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Cross country: Lyons’ Thomas siblings reach 2A podium

Quin Gregg, Hannah and Cole Thomas get top-10 results

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Zane Bergen, top, of Niwot, wins the 4A boys title after a DQ during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Kailer Smith, of Centaurus, collapses after finishing the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Cole Thomas, left, of Lyons, finishes the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Quin Gregg, of Lyons, needs help at the finish line during the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Mia Mraz, of Legacy, appears surprise as she crosses the finish line during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Sierra Parks, of Broomfield, during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Maelynn Higgins, of Broomfield, during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Allison Beasley, of Peak to Peak, finished 3rd during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Henry Murphy, of Fairview, during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Lucas Haug, left, of Boulder High, and Henry Murphy, right, of Fairview, during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: James Thomas, of Broomfield, during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Lucas Haug, of Boulder High, during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Ryan Montera, of Legacy, during the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Hannah Thomas,of Lyons finishes the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Quin Gregg, of Lyons during the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Hannah Thomas,of Lyons finishes the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Hannah Thomas,of Lyons finishes the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Cole Thomas, left, of Lyons, finishes during the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Arjen Wyjna, of Lyons, during the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Cole Thomas, left, of Lyons, starts during the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Allison Beasley, left, of Peak to Peak, Maya Ross (318), of Jefferson Academy, and Summer Norwell (325) of Holy Family, during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Mia Prok, of Niwot, finishes second in the girls 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Allison Beasley, left, of Peak to Peak, Maya Ross (318), of Jefferson Academy, and Summer Norwell (325) of Holy Family, during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Alex Baca, of Gunnison, wins the 3A title during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Allison Beasley, left, of Peak to Peak, Maya Ross (318), of Jefferson Academy, and Summer Norwell (325) of Holy Family, during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Zane Bergen, top, of Niwot, wins the 4A boys title after a DQ during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Jacob Crookston, of Jefferson Academy, finishes 18th during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Jack Culp, of Holy Family finishes 10th during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Alex Baca, of Gunnison, wins the 3A title during the 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Mia Prok, left, of Niwot, finishes second in the girls 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Mia Prok, of Niwot, finishes second in the girls 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Zane Bergen, top, of Niwot, wins the 4A boys title after a DQ during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Taylor James, left, of Niwot, during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Keegan Caldwell, of Mead, finishes 9th during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Zane Bergen, top, of Niwot, wins the 4A boys title after a DQ during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Mia Prok, of Niwot, finishes second in the girls 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Zane Bergen, top, of Niwot, wins the 4A boys title after a DQ during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Zane Bergen, top, of Niwot, wins the 4A boys title after a DQ during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Mia Prok, of Niwot, finishes second in the girls 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Zane Bergen, top, of Niwot, wins the 4A boys title after a DQ during the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Awaiting her last state run, Lyons senior Hannah Thomas heard her brother Cole’s name announced on the overhead speaker.

He’d climbed his way into a podium finish for the Lions’ boys team Saturday afternoon at Norris Penrose Event Center.

Now, she would, too.

“The way he runs sets the tone for me,” Hannah said. “If he has a good race, I have a good race.”

The Lyons siblings finished inside the top 10 in the Class 2A races with Cole placing seventh and Hannah finishing ninth. Reigning champ Quin Gregg added an eighth-place finish as the Lions took third in the girls race and second in boys.

For sophomore Cole, he led a boys group that went through a massive overhaul following its team title a year ago. Gone was reigning individual champ Isaac Roberts as well as all-state runners Simon Stone and Jordan Shackelford.

But the young core was magnificent on this day, and despite all they lost (and even with the classification’s move from scoring three runners to four), they finished just five points behind winner Heritage Christian.

Cole finished in 17 minutes, 45.3 seconds a season after taking 16th. Junior Arjen Wyjna finished 15th (18:25.3), freshman Sage Wyjna 26th (18:41.2), senior Nick Parker 34th (18:57.6) and Hunter Powell was 88th (21:13.6).

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -October 17, 2020: Cole Thomas, left, of Lyons, starts during the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs on October 17, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

“We lost three incredible seniors and to even qualify for state this year was a huge thing,” Cole said before taking a pause. “Of course, we all knew we were going to qualify for state. But still, it felt so good to go out there. We all had a good race, all ran smart races. I feel like we all gave it the best we could.”

His sister included.

Hannah — who’d been just outside the 2A podium the previous two seasons — crossed in 21:08.9, finishing a place and a little more than a second behind junior teammate Gregg (21:07.1).

Gregg’s eighth-place finish came after winning the individual title in 2019. It was her third straight podium finish.

Overall, the girls — off back-to-back state titles — finished third with 93 points. Freshman Claire Lisse was third on the team and 52nd overall (23:56.90), junior Katie Roberts was 58th (24:06.1) and Emma Johnson 65th (24:30.8).

Buena Vista won with 31 points and Lake County was second at 41.

The podium ceremony looked different than past years with winners announced in front of the stadium instead of inside, which allowed no spectators due to CHSAA’s COVID-19 regulations.

As excited as Hannah was hearing her brother’s name while at the start line less than an hour before, Cole was front and center when his sister was called up.

“I love my brother so much,” Hannah said. “I’m getting emotional about it. But he’s — he works so hard. He’s my best friend. He’s my training buddy and we ran every day through quarantine. I’m excited to see what he’ll do his next two years and hopefully I’ll be back here to see him run.”

Lyons has placed inside the top two at every boys state race since moving to Class 2A in 2010. In that time, it has won six team titles.

The Lyons girls team, meanwhile, has placed inside the top three in every year since 2012. In that span, it has three team titles.

Elsewhere, from the girls’ race, Olivia Jabari finished 11th (21:26.2) for the Shining Mountain Waldorf School.

In boys, the Twin Peaks team finished 10th on the strength of Aaron Jenkins’ 30th-place finish (18:50.8). John Ulmer followed in 51st (19:32.9), Giorgio Spensieri 57th (19:43.8), David Baker 71st (20:08.5) and Erick Sickau 87th (21:13.3).

Dawson’s Finn Carpenter qualified for state but had a ‘Did Not Start’ designation in the results.