CENTENNIAL — It is a little hard to read into the results of the first meet of the year for both the boys and girls cross country teams at Holy Family.
The Tigers were loaded into an Arapahoe Invitational field of some of the best big schools from all over Colorado, and while the boys finished a distant 24th in the 29 team field, its is easy to get excited about the girls top 10 finish highlighted by sophomore Evie Boyd’s 22nd place finish.
On a day when 180 girls where on a course at deKoevend Park that can bottle neck easily and present all sorts of challenges to even the most experienced of harrier, Boyd focused on her race — and the ponytail of the girl in front of her — and accomplished her personal goal of breaking 21 minutes. Her official time was 20 minutes, 49 seconds.
“It’s just a matter of watching the girl ahead of you the whole time and trying to keep up,” said Boyd, who lost site of some of her teammates in an early jam.
The Tigers ran seven in the varsity race and the top five scored for the team. Alyssa Wells finished 37th (21:20), Gabby Thomas was 53rd (21:48), Alyssa Jany was 64th (22:13) and Madeline Tapp was 93rd (23:34).
The Tigers were the top 3A team in the field and a top 10 finish against some of the states best will go a long way in building their confidence and helping them reach some of the bigger goals this season.
“We want to make it to state as a team,” Boyd said. “And for me it is to hopefully beat (the) 20 (minute mark).”
On the boys side, Jack Culp paced the Tigers with a time of 18 minutes, 14 seconds. He was three seconds ahead of teammate Andrew Descalzo. Lance Greany crossed in 19:32, Micah Munoz in 19:46 and Patrick Cavanaugh in 20:36 to round out the top five.
“Time wise I was two seconds off my PR (personal record) from last year, so that is very good,” Culp said. “The first meet of the year, I expected to be a little bit better, but I think the hills just got to me.”
At deKoevend Park
Team scores — 1. Heritage 120, 2. Cherry Creek 154, 3. Liberty 155, 4. Legacy 189, 5. Piedra Vista (N.M.) 198, 6. Centaurus 213, 7. Poudre 239, 8. Fruita Monument 248, 9. Arapahoe 266, 10. Denver East 325, 24. Holy Family 548.
Holy Family results — 64. Jack Culp 18 minutes, 14 seconds; 68. Andrew Descalzo 18:17; 129. Lance Greany 19:32; 140 Micah Munoz 19:46; 160. Patrick Cavanaugh 20:36; 173. Anthony Haberkorn 21:06; 179. Jacob Vigil 21:27.
Team scores — 1. Cherry Creek 45, 2. Arapahoe 52, 3. Centaurus 106, 4. Denver East 129, 5. Fruita Monument 135, 6. Rocky Mountain 151, 7. Legacy 206, 8. Green Mountain 253, 9. Holy Family 259, 10. Air Academy 308.
Holy Family results — 22. Evie Boyd 20 minutes, 49 seconds; 37. Alyssa Wells 21:20; 53. Gabby Thomas 22:13; 64. Alyssa Jany 22:13; 93. Madeline Tapp 23:34; 107. Elizabeth Boselli 24:03; 139. Nina Finocchiaro 25:04.