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Class 5A state cross country results
Legacy girls – 12. Melanie Nun, 19:30.30; 21. Emma Gee, 19:39.90; 148. Devyn Palm-Trujillo, 22:20.45; 159. April Gonsalves, 22:25.00; 166. Anica Brewster, 23:28.35; 174. Fiona Dretzka, 24.36.30; 175. Sydney Dickson, 24.52.25.

AURORA – Emma Gee’s first Class 5A state cross country meet involved two race – one to the starting line and one to the finish line.

The Legacy freshman was caught in the gridlock running up Quincy Street to the north of Arapahoe County Fairground. With minutes before the race, she had to run from her stationary car, across the course to make the start of the race.

Good thing she was willing to put in the extra miles, because Gee would have hated to miss her finish. The freshman pulled in as her team’s No. 2, collecting 21st place.

“I was really, really stressed out at the starting line,” said Gee, who recorded a time of 19:39.90. “Because I’ve been looking forward to state all year.”

Legacy had a strong front-end finish to collect 22nd place, scoring 506 points. Monarch won the girls team title, scoring 107 points. Cherry Creek produced the individual champion, with Jordyn Colter winning the race with a 18:24.60.

Leading the pack for the Lightning was the team’s standard bearer of the past few seasons, Melanie Nun. The junior finished in 12th place, turning in a time of 19:30 and was not please with her performance. Nun believed she turned in an off performance, hitting a mental glitch midway through the race.

“I just lost focus at the top of the first hill,” she said. “I let the race get into my head and never really recovered.”

Devyn Palm-Trujillo (22:20), April Gonsalves (22:52) and Anica Brewster (23:28) rounded out the Lightning’s state meet, each place in the lower half of the field. But with all the girls slated to return next season, Legacy has a bright future ahead.

“I’m pretty sure by the time I’m a senior we can win this,’ Gee said.