Finishing in style

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By Dan Johnson

FORT COLLINS — In his final race at Evergreen, Ryan Haebe wanted to leave everything out on the course.

That’s exactly what the senior did Oct. 25 at the Colorado High School Activities Association’s State Cross-County Championships at Fossil Ridge High School, and he was rewarded with a top-10 finish and was just four seconds shy of breaking the school record.

Haebe, sporting a new closely-cropped haircut, finished the very flat course in 15 minutes, 51.67 seconds.

“I didn’t have the best race of my life, but this is how I wanted to finish the season,” Haebe said. “I’m happy I was able to finish in the top-10.”

Junior Grant Hargrove was next to cross the finish line for the Cougars, placing 61st with a time of 17:25.42. Sophomore Jack Hamilton also cracked the top-100, finishing in 17:52.07, good for 97th overall as the Cougars finished 14th in the team standings.

Haebe’s younger sister, Bryn, wasn’t enthused about her performance, even though the sophomore did place 21st with a time of 19:39.90.

“I got out too fast,” Bryn Haebe said. “I think the nerves might’ve gotten to me a little and I didn’t run the race I wanted to. We were in the first line so we didn’t want to get boxed in. We tried to stay with the lead pack.”

Although her performance at state wasn’t what she was hoping for, the younger Haebe managed to put her season in proper perspective.

“I really did have a good year,” she said. “I’m surprised I was able to do as well as I did and win as many races as I did. This was my first year really focusing on cross-country, and I’m excited about the future.”

Thanks to the unique time schedule at state, Bryn was able to see a portion of her brother’s race.

“He did so awesome,” Bryn said of Ryan. “I’m really happy for him.”

Evergreen wound up finishing ninth in the team standings, which was impressive considering the girls were without on of their top runners, Genevive London, who had to withdraw from the meet due to injury.

Junior Tayler Warren, who battled through an illness early in the season, was the second girls finisher from Evergreen, placing 35th in a time of 20:04.90.

“We came here in the preseason and I had a really bad race. So I was hoping to improve it and I did.”

Freshman Maura O’Brien cracked the top-50, as her time of 20:22.25 was good for 45th overall. Chesley Oeffler placed 82 with a time of 21:14.25. Grace Beaudin, Kate Thompson and Leighton Miller rounded out the team for the Cougars.

Evergreen coach Rob Wright was pleased with the fact that Evergreen had the best combined boys-girls finish out of all the Jefferson County teams and Region 1 teams at state.

CHSAA State Cross-Country Championships at Fossil Ridge High School

Class 4A Girls: 9. Evergreen, 305. Individual results: 21. Bryn Haebe, So., 19:39.90; 35. Tayler Warren, Jr., 20:04.90; 45. Maura O’Brien, Fr., 20:22.25; 82. Chelsey Oeffler, Sr., 21:14.25; 122. Grace Beaudin, Jr., 22:15.15; 134. Kate Thompson, Sr., 22:28.50; 141. Leighton Miller, So., 22:34.95.

Class 4A Boys: 14. Evergreen, 400. Individual results: 7. Ryan Haebe, Sr., 15:51.67; 61. Grant Hargrove, Jr., 17:25.42; 97. Jack Hamilton, So., 17:52.07; 116. Lincoln Grody, Jr., 18:04.92; 119. Matt Ryon, Sr., 18:07.87; 127. Justin Barr, Sr., 18:12.22; 131. Brian Kassay, Jr., 18:14.97.