Over Halloweekend, the cross country team was not stuffing themselves with candy but instead filling up on carbs before the state meet on the 29. Three LHS runners, junior Addi Iken and sophomores Tyler Ervin and Christian Sapakoff, went to represent LHS after qualifying individually by placing in the top 15 at regionals. At the end of the day, Iken took a podium spot of 7th place of 155 girls and Ervin and Sapakoff finished 61st and 69th out of 152 boys respectively in the 4A competition.
“It was weird only running and warming up with Tyler, and it felt more serious but for me I didn’t feel as much pressure because I felt like I did what I wanted to do this season,” said Sapakoff.
The event was held at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs. This was the same course as last year and Iken was able to cut her time from state last year by 9 seconds and jump from 13th place to 7th place with nothing but improvement.
“I was super excited when I crossed the finish line in 7th place. I knew it was going to be tough though because there were so many girls in the race that are very similar in ability to me and I knew I had to beat a lot of those girls who had beaten me in the past in order to finish in the top 10,” said Iken.
Although the whole LHS cross country team didn’t qualify for state, this season truly has been a success. There were lots of new members who joined and the team is certainly moving in the right direction. With the help of some more members and freshmen recruitment next year, the goal of the whole team qualifying for state is not far off.