With only a few weeks left in the season, the Kodiak boys’ and girls’ cross country teams have overcome several obstacles to salvage a season that could have taken a turn for the worse. Still, they have found a way to persevere and push their limits, all striving for personal bests in each race. After a second place finish in Regionals last year, the girls’ team committed to making this year their best yet. Some even began the school year by attending the first CSS High Altitude Training Camp in Victor, CO, at nearly 10,000 feet, where they pushed their limitations and set personal goals. However, the cards were stacked against them when Blayse S. announced that she was moving to Nebraska, and later Bailey R. ’21 had to transition to volleyball as a result of health issues. Returnees include captain Kate G. ’20, Hina S. ’20, Heather H. ’21, and Brooke A. ’21 who stepped up and filled the voids, and to the surprise of all, three exchange students from Germany (Angelina L., Berit K., and Clara U.) are gaining experience and fitting in nicely with the team.
Griffin leads the pack of young runners with a season best of 21:35 at the Liberty Bell Invite. She continues to finish among the top runners in every 5K meet with a 7th place finish at the Coronado Cougar Classic, 5th place finish in the Rye Invitational, and 6th place finish in the most recent Florence Invite. Kate is currently ranked #14 in the state of Colorado for 2A runners, and she will defending her BFL title on Friday which she won last year by placing first.
The girls have their sites set on returning to the State Meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Penrose Riding Center in Colorado Springs. It would be their third consecutive trip to State as a team. But first they are running for a Black Forest League title on Friday, Oct. 5, at Florence, followed by the Regional Meet on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Monument Valley Park.
The boys’ team is led by Clay R. ’20 who is having his best season yet after putting in extra miles over the summer and approaching this season with a mindset and goal for running in the State meet. His personal best so far was 18:59 at the Liberty Bell Invitational, and he is ranked 51st in the state for 2A. He is followed by captain Tyler B. ’19 who also had a personal best of 19:37 in the Liberty Bell Invitational a few weeks ago, and he is ranked 82nd in the state for 2A. Both runners have a shot at running at the State meet for the first time, and with the support of Aaron Y. ’21, Leo G. ’20, and newcomer Orlando M. ’21, who are all coming on strong, the boys could actually make a run at State as a team.
Mark your calendars now and come out to show your support of these committed Kodiak runners!
Friday, Oct. 5: BFL Meet at Florence Pathfinder Park, starting at 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 18: Regional Meet at Monument Valley Park, starting at 5:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 27: State Meet at Penrose Riding Center (Time TBA)