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Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer
Lyons’ Sierra Tucker sprints to a third-place finish during the regional cross country championships at Lyons High School Thursday.

LYONS – CeAnn Udovich and Sierra Tucker of Lyons are both looking forward to the Class 2A cross country state championships on Oct. 31.

Udovich, who has battled injuries, hopes to match her second-place finish as a sophomore last season. Tucker, who finished fifth last season, is looking to finish her senior season on a high note.

But first, both Udovich and Tucker had to qualify for state. They did that during Thursday’s 2A Region 1 championships on their home course at Lyons High School.

“CeAnne and I went out together for the first half and I just tried to see what I could do at the end,” Tucker said. “We’re looking to finish as high as we possibly can together and as a team. We’re hoping that we can all step up and we’re excited to see how it goes.”

With a time of 20 minutes, 35 seconds, Tucker placed third behind Heritage Christian’s Rebekah and Rachel Rairdon. Udovich placed seventh in 21:01.

With a team score of 26 points, the Lyons girls also took second place in the team scoring behind Heritage Christian’s impressive seven-point total. Looking ahead to the state meet, which the Lions girls won last year, it was a satisfactory end to the regular season.

“We were just going for a good finish so we could feel good about our last race of the season before state,” Tucker said.

In the boys race, Lyons’ three-time defending 2A state champion Paul Roberts took first place with a time of 16:06. Lyons teammate Joel Such (18:16) took fifth to help the three-time defending state champions Lions win the Region 1 meet.

With the top 40 percent of both girls and boys teams qualifying for the 2A state meet, both Lions teams will be back to defend their titles next Saturday. The Shining Mountain boys team placed fourth and qualified.

Also at Lyons High School on Thursday, the Peak to Peak boys and girls both qualified for state out of the 3A Region 3 competition.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

3A Region 3 championships

At Lyons H.S.

Boys

State qualifying teams — Skyview 36, Peak to Peak 88, Faith Christian 106, Platte Canyon 115.

Top 15 individuals — 1. Ben Butler, Skyview, 16:04; 2. Isaac Ruble, Peak to Peak, 17:04; 3. Jimmy Scavuzzo, Skyview, 17:20; 4. Dylan Parker, Platte Canyon, 17:29; 5. Hayelom Fitsum, DSST Stapleton, 17:39; 6. Jordon Wilson, Skyview, 17:46; 7. Matthew Judson, Faith Christian, 17:47; 8. Joseph Pippin, Skyview, 17:49; 9. James Giltner, Kent Denver, 17:51; 10. Jarrod Puseman, Platte Canyon, 17:53; 11. Alexander Mowery, Peak to Peak, 17:56; 12. Macklin Brockmeyer, Faith Christian, 17:59; 13. Nicholas Runco, Lutheran, 18:10; 14. Isaiah Carpio, Ridge View, 18:22; 15. Noah Hill, DSST Stapleton, 18:26.

2A Region 1 championships

At Lyons H.S.

Boys

State qualifying teams — Lyons 13, Heritage Christian 19, Resurrection Christian 41, Highland 55.

Top 15 individuals — 1. Paul Roberts, Lyons, 16:06; 2. Luke Gilliland, Heritage Christian, 17:25; 3. Christian Fagerlin, Resurrection Christian, 17:44; 4. Levi Kilian, Highland, 17:54; 5. Joel Such, Lyons, 18:16; 6. Seth Bruxvoort, Heritage Christian, 18:21; 7. Landon Milbrath, Lyons, 18:24; 8. Colton Jonjak-Plahn, Lyons, 18:31; 9. Adam Crowl, Lyons, 18:33; 10. Jack Lindgren, Byers, 18:34; 11. Robbie Wagner, Heritage Christian, 18:34; 12. Wesley Davies, Clear Creek, 18:34; 13. Stephen Zonnefeld, Heritage Christian, 18:40; 14. Field Soosloff, Lyons, 18:49; 15. Jimmy Conway, Clear Creek, 18:53.

Girls

State qualifying teams — Heritage Christian 7, Lyons 26, Resurrection Christian 32, Shining Mountain Waldorf 51.

Top 15 individuals — 1. Rebekah Rairdon, Heritage, 19:57; 2. Rachel Rairdon, Heritage, 19:58; 3. Sierra Tucker, Lyons, 20:35; 4. Leeann Wagner, Heritage, 20:46; 5. Kyra Hanson, Resurrection Christian, 20:51; 6. Emma Schaefer, Shining Mountain, 21:00; 7. CeAnn Udovich, Lyons, 21:01; 8. Sarah Davidson, Nederland, 21:05; 9. Hannah Hart, Resurrection Christian, 21:37; 10. Maddie Soehner, Yuma, 21:48; 11. Abby Leuchten, Shining Mountain, 21:50; 12. MacKenzie Dill, Highland, 21:56; 13. Mikaela Taylor, Limon, 21:57; 14. Megan Wagner, Heritage, 21:57; 15. Margaret Berry, Dawson, 21:59.