Team by team outlooks
Coach: Geo Tam
The Scorecard: Third-year head coach Geo Tam has a lot to work with in 2019. On the girls side, the Panthers return eight runners who scored points at various meets last season including five state qualifiers, so depth will likely be a strength. The Boulder boys, on the other hand, enter this fall semester with extra motivation after helping a collapsed teammate resulted in the disqualification of two of their top runners at last year’s state championships.
Coach: Greg Weich
The Scorecard: The Eagles girls placed sixth in 5A in 2018 and return their entire state lineup from last fall including senior Sydney Swanker, who finished eighth individually. With the addition of several impact freshmen, head coach Greg Weich believes the Eagles could place even higher this October. The Broomfield boys team will be led by junior James Thomas, who placed top-70 at state last year and figures to be much-improved after running 9:54 in the 3,200 during track and field season.
Coach: Alan Culpepper
The Scorecard: Former Olympian Alan Culpepper joins the Knights as head coach this season. That’s a good get for a program that placed both its boys and girls teams in the top 10 at the 5A state meet last fall. With the vast majority of the Knights’ boys and girls state teams returning for the 2019 season, including junior Henry Murphy and senior Kinsey Hall, this has the potential to be an exciting campaign for Fairview cross country.
Coach: DJ Hummel and Lauren Hummel
The Scorecard: The Lightning sent several boys and girls runners to state last season and all of them are back, which is good news for co-head coaches DJ Hummel and Lauren Hummel. Between Abigail Jones and Parker Lee, who placed 25th and 19th at the 2018 state meet, respectively, and other runners like Brynn Siles, who ran a 17:29 PR at the Liberty Bell in 2017, the Lightning has plenty of firepower to make some noise this season.
Coach: Kent Reider
The Scorecard: With 10 returning state qualifiers spread across the boys and girls teams, the Coyotes enter the 2019 campaign with a large contingent of veteran seniors and juniors. That should give Monarch a boost to open the season and head coach Kent Reider thinks a large group of freshmen and sophomores with impact potential should help the program going forward. Seniors Avery Conaghan, Luke Johnson, Anna Wexler and Julia Mainland will be runners to watch this fall.
Coach: Devin Rourke
The Scorecard: In 2018, the Centaurus girls finished fourth in 4A and the boys won it all to give the program its best combined finish ever. The Warriors boys team graduated a number of its top runners and will have some rebuilding to do with a successful legacy to live up to. The Centaurus girls return an incredible six runners from last fall’s state meet squad, and that abundance of big-race experience has head coach Devin Rourke excited for the 2019 postseason.
Coach: Brandon Havard
The Scorecard: There is considerable excitement surrounding the Erie cross country program, as Brandon Havard has the Tigers on an upward trajectory in his second year as head coach. The Tigers boys team also returns four runners who competed at last year’s state meet and Erie is hunting a regional title after coming up one point short in 2018. On the girls side, the Tigers will be led by a trio of juniors with state experience in Emma Osborn, Isabel Sease and Anais Garcia.
Coach: Michele Blanken
The Scorecard: The Frederick Warriors spent this offseason working hard to maintain their conditioning in the hope of improving their standing in the conference and region this fall. The Warriors were young last season but had a solid group of juniors push its way to the front of the pack. It has seemed like the Frederick team has been in an extended rebuilding phase but the Warriors remain optimistic this could be the year they break through and send a runner or two to state.
Coach: Scott Dickinson
The Scorecard: Between the Trojans’ senior and junior girls, the team has 17 years of combined cross country experience and head coach Scott Dickinson expects that leadership to help improve last year’s results. Longmont’s boys will be young and inexperienced, with their top three runners projected to be all sophomores. Tenth-graders Dominic Warner, Andreas O’Malley and Connor McCormick, however, did all break 4:50 in the 1,600 during track and field season in the spring and could develop into a formidable trio on the cross country course.
Coach: Chris Reynolds
The Scorecard: In the second year of a rebuilding cycle, the Mavericks are more likely to see success on the boys side this fall. With a strong team coming back and an influx of young talent, the Mead boys have high hopes for regionals and state. The girls team, on the other hand, is very young and has no returning state runners. But with a wide open roster and some young runners with potential head coach Chris Reynolds is hoping for some surprises.
Coach: Kelly Christensen
The Scorecard: Both the Cougars’ boys and girls squads made big jumps last fall and hope that adding depth to their rosters, as well as keeping their athletes healthy, will help them continue that upward trend throughout the coming season. That’s a scary thought considering the Niwot girls won the 4A state title and placed fifth at Nike Cross Country Nationals last year, and the boys were fifth in 4A and return reigning individual champion Cruz Culpepper.
Silver Creek Raptors
Coach: Roger Powley
The Scorecard: Senior Henry Terhaar returns as the Raptors’ top runner after finishing in 4A’s top 30 last season, and he’ll be joined on the boys team by several other state qualifiers like sophomore Hogan Boyle who give young Silver Creek boys a solid core. Following an injury-plagued 2018 season, a healthy Cami Fischmann and Abby Fostveit will lead a Raptors girls squad that returns six harriers from last year’s state team that placed 15th in 4A. With a strong group of incoming freshmen, the Raptors girls are looking for a top-10 finish at state.
Coach: Kyle Fujimoto
The Scorecard: This year’s Skyline roster won’t have any returning state qualifiers on it, but there’s reason for optimism among the Falcons. Kyle Fujimoto is in his third season as head coach and top runners like seniors Tyler Falkinberg and Katie Neuwlandt, and junior Jeanne Kilcullen, have potential as multi-year varsity letterwinners. The Falcons are looking to build off a strong 2018 campaign and to continue building their program.
Holy Family Tigers
Coach: Danielle Medearis
The Scorecard: On the girls side, the Holy Family Tigers placed 13th last season and have good reason to be excited for 2019 since they’re returning the majority of the runners who made that happen including junior Alyssa Wells. The Holy Family boys placed seventh last season but graduated four of their top seven runners. Still, the Tigers have a lot to work with on both teams, especially if they can transfer their success from the spring track and field season into the fall.
Jefferson Academy Jaguars
Coach: Ben Hershelman and Terry Witkowski
The Scorecard: Looking to reload with freshman talent, the Jefferson Academy girls hope to send a team to the 3A state meet for the third year in a row. On the boys side, the Jaguars return their entire lineup from last year’s state meet and have set out to improve on a 2018 finish that saw them place 11th in the state. With a combined 11 returning state qualifiers, the Jaguars are understandably excited to get things going in 2019.
Peak to Peak Pumas
Coach: Jesse Fassler
The Scorecard: Peak to Peak has long been known for its dominant girls team but with the big three of Quinn McConnell, Tiana Bradfield and Anna Shults graduated, and the Pumas’ boys returning as 3A state champions, that dynamic has changed. Leading the way for this year’s Pumas will be senior William Ledden, who placed third at state last fall. How the Peak to Peak boys can fill in around Ledden and junior Ryan Kuykendall will determine their success, and girls junior Allison Beasley will be a runner to keep an eye on.
Prospect Ridge Miners
Coach: Mary Marr
The Scorecard: The Miners’ varsity roster from last season was significantly depleted by a combination of graduation, injury and out-of-state moves. Prospect Ridge does have a couple of strong seniors on the boys team and sophomore Isabella Rueda competed at the state meet last season. Head coach Mary Marr sees the thinner roster as an opportunity for freshmen to step up and contribute, and she still expects to have several individuals qualify for state this fall.
Coach: Katie Boyle
The Scorecard: The Dawson girls were fourth in 2A last season but will be without top runner Lucca Fulkerson, who placed fifth overall at state but transferred to Niwot over the summer. A loss like that might give this upcoming campaign of a rebuilding feel, but the Mustangs’ girls team does return a trio of other state qualifiers in Breck Dunbar, Helen Leon and Bridget Bell. The Mustangs’ goal, according to seventh-year head coach Katie Boyle, is to work their way back to taking both a boys and girls team to state.
Coach: Mark Roberts
The Scorecard: The Lyons girls have finished top three in Class 2A at the end of each of the past seven seasons, including a team championship in 2018. In that same span, the Lyons boys have finished top two every year including five state titles in seven seasons. The girls return their top three runners including Katie Fankhouser and Quin Gregg, who went one-two at state last season, and the boys’ five state runners from last year’s runner-up group include senior Isaac Roberts, who placed third, so both the Lyons boys and girls are early favorites to finish on top.
Coach: Daniel Larson
The Scorecard: The Nederland Panthers roll into the 2019 season with Helen Cross, a senior who won the 2A state cross country title in 2017 and finished in fourth place last year. A handful of other returning state qualifiers to go with Cross gives the Panthers girls reason to believe they can remain among the top 10 teams in 2A. In the boys division, the Panthers did not send a runner to state last season and will be looking for a state qualifier to emerge this fall.
Shining Mountain Lions
Coach: Caileigh Colo
The Scorecard: Shining Mountain has graduated a number of talented runners over the past several seasons but has plenty coming back in 2019. Both Tess Leuchten and Bodhi Mills are back in the Lions’ stable of girls after an exciting spring track and field season, while Mira Saliman medaled in the 3,200 at state track. For the boys, Shining Mountain took a hit with the graduation of Max Saliman, who placed seventh in 2A last fall, and will have some big shoes to fill.
Twin Peaks Timberwolves
Coach: Jill Robinson
The Scorecard: Leading the way for Twin Peaks in 2019 will be a pair of juniors — Andy Hernandez and John Morkunas — that finished neck-and-neck in 34th and 35th, respectively, at state last season. The Timberwolves boys team brings back two other state qualifiers after placing 11th in the 2A team scoring last fall. All around, the Twin Peaks program continues to build and seems to show better and better each season.
Point me to the postseason
2A Region 1 — Local teams: Dawson, Lyons, Nederland, Shining Mountain, Twin Peaks.
3A Region 3 — Local teams: Holy Family, Jefferson Academy, Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge.
4A Region 3 — Local teams: Centaurus, Niwot.
4A Region 4 — Local teams: Erie, Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Silver Creek, Skyline.
5A Region 3 — Local teams: Boulder, Broomfield, Fairview, Legacy, Monarch.
State championships — Saturday, Oct. 26, at Norris Penrose Events Center.
Cream of the crop: 2018 BoCoPreps.com All-region team
Boys First Team (Name, 2018-19 class, school )
Cooper Brown, Sr., Centaurus; Cruz Culpepper, Jr., Niwot; Lukas Haug, So., Boulder; Will Ledden, Jr., Peak to Peak; John Moroney, Sr., Silver Creek; Torey Puckett, Sr., Centaurus; Ares Reading, Sr., Niwot; Isaac Roberts, Jr., Lyons.
Boys 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.
Girls First Team (Name, 2018-19 class, school )
Samree Dishon, Jr., Niwot; Katie Fankhouser, Jr., Lyons; Taylor James, So., Niwot; Quinn McConnell, Sr., Peak to Peak; Layla Roebke, Sr., Niwot; Anna Shults, Sr., Peak to Peak; Maggie Smith, Sr., Niwot; Sydney Swanker, Jr., Broomfield.
Girls Honorable mention
Allison Beasley, So., Peak to Peak; Tiana Bradfield, Sr., Peak to Peak; Helen Cross, Jr., Nederland; Lucca Fulkerson, So., Dawson; Quin Gregg, Fr., Lyons; Kinsey Hall, Jr., Fairview; Abby Jones, Jr., Legacy; Kandice Kittinger, Sr., Longmont; Madelyn MacLaughlin, Sr., Monarch; Julia Mainland, Jr., Monarch; Molly Maksin, Sr., Centaurus; Maggie McCleskey, Fr., Centaurus; Joelle McDonald, Jr., Niwot; Marlena Preigh, Sr., Fairview; Stella Vieth, Fr., Boulder; Anna Wexler, Jr., Monarch; Kate Zacharias, Sr., Boulder.