This past Thursday, October 17th, the EPXC teams competed at the combined Patriot League/ 3ARegional4 XC Meet at Monfort Park in Greeley, CO. This meet serves as the qualifying race for the CHSAA Championship State Meet with the top 4 teams and/or top 15 individuals moving on. Unfortunately, despite strong performances from both teams, neither the boys nor girls qualified as a team this year.
The EPXC boys placed 5th in the Region, just one spot away from qualification. The boys were led by Russell who placed 26th with a new (-:04s) PR time of 17:55.7 which was (-:37s) faster than he ran at the 2018 regional meet on the same course. Marske placed 28th with a 17:59.4. Filsinger was 37th with a 18:13.7, (-:20s) faster than in 2018. Solis-Bernal ran a new (-:09s) PR of 18:42.6. Ferree rounded out our top 5 running a (-:18s) PR of 18:46.3. Freshman B. Jackson ran the biggest PR of the day dropping his time by (-:40s) to 18:49.0. Faulkner ran a new (-:28s) PR of 19:05.6, Moreau ran a 20:02.1, and Murray ran a 20:02.0. Overall, the boy's PRs from this race totaled -1:39.9 and the cumulative improvement for runners who ran in both 2018 and 2019 were -1:08.1. The EPXC boys also improved one place as a team from 6th in 2018 to 5th in 2019.
The EPXC girls placed 6th in the region. The girls were led by Raymond who placed 3rd overall with a NEW (-:12s) PR of 20:04.9, this time is (-:43s) faster than she ran at regionals in 2018 and puts her in 9th on the EPXC All-Time 5k leaderboard. Stein ran a (-:08s) PR of 21:40, which was (-1:16) faster than in 2018 and placed 22nd. Barron ran a 21:53.4 and placed 25th. Igel ran a (-:04s) PR of 22:51.0, (-:39s) faster than in 2018 and placed 39th. Daley was our 5th runner in 22:51.7 and placed 59th. Tarczali finished in 25:19.2 and Goodwin ran a 26:17.4. Pita had the biggest PR of the day running (-:27s) for a 27:00.5 and was followed closely by Gay who ran a (-:21s) PR of 27:09.7. Overall, the EPXC girls PR's totaled -1:13 and the cumulative improvement for runners who ran in both 2018 and 2019 was -2:38.6.
We knew going into this race that we would need ‘perfect’ races from both teams to have a shot at qualifying, and although both teams raced well, it wasn't quite enough. The Regional Meet marks the end of the season for everyone besides Charly Raymond, who will be continuing on to the CHSAA State Meet on Saturday (10/26)!
Congratulations to everyone on a great 2019 cross country season!
We are inviting everyone who is healthy and would like to continue running to train with Charly this week as she prepares for State. If you would like to join us, we need you to commit to being here and being focused at practice for the next 5 days.
3:30PM Mileage Run
3:30PM Light Workout
3:30PM Mileage Run (GOTR 5k)
3:30PM Pace Workout
6:30AM Pre-Meet Practice
5:00PM Dinner w/ EPXC Team at TBD Restaurant in Estes Park
*We will plan to go out to dinner as a team at a restaurant in Estes on Friday evening. All EPXC athletes are invited and encouraged to attend. We will let you know when we decide which restaurant this will be. Please note that all athletes besides Charly will need to bring their own $ for the meal.
Saturday: CHSAA State Meet
7:30AM Depart EPHS
12:20PM 3A Girls Race
~5:00PM Return to Estes
*We will plan to take up to two activity busses down to the State Meet on Saturday morning and would like for all EPXC athletes to attend.
EPXC Team Banquet - SAVE THE DATE
The team banquet will be held on Friday, November 8th at 5:00PM in the Estes Valley Community Center. During this evening, we will recap the season and celebrate our athletes' accomplishments. The event will be catered by the Jubilations Catering. The banquet is free to attend but will cost $15 per non-athlete to eat; all EPXC athletes will eat for free. Please check this link to see if you have already paid to eat at the banquet. If you have not paid and would like to eat at the banquet, please email Coach Harris (email@example.com) to RSVP by the end of the week. Thank you!
Google Drive Album
If you have been taking photos at the meets, please upload them here. We will use this album to create the end of season banquet presentations and the athletic hallway EPXC boards.
We are Estes Park Cross Country, We are Bobcat Runners, We are Mountain Strong! Here’s to an awesome 2019 season!
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!! GO BOBCATS!
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