16 runners qualify for state meet

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Senior Rowan Kowalsky became the first state qualifier for the Mountain Range girl's cross-country team in school history. Kowalsky finished the Class 5A Region 4 meet at the Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn in ninth place with a time of 19:11.50.

Mountain Range senior Josh Stamos also qualified for state for the boy's side finishing 16:27.60 for sixth place. Overall the boy's team placed fifth, qualifying for state, while the girls placed seventh.

Horizon qualified two girls to the state meet in Megan Mooney and Natalie Platil. Mooney had a sixth-place finish at 18:52.30, while Platil finished in eighth place with a time of 18:53.70. Overall the Horizon girls finished in fourth place.

The top 15 runners in each region will compete at the state meet Oct. 26 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, along with the top 5 teams

Class 5A Region 3

Legacy junior Emma Gee led the pack in the Region 3 meet winning first place for a time of 18:17.80. Senior Devyn Palm-Trujillo also qualified state coming in 14th place at 19:28.30. The two helped Legacy to a third-place finish.

Class 5A Region 1

Thornton's Joshua Joseph and Sean Paiz finished the Region 1 race in fourth and fifth place, respectively, both qualifying for state. Joseph had a time of 16:14, while Paiz came in at 16:24. Thornton boys came in fifth place overall.

Kasha Strong had a 14th place finish for the Thornton girls with a 20:39 finish. The Thornton girls came in 10th place overall.

Class 3A Region 3

Five girls from Holy Family qualified for the state meet Oct. 18 at the Broomfield County Commons Park. Lindsay Chavez and Olivia Bartoletti finished the race in third and fourth place at 19:23 and 20:02, respectively.

Katie Chavez came in at 20:35 for eighth place and Eva Napierkowski came in 10th for a time of 20:50. Emily Campbell also qualified coming in 13th place at 21:08. The girls team won first place overall for Holy Family.

On the boy's side, Aaron Hillman finished the race in third place for Holy Family coming in at 16:54. Dillon Roddy finished in 11th place at 17:43. The boys placed fifth place overall.