Girls finish second, boys take 10th at Rock Canyon XC Invite

The Valor Boys and Girls XC Teams had another fantastic week of racing at the Rock Canyon XC Invitational on Saturday morning. Valor was the only non-5A school toeing the starting line that day, so they knew in advance they had their work cut out for them.

Continuing out of the team’s theme “Build Upon The Rock” the runners continued to build upon an already great foundation that they have been laying over the first few weeks of the season.

The Boys Varsity kicked things off with a 10th place overall finish in the strong 5A Division. Racing without their top runner, the boys still produced some very good results. Of particular note were the performances of junior, Jack Ray, and senior, Mike Mckee, who both set significant PR’s on a fairly difficult course. Josh Thompson, Matt Harrison and Beau Thomason finished up the scoring for the boys on the day. Freshman runners Nathan Ringquist and Brandon Seymour also competed on the Varsity team for the second consecutive week. The Varsity  boys will be off  this week as they prepare to race at the Denver West Invite next Wednesday.

As soon as the boys race was over, the Varsity Girls took to the course and they wasted no time in showing why they’re one of the top 4A teams in the state. The girls finished second overall, losing only to New Mexico powerhouse, Albuquerque Academy. The girls beat all other Colorado schools. Keely Jones had a very big day as the second overall individual finisher in the race. She was followed closely by three freshmen girls, Taylor Whitfield, who set another personal best for the day, Riley Irwin, and Kindyll Wetta. Junior Hadley Jason finished up the scoring for the girls. Junior, Emma Sees, and freshmen, Reese Dragovich, were Valor’s other two Varsity runners. The Varsity girls will be away from competition this week as they prepare to go to Casa Grande, Arizona on September 29 for the highly competitive Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight.

The JV races on the day proved to be a very good opportunity for some of Valor’s other runners to set personal bests.

The JV girls took fourth overall, only four points away from second place. Freshman Alli Randall finished third place overall and set a brand new personal best. She was followed by Sophie Thomas, Nicole Macdonald, Avery Sprout and Addie Hudson to finish out the scoring. Valor JV runners with personal bests on the day include, Alli Randall, Avery Sprout and Rosie McVaney. The Valor Freshman girls continued their hold on the second fastest freshman class in the state.

The JV boys were led by River Schreckengost,  sophomore Brennan Martin, who had a significant PR on the day, Jack Billman, Jake Van Vechten, with another big PR, and Lorenzo Lopez. The Valor boys have one of the top ranked freshmen classes in class 4A at this moment.

Be looking for a number of Valor’s JV runners having a chance to shine at this week’s Dave Sanders Invite.