AURORA — Bryn Haebe, as honest as she could be, admitted that the cross country course at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds was a bit boring. There are no shades, no trees. It makes for a great course for the spectators looking on, but not so much for the runners participating.
That said the Sept. 4 Poudre School District Pre-State meet, on the same course that state will be run in eight weeks, was a good tune-up for what’s ahead. That especially could be said for Haebe as the Evergreen senior took fourth overall in the 4A girls race.
“I think getting fourth and being in the top pack really helped me confidence-wise at this course,” said Haebe, who ran a time of 20 minutes, 12.94 seconds. “Everybody says how boring it was and so I thought maybe I wasn’t going to do so good. But (being in the top pack) helped me a lot. Running it once helped me to get to know what it was like and where I can kick it or not.”
The Lady Cougars, as a team, placed sixth overall with a 207 total. Greeley Central won the meet with a 158, followed by Cheyenne Mountain at 168 and Mullen with a 173. Danielle Grossman was the top girl finisher in a time of 19:45.69.
On the boys side, Evergreen finished fourth with a 209. Cheyenne Mountain ran away with the victory with a 121. North Platte (Neb.) was second at 141 and Pueblo South came in third with a 165. The top boys finisher was Palmer Ridge’s Spencer Wenck in 16:09.53.
Making the girls finish that much more impressive was the times ran by sophomore Sammy Skold and junior Erin Dobey. Skold was injured late last season and that carried over into the spring track season. But she came back to finish 14th out of a field of 283 in 20:57.84. Dobey, running in her first varsity cross country meet, was right behind in 17th in 21:04.64.
“I’m feeling like we are where we need to be right now. We’re looking down the line, like I think we should be, toward end of the season,” Evergreen girls coach Angie Harrington said.
Sophomore Jackson Sayler was the Cougars’ top boys finisher, placing 13th in 17:32.03. Teammate Jak Hamilton was right behind in 14th in 17:34.48.
“I would say we had a really good race all of us,” Sayler said. Evergreen placed five runners in the top 77 individually in a field of 299 runners. “The course is good for our team because of the hills.”
POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT
PRE-STATE MEET, SEPT. 4
TEAM SCORES: Greeley Central 158, Cheyenne Mountain 168, Mullen 173, Vista Ridge 181, Niwot 192, Evergreen 207, Palmer Ridge 227, Coronado 272, Broomfield 299, Centaurus 301, Moffat County 329, Green Mountain 353, Durango 373, Pueblo South 377, Discovery Canyon 379, Pueblo Centennial 402, Wheat Ridge 470, Battle Mountain 481, Windsor 497, Erie 511, Pueblo West 519
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS: Danielle Grossman, Cheyenne Mountain, 19:45.69; Allie Morgan, Discovery Canyon, 19:53.69; Ali Deitsch, Palmer Ridge, 20:06.54; Bryn Haebe, Evergreen, 20:12.94; Allie Parks, Greeley Central, 20:26.24; Amelia Ortiz, Battle Mountain, 20:26.24; Meilyn Weege, Mullen, 20:30.54; Janelle Martinez, Greeley Central, 20:37.69; Mercedes Davila, Greeley Central, 20:39.14; Elise Cranny, Niwot, 20:42.89
OTHER EVERGREEN RUNNERS: Sammy Skold, 14th, 20:57.84; Erin Dobey, 17th, 21:04.64; Mikhaila Redovian, 77th, 23:02.74; Blair Bokleman, 95th, 23:21.34; Kenzie Skold, 107th, 23:44.89; Miller Leighton, 145th, 24:32.34
TEAM SCORES: Cheyenne Mountain 121, North Platte 141, Pueblo South 165, Evergreen 209, Coronado 235, Broomfield 258, Thompson Valley 261, Palmer Ridge 326, Battle Mountain 332, Moffat County 338, Skyline 360, Centaurus 379, Niwot 421, D’Evelyn 425, Windsor 439, Pueblo West 455, Lewis-Palmer 470, Falcon 477, Wheat Ridge 502, Durango 522, Mesa Ridge 562, Mountain View 675, Ridgeview Academy 685, Fort Morgan 742, Widefield 749, Vista Ridge 750, Sierra 776, Discovery Canyon 790, Pueblo Centennial 800, John F. Kennedy 807, Roosevelt 818, Denver South 819, Silver Creek 841, Greeley Central 861, Erie 913, Green Mountain 913, Eagle Valley 945, Canon City 951, Frederick 1,009, Sand Creek 1,056, Harrison 1,071, Longmont 1,137, Air Academy 1,381
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS: Spencer Wenck, Palmer Ridge, 16:09.53; Brandon Lange, Pueblo South, 16:40.08; Gus Waneka, Thompson Valley, 16:45.98; Chris Zirkle, Moffat County, 16:54.48; Brady McGuire, North Platte, 17:01.13; Alfredo Lebron, Moffat County, 17:01.48; Nicholas Kadlec, Silver Creek, 17:06.03; Josiah Valenzuela, Mesa Ridge, 17:07.68; Mike Cernoia, Pueblo West, 17:10.83; David Shearon, Battle Mountain, 17:13.08
EVERGREEN RUNNERS: Jackson Sayler, 13th, 17:32.03; Jak Hamilton, Evergreen, 17:34.48; Jeff Shali, 49th, 18:20.08; Sam Sahli, 62nd, 18:33.38; Andre Lane, 77th, 18:48.63; Thomas Warren, 95th, 19:02.63; Tyler Bender, 146th, 19:57.08