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Cross Country: Broomfield boys just miss on first state championship

CLIFF GRASSMICK
The Broomfield boys cross country team holds its Class 4A second-place trophy on Saturday.
Class 4A State cross country results
Broomfield Boys – 11. Ben Forsee, 17:02.97; 25. Kory Skattum, 17:31.42; 39. Matt Sarno, 17:41.67; 47. Ethan Gonzales, 17:46.07; 53. Joe Mitchem, 17:48.62; 102. Cody Armstrong, 18:26.67; 153. Parker Ericson, 19:19.02.
Broomfield Girls – 28. Regan Vandepol, 20:25.88; 31. Abby Gardner, 20;29.53; 66. Katie Forsee, 21:11.98; 76. Ally Malecha, 21:23.23; 102. Gabby Licht, 21:53.43; 104. Cherokee Rohrbaugh, 21.54.83; 133. Christina Kennedy, 23:33.73.

AURORA – Broomfield boys cross country proved all season it had the runners and determination to win a state championship. The only thing missing Saturday was the finish.

With a strong pack finish led by Ben Forsee, the Eagles flew into second place. But the runners-up position stung the team that had appeared all but a shoo in for its first Class 4A state title.

The road block in the way of one of Broomfield’s most talented teams, a neighborhood rival that became the state meet’s most successful dark horse.

Centaurus was not a complete unknown, but few had expected the Warriors to place three runners into the top-20 and scored 109 points.

“The way the ran at their regional, I was thinking that they were a good solid third or fourth,” Broomfield coach Greg Weich said. “So, it’s not like they are off the radar.”

Broomfield scored 175 points, but were not far off its season average. Forsee, Kory Skattum (17:31), Matt Sarno (17:41), Ethan Gonzales (17:46) and Zach Kuzma (18:02) were just under their season average, tuning in a 46-second split. It was strong, given the conditions.

“It wasn’t as bad as I expected, but it was still muddy,” Forsee said.

Weich chalked up some of the team’s bad luck to pressure, especially with the wave of success that propelled the team to the top at the end of the season.

“The kids have been incredible, we’ve been ranked No. 1 in the state for seven weeks now and we’ve risen to the occasion every week,” the coach said. “Today, I think the pressure got to us a little bit.”

Even with the near miss at the state title, it is undeniable the Eagles have built an impressive run the past three seasons. “We were 18th two seasons ago, fourth last year and second this,” Weich said. “So, we’re building this cool thing.”

The Broomfield girls had a bit of a surprise finish with one of the young team’s youngest runners finding her pace.

The Eagles finished eighth, with Regan Vandepol setting the team’s pace. The freshman made her move at the foot of the final hill in mile three, pulling into 28th place. The finish shocked the young Eagle, give it was the first time she has pulled in as her team’s No. 1 this season.

“I cross the finish line and the only thing in my mind was ‘How did I do this?’,” Vandepol said.