LYONS — Silver Creek's Brock Dykema showed up to Lyons High School on Thursday ready to execute the plan he and his teammates had put together for how they would attack the 4A Region 4 cross country meet.
Dykema also showed up intent on winning the individual title and ready to seize any opportunity to pull away from the pack and go for the individual win. The Raptors junior and his teammates executed their plan and improvised just enough to claim both the boys individual and team titles.
Dykema crossed the finish line first in 16 minutes, 24.34 seconds, and the Raptors qualified their full team for state by placing four runners in the top six and scoring 24 team points.
"Our team had a plan to stay in a pack for the first two laps and then I just went up the hill on the second lap and made my move," said Dykema, who placed 17th at state last year. "I've run here a bunch of times and I wasn't really planning my move on the uphill. I was mostly planning on the downhill since I'm taller and I can just extend my stride and go. But I saw a chance with a couple of guys starting to fade so I just went for it."
Silver Creek's James Lee placed second with a time of 16:28.74, less than two seconds ahead of Northridge's Josh Torres. Logan Simington placed fourth, Eliott Cassidy placed sixth and Zack Beckwith placed 11th to round out the Raptors' team score. Henry Terhaar placed 14th.
With the top four teams and the top 15 individuals qualifying for the state championships, Mead's Zach Debuse placed 13th. While Debuse's finish would have qualified him individually, it didn't have to as the Mavericks boys took third in the team scoring.
Mead had never before qualified a male individual for state, let alone a full team.
"Our boys were gunning for third and they got it," Mead head coach Chris Reynolds said. "It may be a bit of a shock to some but they believed they could do it. We were 11th, eighth and now third the last three years so it's a pretty big jump."
Mead junior Sophia Maeda, who placed 19th at state last season, was runner-up in the girls race on Thursday. She finished the race with a time of 19:25.28.
"We were just going to play with it and see where we fell," Maeda said. "I just felt good so I just went for it. I caught her (Mountain View's Lauren Offerman) and I thought she might come back and get me but she didn't."
Silver Creek placed second in the team scoring to qualify a full team for state and Longmont's Cammy Manes (fourth) and Emily Billow (ninth), Mead's Kaitlyn Salazar (10th), and Silver Creek's Cami Fischmann (11th) and Kylie Morgan (14th) qualified individually.
Class 4A Region 4 Championships
At Lyons H.S.
Team scores — Silver Creek 24, Greeley Central 65, Mead 113, Thompson Valley 137, Mountain View 140, Fort Morgan 197, Windsor 205, Roosevelt 211, Northridge 215, Skyline 218, Longmont 226. Frederick 353.
Top 15 individuals — 1. Brock Dykema, Silver Creek, 16:24.34; 2. James Lee, Silver Creek, 16:28.74; 3. Josh Torres, Northridge, 16:30.48; 4. Logan Simington, Silver Creek, 16:39.31; 5. Cale Englert, Windsor, 16:46.20; 6. Eliott Cassidey, Silver Creek, 16:56.64; 7. Dylan Schubert, Thompson Valley, 17:01.41; 8. Ra. Villalobos Ocampo Jr., Greeley Central, 17:01.63; 9. Simon Kelati, Greeley Central, 17:07.44; 10. Arturo Toro, Greeley Central, 17:07. 44; 11. Zack Beckwith, Silver Creek, 17:11.11; 12. Henry Terhaar, Silver Creek, 17:12.79; 13. Hayden DeBuse, Mead, 17:13.21; 14. Adam Marcus, Mountain View, 17:13.42; 15. Sam Hitchens, Thompson Valley, 17:15.60.
Other Mead scorers — 21. Justin McDaniel, 17:47.93; 24. Andrew Williams, 17:53.24; 26. Isaac Dukes, 17:58.61; 29. Jack Weis, 18:10.77.
Team scores — Thompson Valley 76, Silver Creek 89, Mountain View 91, Roosevelt 107, Windsor 113, Mead 118, Longmont 131, Fort Morgan 200, Greeley Central 243, Northridge 316, Frederick 328.
Top 15 individuals — 1. Kenadi Krueger, Thompson Valley, 18:59.27; 2. Sophia Maeda, Mead, 19:25.28; 3. Lauren Offerman, Mountain View, 19:29.43; 4. Cammy Manes, Longmont, 19:31.80; 5. Morgan Hykes, Windsor, 19:49.74; 6. Madi Kenyon, Roosevelt, 19:59.85; 7. Denisse Ojeda, Greeley Central, 20:03.93; 8. Kyndel Anderson, Windsor, 20:13.34; 9. Emily Billow, Longmont, 20:19.35; 10. Kaitlynn Salazar, Mead, 20:19.77; 11. Cami Fischmann, Silver Creek, 20:21.43; 12. Izze Johnson, Thompson Valley, 20:27.56; 13. Taylor Petty, Mountain View, 20:28.25; 14. Kylie Morgan, Silver Creek, 20:28.69; 15. Kelsey Lagunas, Roosevelt, 20:31.90.
Other Silver Creek scorers — 16. Lauren Zoe Baker, 20:35.78; 21. Alyssa Morgan, 20:47.26; 27. Kate Eggen, Silver Creek, 21:10.66.