This past weekend the EPXC teams competed at the highest level of competition held in Colorado for our sport. The CHSAA State Cross Country meet brings together the Top-20 teams in the state to compete with each other. To qualify for this meet is a HUGE accomplishment in and of itself and means being in the top 30% of teams in Colorado. Faced with this high level of competition, EPXC preformed well and we are proud of every runner who competed on Saturday.

The EPXC girls ran first and were able to match their projected place, finishing in 18th as a team. We had a number of great performances including an All-State Individual finish and three course PR's. Lily was our first across the line placed 5th and earned All-State honors. Our second finisher was Annalise who placed 92nd and ran a course PR of -1:16. Hannah crossed the line next in 130th place with a time of 24:06 which was a huge -3:08 improvement on the state course! Mae was fourth on our team and 133rd overall and improved her time on the course by -1:50. Carlie rounded out our top 5 in 134th place. In 6th and 7th were Skylar and Zoe; Skylar was very close to her best ever time for the course and this was Zoe's first race on the state course.

The EPXC boys raced second and placed 10th as a team. The boys were led by Dylan who placed 1st on the team and 23rd overall. Finn crossed the line next in 36th place with a -5s course PR. Seth was our 3rd runner, placing 53 and taking -48s from his previous best course time. Mason managed a top 100 finish placing 99th and Harrison was our 5th man in 102 with a -28s course improvement. Cobi finished 110th place and Eric placed 143rd.  

On both sides EPXC saw a significant increase in the level of competition due to the team re-classifications that occurred between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. While the addition of former 4A schools with strong cross country programs has certainly made it more difficult to place well at state, we hope that this added challenge will strengthen our own program as we rise with the competition.

Being successful at the state level requires a team effort over multiple years...luck won't win any XC races. Goals for next season are set today and the truly challenging ones will require at least 12 months of commitment to accomplish. Consider what this team could accomplish in 2017 if every returning team member makes a commitment to EPXC future success....starting today!

We would especially like to thank all of the parents who helped make this meet a great experience for our athletes with your warm send off, goodie bags, and packed lunches. Parents, your support this season at practice, meets, and at home has been invaluable to us and is critical to the success of our athletes. THANK YOU for all that you do!!

Thank you all for another great EPXC season in 2016!

Team Banquet Info:

This Wednesday, November 2, the Estes Park Cross Country team will be having its season banquet to honor our athletes and recognize their accomplishments from this season. The banquet will be located at:

Estes Park Fire Department
901 N. St. Vrain Ave.
Estes Park, CO80517

PLEASE be there by 4:45PM SHARP as there will be a short presentation by Marc Robinson on fire alarm safety then promptly serving dinner at 5:15PM. The banquet will be catered by Poppy's Pizza & Grill and serving a variety of delicious foods (vegetarian options included). Please dress in business casual attire and remember to bring in your washed uniform (singlet, shorts, jacket, and pants).

**Important** If you have yet to do so, plese send cash or check (made payable to: EPXC) no later than Tuesday, November 1.

We would also appreciate the assistance of 5 parent volunteers at 4pm to help with setup in the fire station.

Thanks for another great season. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!