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XC competes at Denver North Viking Invitational

On Tuesday, our LHS Cross Country team raced again at the Denver North Viking Invitational. The race was a tough one, filled with slightly inclined hills that covered long stretches of the course on the Willis Case Golf Course.

With the afternoon heat beating down on them, our runners showed some real stamina in this race, and LHS came out on top with several quality performances.

In the Open Boys’ race, junior Colin McCormick placed 9th overall out of 219 boys from several local schools. The JV boys’ team also placed well overall as a whole, claiming 4th out of 17 schools.

“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be because it was a very gradual hill. But it was a faster course if you knew how to manage your level of pain. But overall I think it went really well,” said McCormick.

The Varsity boys also performed very well, with junior Christian Sapakoff taking the lead in 13th place overall, while the boys’ all claimed 7th place as a team out of 25 schools.

Senior Addi Iken led the Varsity girls’ team to 8th place out of 22 schools, while also continuing her first place streak and winning the Varsity Girls’ race by a substantial 24 seconds.

Many of the runners achieved personal goals at the meet on Tuesday, and the underclassmen impressed the team with their abilities.

“I think I qualify for varsity this week…The sophomores are doing really well… we have a lot of underclassmen that are pretty good at running,” said McCormick.

The LHS runners have another race this Friday at Clement Park for the Dave Sanders Invitational.