The Frontier Academy Cross Country team participated in the Greeley City Championship on Wednesday at Josephine Jones Park. The meet is a nice low key event between the five city schools and at a perfect time in the season. It is great to get all the city athletes together to showcase the cities running talent. The day also brought in a nice break from the heat and almost ran into potential conflict from fall storms. However, cross country runners are tough and the show went on.
First up was the boys who went on the two lap course of the park. Early pace setting duties fell to Senior Keegan Wiles. Wiles made a bold move from the gun to test his abilities and self limitations. This was a perfect meet for that. Through it he learned more of what he is capable of out on the course. I applaud his efforts to work on his decision making and being bold. By the finish he was still able to finish 8th overall. As the race progressed though it was Senior Jesse Hayward running with the leaders. He continued to move up as the race went on and finished second overall in 16:53. This is his second time under 17 in as many races. The most exciting part of the boys race was the pack running and the competing within the boys team. Sophomore Sylas Chambers, Wiles, Freshman Sebastian Groom, Sophomore Seth Gutierrez, Junior Cory Shea, and Sophomore Justin Quammen all traded positions throughout the race. That ability to push each other as the race unfolds will pay huge dividends come October. The boys are really learning how to compete with each other as they make each other better. Continuing to improve and breaking the twenty minute barrier for the first time was Freshman Cade Branum who ran 19:43. He is getting better and moving up by the week. When the race was finalized the Wolverines were able to take 1st place and bring the traveling trophy back to Frontier Academy.
The girls raced under ominous clouds with the sound of thunder in the distance. Going straight to lead was Sophomore Audrynn Street and Junior Julia Brown. They kept that front running all the way to the end of the race with Street getting the win in 20:29. Just missing second by less than a second was Brown finishing in 20:34. The two of them are a formidable 1-2 punch for the girls team. They each have their strengths that will make each other better in races. The middle pack of girls had a great day racing with Sophomore Emma Murphy leading that group. Close behind were Junior Therali Merry, Senior Anna Stoltz, and Junior Aaliyanah Hubert-Combs all continuing to improve in their race tactics. Two of the best finishes of the day were Junior Kaylee Howell and Senior Izzy Ramirez who battled all the way to finish line. While doing so they also passed surrounding competitors and picked up valuable places. When the race was done the girls had won their first city title.
This was a great meet for the team who learned many valuable race tactics. The team continues to improve and support each other. They will look to continue that next week competing at the prestigious Stanford Invitational.
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