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Cross country: Fairview represents on home course in Pat Patten Invitational

Monarch, Boulder also finish strong

  • Boulder Daily Camera

    Fairview’s Kinsey Hall (left) and Leah Christians of Mountain Vista (right) race with each other at the midway point of the girls varsity race at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Anna Wexler of Monarch heads towards the finish line for a top-five finish in the girls varsity race at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Fairview’s Aloha Churchill (right) leads Monarch’s Anna Wexler (left) at the midway point of the girls varsity race at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Lindsay Cook of Boulder heads out into the field at the midway point of the girls varsity race at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Bodhi Mills (bib 1997) and Mira Saliman (bib 1998) of Shining Mountain head out on the course to begin the girls varsity race at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Fairview’s Amelia Digiano (335) and Tegan Bartholomew Brown (329) lead a trio of other runners around a turn in the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Niwot’s Lauren Hendershot (663, left) and Annabelle Huddle lead the early pack out of the starting line in the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Quin Gregg of Lyons competes in the girls varsity race at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Henry Murphy of Fairview sprints to the finish line to finish in second place in the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Monarch’s Avery Conaghan (left) and Henry Little (right) race with each other on the street at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

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    Centaurus runners Max Heins and Conner Alexander head out on the course at the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder. (Photo by Brandon Boles/BoCoPreps.com)

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    Boulder’s Carson Williams and Lukas Haug (bib 57, right) jump towards the front of the race to begin the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder. (Photo by Brandon Boles/BoCoPreps.com)

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Running at home on Saturday, the Fairview Knights saw three runners finish in the top 10 at the Pat Patten Invitational, helping them finish in second place in the girls varsity team standings and third in the boys standings.

Henry Murphy had the best finish for the Knights in the boys race with his second-place time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds.

“I felt like I was pressing hard the whole time at it paid off,” Murphy said.

Henry Murphy of Fairview sprints to ...
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Henry Murphy of Fairview sprints to the finish line to finish in second place in the Pat Patten Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder.

Starting near the front of the crowd at the beginning, Murphy moved up into the top five at the midway point of the race. He moved up again to second place and was chasing Dakota Ridge’s Connor Ohlson down the stretch. Ohlson was able to keep the top spot, but Murphy was able to build his lead from the crowd behind him to finish in second place easily.

The finish was a personal record for Murphy and came on a day where he and the team were looking to leave their mark on the competition.

“We wanted to make our first real statement,” Murphy said. “The other races were just warmups. This one is getting us into the more important races. I felt really proud of my race today.”

Behind Murphy was a pack of six runners that finished in the top 30 and were separated by 26 seconds. Wiley Feiger led the pack to finish 18th and Anders Cote was 20th. Quinn Guerin, Christian Castellino, Eric Sankey and Alexander Mizzi rounded out the pack to push the Knights to their third-place team finish.

More success was found in the girls race for Fairview with Kinsey Hall, Aloha Churchill and Amelia Digiano leading the way. Hall moved towards the top of the field early and steadily moved up when the race moved to the sidewalk and street portions near the lake.

“I think coming around the lake, it’s good to stay focused and remember there is a good section (of the race) left,” Hall said. “You just have to keep pushing.”

A late kick in the final mile allowed Hall to move up a few more spots to third place as she sprinted across the finish line in 18 minutes, 51 seconds.

“I felt really good about it,” Hall said. “It’s a fun course and our home course, so we’ve had a lot of practice on it. That was very helpful for sure.”

Churchill finished strong and moved up a spot in the final breakaway to finish seventh. Digiano gave Fairview its third runner in the top 10 with her move up to 10th place late in the race. Tegan Bartholomew Brown was 14th and Devin Murphy was 23rd to help the Knights finish in second place in the team standings behind Mountain Vista.

With the cross country season entering its final month, Fairview hopes a strong showing on its home course will be the springboard to make another statement in Colorado Springs for state.

“We’ve gotten some solid weeks in for training,” Murphy said. “I think we’re ready.”

Monarch, Boulder perform well in race

Monarch’s Anna Wexler found herself near the front of the pack to begin the girls race and maintained a pace to stay near the top. Down the stretch, she held off a late push and crossed the finish line in 19:03 seconds to finish fourth.

“I’m really happy with it,” Wexler said of her race. “My team and I have had some people out this year, so we’re just trying to up our individual performances to help our team overall.”

The rest of the Monarch girls also stepped up with Julia Mainland finishing 13th and a three-person pack of Chloe Smith, Ginger Harrington and Waverly Fisher cracking the top 30. Monarch would finish third in the team standings.

“I think we’re doing amazing,” Wexler said. “We’re doing everything our team could ask for. Everyone is running their hardest every day and every weekend. That’s all I can ask of my teammates.”

Henry Little gave the Monarch boys a runner in the top 10 as well as he finished just over 16 minutes for 10th place. The Coyotes were fifth in the boys standings.

Boulder was the third school to have a runner in the top 10 in both the boys and girls races. Lukas Haug was ninth with a time of 15:55 seconds for the boys and Stella Vieth was also ninth in the girls race for Boulder with her time of 19:21 seconds. Both teams finished in fourth place.

Notable

Max Heins led the Centaurus boys as they finished sixth in the team scores and Emma Sundberg was the top runner for the girls team that came in 11th. … Niwot, running without some of its top runners, was led by Carlos Kipkorir for the boys and Mina Altshuler for the girls, with each team coming in seventh. Lyons had Jamieson Legh and Quin Gregg finish in the top 20 in the girls race as the team was eighth in the field and the boys were led by Cole Thomas to finish ninth as a team.

Shining Mountain was also in the field of teams and competed individually. Leading the way was Ben Carano for the boys and Bodhi Mills for the girls.