10 GIRLS TO KNOW

Lindsey Chavez, Sr., Holy Family: Along with her younger sister Katie Chavez, she will lead the Tigers on a campaign to repeat as 3A state champions.

Elise Cranny, Sr., Niwot: The Class 4A defending state champion will look to defend her title as a senior.

Emma Gee, Jr., Legacy: She needs to move up just one spot from second place to win the Class 5A state title as a junior.

Dallas Frisbie, Jr., Peak to Peak: At the front of a talented returning group, she hopes to lead the Pumas girls team to the state podium this season.

Ginger Hutton, Jr., Shining Mountain: She won the 400, 800 and 3,200 during the track season in the fall.

Boulder’s Erin McLaughlin finished fourth at state last year and is aiming even higher in 2013.
Boulder's Erin McLaughlin finished fourth at state last year and is aiming even higher in 2013. ( Lewis Geyer )

Isabelle Kennedy, Sr., Fairview: Third last season at the Class 5A state meet, she's got a shot at the title in 2013.

Bailey Kuechenmeister, Sr., Nederland: She took sixth in Class 2A last season and hopes to break into the top five.

Elissa Mann, Jr., Monarch: She is the highest returning finisher on the defending 5A state champion Monarch girls team, which returns six of seven from last year.

Erin McLaughlin, Sr., Boulder: Taking fourth place last season, she'll look to move up the Class 5A podium at the end of her senior campaign.

Miriam Roberts, Sr., Lyons: Last year's 2A state runner-up will vie for the title again for her senior season.

 

10 BOYS TO KNOW

Matt Dillon, Jr., Lyons: With the Lions looking to repeat as Class 2A state champions, Dillon will look to break into the top 10 at state after finishing 15th as a sophomore in 2012.

Jake Fisk, Jr., Niwot: Fisk was unhappy with how he performed and the state meet last season and the Cougars boys' top runner is gunning for the top 10 this year.

Ethan Gonzales, Sr., Broomfield: Placing second in the 4A 3,200 during the spring track season has Gonzales hopeful he can improve on his 11th-place cross country finish from 2012.

Aaron Hillman, Sr., Holy Family: He'll need to score well at the state meet if the Tigers want to move up into the top 10.

Erich Hixson, Sr., Holy Family: After placing ninth in 3A a year ago, the Tigers' top runner leads a tough group.

Jake Link, Jr., Centaurus: Leading the Warriors as the team's highest state-placer from last season, he finished 15th in Class 4A in 2012.

Chris Meduna, Sr., Skyline: Taking 25th at state last year, his goal is to move up the 4A ranks.

Paul Roberts, So., Lyons: Class 2A's defending state champion, he'll look to make it two titles in two years as a sophomore.

Joel Such, So., Lyons: He placed eighth in 2A as a freshman last season and is gunning for the top five.

Marcel Such, Sr., Lyons: A big scorer for the state champion Lions after coming in fourth at state, Such will play major roles if the Lions hope to repeat.

POSTSEASON INFORMATION

2A Region 1 -- Local teams: Alexander Dawson, Lyons, Nederland, Shining Mountain, Twin Peaks. Date/Location: Oct. 17 at Lyons High School.

3A Region 3 -- Local teams: Holy Family, Peak to Peak. Date/Location: TBA.

4A Region 4 -- Local teams: Broomfield, Centaurus, Erie, Frederick, Niwot. Date/Location: Oct. 17 at Lyons High School.

4A Region 4 -- Local teams: Longmont, Mead, Silver Creek, Skyline. Date/Location: Oct. 17 at Lyons High School.

5A Region 3 -- Local teams: Boulder, Fairview, Legacy, Monarch. Date/Location: TBA.

Class 2A-5A State Championships -- Oct. 26 at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.


TEAM-BY-TEAM OUTLOOK

ALEXANDER DAWSON MUSTANGS

Coach: Katie Boyle (1st year).

Last year: Boys -- 13th at Class 2A state. Girls -- Did not qualify for Class 2A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Connor O'Grady (Jr., 73rd), Chris Slade (So., 20th), Alec Timpe (Jr.,37th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Noah Lorentzen (Sr.), Thomas Rudge (So.), Nick Timpe (Fr.).

Other girls to watch: Maggie Berry (Fr.), Claire McPeak (So.), Faith Rankin (Jr.), Molly Stoner (Jr.), .

Outlook: First-year head coach Katie Boyle said the Mustangs have more runners than ever before this season. Remaining cautiously optimistic, both the boys and girls teams expect to improve on solid finishes in the Mile High Conference last season. "We want to continue the momentum and have a fun and exciting season," Boyle said.

 

BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Mark Muggleton (1st year).

Last year: Boys -- 13th at Class 5A state. Girls -- 9th at Class 5A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Satchel Caldwell (Jr., 72nd), Kyle Lewis (Sr., 41st), Sam Long (Sr., 83rd), Torin McDonald (Sr., 54th), Dylan Moore (Sr., 86th), Naataani Todea (Sr., 107th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Erin McLaughlin (Sr., 4th).

Other boys to watch: None.

Other girls to watch: Laura Dissly (Sr.), Eva Oakes (So.), Rachael Roderick (Sr.), Amanda Worthy (So.).

Outlook: The Panthers' end goal is to be competitive at state meet with both their strong boys and up-and-coming girls squads. They feel they have the runners to improve on last year's respectable finishes for both teams, led by a fourth-place finish from Erin McLaughlin. "We want to redeem our boys' 13th-place finish and are shooting for a higher finish for the girls, as well," first-year head coach Mark Muggleton said. "Our runners are committed to excellence and everyone on our squad will PR."

 

BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: Greg Weich (4th year).

Last year: Boys -- 6th at Class 4A state. Girls -- 8th at Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Daniel Alvarez-Chao (Jr., 26th), Cody Armstrong (Sr., 122nd), Ethan Gonzales (Sr., 11th), Jake Mitchem (So., 68th), Jake Morris (Sr., 59th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Katie Forsee (Sr., 43rd), Christina Kennedy (Sr., 93rd), Gabby Licht (Jr., 62nd), Ally Malecha (Sr., 77th), Kara Skattum (So., 80th), Regan Vandepol (Jr., 28th).

Other boys to watch: Robert Carlson (Sr.), Jared Durney (So.), Ricardo Ocampo (Sr.), Josh Schoep (Fr.).

Other girls to watch: Ellie Webber (Fr.).

Outlook: The Eagles feel they have a realistic chance to place both the boys and girls in the top five at state with Ethan Gonzales, who finished second in the 3,200-meter run during the spring track season, and most of the girls team returning. The boys also will add Ocampo and Mitchem, who both had great track seasons. Skattum and Vandepol will lead a deep girls team.


CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Devin Rourke (3rd year).

Last year: Boys -- 5th at Class 4A state. Girls -- 7th at Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Jake Link (Jr., 15th), Ben Patzer (Jr., 166th), J.R. Pyne (Jr.,131st).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Maggie Moline (So., 44th), Olivia Rogers (So., 53rd), Kelsey Wood (Sr., 26th).

Other boys to watch: Brooks Macdonald (So.), Brady Tobin (Jr.).

Other girls to watch: Meghan Davinroy (Fr.), Deedee Strohl (Sr.).

Outlook: The Warriors graduated a large chunk of last year's varsity team but have a lot of young talent to build on. How the new faces at the front of the pack lead and how runners who are on the edge step up will determine the team's success this year. Either way, the Warriors hope to repeat as regional champions and bring a strong crew to state.

 

ERIE TIGERS

Coach: Scott Leiding (12th year).

Last year: Boys -- 16th at Class 4A state. Girls -- 26th at Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Kyle Leahy (Jr., 161st), Dylan Larkin (Sr., 128th), Shane Mathis (Jr., 81st), Kyle True (Sr., 139th), Nate Wedekind (Sr., 108th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Marissa Atkins (Sr., 124th), Kaitlyn Clark (Jr., 171st), Kylee Newman (Jr., 220th).

Other boys to watch: Richard Ostrander (Jr.), Richard Pelser (Sr.), Matt Sease (So.), Andrew Yurko (Jr.).

Other girls to watch: Halley Gallagher (Sr.), Serena Gudino (Sr.), Jaime Hogan (So.), Lauren Powell (Jr.),

Outlook: Returning a veteran group on the boys side, head coach Scott Leiding said they have a great chance to be the best and deepest team ever at Erie. Hopefully, he said, a top 15 finish in 4A is within reach. The girls have added some promising help after losing several top runners from last year's team. They should have an excellent chance to compete for a trip to state.

 

FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: Josh Glaab (4th year).

Last year: Boys -- 2nd at Class 5A state. Girls -- 5th at Class 5A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Rich Sanchez (Sr., 40th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Kelly Gilbert (Jr., 63rd), Heather Harrower (Sr., 111th), Isabelle Kennedy (Sr., 3rd), Mckenna Payes (Jr., 49th), Emma Sanchez (Sr., 71st).

Other boys to watch: Hal Schultz (Sr.).

Other girls to watch: None.

Outlook: "My dream for our team this year has all of our individuals coming together to be a unified entity that maximizes every workout and every race to become smarter, stronger, tougher, more tenacious athletes that race for each other," Glaab said. The Knights have a particularly strong group returning on the girls side, with depth to bolster their five state qualifiers. They lost a lot more on the boys side, so they'll need to reload there.

 

FREDERICK WARRIORS

Coach: Sue Sinclair (2nd year).

Last year: Boys -- Did not qualify for Class 4A state. Girls -- Did not qualify for Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Chris Erwin (Sr., 132nd).

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Matt Entrekin (Jr.).

Other girls to watch: Maddie Ellis (Jr.), Steffini Ruiz (Sr.).

Outlook: After graduating longtime team leader Makenzie Urban following the 2012 season, the Warriors will be looking for new runners to step up. Senior Chris Erwin returns as the Warriors' lone state qualifier and the girls will reload in Sue Sinclair's second year as head coach.

 

HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

Coach: Dave Good (19th year).

Last year: Boys -- 11th at Class 3A state. Girls -- Won Class 3A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Erich Hixson (Sr., 9th), Aaron Hillman (Sr., 21st), Dillon Roddy (Sr., 81st), Mark Bowles (Sr., 96th), Joe Marcia (Sr., 85th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Olivia Bartoletti (So., 30th), Lindsey Chavez (Sr., 19th), Katie Chavez (So., 23rd), Eva Naperkowski (So., 67th), Emma Stokes (So., 57th).

Other boys to watch: Ryan Wells (So.).

Other girls to watch: Emily Campbell (Fr.).

Outlook: The Tigers are strong again on both the girls and boys sides. The girls graduated just one senior from last year's championship team. The Chavez sisters should be two of the strongest girls in the state this year. Led by Erich Hixson, the boys are motivated, senior heavy, and have worked hard in the offseason to prove they're just as good as the girls.


LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: D.J. Hummel (2nd year).

Last year: Boys -- Did not qualify for Class 5A state. Girls -- Did not qualify for Class 5A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Emma Gee (Jr., 2nd).

Other boys to watch: Chris Carroll (Sr.), Eddie Decrescenzo (Sr.), Daniel Diaz (Sr.).

Other girls to watch: Brittany Kochman (Jr.), Devyn Palm-Trujillo (Sr.).

Outlook: The Lightning return 5A state runner-up Emma Gee. However, they lack experience and depth but are looking forward to minor improvements, which will hopefully qualify the team for state. The goal is to qualify a boys and girls team for state and head coach D.J. Hummel has high hopes for Gee to win a state title. "This will only happen with dedication and hard work," Hummel said. "The biggest impact is losing Melanie Nun. She is now running for CU Boulder's team. We will definitely miss her, but the girls are already stepping up to try to fill in the gap she has left."

 

LONGMONT TROJANS

Coach: Kevin Akers (2nd year).

Last year: Boys -- Team did not qualify for Class 4A state. Girls -- Team did not qualify for Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None

Girls returning state qualifiers: None

Other boys to watch: Cade Bickmore (So.), Nat Britten (Sr.), Taylor Chouinard (So.), Nathaniel Eiffert (Jr.), Jesse Hines (Jr.), Sean Kilcullen (Fr.), Tyler Oliver (So.).

Other girls to watch: Jamie Cropp (Sr.), Bailee Fowler (So.), Molly Klotz (Sr.), Anna Schell (Sr.), Kathryn Schell (Sr.), Verena O'Malley (So.).

Outlook: In his second year as head coach, Kevin Akers said all he is asking the Trojans runners to do is show up every day to practice, have good attitudes, and aim to better themselves and their team. The results, he believes, will then take care of themselves. The Trojans are looking to improve as a team from last year and run their best races at regionals.

 

LYONS LIONS

Coach: Mark Roberts (18th year).

Last year: Boys -- Won Class 2A state. Girls -- 2nd at Class 2A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Paul Roberts (So., 1st), Marcel Such (Sr., 4th), Joel Such (So., 8th), Matt Dillon (Jr., 15th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Miriam Roberts (Sr., 2nd), Sierra Tucker (So, 15th), Faith Myers (Jr., 22nd).

Other boys to watch: Heath Fesenmeyer (Sr.), Brian Flynn (Jr.), Stephen Roberts (Sr.).

Other girls to watch: Jenna Anderson (Jr.).

Outlook: The boys return their top four from last year, and have several other strong candidates to replace Ryan Boucher (Metro State), who finished fifth at state last season. They are hoping to defend their league, regional, and state titles, and have their sights set on the Nike Cross Southwest Regionals postseason race in November, and hope to make the Boys Championship Race as an invited team entry. The girls will be chasing Hotchkiss once again, and need to be healthy and firing on all cylinders to make a run at the state title.


MEAD MAVERICKS

Coach: Chris Reynolds (1st year).

Last year: Boys -- Did not qualify for Class 4A state. Girls -- Did not qualify for Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Morgan Lu (Sr., 60th).

Other boys to watch: Sean Esch (Jr.), Hayden Kessler (Sr.).

Other girls to watch: Christina Burrow (Fr.), Camilla Lee (So.), Acacia Stephen (Sr.).

Outlook: The Mavericks are changing over the coaching staff this year and entering their second year in the Tri-Valley League and 4A competition. Despite being young, the Mavericks have significant potential for growth and success. "We have a legitimate shot at qualifying the entire team for state for the first time in school history. We are hopeful for Morgan Lu's return after tearing her ACL in the spring soccer season. It may be the boost we need to get over the top," first-year head coach Chris Reynolds said. On the boys side, the Mavericks have a few strong returning runners and a strong group of incoming freshmen and sophomores.

 

MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: Kent Reider (9th season).

Last year: Boys -- 16th at Class 5A state. Girls -- Won Class 5A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Ben Hogan (So., 128th), Parker Sitton (Sr., 118th), Matt Tubbs (Sr., 99th), Chay Weaver (Sr. 76th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Kaitlyn Benner (Sr., 17th), Claire Green (Sr., 20th), Ashley Litoff (Sr., 46th), Elissa Mann (Jr., 13th), Karina Mann (Jr., 23rd), Alyssa Reese (Sr., 62nd).

Other boys to watch: Tyger Roch (Jr.), Max Ruth (Sr.), Riley Sorbo (So.), Shaofan Sun (Sr.).

Other girls to watch: Anna Hogan (Sr.), Stephanie Tessier (Sr.).

Outlook: The spotlight is definitely on the Coyotes girls team, which is back-to-back defending 5A state champion and returns six of seven varsity runners. The team should be better this year in a state, and Boulder County, where girls cross country has been extremely competitive. The boys team should be much improved from last year's showing at the state meet, having returned five of seven from last year's varsity squad and seeing improvement in some of the top freshmen from last year.

 

NEDERLAND PANTHERS

Coach: Kathy Butler (2nd year).

Last year: Boys -- Did not qualify for Class 2A state. Girls -- 6th at Class 2A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Bailey Kuechenmeister (Sr., 6th), Sophia Lindenberger (So., 54th), Mackenzie Radandt (Jr., 38th), Rosemary Pineau (Sr., 32nd).

Other boys to watch: James McNamara (Jr.).

Other girls to watch: Reyna Revelle (Jr.).

Outlook: The Panthers will be small in numbers but not in talent. As usual, their focus will be on results at the end of the season. The girls return a sizeable chunk from last year's sixth-place team. The Panthers also hope to have a solid boys team and expect to have a good chance of qualify it for state if they do.


NIWOT COUGARS

Coach: Sam Catterson (2nd year).

Last year: Boys -- 14th at Class 4A state. Girls -- 10th at Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Jake Fisk (Jr., 36th), Isaac Flores (So., 150th), Joe Plunkett (Jr., 141st), Tommy Plunkett (Jr., 87th), Austin Schuler (Sr., 101st).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Christa Boettiger (Jr., 9th), Elise Cranny (Sr., 1st), Kela Fetters (So., DNS), Katie Gillett (Jr., 98th), Niki Marshall (So., 109th), Emily Mercier (So., 153rd), Rachel Sharpe (Jr., 144th), Louise Vandenberghe (Jr., 123rd).

Other boys to watch: Kevin Everett (Sr.), Will Krebs (Jr.), Neils Snow (Jr.).

Other girls to watch: Emily Cranny (So.), Jenna McCaffery (Fr.), Megan Tatusko (Sr.).

Outlook: The Cougars girls team returns all of its state runners and alternates, including state champion Elise Cranny. They have set their goals high and have the talent and depth to run with anyone in the state. The boys have tremendous depth this year as well. Jake Fisk and Austin Schuler will lead from the front and a large group of talented juniors will need to step up to keep pace. The girls team is well-known throughout the state. This year will be an opportunity for the boys to establish their own identity.

 

PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Richard Hansen (4th year).

Last year: Boys -- 2nd at Class 3A state. Girls -- 9th at Class 3A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Alex Mowery (So., 37th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Amanda Brookover (So., 76th), Madelyne Clemans (Jr., 87th), Dallas Frisbie (Jr., 6th), Christina Hamerly (So., 56th), Alice Oveson (So., 49th), Mallory Oveson (Sr., 22nd).

Other boys to watch: Ben DeYoung (Jr.), Jhamal Fanning (Sr.), Liam Healy (Sr), Kyler Meehan (Sr.), Calvin Riss (Jr.), Isaac Ruble (So.).

Other girls to watch: Sophie Lehman (So.), Grae Roda (Jr.).

Outlook: The Pumas graduated nearly their entire boys team from last year's state meet but the girls are mostly back. Both teams return a strong contingent for the upcoming fall season and both have the goal of a podium finish at the state meet. "The theme for both teams is long term development, being mentally tough and staying healthy," Hansen said.

 

SHINING MOUNTAIN LIONS

Coach: Melody Fairchild (1st year).

Last year: Boys -- Did not qualify for Class 2A state. Girls -- Did not qualify for Class 2A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Jonah Baca (Jr.), Jordan Cherin (So.).

Other girls to watch: Ella Baca (Fr.), Ginger Hutton (Jr.), Paisley Sheehan (Jr.).

Outlook: The Lions have no returning state qualifiers from last season. But Colorado running legend Melody Fairchild joining the team as head coach has the Lions excited about the future. The girls team, led by junior Ginger Hutton, also won the school's first team state title during the track season in the spring.

 

SILVER CREEK RAPTORS

Coach: Barbara Keith (12th year).

Last year: Boys -- Did not qualify for Class 4A state. Girls -- Did not qualify for Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Adan Beltran (Sr.), Alex Bush (Sr.), Connor Christoffersen (Sr.), Kelvin Duval (Sr.), Jackson Engles (Jr.), Joey Fischer (Sr.), Brendon Naftel (Jr.), Bronson Thomas-Garcia (Jr.), Austin Maydew(Jr.).

Other girls to watch: Emilie Hite (Jr.), Allison Howlett (Sr.), Sheridan Jones (Sr.), Sierra Juvonen (Jr.), Samantha Koski (Jr.), Helena Scarf (Sr.).Outlook: The Silver Creek cross country team is getting primed for success this season. Both the girls and boys team are setting their sites on completing this season with their best overall performance. The goal for the season is to stay healthy, stay determined and committed to the season, and keep the athletes focused on the end of the season.

 

SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Mary Monk (6th year).

Last year: Boys -- 19th at Class 4A state. Girls -- Did not qualify for Class 4A state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Sam Burg (Jr., 27th), Hayden Falkenburg (So., 183rd), Chris Meduna (Sr., 25th), Jordan Wright (Jr., 201st).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Sydney Richards (Jr., 36th).

Other boys to watch: Nathan Aguirre (Jr.), Tanner Brohm (Jr.), John Davis (Jr.), Cody Wathen (So.).

Other girls to watch: Edie Gilbert (Fr.), Emily Jarvis (Jr.), Jenna Wilson (Fr.).

Outlook: After a successful session of summer running, the Falcons are ready for the season. The boys team hopes to take first in its league and region titles as well as place in the top 10 at state. The girls team has improved and this will be another building year around state qualifier Sydney Richards.

 

TWIN PEAKS TIMBERWOLVES

Coach: Jonathan Witzak (1st year).

Last year: 2013 is first season with a CHSAA-sanctioned varsity program.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Kaelin Blair (Jr.), Jaen Chavez (Jr.), Evan Young (Jr.).

Other girls to watch: None.

Outlook: This is the Timberwolves' first season as members of CHSAA. Their league status is independent as they wait for the two-year cycle to finish and look forward to joining the Mile High League next fall. The team will start the season with six athletes. Three of them are returning from last year and two are freshmen. "Our main key to success will be our strength in unity," Witzak said. "Our goal is to run as fast as we can and have fun doing it."

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