Preseason quiet: all teams still equal


Early August is an enjoyable couple weeks for those athletes that have spent time all summer preparing for the upcoming fall sports seasons.

It is a tranquil time because everybody and every team is equal.

No team or individual has lost and nobody has won. All the preseason prognostications are just speculative based mostly on last season’s observations.

Still, everybody likes to read about preseason rankings, and it appears Mountain Vista’s cross country teams will once again be good after the Golden Eagles swept the Class 5A state championships last year.

Mile Split recently ranked the nation’s top girls and boys  5K cross country teams for the upcoming 2018 fall season based on times of the top-returning runners from 2017.

Mountain Vista’s  girls were ranked third in the nation behind Wayzata (Minnesota) and Jesuit (Oregon). The average time of five Golden Eagles returning runners (Jenna Fitzsimmons, Caroline Eck, Sarah O’Sullivan, Madison Reed and Makenna Anderson) was 17:59.20. Wayzata’s average time of returning runners was 17:46.19 and Jesuit’s average was 17:57.90.

Fitzsimmons captured last season’s Class 5A individual girls championship, Eck was second and O’Sullivan was sixth. Fitzsimmons and O’Sullivan will be juniors this fall and Eck a senior.

Battle Mountain’s girls were 18th in the 5K rankings and Valor Christian’s returning runners were 41st with an average time of 18:48.44 for returnees Riley Irwin, Keely Jones, Taylor Whitfield, Kindyll Wetta and Emma Sees.

Mountain Vista’s boys were ranked 48th in the country with an average time of 16:18.00 in the 5K division with Ethan Rouse, Jack O’Sullivan, Brody Dempsey, Seth Rouse and Aaron Hart listed as underclassmen last season.

Durango’s boys were 28th.

Schultz to Arizona State

Ponderosa’s Cohlton Schultz, the world and three-time Colorado state wrestling champion, announced via twitter that he has committed to attend and wrestle at Arizona State.

Schultz won state titles at 220 pounds as a freshman and sophomore and wrapped up an undefeated junior season in 2017 as a heavyweight state champ. He also won the gold medal at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Greece.

He will be seeking to become a four-time state champion this winter. He was 50-0 in 2017 and has compiled a 142-2 record in three seasons of wrestling at Ponderosa.

U.S. Club national title

Real Colorado Edge downed Mount Laurel United Pride (N.J.), 2-1, on July 24 to win the girls U16 Premier championship at the U.S. Club national tournament held at Aurora Sports Park.

Kaylyn Buchanan, who will be a junior at Lakewood High School, scored on a corner kick directly into the goal during the first half to give the Edge an early lead and Jordan Smith, a sophomore at Horizon, made it 2-0 in the second half as the Edge held on for the win.

The team was made up of eight 03 age-group players and 10 players from the 02 age group. The team had girls who attend high school at Standley Lake, Ralston Valley, Wheat Ridge, Horizon, Brighton, Golden, Lakewood, Boulder, Monarch, Fairview and D’Evelyn.

Kupcho to play in U.S. Women’s Amateur

Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster, a two-time girls individual state golf champion at Jefferson Academy, has earned an exemption to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur which will be held Aug. 6-12 at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

The Wake Forest junior, who won the 2018 NCAA Division I individual title, earned her exemption after completing 72 holes in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open where she tied for 21st with an even par 288. She was also a member of the 2018 USA Curtis Cup team and is currently in the top 25 of the Women’s World Amateur golf rankings.


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