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    Niwot's Ares Reading ran 15:58 at the 4A state meet, good for second place.

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    Centaurus' Torey Puckett finished strong at the state meet, finishing 10th in 4A.

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    Peak to Peak's William Ledden.




Cooper Brown, Sr., Centaurus: Brown led the Warriors to a team title at the 4A state race by finishing in 16:11. Maybe even more helpful was his leadership abilities. His coach, Devin Rourke, commended his senior for his leading role on and off the course this season.

Cruz Culpepper, Jr., Niwot: The BoCoPreps.com boys runner of the year already has his dream running schools reaching out to him. What a prize he would be. The junior capped off his marvelous fall with a win at the 4A state race. He pounded out a 15:48 — and that was with a sinus infection.

Lukas Haug, So., Boulder: Haug finished third in his region behind Fairview’s Henry Murphy and just ahead of Legacy’s Parker Lee and teammate Carson Williams. At the state meet, though, he finished just ahead of Lee to place 18th in 16:37.

Will Ledden, Jr., Peak to Peak: The junior finished third in the 3A boys’ race at 16:23, leading the Pumas to their first state team title after they finished third in 2017.

John Moroney, Sr., Silver Creek: Moroney finished 20th (15:37) at the Desert Twilight and then took 18th (16:49) in the 4A state race. He finished behind Erie’s Jamison Cartwright at regionals, but finished three spots ahead of Centaurus’ Henry Bowman and four ahead of Cartwright at state.

Torey Puckett, Sr., Centaurus: Centaurus showed its team camaraderie at the start of this season, wearing matching shorts at its own invite in early September. The team bond paid off in the end, and Puckett was a big reason why. He finished 10th (16:32) in the Warriors’ 4A win at state.

Ares Reading, Sr., Niwot: Reading finished second in the 4A race at 15:58. Earlier in the season, he ran a 14:52 at the Desert Twilight, which at the time was the eighth-fastest mark in the country.

Isaac Roberts, Jr., Lyons: Roberts finished just behind Heritage Christian’s Seth Bruxvoort in regionals and at state. The junior, who finished third at the state meet, said he will have something to prove going into his final season.

Coach of the year — Devin Rourke, Centaurus: With a close-knit team, the Warriors won the 4A state race going away.

Honorable mention: Henry Bowman, Sr., Centaurus; Jamison Cartwright, Sr., Erie; Avery Conaghan, Jr., Monarch; Anders Cote, Jr., Fairview; Brock Granberg, Sr., Fairview; Justin Hager, Sr., Peak to Peak; Parker Lee, Jr., Legacy; Ethan Monarski, Sr., Peak to Peak; Ryan Montera, So., Legacy; Christian Montoya, Sr., Holy Family; Henry Murphy, So., Fairview; James Overberg, So., Centaurus; Kyle Piper, Sr., Centaurus; Orion Pipersky, Sr., Boulder; Max Saliman, Sr., Shining Mountain; Henry Terhaar, Jr., Silver Creek; Carson Williams, Jr., Boulder.

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