Saturday, October 28, the Cross-Country State Championship was held at Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Senior Addi Iken and junior Christian Sapakoff represented LHS very well in their respective races.
Iken placed third in the girls 4A race, about ten seconds ahead of the fourth place finisher. It was an incredible feat as she was ahead of 150 other racers with a time of 18.29 minutes. This was Iken’s fourth year qualifying for state and improved from her seventh place finish last year.
“The race was so much fun! I just had an amazing time and wanted to go out there and run my heart out! My goal was top three, so it was such a blessing to be able to fulfill that goal my senior year,” said Iken.
Iken has been a top runner since freshman year and her accomplishments over her high school career have been outstanding. With three years of experience on the state course, she knew what to expect.
“This course was basically the same as my sophomore and junior year’s, but my freshman year was different. They took out a huge hill that we had to run my freshman year. The course is honestly not fast, but I had a decently fast time this year and was only about 10 seconds slower than my PR,” said Iken.
The LHS boys lone runner was Sapakoff who finished in 63rd place with a time of 17.10 minutes. He also improved and shaved off about 28 seconds from last year’s state race. With one more year of high school left, Sapakoff still has room to become even faster and lead the team which consists of many underclassmen.