Cross country: Niwot’s Cranny breaks own course record in regional win

LEWIS GEYER
Niwot’s Elise Cranny broke her own course record while winning the Class 4A Region 3 final on Thursday.

 

LYONS — This is Christa Boettiger’s first season with the Niwot cross country team, and she has spent much of it chasing the vapor trails typically left behind by her teammate Elise Cranny.

Cranny, considered one of the top distance runners in the area, was the runner-up at the Class 4A state meet last year and will be one of the favorites to win gold when the state meet rolls around again next week. Boettiger, meanwhile, has learned much from her more accomplished teammate this season.

Including, apparently, how to decimate one’s opponents.

While Cranny ran away with the top individual honor Thursday at the Class 4A Region 3 final, Boettiger did the same with the runner-up slot, as the two Cougars runners helped Niwot to a third-place finish in the team standings. Centaurus claimed first place in the team race after six of the Warriors’ runners finished within the top 12.

“This is my first year doing cross country, and it has been really nice seeing how Elise does it,” Boettiger said. “It’s just really an inspiration to know how to keep plugging through to the finish. I’ve really been enjoying this season and it all has been really a team effort.”

Cranny set a course record she previously established in September at the annual St. Vrain Invitational, winning the regional title with a time of 18 minutes, 8 seconds — a full 9 seconds better than her course record-run last month. Cranny finished 1 minute, 44 seconds ahead of her teammate on Thursday, though Boettiger was nearly as impressive in the runner-up position, finishing 24 seconds ahead of third-place Makenzie Urban from Frederick and Kelsey Wood from Centaurus.

“This is kind of like a home course for Niwot, so we always seem to do really well when we’re on it,” Cranny said. “Since it’s our home course it always inspires us to run our best. I’m feeling good and our team is feeling good, too. We’re definitely excited and ready for state.”

Broomfield’s Katie Forsee and Regan Vandepol finished fifth and sixth, respectively, to help the Eagles place second in the team standings, a mere one point ahead of Niwot. Centaurus finished with a meet-leading 38 points thanks to the Warriors’ impressive all-around team effort. Erie also qualified its entire team after finishing fourth.

“We exceeded expectations for sure. They ran really well today,” Centaurus coach Devin Rourke said. “We’re really pleased with it. Today was a final test before state and we had fun with it. It’s a little pressure at the end of the season, but the team mojo was super positive today. We try to keep it that way for the postseason. It can be high-stress, but we try to make it fun.”

The 4A Region 3 final was just one of several regionals held Thursday at Lyons. In the Class 2A Region 1 final, Lyons junior Miriam Roberts continued her stellar season by placing first, finishing with a winning time of 20:39 that was 38 seconds better than runner-up Bailey Kuechenmeister of Nederland. Roberts’ effort helped the Lions win the team race, though Nederland also advanced its full team to state by finishing third.

“For this race, we were working on the things we’ll need to do at state, like going out hard,” Roberts said. “So that’s what I did. We kind of used it a little bit as a workout, but then also as a prep for state.”

No local girls teams were able to advance out of the Class 4A Region 4 final, although Skyline sophomore Sydney Richards (seventh) and Mead junior Morgan Lu (10th) qualified for state as individuals.

“I knew I wouldn’t pull a fast time because I’ve been sick, and from what I saw from our boys team before, they didn’t pull their fastest (times) either,” Richards said. “So I knew I wasn’t going to PR. But I came in ranked fifth, and I’ve been sick the last two days. All I wanted was top 15.”

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Class 4A Region 3 girls

At Lyons H.S.

 

Note: Top five teams advance to state plus any individuals among the top 15 finishers who weren’t on those top five teams.

Team scores — Centaurus 38, Broomfield 53, Niwot 54, Erie 112, Weld Central 189, Frederick 193, John F. Kennedy 202, Denver South 210, Skyview 249, Vista Peak 263, Thomas Jefferson 341.

Top 15 individuals — 1. Elise Cranny, Niwot, 18:08; 2. Christa Boettiger, Niwot, 19:52; 3. Makenzie Urban, Frederick, 20:16; 4. Kelsey Wood, Centaurus, 20:16; 5. Katie Forsee, Broomfield, 20:34; 6. Regan Vandepol, Broomfield, 20:44; 7. Rachel Moline, Centaurus, 20:47; 8. Maggie Moline, Centaurus, 20:47; 9. Erin Twaddell, Centaurus, 20:54; 10. Olivia Rogers, Centaurus, 20:55; 11. Kara Skattum, Broomfield, 20:58; 12. Hannah Davinroy, Centaurus, 21:04; 13. Marissa Atkins, Erie, 21:13; 14. Rachel Sharpe, Niwot, 21:17; 15. Gabby Licht, Broomfield, 21:20.

Other Centaurus results — 19. Sady Swanson, 21:34.

Other Broomfield results — 16. Ally Malecha, 21:25; 23. Christina Kennedy, 21:45; 31. Katie Croell, 22:20.

Other Niwot results — 17. Kela Fetters, 21:26; 20. Niki Marshall, 21:38; 24. Louise Vandenberghe, 21:55; 29. Katherine Gillett, 22:09.

Other Erie results — 21. Chelsea Martus, 21:39; 25. Amelia Sease, 21:56; 26. Kaitlyn Clark, 21:58; 28. Lauren Powell, 22:03; 44. Foley Armknecth, 23:30; 45. Heather Douglas, 23:23.

Other Frederick results — 34. Maddie Ellis, 22:26; 58. Emily Echelberger, 24:35; 63. Ronni Morganti, 25:12; 68. Mallory Ellis, 25:35; 69. Grace Larhs, 25:53. 75. Megan McCarron, 26:42; 81. Kristen Kocheise, 28:06.

 

Class 4A Region 4 girls

At Lyons H.S.

 

Note: Top five teams advance to state plus any individuals among the top 15 finishers who weren’t on those top five teams.

Team scores — Thompson Valley 32, Mountain View 72, Berthoud 98, Greeley Central 120, Fort Morgan 139, Roosevelt 174, Mead 183, Windsor 197, Silver Creek 211, Longmont 259, Skyline 267.

Top 15 individuals — 1. Riley Cooney, Mountain View, 19:32; 2. Kendra Larson, Thompson Valley, 19:42; 3. Hayley Berg, Thompson Valley, 20:02; 4. Kiah Leonard, Berthoud, 20:03; 5. Megan Irvine, Thompson Valley, 20:10; 6. Rachel Franklin, Mountain View, 20:16; 7. Sydney Richards, Skyline, 20:28; 8. Kacie Kaufman, Thompson Valley, 20:41; 9. Abbi Stratton, Mountain View, 20:45; 10. Morgan Lu, Mead, 20:50; 11. Shellene Rains, Windsor, 20:53; 12. Sarena Wells, Fort Morgan, 21:03; 13. Cede Roque, Greeley Central, 21:19; 14. Ellie Colpitts, Thompson Valley, 21:32; 15. Sara Keller, Fort Morgan, 21:42.

Other Mead results — 31. Acacia Stephen, 22:45; 35. Brianna Hallmark, 22:48; 53. Molly Gehringer, 23:38; 61. Amanda Esch, 23:53; 66. Avery Sears, 24:03; 75. Marissa Zuccaro, 24:44.

Silver Creek results — 27. Alison Tripp, 22:36; 44. Gabriela Koski, 23:00; 45. Haylie Call, 23:05; 50. Sheridan Jones, 23:30; 54. Sage Madden, 23:41; 57. Allison Howlett, 23:42; 59. Samantha Koski 23:48; 69. Helena Scharf, 24:08; 76. Eva Barrio Calvo, 24:46.

Longmont results — 30. Kathryn Schell, 22:43; 47. Jamie Kropp, 23:18; 55. Verena O’Malley, 23:41; 65. Anna Schell, 23:58; 83. Christine Lieberman, 25:42; 93. Sam Cropp, 27:22.

Other Skyline results — 52. Avynne Trembly, 23:33; 74. Emily Jarvis, 24:38; 82. Bianca Delgado-Corchado, 25:41; 90. Elizabeth Moore, 26:40; 95. Zoe Williamsom, 28:04.

 

 

Class 2A Region 1 girls

At Lyons H.S.

 

Team scores — Lyons 15, Wiggins 35, Nederland 39, Resurrection Christian 51, Yuma 57, Alexander Dawson 57, Liberty Common 65, Shining Mountain 77, Merino 78, Highland 80, Collegiate Academy.

Top 15 individuals — 1. Miriam Roberts, Lyons, 20:39; 2. Bailey Kuechenmeister, Nederland, 21:17; 3. Bailey Walser, Merino, 21:21; 4. Kassidy Knutson, Wiggins, 21:29; 5. Hannah Hart, Resurrection Christian, 21:37; 6. Olivia Raspotnik, Lyons, 21:47; 7. Rachel Meyers, Resurrection Christian, 21:51; 8. Kelsey Miner, Lyons, 21:57; 9. Lulu McRoberts, Alexander Dawson, 22:07; 10. Sierra Tucker, Lyons, 22:28; 11. Jessica Granner, Liberty Common, 22:29; 12. Faith Myers, Lyons, 22:31; 13. Kelly Kimmel, Highland, 22:45; 14. Tori Schneider, Yuma, 22:51; 15. Jessica Martin, Wiggins, 22:53.

Other Lyons results — 27. Jenna Anderson, 23:46.

Other Nederland results — 18. Jenna Mahon, 23:03; 20. MacKenzie Radandt, 23:08; 25. Rosemary Pineau, 23:35; 31. Sophia Lindenberger, 234:34;

Other Alexander Dawson results — 17. Maddie Fagundo, 23:01; 33. Faith Rankin, 24:58; 47. Claire McPeak, 26:53; 48. Alondra Perea, 26:59; 51. Forest-Amber Borealis, 27:37. 57. Alex Brubaker, 31:32.

Shining Mountain results — 20. Sabina Flandrick, 23:13; 26. Paisley Sheehan, 23:36; 34. Miranda Seim, 25:03; 55. Bianca Moser, 30:19.