The Woodland Park High School cross country team has had a busy few weeks.
The team rode a float and participated in the homecoming parade. The next day the team raced at the Coronado Cougar Classic. Next, the Panthers took part in their annual ball run. The game ball run is over nine miles, and is a tradition in which the cross country team takes football from each school in the district to the high school football stadium and hands it off to the main official to start the return game (a 31-0 win over Colorado Springs Christian).
As busy as the team was during the last week of September, that didn’t stop them from posting monster personal bests at the Coronado Cougar Classic. Eighteen of the 20 runners ran the 5k course faster than they had ever run a 5k. Many reduced their PRs by more than a minute.
“Children continue to learn to run and to fight pain. Their
confidence in their own abilities grows with every race and every practice. said Woodland Park coach Jeremy Grier.
Emma Graber’s time propelled her to 11th fastest woman of all time
distance runner in Woodland Park History. Sam Godwin led the boys’ team, and his time of 17:35 puts him just short of the top 15 fastest men’s cross country runners of all time in Woodland Park history. Several other runners are climbing up the rankings.
With a month left in the season, coaches Grier and Jordan Ricks expect the Woodland Park cross-country history books to be rewritten, with several members of this year’s team making it into the standings all time.
The Panthers will compete in the Peaks League Championships on October 7.