Arapahoe’s Wolff led the pack
Senior Emily Wolff was captain of the Arapahoe girls cross country team and admits it was a learning experience.
“Being the captain for the team helped me learn a lot about leadership and running for the team and not just for yourself,” said Wolff. “When you are going through the most painful part of the race you have to think about how each stride you take and each person you pass is not just for yourself but for the team.”
Wolff finished ninth in the state meet and made enough strides to be named Colorado Community Media’s South Metro Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
“I was excited to learn that I got the award,” proclaimed Wolff, who ran 10th in the 2012 state cross country championships. “I didn’t meet my PR from last season (18:05) but I met most of the goals I had for the season. I was excited that I finished better than I did last year. You always want to finish as high as you can and close to the top but I was still excited I improved.”
Wolff was crowned the regional champion with a time of 18:46 and ran a 19:32.7 at the state meet to better last fall’s state meet finish.
“I love cross country,” said Wolff. “It’s kind of up to you what you are going to put into cross country and what you are going to get out. It’s all about the strength you have and not just the physical strength but the mental aspect. You just learn from it like life lessons, it’s much bigger than yourself, much bigger than the sport.”
Mountain Vista's Weaver enjoys run of success
Connor Weaver is always being questioned. People want to know why he keeps on running.
“That’s the question everybody asks,” explained Weaver. “Why run? You almost have to be a different human being to get joy out of it. I like how in running you can always progress and get better.
“I like being in shape, I like competing and I like being outdoors. I played almost every single sport coming into high school. I definitely wasn’t planning on being a cross country, track runner. I was going to play lacrosse, football, basketball but I ended up falling in love with running because it was so challenging. I was naturally pretty good at it and I do enjoy it.”
Weaver, a senior at Mountain Vista, turned out to be a darn good runner and has been tabbed Colorado Community Media’s South Metro Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
“I met most of my goals,” said Weaver. “I had a goal that I wanted to win state but then Cerake (Geberidane) obviously had a real good year. He is probably one of the best runners in the nation so it’s not too bad to be behind him. It’s not too big of a disappointment anyway.”
Denver East’s Geberidane won the state cross country meet in record time of 15:48.2. Weaver finished third in 16:34.5 but led the Golden Eagles to their second straight boys team championship.
Weaver was the Continental League champion and ran second to Pine Creek’s Zachary Alhamra in the regional meet. Alhamra was second behind Geberidane at the state meet.
“I improved a ton especially from last year,” Weaver said. “From my freshman year it’s just been leaps and bounds in improvement. I was injured freshman, sophomore and junior years. Small little things that kept my running back and I had big injuries too. This year I was completely injury free.”