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Lindenstein: St. Vrain Invite focuses state’s cross country attention on Lyons

While most of the state’s cross country teams converged on Colorado Springs last week for the pre-state invite hosted by Cheyenne Mountain, we get our area squads — and many more — back on local turf this week to showcase their talents.

Seventeen out of 19 BoCoPreps.com-area squads will be racing at the St. Vrain Invitational at Lyons High School on Saturday along with some 80 other high school and middle school teams.

The LHS cross country course has become a hit in recent years and will also host multiple regionals this fall.

Saturday’s action begins with middle school races at 8:10 a.m.

The girls varsity 2A/3A race is at 9:05, followed by the girls varsity 4A/5A race at 9:30. Boys varsity 2A/3A is at 9:55, with boys varsity 4A/5A running at 10:20. Junior varsity races follow at 10:45, and awards are handed out at 12:10 p.m.

While there will be plenty of elite challengers from up and down the Front Range in Lyons for the meet, there should be plenty of Boulder County flavor on the awards stand. Nine county squads finished among the top five at state last fall in their respective classifications.

CENTAURUS HOSTING INVITE

Where will the other two local cross country teams be this weekend you ask?

Centaurus will be hosting its own home invite at Waneka Lake in Lafayette at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Legacy will also be in attendance.

Before the high school portion of the race, Centaurus will host the Waneka Classic 5K Fun Run, which is open to the public. For more information on the fun run, visit centaurustcc.org.

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