Rocky Mountain High School cross-country runner Bryan Hird and Fort Collins’ Lauren Gregory each won their respective Class 5A Region 4 races Friday afternoon in Northglenn, punching their tickets to next weekend’s state meet.
Gregory’s Lambkins also had great team success, with both the girls and boys teams winning the regional title.
Hird, a junior, won the 5K race with a time of 15 minutes, 37 seconds, well in front of Broomfield’s Jake Mitchem in 16:01.
The sophomore Gregory won her race with a time of 17:51. Fort Collins’ Heather Holt also placed in the top 10, finishing ninth in 18:48.
The Fort Collins girls team scored 62 points. Fossil Ridge placed second with 74, led by Ashley Bock’s sixth-place finish in 18:28. The SaberCats will join the Lambkins at the state meet Oct. 25 at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.
The top five teams and 15 individuals qualified for state.
Poudre’s Luna Slater (seventh place) and Alyssa Warling (12th) qualified as individuals.
In the boys race, Fort Collins held off Rocky Mountain to score 67 points to the Lobos’ 75, with Joseph Krafsur (seventh), Henry Briggs (ninth) and Conner Matthie (11th) leading the way. The Lobos had three runners in the top 10: Bryan Hird, Theo Champ (eighth) and Dylan Hird (10th).
Fossil Ridge also qualified as a team, placing fourth with 97 points. Keaton Schelir led the SaberCats with a fifth-place finish in 16:24.
Poudre’s Nick Hodges (13th) and Henry Raymond (14th) qualified as individuals.
HORIZON 20, POUDRE14 — Dillon Foster and Jack Walbye each ran for short touchdowns, but the Impalas couldn’t complete the comeback after falling behind 17-0 by halftime Friday night in Thornton.
Foster ran for a 2-yard score in the third quarter, the play set up by a Nathan Gish interception. Walbye added a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Poudre (2-6, 1-5 Front Range League) looks to break its five-game losing streak Thursday when it hosts Mountain Range.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 76, CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 0 — The No. 3 Cougars returned four interceptions for touchdowns in the rout Friday night.
Resurrection Christian (7-1, 5-0 Metro League) has been on a roll, winners of seven straight. The Cougars defense has been dominant, pitching three shutouts in their last four games. They play at Front Range Christian on Saturday.