Faith Christian Eagles Cross Country
State Championships – October 26, 2013
The state championship was contested at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs on a beautiful sunny morning. Running on a very difficult course with two water crossings and a monster hill just before the halfway mark, the squad of Luke Yeager, Andrew Renfrow, Alex Fox, Matthew Judson, Josh Marquardt and Zach Steitz ran great races, with each of the six setting personal course records on the day. The boys team placed eighth overall, with Luke Yeager placing sixth as an individual and earning first team all-state honors.
With the season at an end, we say goodbye to a total of nine seniors: Laura-Li Gaide, Audrey Barday, Madison Batug, Kiara Durrett, Candace Lowe and Sarah Bedore from the girls team and Luke Yeager, Andrew Renfrow and Zach Steitz from the boys team. In spite of losing these nine outstanding runners, the 2014 season is poised to be another exciting one for the Faith Christian cross country team!
Regional Championships – October 18, 2013
The regional cross country meet was contested at the Broomfield Commons on a cold Friday afternoon. The course was covered by snow when we arrived, but thankfully, partially melted by race time. Our boys team raced first on the new course. They ran a strong race and placed third overall as a team, led by Luke Yeager in fourth. Because of placing in the top five teams, the boys advanced to state. The girls ran on the boys’ heels, and also ran a strong race. Freshman Emily Fox led the charge, followed closely by Audrey Barday who earned a big season best performance. Despite the strong effort, the girls were edged out of fifth place by just two points, and fell just short of advancing to state.
Metro League Championships – October 11, 2013
We finished the regular season on Friday with more strong performances. Our boys team was led to the finish line by Andrew Renfrow, Matthew Judson, Josh Marquardt, Alex Fox and Zach Steitz (all in the top twenty finishers), nabbing a third place team finish along the way. Our girls team was led by Emily Fox, Thayne Ritter, Laura-Li Gaide, Audrey Barday and Kaila Rudiger, with Emily recording a PR and taking ninth place in league while our girls team placed fifth. Season best performances were recorded by Jordan Nicks, Madison Batug, Candace Lowe, Tabor Batug, Sarah Bedore and Jenna Greiner.
Pat Amato Classic – October 4, 2013
Our valiant runners faced another rough weather day in Northglenn. With temperatures in the upper 30s and sleet falling from the sky, many of our runners ran PRs or season best times. Luke Yeager led our boys squad to the finish in 16.09, the second fastest time in school history. Luke was followed to the line by Alex Fox, Josh Marquardt, Zach Steitz (in a season best time of 18:39), Matthew Judson and Brandon Martine, in a PR of 19:28. The girls team was led by Emily Fox, Thayne Ritter (PR of 22:18), Kaila Rudiger (PR of 23:05), Audrey Barday, Kiara Durrett and Belle Cummings (PR of 23:41). Other team members recording season best times were Roger Queen, Scott Muhonen, Sean Varga, Madison Batug, Tabor Batug, Sarah Bedore and Faith Shull, with Sage Rodriguez recoding a PR.
Dave Sanders Invitational - September 27, 2013
After participating in several meets with favorable conditions, our team had to endure a pretty miserable weather day on Friday at Clement Park in Littleton. Making the best of a wet and muddy course, freshman Emily Fox led our girls over the 5k course in 21:47, just off her two week old PR. Sophomore Thayne Ritter and junior Kaila Rudiger both set new PRs, while Audrey Barday and Kiara Durrett both recorded season best times. Luke Yeager again led our boys team over the challenging course, with the scoring rounded out by Matthew Judson, Josh Marquardt and Alex Fox. Sage Rodriguez lowered his PR while Jordan Nicks, Scott Muhonen and Sean Varga each recorded new season best times.
Arvada West Invitational - September 20, 2013
The Faith Christian cross country team broke with recent tradition and did not travel to Fort Collins this year, racing instead in Arvada at the Stenger soccer complex. Although tired from a week full of homecoming activities, including ultimate Frisbee and powder puff football, our runners came up big when it counted. Our boys kicked off the fun at 3:15 pm and were led to the line by senior Luke Yeager, in fifth place with a season best time of 16:20, followed by Andrew Renfrow and Matthew Judson (both with PRs). Alex Fox and Josh Marquardt rounded out the scoring group. Peter Whitesel, Brandon Martine and Sage Rodriguez all notched PRs, while Daichi Jameson, Matthew Bassett, Jordan Nicks, Nick Ingram, Sean Varga and Scott Muhonen also came up with season best times. On the girls side of the action, sophomore Thayne Ritter came in first for Faith, followed by Laura-Li Gaide, Audrey Barday, Madison Batug and Kiara Durrett. Audrey and Kiara both recorded season best times.
Liberty Bell Invitational – September 13, 2013
After a soggy week of workouts dodging storms and puddles, the cross country team made their way to Heritage High School in Littleton for the Liberty Bell Invitational. Facing tough competition but favorable running conditions, the Eagles came up big. The boys headed to the starting line first, and ran strong as a team, with our top four finishers (Andrew Renfrow, Josh Marquardt, Alex Fox and Matthew Judson) finishing in the top twenty and securing a third place team finish. The girls team was led to the finish line by freshman Emily Fox and took eighth place in the team competition. Four Eagles notched their all time personal bests at this meet: Thayne Ritter, Alex Fox, Brandon Marting and Asher Voris!
St Vrain Invitational – September 7, 2013
The Eagle harriers traveled to Lyons to compete in one of the weekend’s largest meets. With over 2,800 runners competing, crowded was an understatement. Our girls team kicked off the excitement and ran very well. Freshman Emily Fox led the girls to the finish with a time of 23:35, followed in short order by Laura-Li Gaide, Thayne Ritter, Kaila Rudiger, Bell Cummings and Sarah Bedore. The girls team finished tenth in the 2A/3A division.
The boys squad also ran strong, with senior Luke Yeager winning the 2A/3A race in 16:55. Andrew Renfrow, Alex Fox and Matthew Judson rounded out the scoring for the boys team, notching a fourth place finish for FCA.
Our next competition is at the always fast Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School in Littleton on September 13.
Cheyenne Mountain Stampede – August 29, 2013
The team traveled to Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 29th, to compete in the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, held on the same course as the state cross country championships. Running in the mid-day heat without the benefit of shade, the Eagle harriers still ran strong, with Kaila Rudiger, Madison Batug, Tabor Batug, Matthew Judson and Peter Whitesel making their season debuts.
Our girls team was led across the finish line by Laura-Li Gaide, freshman Emily Fox, Audrey Barday and Kaila Rudiger, while our boys were led to the finish by Luke Yeager, Andrew Renfrow, Alex Fox and Josh Marquardt. Three of our runners cut over one minute off their finishing time from the prior year: Andrew Renfrow, Matthew Judson and Asher Voris.
As important as a runner’s finishing time and place, each participant gained valuable experience on the state meet course. This will be a tremendous aide to each runner who races here again on October 26.
Holy Family Scrimmage – 8/24/13
The Faith Christian cross country team headed to Holy Family High School last Saturday to kick off their season with an early morning scrimmage. Although temperatures were plenty warm, the morning afforded a nice break from training in the hot afternoon sun.
The boys’ squad toed the line first at the scrimmage. Excitement was running high as they competed in their first race of the year and witnessed their team beginning to take shape. Luke Yeager led the squad to the finish, followed by Alex Fox, Andrew Renfrow and Matt Payne.
The girls’ team began their race soon after, with a couple of eager, first time racers among them. Freshman Emily Fox led our girls to the line, closely followed by Audrey Barday, Laura-Li Gaide and Thayne Ritter.
The next race, first official race of the season, is the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede on Thursday, August 29th, in Colorado Springs at the Norris Penrose Event Center. Because this is the same course that will host the state championship in late October, this is a great opportunity for our runners to experience the setting (and the killer hill) early in the season.