Coed Varsity Cross Country · Cross country: Thomas nabs PR in impressive fashion

NORTHGLENN — It’s funny what motivates people to run fast.

For senior Gabby Thomas on Friday afternoon, she was remembering two years ago as a sophomore when she last tackled the course at Northwest Open Spaces Park and the Pat Amato Classic with a talented group of upperclassmen that inspired her to run fast.

“But running with these new girls,” she said. “They definitely push me a lot harder.”

Those younger Tigers may as well have shoved Thomas on Friday. Not only did she crack the 20 minute mark for the first time in her career, she obliterated it, crossing the line in a personal best time of 19 minutes, 26.95 seconds to finish 28th overall in the loaded 51 team event put on by Northglenn High School.

“I didn’t run with a watch today, so I really wasn’t on myself about stuff,” Thomas said. “I just went out there and gave it my all.”

How impressive was Thomas’ run. At the 2-mile mark, she was 23 seconds behind sophomore teammate Evie Boyd, and not only passed her but finished four seconds ahead of her.

“Today we the whole the whole team decided to run for somebody greater than themselves,” Thomas said. “So we put beads on our shoes with the names of the people we wanted to run for and it really brought an emotional effect to the team.

Alyssa Wells, who won the Mead Stampede last week, finished three spots behind Boyd in 19:47. Alyssa Jany (68th in 20:38) and Summer Norwell (108th in 21:35) wrapped up the scoring five runners for the Tigers.

On the boys side, a race won by Gateway’s Yasin Sado (the same Yasin Sado from Denver West that edged Braden Bartlett in the 800 at last years state track and field championships) in a sparkling 15 minutes, 25 seconds, the Tigers finished 20th as a team in a race that sent 43 teams to the chute.

Jack Culp was the fastest of the Holy Family runners, crossing in 16 minutes, 59 seconds. That was good enough for 36 place overall. Wrapping up the scoring five for the Tigers were Andrew Descalzo (17:32), Anthony Haberkorn (18:06), newcomer Luke Hixson (18:14) and Micah Munoz (18:15).

Holy Family will be back at it on Tuesday at Frederick for the Tri-Valley League championships at 3 p.m.


At Northwest Open Spaces Park


Team scores (Top 10) — 1. Los Alamos, N.M. 94, 2. Monarch 125, 3. Boulder 161, 4. Poudre 238, 5. Battle Mountain 244, 6. Summit 258, 7. Erie 270, 8. Rocky Mountain 283, 9. Lyons 295, 10. Frontier Academy 351, 20. Holy Family 505.

Holy Family finishers — 36. Jack Culp 16 minutes, 59 seconds; 76. Andrew Descalzo 17:32; 121. Anthony Haberkorn 18:06; 134. Luke Hixson 18:14; 138. Micah Munoz 18:15; 171. Jack Elliott 18:42; 177. Jacob Vigil 18:47.


Team scores (Top 10) — 1. Broomfield 79, 2. Los Alamos, N.M. 106, 3. ThunderRidge 161, 4. Boulder 177, 5. Rocky Mountain 199, 6. Monarch 216, 7. D’Evelyn 219; 8. Mountain Vista 225, 9. Battle Mountain 264, 10. Holy Family 267.

Holy Family finishers — 28. Gabby Thomas 19:27; 30. Evie Boyd 19:31; 33. Alyssa Wells 19:47; 68. Alyssa Jany 20:38;  108. Summer Norwell 21:35; 109. Nina Finocchiaro 21:36; 119. Olivia Bertagnolli 21:52.