Runner up league title for girls sets up regionals and state bid

James Kilroy, reporter




Last Friday the cross-country league meet took place in Florence. The boys took 6th out of all the teams, slipping a little from last year’s fifth place. and the girls took 2nd, up from last year’s fifth place.

Every single boy on the team managed to break his personal record.

The lead runner of the meet was Jared Kuel, who finished the race with a time of 18:12 Kuel’s previous personal record was a 19:34. Next was Bryce Vanderveer who finished with an 18:34 and a previous record of 19:30.

Senior Oliver Bell, who overcame a devastating knee injury, managed to break his previous 2013 personal record of 19:43 with a time of 19:20.

The girls, however, showed the most dramatic improvement, not only taking the runner up title, but jumping in regional rankings from eighth to third position.

The most dramatic improvement came from freshman Jaycee Kaltenbacher who managed to break her previous personal record of 24:38 by two minutes with her now current record of 22:41.

Another runner on the girl’s team, junior Maddie Dyer, overcame her season-long illness with a season record of 22:52.  She was just 9 seconds short of her all-time PR.

As a whole, the girls team managed to all break their 24 minute barrier and every girl finished with a time under 23 minutes.

The girls did an outstanding job and if the continue to run like they did at the upcoming regional meet, they could have a shot at making it to state. This week’s meet will be held in Pueblo and will decide the teams and runners who make it to the state competition.