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Broomfield High School’s Maelynn Higgins sprints to the finish with Denver East High School’s Rosie Mucharsky during the Class 5A girls regional cross country meet at Northwest Open Space Park in Northglenn on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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This Saturday, after a fall season full of impressive performances from local athletes, runners from all over Colorado will converge on the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs to compete in the cross country state championships. Those who qualified had to finish in the top 15 individuals or top four teams at their respective regional races to make it to the state meet.

The Class 3A girls will kick off the competition with a 9 a.m. start with new races beginning every 40 minutes. The 4A boys will end the meet with a 2:20 p.m. start. Here’s a look at the BoCo area qualifiers and who to look out for amid the state’s best competition.

Class 5A qualifiers

-Morgan McCuen, Boulder
-Malia Chipouras, Boulder
-Delia Knierim, Boulder
-Sofi Krodel Smith, Boulder
-Lyla Lanning, Boulder
-Anika Leovy, Boulder
-Abby O’Leary, Boulder
-Kiki Vaughn, Boulder
-Sarah Craik, Broomfield
-Kacey Crispin, Broomfield
-Maelynn Higgins, Broomfield
-Brooke Holiday, Broomfield
-Kenna Holiday, Broomfield
-Olivia Olson, Broomfield
-Paisley Williamson, Broomfield
-Jacoby Ennis, Centaurus
-Jesse Hatland, Centaurus
-Max Heins, Centaurus
-Jordan Schatz, Centaurus
-Jacob Schwarting, Centaurus
-Sam Schwarting, Centaurus
-Christian Stein, Centaurus
-Kieren Berg, Centaurus
-Evan Kraus, Erie
-Logan Maddox, Erie
-Reid O’Brien, Erie
-Ryan Rademacher, Erie
-Dillon Richardson, Erie
-Cody Simonson, Erie
-Behn Thomas, Erie
-Ella Jimenez, Erie
-Caspar Bartholomew Brown, Fairview
-Jack Brown, Fairview
-Tim Churchill, Fairview
-Holden Krizek, Fairview
-Vincent Mangat, Fairview
-Gordon Nilsen, Fairview
-Jake Zajac, Fairview
-Ellie Cartwright, Fairview
-Gabriella Castellino, Fairview
-Rose Churchill, Fairview
-Allison Kirby, Fairview
-Sierra Wall, Fairview
-Emma Weber, Fairview
-Molly Weber, Fairview
-James Bruinsma, Monarch
-Mark Dombek, Monarch
-Evan Dudley, Monarch
-Zach Dykstra, Monarch
-Sam Kapner, Monarch
-Ayden Schott, Monarch
-Emmett Sutter, Monarch
-Sofie Donker, Monarch

The outlook: Fairview stands out among the 5A schools as the only program to qualify both its boys and girls full teams. Other full-team qualifications include the Boulder girls, the Broomfield girls, the Centaurus boys, the Erie boys and the Monarch boys. Broomfield’s Maelynn Higgins enters the race with the sixth-best time of 17 minutes, 24.40 seconds — 31.10 seconds behind first-place Addison Price from Cherry Creek — after winning the Front Range League championships. Boulder’s Kiki Vaughn has continued to peak at the right time, ranking 15th at 17:59 and placing second at 5A Region 3. The area’s best chance at a state title, however, comes from Erie’s Evan Kraus, who sits at fourth with 14:58, just 10 seconds behind state leader Christian Groendyk of Fort Collins. He comes into the state meet with a win at 5A Region 3 and a win in his first race of the season.

A group of Niwot runners and Silver Creek's Grace Moroney approach the finish line on the Lyons High School cross country course on Saturday morning during the St. Vrain Invite. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
A group of Niwot runners and Silver Creek’s Grace Moroney approach the finish line on the Lyons High School cross country course during the St. Vrain Invite. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

Class 4A qualifiers

-Nikolas Carrillo, Frederick
-Jessica Ellinger, Frederick
-Uma Champe, Longmont
-Braeden Corliss, Mead
-Gage Duetsch, Mead
-Tobin Duetsch, Mead
-Nolan Hoffman, Mead
-Ben Mayer, Mead
-Joseph McGregor, Mead
-Mason Peck, Mead
-Lauren Caldwell, Mead
-Kirsten Davis, Mead
-Frances Hudson, Mead
-Brynn McIntosh, Mead
-Ava Mierau, Mead
-Isabelle Mierau, Mead
-Abigail Moore, Mead
-Frederick Ambrose, Niwot
-Rocco Culpepper, Niwot
-Gavin Engtrakul, Niwot
-Jeremy Gillett, Niwot
-Stefan Haug, Niwot
-Carlos Kipkorir Cheruiyot, Niwot
-Christopher Wood, Niwot
-Olivia Alessandrini, Niwot
-Lex Bullen, Niwot
-Bella Nelson, Niwot
-Anna Prok, Niwot
-Mia Prok, Niwot
-Addison Ritzenhein, Niwot
-Madison Shults, Niwot
-Simon Murray, Silver Creek
-Autumn McNulty, Silver Creek
-Grace Moroney, Silver Creek
-Elle Murray, Silver Creek
-Emma Robinson, Silver Creek
-Cloe Ruth, Silver Creek
-Brianna Schultz, Silver Creek
-Taylor Weiss, Silver Creek

The outlook: Niwot and Mead stand out among local teams after qualifying their entire boys and girls squads. Silver Creek’s girls team will join them in that category. The Niwot boys enter the championships ranked second in Class 4A behind Cheyenne Mountain as the Cougar girls continue to stay atop the competition among all classifications. Niwot’s Rocco Culpepper ranks highest among individuals at seventh with a best-time of 15:18.90, about 22 seconds behind Battle Mountain’s first-place Will Brunner. Mead’s Nolan Hoffman rings in at 15th in 4A at 15:48.10. Shocking absolutely no one, Niwot’s girls rank all five of their scorers in the top 10: Bella Nelson (second, 17:47.50), Addison Ritzenhein (third, 17:49.70), Mia Prok (fifth, 18:06.40), Anna Prok (seventh, 18:07.70) and Olivia Alessandrini (eighth, 18:12.90). Niwot’s Lex Bullen (11th, 18:17.70) and Mead’s Frances Hudson (12th, 18:20.00) also rank among the top 15.

Jefferson Academy's Sean Beasley flexes as he approaches the finish line in first place at the Lyons High School cross country course on Saturday morning during the St. Vrain Invite. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Jefferson Academy’s Sean Beasley flexes as he approaches the finish line in first place at the Lyons High School cross country course during the St. Vrain Invite. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

Class 3A qualifiers

-Joseph Brienza, Holy Family
-Patrick Cavanaugh, Holy Family
-William Cavanaugh, Holy Family
-Anthony Haberkorn, Holy Family
-Gabe Martinez, Holy Family
-Parker Nelson, Holy Family
-Garrett Smith, Holy Family
-Anabella Descalzo, Holy Family
-MacKenzie McIntosh, Holy Family
-Summer Norwell, Holy Family
-Rosario Portillo, Holy Family
-Katherine Ryan, Holy Family
-Adiah Stoll, Holy Family
-Emmy Stoll, Holy Family
-Sean Beasley, Jefferson Academy
-Caleb Delalio, Jefferson Academy
-Aden Garza, Jefferson Academy
-Levi Hinson, Jefferson Academy
-Rylan Mills, Jefferson Academy
-Carter Nickels, Jefferson Academy
-Chase Wittman, Jefferson Academy
-Grace Beck, Jefferson Academy
-Leyna Gibson, Jefferson Academy
-Maya Ross, Jefferson Academy
-Kennedy Stadler, Jefferson Academy
-Tessa Stadler, Jefferson Academy
-Asha Stephens, Jefferson Academy
-Sarah Welsch, Jefferson Academy
-Jack Cerullo, Peak to Peak
-Luca DiSciullo, Peak to Peak
-Olin Harrison Anguiano, Peak to Peak
-Brenden Hartley, Peak to Peak
-Bennett Ross, Peak to Peak
-Ryan Taylor, Peak to Peak
-Emory Vazquez, Peak to Peak
-Emily Asper, Peak to Peak
-Abbey Brende, Peak to Peak
-Vasilisa Malenkiy, Peak to Peak
-Kiele Maunakea, Peak to Peak
-Harper Riss, Peak to Peak
-Miralisa Trivedi, Peak to Peak
-Skye Williams, Peak to Peak
-Brody Bender, Prospect Ridge
-Ezekiel Bote, Prospect Ridge
-Connor Geiser, Prospect Ridge
-Logan Goodman, Prospect Ridge
-Ethan Palmer, Prospect Ridge
-Nicholas Shoemaker, Prospect Ridge
-Avin Singh, Prospect Ridge
-Emily Jones, Prospect Ridge
-Avery Marr, Prospect Ridge
-Riley Martin, Prospect Ridge
-Skye Polla, Prospect Ridge
-Ailah Stoll, Prospect Ridge
-Elise Wheeler, Prospect Ridge
-Katie Yoho, Prospect Ridge

The outlook: Class 3A undoubtedly had the most impressive showing at regionals last week as Holy Family, Jefferson Academy, Peak to Peak and Prospect Ridge all qualified their entire boys and girls teams. Prospect Ridge’s Logan Goodman enters state ranked second in 3A with a season-best time of 15:45.20, about 31 seconds behind first-place Logan Gullett from Eaton. Jefferson Academy’s Sean Beasley (16:19.30) and Peak to Peak’s Jack Cerullo (16:21.80) don’t lag too far behind at 10th and 11th, respectively.

Class 2A qualifiers

-Davis Abernathy, Lyons
-Giovanni Basile, Lyons
-Timothy Knipscheer, Lyons
-Cullin Lawhon, Lyons
-Cole Thomas, Lyons
-Sage Wynja, Lyons
-Alice Hahn, Lyons
-Emma Johnson, Lyons
-Hannah Kelty, Lyons
-Claire Lisse, Lyons
-Chloe Olson, Lyons
-Leah, Shelton, Lyons
-Abigail Hess, Nederland

The outlook: While Lyons doesn’t rank anyone in the top 15 in either the boys or girls category, Cole Thomas gets close at 21st with a season PR of 17:05.20.

Lyons' Cole Thomas, left, and Sage Wynja begin the second loop of the Lyons High School cross country course on Saturday morning during the St. Vrain Invite. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Lyons’ Cole Thomas, left, and Sage Wynja begin the second loop of the Lyons High School cross country course during the St. Vrain Invite. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

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