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Evergreen sweeps Jeffco League meet

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By Dan Johnson

LITTLETON — Not even a flat tire was going to slow down Bryn Haebe.

Despite running without her right shoe for a mile, the Evergreen junior still outlasted all other Jefferson County League foes on Oct. 16.

Thanks to an assist from her coach, Rob Wright, Haebe reclaimed her shoe, took a few seconds to re-attach it to her foot and continued on towards the finish line, where she crossed first in a time of 19 minutes, 23.6 seconds.

"It's funny and definitely makes for a good story," Haebe said afterwards. "I think in a way it actually helped me as it gave me an adrenaline rush."

Led by Haebe's performance, Evergreen went on to win the Jeffco League title. Not to be outdone, the Evergreen boys team also won the league title. It's the first time in school history both teams have won the Jeffco League title in the same year.

"Seeing the girls come together the way they have this year has been really motivating," said Jack Hamilton, who came in second in the boys race. "We still haven't raced a complete team race yet, but we're getting close."

Hamilton, who is rounding back into form after recovering from an illness, says he's ready for the grind of the last two weeks of the season.

"It's more mental than physical," Hamilton said. "Physically, I'm right about where I was before I got sick. Now I just have to be strong mentally."

Finishing behind Hamilton in the boys race was Jackson Sayler, who placed seventh with a time of 17:40. Jeff Sahli was 11th in 17:50.8, Grant Hargrove 12th in 17:51.4 and Andre Lane was 13th in 17:54.9.

Maura O'Brien put together another solid race, as she finished second behind Haebe with a time of 19:35.6. Both Haebe and O'Brien's times were faster than the top 5A girls finisher.

"We ran this course a couple of weeks ago," said O'Brien, referring to Evergreen's involvement in the Dave Sanders Invitational. "It definitely helped out a lot as I knew where to go and where I could really push myself on the course."

Following Haebe and O'Brien were Sam Skold, who finished sixth with a time of 20:27. Tayler Warren was 11th in 21:02 and Leighton Miller was 24th in 22:01.5.

With Warren still recovering from her illness and several other runners missing in action, the Cougars weren't at 100 percent at the league meet, but O'Brien says the team should be ready to go for regionals and state.

"That's the great thing about this team. If someone is sick or hurt, someone else steps up and takes their spot," O'Brien said. "Tayler is still sick but when she gets into her rhythm, that's going to be huge for our team. She really sets the pace for the whole team and to have her at one-hundred percent for regionals and state is going to make a big difference in the way we run."