Dakota Ridge boys cross country team wins state

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By Alissa Noe

COLORADO SPRINGS — For the first time since 2006, the Dakota Ridge boys cross country team is a 5A state champion.

Running a tough course at the Norris Penrose Event Center, the Eagles finished with 47 team points, good enough to edge out Mountain Vista, who had 76 points.

Currently, the Eagles are also the No. 7 team in the nation.

Dakota Ridge's win came at the hands of several key athletes, led by juniors Connor Ohlson and Austin Vancil. 

After Valor Christian's Cole Sprout crushed the competition with a 15-minute, 16-second finish, Ohlson and Vancil took second and third, respectively, as they clocked in at 15:40.6 and 15:42.1. 

That, along with a 10th-place mark from Jacob White at 16:20.7, set the Eagles up nicely for success.

Although their Colorado season has finished, the Eagles' national season is far from over. Next up, they'll head to Arizona on Nov. 17 for the Nike Cross Regionals to earn a shot at nationals.