Niwot senior Elise Cranny continues to confirm she not only is one of the top young distance runners in the state, but she matches up quite nicely against the top competition in the nation, too.

Cranny won another prestigious competition on Saturday, taking first in the 800 meter run at the New Balance Nationals indoor championships in New York. Cranny completed the race with a winning time of 2 minutes, 6 .47 seconds to outpace runner-up Ersula Farrow from Michigan by 2.45 seconds. Cranny, the Colorado state record-holder in the one-mile run and the state’s two-time Class 4A state cross country champion, set a meet record at the event last year in the one-mile with a 4:40.62 but saw that marked toppled Saturday by Washington’s Alexa Efraimson (4:38.46).

Cranny, who has committed to continuing her running career at Stanford, also won state track titles last year in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 meter events and will look to add repeat titles in her final Colorado prep appearance at the state meet in May.


BOULDER’S BANNER DAY

Some of the top athletes at Boulder High were recognized Tuesday for their recent accomplishments with a banner unveiling ceremony at the school’s gymnasium.

Among the honorees who will forever own a small corner of the Panthers’ gym are Amanda Richey, who won a Class 5A state swimming title in the 500 freestyle last month; Mason Douillard, one of the catalysts of the Panthers’ 2012 state title run in boys soccer who was voted the 5A Player of the Year last fall by the Colorado High School Coaches Association; distance runner Erin McLaughlin, who placed second at the 5A state finals last fall; and soccer standout Keile Kropf, who placed second in the slalom at the 2014 state skiing finals for the Nederland ski team.

“We started this in 2009 because while we haven’t had a chance to hang state championship banners, we’ve had a lot of student-athletes have a lot of individual success that weren’t getting recognized,” Boulder athletic director Melissa Warfield said. “These are outstanding achievements by our athletes that deserve to be recognized.”


NOTABLE

Warfield said the Boulder baseball game on April 5 originally scheduled as a home date against Prairie View has been shifted to Prairie View due to the repair work required on the damaged backstop at Scott Carpenter Park. Warfield indicated no additional games will be moved or rescheduled until the results of a meeting Friday that could lead to a game plan for the field’s repairs.

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