Competitively speaking, this past week was the biggest week of accomplishment in the history of the Valor XC program.
The Valor XC team ran at two different meets this past week. Cole Sprout of the Boys team and the Girls Varsity as a whole traveled to the prestigious Desert Twilight XC Meet in Casa Grande, AZ on Friday night. The rest of the Boys team as well as the rest of the Girls team ran at the Denver West Invite on Wednesday evening.
To say that Friday night at Desert Twilight went well would be a severe understatement. Over 180 teams, thousands of individuals, competed at this meet.
Cole Sprout had by far the biggest breakout race of his young career. Cole, a sophomore, finished second overall with a time of 14:48 in the Elite Sweepstakes Division. Cole’s performance currently gives him the sixth fastest high school time in the US. His time was the fastest ever run by a Colorado male on a course that hosts not only Desert Twilight, but the Nike XC Regional (National Qualifying) Meet. His performance was also the third fastest time in the history of the course.
The Girls Varsity also had an incredible breakout performance at Desert Twilight. The Girls finished fifth place overall in the Elite Sweepstakes Division of the prestigious event. To put it in a bit more perspective, the girls were only a total of 20 total seconds between five runners of finishing in second place overall. They also finished ahead of two teams currently ranked in the top 12 of the Southwest (Five States) Regionals Rankings.
The Girls team scoring was as follows.
Riley Irwin, FR-18:15 (56 second PR)
Keely Jones, JR-18:19 (22 second PR)
Taylor Whitfield, FR-18:19 (87 second PR)
Kindyll Wetta, FR-19:16 (39 second PR)
Emma Sees, JR-19:53 (48 second Valor PR)
It was beyond anything that was expected and a very large step in the life of the Valor XC program.
Those that ran in state had no less success either.
The Boys team finished second overall at the Denver West Invite this past Wednesday with an incredible team and great individual performances. The boys were led by senior, Josh Thompson, who ran his Colorado personal best. He was followed by junior, Jack Ray, seniors, Matt Harrison and Mike McKee, and freshman, Beau Thomason. Each boy ran a personal best for the day.
The Girls Varsity for this specific meet was made up of Valor’s top JV runners and they stepped up big time. They finished sixth place overall as a team competing against other team’s top Varsity runners. Every girl in the race ran a significant personal best.
The girls scoring runners consisted of three freshmen runners – Alli Randall, Avery Sprout and Rosie McVaney; sophomore, Sophie Thomas, and senior, Nicole MacDonald.
The JV teams had big days as well with the majority of the runners setting big PR’s on the day.
The boys scoring consisted of freshman Brandon Seymour, sophomore Brennan Martin, freshman Jake Van Vechten, sophomore Jack Billman and freshman Lorenzo Lopez.
The girls scoring consisted of freshman Ellie Cimbura, freshman Morgan Croshal, junior Audrey Butler, freshman Lana Pensoneau and sophomore Amanda Hillard.
One more cool note on the XC Team-The Valor Girls Freshman are among the top 10 fastest freshman classes in the country.
Part of the team will be competing at the Pat Amato meet in Northglenn this coming Friday while the rest of the team will taking a week off in preparation for the League meet coming up.