Cross country: Skyline’s Timms turned late start into strong finish

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Niwot’s Elise Cranny, left, and Skyline’s Connor Timms are the Times-Call cross country runners of the year.

When the end of August came around, Connor Timms was feeling great about his senior season in cross-country.

But those hopes took a blow the first week of the season when Timms cut the bottom of his foot badly, requiring 11 stitches.

Luckily, Timms wasn’t out of action for long. He took a week off from training before joining team workouts first on his bike, then back on his feet.

He hit the ground running, securing a win in his first event back at the St. Vrain Invitational, a race he also ran with a cold. He kept right on rolling, too, finishing the season with an eighth-place finish at the 4A state meet. For his achievements, Timms has been named Times-Call Runner of the Year.

The Skyline senior didn’t start running with the team until his junior year when he was looking for a way to stay in shape for soccer.

“For the first two weeks of the season, I was doing both high school soccer and cross country,” he explains. “It was a pretty hard few weeks there trying to do both, so I sat down with my parents and I told them I was going to try and go for cross country. I haven’t looked back ever since.”

Timms’ motivation and dedication to the sport has seen him rise to a great level of success this season.

In addition to his St. Vrain Invite victory and state finish, Timms added a second-place finish at the conference championship meet and fifth at regionals. He was on last year’s state team for Skyline, the first time the school was represented since 1985. The Falcons placed ninth this year.

“He has brought a fun-loving attitude to the team, as well as leadership and guidance for the younger runners,” coach Mary Monk says.

This season, the day after the conference meet, Timms offered to take a teammate up to Lyons for a race and pace him so that runner could take a chance at making state.

“He didn’t have to do that. Just for Connor to say, ‘I’ll go with you, pace you and help you,’ that was huge,” Monk says.

This giving nature comes naturally to Timms.

Outside of running and schoolwork, he stays active in his community through church group and Boy Scouts. This fall, Timms finished a sand volleyball court at his church and earned his status as an Eagle Scout.

Timms credits the help he has gotten from his coaches, Monk, Dumitru Pop and Kyle Fujimoto as a major key to his success.

But Monk says it’s easy to teach an eager pupil.

“As far as coaching goes, he will do anything you ask him to do, and he’s always looking for ways to improve,” she says.

Being a senior, Timms is in the process of applying to colleges, hoping to find one that will be a good fit academically and athletically.

Wherever he ends up, Timms has found a true love for the sport that was new to him just about a year ago.

“The thing I love most about running is that it’s an escape,” he says. “If you have something on your mind, you can run it off, think about it and solve those problems. It’s been great.”