedy, Heritage; Parker Wolfe, Cherry Creek; Ryan Johnson, Legend; Caleb Ream, Chaparral; Josh Welo, Chaparral; Carter Struhs, Chaparral; Max Tenbraak, Heritage; George Maldonago III, Chaparral; Jace Owen, Legend; Stephen Haysley, Arapahoe

State competition

• Regionals must be completed by Oct. 18-20.

• The state meet is Oct. 27 at Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs.

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