FORT COLLINS — It turns out the only footsteps Evan Appel heard were his own as he sprinted down the home stretch Oct. 25.
The Dakota Ridge senior was driven by a wealth of emotions, from the fear of being caught to the pressure of repeating as Class 5A state champions and the need to give the Eagles a great finish to a frustrating day.
He needed just 15 minutes, 20.24 seconds to do it all.
Appel clinched his second consecutive state championship by a comfortable 10-second margin at Fossil Ridge High School in a race he dictated from the beginning.
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