COLORADO SPRINGS — After a one-year hiatus from sitting atop the mountain in Class 2A cross country, the Lyons boys reclaimed their perch on Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, it was yet another runner from the Roberts clan who led the Lions back.
At the Colorado cross country state championships, Lions sophomore Isaac Roberts, whose older brother Paul Roberts is the only male four-time state champion and was in attendance on Saturday, placed second in the Class 2A race with a time of 16 minutes, 14.6 seconds. With senior Field Soosloff placing seventh and junior Colton Jonjak-Plahn placing 15th to round out the Lions' team score, the Lyons boys won their fifth team championship in six years.
"I think we went out at a good pace and I was a little bit back, which was my plan," Roberts said. "I think we were the favorites so we were pretty confident we could get the team championship. It was our goal to win from the beginning and we did it."
Soosloff finished the course at Norris-Penrose Event Center in 16:55.5 and Jonjak-Plahn ran a 17:25.7. Knowing they would be in a tight race with Heritage Christian, Lyons head coach Mark Roberts said the Lions did what they planned and each runner took care of his responsibility well enough to edge this year's rival by seven points.
"What I would say about this group is that they've been very matter of fact all season," Mark Roberts said. "We had great senior leadership from Field and Landon (Milbrath) and Adam (Crowl) and to see how Field has progressed from his freshman year to being on that podium today it a highlight moment for us. And you've got to get that third guy across and Colton hung on tough there at the end to finish it.
"It was a great race for both our boys and our girls. We put a lot of emphasis on this meet and when you do that, sometimes it works out for you. Sometimes it doesn't. It worked out great for us today."
In the 2A girls race, the Lions girls team finished in third place. With Nederland winning the team title and Paiona finishing runner-up, the Lions scored just three more points than Paiona.
Sophomore Katie Fankhouser was the Lions' top female finisher, placing ninth overall with a time of 20:33.5 and junior teammate Kylee Udovich cross the finish line next to place 10th in 10:51.7. Madeline Watts placed 21st in 21:35.5.