Regional Meet Recap:
The Regional meet on Thursday was a pretty emotional one for the EPXC team. There were feelings of excitement for our athletes who qualified for state mixed with heartbreak for our boys’ team missing qualification by a mere 14 points, feelings of accomplishment for our athletes who took a combined 11 minutes & 57 seconds off of their 5k PRs in this race, feelings of concern for the health of a teammate, feelings of retrospect for seniors, and feelings anticipation for future years for our Juniors and underclassmen. When one has invested so much time and effort into the accomplishment of a singular goal, as we have to in our sport, big meets like Regionals are understandably a very emotional experience. As we look into deeper into the results, the way that the Estes Park Cross Country team ran on Thursday was very impressive, it was a race that everyone should be proud of.
The EPXC girls team placed 4th overall, qualifying for state by a very narrow margin of just 5 points, finishing ahead of Eaton. This particular race was easily the most impressive single that we've seen since both starting coaching here in Estes. Every single member of the EPXC girls team PR'd and took a combined 8 minutes and 27 seconds off of their 5k times!!! Everyone had the race of their lives, literally, and judging by the narrow margin of qualification, everyone needed to. The girls were led by Annalise Basch who placed 12th earning All-Region honors and set a -40s PR. Mae was next across the line with a -42s PR, placing 18th. Charly had a big PR of -1:15, her first time under 22mins, and placed 26th. Zoe had a -1:38 PR and placed 33rd. Rounding out our top 5, Sam broke the 23min mark for the first time with a -36s PR, placing 46th. Eva ran a -1:18 PR, Andra -18s, Meila had the biggest PR of the day -1:44, and Daffeny PR'd by -16s. As the girls’ team looks ahead to the State meet, we hope that they'll be able to maintain the excitement and momentum of this historic EPXC race.
The EPXC boys team also had a very impressive set of performances on Thursday. The boys placed 5th, just 14 points away from qualification. The boys team set 6 new personal PR's for a cumulative of -3:30 from their times. The boys were led by Nathan Zurfluh who placed 7th overall with a -53s PR, earning All-Region honors and qualified as an individual for the state meet. Finn finished in 18th, due largely to extenuating circumstances, and just missed qualification as an individual. Mason was our next across the line in 23rd place with a -1s PR. Lucas finished in 46th with a -19s PR. Derrick rounded out our top 5, finishing in 65th place. Oliver finished 87th overall. Cole and Chase were neck and neck right down to the finish were Chase was edged out by his brother; Cole finished in 91st with a 53s PR and Chase finished in 92nd with a -1:19 PR. Ian placed 98th and had a -5s PR. While the boys team not qualifying was a disappointment, there is nothing that could have been done different or better and we are very proud of the way that all of our athletes competed in this race.
Next Race - CHSAA State Meet (10/28):
Believe it or not, we are only a week away from the final race of the season. The 2017 CHSAA State XC Meet will be hosted on Saturday, October 28th at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs. Qualification for this race, as we learned this season, is never a guarantee and our participation in this race is a big accomplishment in itself. This year we will be taking all 9 girls who competed at the regional meet (7 competitors + 2 alternates) and Nathan down to the meet. For these athletes, the next week of training will be an extension of our taper and short intervals to stay sharp for this final race.
As per tradition, we will be taking the team down to Colorado Springs the afternoon before the state meet and spending the night there. We will plan to leave after lunch on Friday. Every season we make a stop at a professional athletic training facility of some kind on the way to the state meet. This year we will be touring the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In past years’, parents have organized individual bags for athletes which included snacks, motivational notes, and anything else you'd like to include. If you have anything that you'd like to contribute to these bags, please drop it off at the high school by this Thursday.
EPXC Team Banquet (11/1):
Estes Park Cross Country Team's End-Of-The-Year Banquet will be next Wednesday, Nov. 1st at 5pm. The banquet is a time for us to reflect on the season and recognize our athletes for their accomplishments. This year's banquet will be hosted at the Bristlecone Inn (owned and operated by EPXC alumni parents).
We opted to choose the $14/per person catering for the event, and all athletes' meal costs will be covered. We are asking all parents to please RSVP and pay $14 per person who will be attending by this Wednesday (10/25). ***Please note that if you would like to attend but are not planning to eat, please still RSVP so that we can plan the seating accordingly. RSVP’s can be sent to either Coach Harris or Coach Stafford.
Athletes who are done competing for the season, please turn in your 4 piece uniforms (singlet, short, jacket, & pants) ASAP. Uniforms can be dropped off at Coach Harris’s classroom and please make sure that he is there to check them in for you. We'd like to have all uniforms returned before the banquet this year. Thanks!
Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.
You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE! GO BOBCATS!!