Cross country: 2020 girls all-region team

The top runners in the area

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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)


Allison Beasley, Sr., Peak to Peak: The Pumas senior had a strong kick at the end of the 3A state race at Norris Penrose Event Center, finishing third in 19 minutes, 20 seconds. Her best time of the season came the week before at regionals as she edged out a victory in 18:29 on the Holy Family course.

Imani Fernandez-Gorbea, Sr., Fairview: Fernandez-Gorbea saved her best result of the season for last, finishing 26th at the 5A state race in 19:16. Earlier in the fall, the senior won the Socially Distant XC Invite in Northglenn, also going sub-20.

Lucca Fulkerson, Sr., Niwot: The Princeton commit put a nice close on her sensational high school cross country career in 2020. In the waning weeks of a season that couldn’t have been stranger, she finished second at the Beet Juice Invite in Littleton (18:02), second in regionals (18:27) and 13th in the 4A state race (19:19).

Maelynn Higgins, So., Broomfield: Higgins won an invite at Monarch (19:21), finished second in her region (19:14) and had the second-best time among area runners at the state meet in Colorado Springs. As a sophomore, Higgins finished 20th in the 5A race with a time of 19:01.

Maggie McCleskey, Jr., Centaurus: McCleskey won the NCAC League championship (19:51) and finished sub-20 minutes for a third straight state meet. Thinking there’ll be a fourth — probably a strong bet. At her latest, McCleskey finished 14th in the 4A race, crossing in 19:21.

Mia Mraz, Jr., Legacy: Mraz won four invites throughout the shortened fall season, including a runaway victory at the South Front Range League meet at Monarch, where she beat the rest of the field by more than 20 seconds in 19:57. In the 5A state race, she finished 33rd in 19:33.

Sierra Parks, Jr., Broomfield: The Eagles finished seventh in the 5A state race. Even better? All five scoring runners are eligible to return in 2021. Parks went sub-20 five different times this season and was second on the team at state, running 19:30.

Mia Prok, Fr., Niwot: Prok won every meet she took part of heading into state — the Battle Mountain Husky Invitational (19:15), the Fairview Invite (18:33), the Beet Juice Invite (17:38), the 4A Region 3 meet (18:13) — and was second in the 4A state race (18:02). Her state time was 59.5 seconds faster than any other area runner that day.

Madison Shults, So., Niwot: Shults secured a spot on the 4A podium for a second straight season, rising from her 10th-place finish as a freshman to ninth this fall. With her and freshman Prok leading the way, the Cougars will be a power in 4A for the foreseeable future.

Coach of the year — Kelly Christensen, Niwot: The Cougars not only won their third straight state title, they introduced a number of young runners with supreme talent, including runner of the year Prok.

Honorable Mention

Josephine Atkinson, Sr., Fairview; Elizabeth Boselli, Jr., Holy Family; Evelyn Boyd, Jr., Holy Family; Lex Bullen, So., Niwot; Gabriella Castellino, Fr., Fairview; Lindsay Cook, Jr., Boulder; Caroline Daugherty, Jr., Broomfield; Cruzie Dudley Jr., Silver Creek; Quin Gregg, Jr., Lyons; Frances Hudson, So., Mead; Olivia Jabari, Sr., Shining Mountain; Taylor James, Sr., Niwot; Ella Jimenez, Fr., Erie; Allison Kirby, So., Fairview; Devin Murphy, So., Fairview.

Elle Murray, So., Silver Creek; Summer Norwell, So., Holy Family; Gabriela Olson, Sr., Broomfield; Sarah Perkins, Fr., Niwot; Norah Powers, So., Broomfield; Avery Richardson, So., Monarch; Maya Ross, Fr., Jefferson Academy; Maddie Shove, Jr., Fairview; Madeline Tapp, Sr., Holy Family; Hannah Thomas, Sr., Lyons; Taylor Weiss, So., Silver Creek; Alyssa Wells, Sr., Holy Family; Paisley Williamson, So., Broomfield.

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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)