Chris Theodore and Easton Allred were a big part of the success of the Rock Canyon boys cross country team, but coach Dan Davies knew something else was needed.
Theodore finished second in the Class 5A boys state cross country championships Oct. …
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Theodore finished second in the Class 5A boys state cross country championships Oct. 28 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.
He was timed in 15:42.1, while Allred, his sophomore teammate, ran a 15:56.5 to finish fifth as the Jaguars were the runners-up to state champion Mountain Vista in the team standings.
“We've had that one-two punch all year and they really kind of set the table for us,” Davies said. “Our three four and five runners came in together. It was really huge when they came in together.
“At the beginning of the year we knew our Achilles' heel was our fifth runner. We needed a fifth man. Wes Beckman really stepped up for us and he's only a sophomore.”
AJ Bishop came in 20, Beckman 21 and Derek Fearson 22 but the Jaguars still finished 18 points behind Mountain Vista in the team race.
“Mountain Vista's boys team is phenomenal,” Davies said. “Their depth is phenomenal. We got them once at the Liberty Bell when we ran our best race of the year by far. We knew we poked the bear.”
Rock Canyon's girls team, led by a third-place finish by sophomore Hope James, was third behind Broomfield and state champion Mountain Vista.
“We had our greatest girls finish ever, third on the girls side,” Davies said. “Previous to this was fifth. But what happens we are in the same league and region as Mountain Vista.”
Other top individual finishers from the area were senior Lina Corrales of Douglas County, who was 12 in the girls race, and Castle View's Erin Kraus, who placed 68. Douglas County senior Brock Helvey was 40 in the boys race.
In Class 4A, Valor Christian sophomore Cole Sprout finished 18 seconds ahead of the second-place runner in the boys race and set a new course record of 15:42.1, snapping the previous standard of 15:50.4.
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