Published September 27, 2016
The 2016 DPS High School Country Season concluded on Monday with the running of the DPS League Championship. This year’s event included over 250 runners from around the district.
With several finishes that would come right down to the wire the action was intense and full of excitement. The meet started out with the running of the High School Open Boys and Girls races which featured the top up and coming talent in DPS. Denver South runners Yanique Borne and Michael Humphrey guided their team to the overall Boys Open team crown with times of 19:51 and 20:17 respectively. In the Girls Open Division it was Denver East who would take the team title with a combined 24 overall points. Denver East would also take the individual title, as Allana MacRossie-Smith would finish with the individual crown and a winning time of 23:48.
In the Boys Varsity race the top seven finishers would come from four different schools as Denver East, Denver South, Denver West and George Washington all had a finisher in the top seven. Doing all he could to lead his team to a title, two time defending Varsity League Champion Harrison Scudamore of Denver East, stormed out to an early lead and battled to hang on to finish in 1st place individually. With a DPS League Championship winning time of 16:36, Scudamore would cross the finish line nearly twenty seconds ahead of his closest competitor, to take his third straight DPS League Individual Title. Thanks to incredible efforts by Denver South runners Yonatan Kefle (2nd place) and Henok Berhane (3rd place) the Rebels were able to claim the overall team title, which was their first as a school since 2009. Strong performances from Ritsom Adhanom (9th place), Henry Cargile (10th place), Tommy Gilfillan (11th place), Mic Obleski (12th place) and Tom Heckmaster (14th place) helped pace the Rebels and ensured the victory for the team.
Not to be outdone, the Girls Varsity race was exhilarating and featured some of the best cross country runners in the state. Winning this year’s event for the third year in a row with a time of 19:11 was Kayla Young of Denver North. Kayla has one of the fastest times in the State of Colorado and will be looking to parlay her success into a State Championship at the CHSAA State Cross Country Event where she finished 2nd overall in 2015. This year’s Girls Varsity team title would go to the Vikings of Denver North for the first time since 1994, as they finished just ahead of Denver South with 32 overall points. Guiding the Vikings to the title along with Kayla Young was Esther Cornish (2nd place), Isla Anderson (4th place), Amelia Gardner (8th place) and Rosa Gutierrez (17th place) who all stepped up and performed admirably on the biggest of stages.
Below is a list of the High School All League Team based on their top seven overall finish as individuals and a link to the MileSplit website which has a complete list of results.
DPS XC League Championship Results
DPS Boys All League XC
DPS Girls All League XC