Estes Park Cross Country - Week 9

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: 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!!

#epxc #bobcatrunning #gobobcats



Estes Park Cross Country - Week 8

It has been a VERY busy week for the EPXC team; this was our hardest training week of the season AND it was also the week leading up to our home meet. Now that the hardest training and the meet planning are behind us, we can begin to focus in on the championship season races (League, Regional, & State) and tapering (gradual reduction in volume and intensity of training) for peak performance. 

Meet Recap:

Both teams had excellent races on Saturday. The EPXC girls and EPXC boys varsity teams both placed 3rd out of 14 teams (boys 82 pts., girls 97 pts.), and we had 3 runners in the top-10, and 6 runners set new PRs! In the top-10 we had Charly 7th and Annalise 9th on the girls' side and Nathan was 5th on the boys' side. Our runners who set new PR's included Steel (19:21, -21s), Javier (19:22, -20s), Atlas (19:24, -28s), John (22:09, -1:02), Sawyer (24:30, -23s), and Sarah (27:35, -44s). Complete race results can be found HERE.

Thank You:

~Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Longs Peak XC Meet and the “Race for Chase” 5K on Saturday a big success!

~Thank you to all of the volunteers who donated their time on Saturday to work as course marshals, parking directors, and concession salespeople.

~We'd also like to thank Ruby Bode for coordinating all of our volunteers, collecting food donations, and making 100+ breakfast burritos to sell at the concession stand.

~Thank you to the Estes Valley Parks & Recreation Department and Tom Carosello for allowing us to use the 9-hole golf course and for supporting us in the planning and setup process.

~Thank you to our race officials who were recognized by our athletes for CHSAA Officials appreciation week.

~Lastly, thank you to our great race timers "RaceRite" for tracking and posting our race results.   

Race For Chase 5K:

Thank you to everyone who participated in and volunteered at the “Race For Chase” 5K. Between the race entries and the concession sales, we were able to raise $1790 for the Murray family! 

Events This Week:

-Monday: 3:30PM - Long Run Day (Fish Creek Loops)

-Tuesday: 6:30AM - Aquajogging/ 3:30PM - Dirt Road Hill Workout 

-Wednesday: 3:30PM - Mileage Run/ 4:30PM - Team Pictures

-Thursday: 3:30PM - Light Workout

-Friday: 6:30AM Pre-Meet Run/ 5:00PM Team Dinner, hosted by Goetz/Konkey

-Saturday: Patriot League Meet @ Platte Valley HS

EPXC Gear For Sale:

If you are interested in adding to your EPXC team apparel, we have several items for sale. Email Coach Harris ( if you are interested in purchasing anything. 

$20 - Estes Park Pom Beanies

$10 - 2018 Parent T-shirts

$8 - Various Past Season EPXC Shirts

$5 - Various Past Years Color Run Shirts

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team’s website: 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!!

#epxc #bobcatrunning #gobobcats



Estes Park Cross Country - Week 7

Platte Valley Meet Recap:

Congratulations to both EPXC teams on an excellent set of races yesterday at the Platte Valley Invitational! The EPXC boys team placed 2nd and the EPXC girls team placed 1st! This course will be the venue for the Patriot League meet this year and this meet was a good opportunity for our athletes to test themselves against many of the teams that we will see at the League and Regional meets. After much discussion with the coaches running the course with a GPS watch, we suspect that this particular course was approximately .18 miles longer than a true 5k. Below, we have included the adjusted 5k times for each athlete in italics in the results below (note: these are not official times or PRs). For the actual times, please visit the results PAGE.

The boys team ran in the first race of the day and placed 2nd with 55 points, trailing University HS by 17 points. The boys had 3 individuals in the top-10 led by Nathan who placed 4th (17:17), followed by Lucas in 5th (17:36), and Hayden in 9th (18:18). Our next two boys broke into the top-20, Atlas in 19th (18:46), and Javier in 20th (18:46). Our varsity 7 were rounded out by Cole in 29th (19:17) and Steel in 34th (19:23). 

The girls varsity team were meet Champions with a 51 point lead ahead of the 2nd place team, WOW! The girls top 4 were very closely packed in the top-10 with consecutive 4th-7th finishes and all 5 scorers in the top 20. Charly was our 1st across the line placing 4th (20:32), Annalise was a fraction of a second behind placing 5th (20:32), Brooke was 6th (21:21), Mae was 7th (21:37), and Zoe was 16th (22:51). Eva placed 19th (22:51) and Melia placed 34th (24:03). 

In the JV races, neither of our teams ran enough athletes to place, however we had some excellent individual performances. On the boys side Ian placed 2nd (19:56), Woody placed 10th (22:35), and Sawyer placed 12th (23:31). On the girls side, Sam placed 1st (23:50), Caylin placed 2nd (25:21), Sarah placed 3rd (27:37), and Daffney placed 6th (29:20). 

As we head into the championship season, our focus will increasingly shift to preparing for the Regional meet on 10/18 and qualifying for the State Championships. The two ways to qualify for the state meet is to place in the top-4 in the region as a team OR to place in the top 15 in the region as an individual. We are intending to take 2 teams to the state meet this year, but it is not a given for either team. We need to increase our focus over these next several weeks as we complete our hardest training phase and move into peak season preparation. If every EPXC runner to commits to training at 100%, getting adequate sleep, nutrition and hydration, taking care of injuries, and maintaining a positive competitive mindset, we have full confidence that we will be taking 2 teams to state this year. 

THANK YOU to Kelsey Persyn for hosting team dinner & to the Barrons for filling the snack box this week!

Practices this week:

Monday - Trail Run @ Pole Hill

Tuesday - Michigan Workout

Wednesday - Miles 

Thursday - Light Workout on the 9-hole golf course

Friday - 6:30AM pre-meet/ 3:30PM course setup/ ~5:00PM team dinner (Coach Harris)

Longs Peak Invitational – Volunteers Needed!:

We need as many volunteers as possible for our home meet on 9/29 from 8am - 3pm. If you are available, please consider helping out for all or part of the day. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family. Ruby Bode will be our “Volunteer Coordinator” this year, please fill out this form to let her know your availability for the meet. Longs Peak Invite Volunteer Link

The Race For Chase:

After the middle school races concludes on Saturday, we will be hosting the Race For Chase 5k on the Longs Peak Invitational course. Please share this event with your friends and family and encourage them to sign up. All proceeds go straight to the Murray family. There are credit card (this takes 33%) and PayPal payment options online. We have also created a sign-up form for those who plan to pay in cash or check on race day. We do not have many people pre-registered so far, so please share this event widely!

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team’s website: 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!!

#epxc #bobcatrunning #gobobcats