Patriot League Meet Recap
Saturday was an excellent day for the EPXC program! Both teams ran significantly faster than last week, we learned what we’ll need to do in order to qualify for state, several athletes took home All-League recognitions, and we earned a team League Champion award.
Congrats to the EPXC girls team, your 2018 Patriot League Champions! The EPXC girls had an amazing race, scoring just 51 points and edging out 2nd place Frontier Academy by 6 pts. This was also one of the “challenging goals” that the team set at the start of the season! The whole girls team also ran MUCH faster than they did at this same course two weeks ago. Cumulatively, they were able to drop 9:54 from their times at the Platte Valley Invitational (PVI). We are confident that the course was still long this past week. Our top 4 runners received All-League recognitions: Annalise ran a 21:05 and placed 2nd and was All-League, Charly ran a -2s PR of 21:24 and placed 4th and was All-League, Mae ran 21:58 and placed 5th and was All-League, and Brooke ran a -13s PR 22:14 and placed 12th and was All-League Honorable Mention. Eva was our 5th runner and final scorer placing 28th with a time of 23:45, -26s faster than at the PVI. Melia was our 6th runner and she ran a -24s PR 24:24, Cailyn was our 7th with a time of 25:36. Sam finished with a 26:40, Sarah ran a -39s PR 26:56, and Daffney ran a 27:41. As we continue to taper down and prepare over the next week and a half, we hope that the girls team will carry the momentum and confidence of their win on Saturday to Regionals on the 18th and on to the state meet after that.
The EPXC boys team also had a great race but were narrowly bummed out of the top three for their team finish. They finished in 4th, just 4 points behind Liberty Common and only 1 point ahead of Resurrection Christian. This was a close race, but in total, the boys ran much faster than they did at PVI; and they improved their cumulative time by -4:54! The boys had 2 runners who finished in the top 10 and earned for All-League honors. Nathan was our first across the line, finishing 6th with a time of 18:07 and was All-League, Lucas was also All-League placing 8th with a time of 18:22. Hayden was our 3rd finisher placing 18th with a time of 18:50, Javier was our 4th placing 28th with a -31s PR of 19:11, and Steel rounded out our scoring 5 placing 36th with a 19:26. Cole was next across the line with a 19:34 a -51s improvement over PVI, followed by Derrick 19:59, Atlas 20:14, a -22s from PVI, and Sawyer who ran a new PR of 23:13, a -1:17 from his previous best! On the boys side, the race was very telling of the high level of competition that we have in our league and gave us a good idea of exactly what we’ll need to do in order to qualify for the state meet next Thursday.
THANK YOU to Cailyn and her family for hosting team dinner on Friday; the lasagna seems to have been perfect fuel for fast races this weekend!
Looking Ahead to Regionals
We are a week and a half away from one of the most important races of the season, Regionals on Thursday, October 18th. The 3A Region 4 race is the qualifying race for the CHSAA State XC Meet. To qualify for state, we must finish in the top 4 as a team OR the top 15 as an individual. When the boys and girls team set their team goals at the beginning of the season, the Regional race was featured prominently throughout. Boys Team: Challenging Goals “top 3 at Regionals & send team to state”, Dream Goals: “Win Regionals & 3+ runners in top 15 at Regionals”. Girls Team: Challenging Goals: “Qualify for State”, Dream Goals: “Win Regionals”. This is a very special group of runners and we think that all of their goals are well within reach, now it’s just a matter of following through. We talk a lot about doing the “little things” that will make the team more successful and our athletes summed them up in their goals as well.
If our team can commit to doing all of these things for the rest of the season with renewed intensity, then we are very confident in their ability to continuing to achive their goals at state and beyond.
Plans for This Week
Monday – Trail Run @ Lumpy Ridge (3:45-5:30 PM)
Tuesday – Workout at HS (3:30-6:00 PM)
Wednesday – Water Polo @ Aquatic Center (3:30-6:00 PM) *Bring a Swimsuit and Towel
Thursday – Workout at HS (3:30-6:00 PM)
Friday – Workout/ Team Dinner/ Haunted Corn Maze in Longmont (approx. 3:30-9:30) *More details later this week.
Team/ Athlete Photos
If you have any photos from our meets or any EPXC events this year, please upload them to this google drive folder. We are starting to put together the end of the season banquet slideshow. Also, please mark your calendars, the EPXC banquet will be on 10/30 at the community center.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to another great week of EPXC!
Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team’s 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!
Here is to another AWESOME week! GO BOBCATS!!
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