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Cross country notes: Lyons sweeps, Roberts and Nederland’s Cross take gold

Notes from the regionals held at Lyons High School

Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer
Nederland High School’s Helen Cross wins the 2A girls race during a CHSAA regional cross-country track meet on Thursday in Lyons.
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LYONS — Avoiding unneeded late-season wear-and-tear was the top priority for Lyons, which swept the 2A Region 1 meet Thursday afternoon anyway.

Isaac Roberts won the boys’ race while conserving energy for next weekend’s state meet as the Lions won with nine points. The girls finished with just 10, on a day Nederland’s Helen Cross went first, as 2018 state runner-up Quin Gregg, Jamieson Legh and reigning 2A champ Katie Fankhouser were all inside the top five.

“We ran conservatively,” said Lyons coach Mark Roberts, who didn’t run two of his top five boys. “We talk about it all the time. The goal of regionals, and we have one goal, it’s to qualify for state.”

The girls team will look to get back to the top of the state podium after Fankhouser and Gregg went 1-2 to pave the way in 2018. The boys, winners of five of the past seven 2A titles, will look for some redemption after its second-place finish to Heritage Christian.

The state meet will be at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs Oct. 26.

Roberts eyeing first state title

The Lyons senior has been so close to gold. Close enough to hate missing it that much more.

Roberts will have one more shot to win a state title following three top-seven finishes, which included him taking second and third the past two years.

He laid out the tough competition before him after his regional win. But said he feels prepared.

Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer
LYONS, CO – OCT 17, 2019: Lyons High School’s Isaac Roberts hugs Front Range Christian’s Andre Stablein after winning the 2A boys race during a CHSAA regional cross-country track meet on Thursday in Lyons. Stablein finished second. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

“I’ve been injured a lot in the past, so I’ve honestly tried to stay healthier during my training so I could stay more consistent,” Roberts said. “This summer I actually had a stress reaction, but I got back from that in August, so I’ve been training pretty good for a couple months now.”

Nederland’s Cross looking to enjoy final race

Nederland’s Helen Cross won the region title in 19:51, which was 19 seconds ahead of Gregg.

The senior heads into her final high school cross country race with a chance to nab the second state title of her career. It isn’t everything to her, though.

“I think I’ve started to just have more fun and take every race for what it is,” said Cross, who won state in 2017. “I’m going to try and be as competitive as possible and I’m definitely motivated because I have done it in the past. But it’s not the end all, be all, maybe because I have done it in the past.”

Silver Creek finishes second in 4A girls

Four-time state qualifier Cami Fischmann led the Raptors to a runner-up finish, taking third in 20:42 while her team finished just nine points back of winner Thompson Valley.

Fischmann stayed behind the talented Krueger sisters for the Eagles, and her teammates weren’t too far behind. Silver Creek had all five scoring runners finish inside the top 15.

All local team qualifiers

The 4A Region 4 capped off at four team qualifiers per the CHSAA handbook, while 2A Region 1 stopped at five. In 4A boys, Erie won, Mead was second and Longmont took fourth. In girls, Silver Creek was second and Erie was fourth. In 2A boys, Lyons won, while Twin Peaks Charter was fifth. The girls’ race saw Lyons win, Dawson take fourth and Nederland finish fifth.