COLORADO SPRINGS — Resurrection Christian’s cross country coach Mark Roberts has been to many state meets, but this was his first with the Cougars.
After his successful 31-year tenure at Lyon, he led the men’s and women’s Resurrection Christian teams this year.
Being in state with a different team was definitely a different experience for him.
“It’s a bit unusual,” Roberts said. “I certainly miss the crew I had in Lyon. This group has been amazing to work with. Coach (Carolyn) Magnuson has done a great job with this team, so it’s been pretty smooth coming in and picking up and these kids have been so coachable, it’s really exciting.
Individually, the Cougars had a pair of Class 3A top 10s. Sophomore Jackson Fagerlin finished ninth in the boys’ race, running a time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds.
After finishing 26th on the course last year, he was happy with his ninth place finish this year.
“It’s awesome,” Fagerlin said. “Last year that was my goal, I just didn’t achieve it. We had a great team this year and great coaches who pushed me, helped me and taught me how to race. It really makes everything pay off.
Resurrection Christian’s men’s team finished 12th as a team after failing to qualify last year.
In the women’s 3A race, the Cougars finished ninth as rookie Elizabeth Roberts finished ninth individually. She completed the course in 19:13.6 and was the top freshman.
“It feels good in first grade,” she said. “I’m super excited. And our team has done really well.”
The Cougars were running without their No. 3 runner, so finishing ninth as a team was a big achievement.
Takeover for Torres from Loveland
A year ago, Loveland junior – then a sophomore – Elena Torres finished the girls 5A race in 22nd place. But she made it so hurt.
This season, she redeemed herself with an eighth-place finish, crossing the finish line in 18:20.04.
“Honestly, I barely remember half of it,” Torres said of his run. “You’re just zoned midway. I got out really fast and was a little nervous because there are big hills there. But I was really just trying to attack and pick them up.
Torres entered the race hoping for a top-10 finish and she got it. She was nine seconds behind seventh place and 10 seconds ahead of ninth place.
“Last year in this race I was injured so I didn’t do as well as I wanted to,” said Torres. “I really wanted to come back and race my best. Eight is a great place. I’m really happy to have scored that today. It was just a big win for me, really.
As a team, the Red Wolves finished 11th. They tied for the spot with Castle View but won the tiebreaker to earn the spot.
A first and a last for Mountain View
Mountain View senior Brooklyn Ewert made her fourth and final state meet appearance and finished 28th in the women’s 4A race.
Ewert improved from his 43rd place finish last year. The biggest difference this year was that her teammates were running with her.
“It was pretty awesome, especially being here with my whole team,” Ewert said. “It was definitely a special experience, a great way to end my senior year. I’m really happy with the way I raced. I felt better in this race than in previous years.
While this was Ewert’s last state race, it was the first for her freshman teammate Madeline Clark. Clark was Mountain View’s top finisher, finishing 21st.
“It was a lot of fun,” Clark said. “It was really exciting. I was really nervous, but I had a lot of fun. The course was really tough, lots of hills. It was hot.”
As a team, the Mountain View girls finished in 15th place.
Thompson Valley Boys finish ninth
The young Eagles were hoping for a top-five finish, but knew the top 10 was probably more realistic.
They finished ninth with a team score of 265. Cheyenne Mountain won the 4A boys team title with 76 points.
The Eagles’ top three sophomores all finished in the top 65, as Guthrie Manzella was 36th, Ty Bakker was 55th and Curtis Smela was 64th.
In the 2A races the Loveland Classical boys were 17th and the girls 16th.