Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
Due to a teacher work day on Monday, September 15 there is no school for students. However, there will be practice at the normal time of 2:55. This is a mandatory practice so please make arrangements to be there!
Thrice as Nice
Three meets in 8 days is a tall order. Four days after a dominating performance at our home meet we loaded up and headed to Florence for the Florence Husky invite. Four days later we drove south again, this time to Pueblo for the Pueblo Central Invitational. When all was said and done our team brought home a combined total of 2 team titles, 2 individual titles, 12 Personal Course Records, and 17 Personal Records.
In Florence the boys ran first. Our top 5 had instructions to start slowly and move up. There was a stiff wind and the competition was on the light side, so times were not blazing. None of that kept the boys from running a near perfect race. At mile 2 we possessed 5 of the top 6 places and were closing hard on a perfect score. At the finish spots 1-3 were claimed by Max Martinez, Matthew Arbegast, and Cole Munoz. Mason Durfey and Stephen Agenbroad finished in 5th and 6th respectively. After the lead group the rest of our runners came through the finish continuously, establishing Widefield's presence in the race.
The girl's race unfolded differently but with similar results. Running a less controlled race, the girls moved throughout the pack all race. Bethany Rodrigues led the team for the first time this year as our girls crossed the line in 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th for the team title. The rest of the team saw 4 personal records and lots of Columbia and Navy blue throughout the pack.
On Saturday in Pueblo conditions were near perfect. A cool morning that saw fog hanging on the course as teams arrived promised good things to come. The boys moved into solid position early and moved up throughout the race. Max Martinez ran a textbook perfect race to win his 3rd straight race and his first major invitational title. Matthew Arbegast came through in 18th place. The boys finished 6th as a team, just behind some very elite Colorado teams. At this point we are a very good team. The next step is into the category of elite.
Only 3 girls ran in the Varsity race, but all did very well. Tabitha Frandsen reclaimed her spot as the team's top runner and finished in 39th place. Samantha Howell and Kayleen Chee finished with a pack time of 68 seconds. If we can add 2 more girls to that pack and move it up 60-90 seconds, we will have a very competitive team.
In the JV races we made very nice incremental progress. Isaac Benale broke through to run 20:23 and Lucas Lacy made an impressive debut a week into his cross country career with a time of 22:09. Caitlin Peters ran a nice controlled race as she continues to get comfortable running at a high level again. Peyton Tubbs and Amber Taylor moved up among their teammates as each ran their best races of the season.
Pueblo Central Race and Departure Times
The Pueblo Central Invitational will be run on Saturday, September 13th at Elmwood Golf Course at Pueblo City Park. The bus will leave at 7am. Race times will be:
With cooler temperatures everyone needs to be aware of uniform rules. Anything shirt, short or long sleeve worn under a uniform must be navy blue and can have no more than one logo showing. Likewise, anything worn over the legs that extends below the knees must be navy blue without any designs and may only have one logo showing. If you have questions ask Coach!
Taking Notice, Making a Statement
Although we have a long way to go, people are taking notice of where we are currently. Case in point, the article on Milesplit written about our home meet:
"Canon City takes a dominating girls team title even without Till 1 and Till 2. Ellie Enderle (get to know that name) takes up a lot of the slack with a 20:58 winning time on a roller of a course.
Continuing a weekend theme of 16-point winning scores, Widefield misses a perfect score by a single point. In this case, it was a single point and two seconds. Maximilliano Martinez wins in 17:52. I'm pretty sure that was a subdued effort, even on this course. We'll see more of Widefield later when stakes are higher than they were here. Erik Nelson has engineered something of a machine on the side end of Colorado Springs."
Domination at Home
If home is where the heart is then the trails and grounds around the Widefield Community Center will forever be home to our team as they ran their hearts out at the 2014 home meet.
The Varsity boys started the day by running a brilliant race and executing their game plan to perfection. Starting towards the front and moving up all race, the boys swept the top 4 individual places and took 5 of the top 6. One lone runner broke up the party. All six varsity boys finished in the top 18 and got individual awards. Needless to say, a team title accompanied the collection of individual awards.
The girls Varsity race unfolded in a similar fashion, with the Glads moving up continuously until there were very few runners left to pass. The top 4 girls all finished in the top 9, leading to a second place team finish.
In the boys JV race 6 of the top 18 finishers were Gladiators.
All told the teams combined to bring home 13 individual awards and 2 team trophies. Every member of the team who had run on the home course before ran a personal course record except for one, for a total of 13 PCR's. Four runners set personal records.
This upcoming week we race at Florence on Tuesday and Pueblo Central on Saturday. Both races will feature good competition and some of the best teams in the state. It promises to be a great week for more statements made by WHSXC.