Make no bones about it, Dakota Ridge senior Carson Hume would’ve preferred to have won the Dave Sanders Invitational on Sept. 27 at Clement Park. That’s the competitor in him speaking. But sixth place on a rainy, muddy day wasn’t too shabby.
Hume finished the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 22 seconds.
“We’ve been doing a lot of hard training. Things are not turning yet. It was kind of a getting-into-fitness race still,” Hume said. “I would’ve liked to have been up there, but today’s not the day.”
Mountain Vista’s Connor Weaver and Andrew Walton set a blitzkrieg pace. Weaver led a group of five Mountain Vista runners who finished in the top 12 by winning the race in 15:46. His time was just 16 seconds off the race record set by Evan Appel of Dakota Ridge in 2008. Walton was second in 15:52.
Their runs helped Mountain Vista to place first with 33 points. Arapahoe was a distant second with 88 points in a field of 25 teams.
Dakota Ridge’s Cameron Mattson came in 22nd in 16:49. Ian Cox led Littleton with a 41st-place finish in 17:07, Chatfield’s Nathan Oglesby was 52nd in 17:21, and Brian Bezzant of Columbine was 65th in 17:34. There were 237 runners.
Dakota Ridge, as a team, was sixth with 183 points. Columbine took 14th with 430, Littleton was 18th with 499, and Chatfield was 21st with 610.
Hume said that Dakota Ridge has put in five weeks of hard workouts twice a week, and the Eagles are still tired from that. But, by the end of the season, all of this hard work should be paying off, Hume said.
While the course was cool, it was also muddy. Or as Columbine’s Danielle Cobb said, it was “super muddy.” That was particularly true on the second mile, she said. But it did little to slow her down.
The Lady Rebels’ runner, coming off a runner-up finish at the Liberty Bell, was fourth in a field of 216 in 19:20. Cobb, who was swarmed by her teammates after crossing the finish line, accepted her finish, though she said there’s room for improvement.
“I’m OK with it. I was in the 19s. I would like to be in the 18s, but I’m getting there,” Cobb said.
Not only does Cobb hope to run under 19 minutes, but she hopes to do so consistently. On this day, only two runners achieved such a goal. Erin Norton of Grandview won in 18:40. Battle’s Mountain Val Constien came in second just five seconds back.
Mia Valerio led Dakota Ridge with a 23rd-place finish in 20:04 to help the Lady Eagles place 10th in the team standings with 232 points. Columbine was 13th with 354. Littleton, led by Elizabeth Bollendonk’s 33rd-place finish in 20:26, was 14th with 388 points. Chatfield was 18th with 499 points. Abigail Oglesby was the Lady Chargers’ top finisher, taking 61st in a field of 216 runners in 20:51.
Mountain Vista won the girls race with 112 points.
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