Hoods moving up the cross country ranks

By Steve Smith
Posted 9/29/10

BROOMFIELD – The Fort Lupton cross country team only had two days of rest between a meet in Sterling and Friday’s competition at the Broomfield Invitational. But senior Colten Hood still …

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Hoods moving up the cross country ranks

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BROOMFIELD – The Fort Lupton cross country team only had two days of rest between a meet in Sterling and Friday’s competition at the Broomfield Invitational. But senior Colten Hood still managed to cut two minutes and 30 seconds off his time compared to his 2009 Broomfield time.


    The lack of breathing room between the two competitions also surprisingly benefited sophomores Reed Kopfman and Shannon Richardson, who completed the 5k run faster than the Sept. 21 race.  Kopfman ran one minute, 33 seconds faster than he did at the Sterling Invitational, and Richardson shaved 14 seconds off his time with the second race of the week.
    Head coach Jason Mayer said he was proud of how the team performed under this pressure.
    “I was impressed with the overall effort of this kids,” Mayer said.  “This was their third race in seven days.  That is tough on any competitive runner.  Not only that, this was arguably the toughest field they faced all year.”
    In addition to his faster time of 21.25, Hood also placed 26 places higher this year, at 155th in the varsity division, compared to the 2009 Broomfield Invitational.  Hood’s brother, James completed the race in 22.28, good for 171st in varsity.
    Sophomore Angel Garza ran a time of 21.58, 163rd in varsity. As a team, the Bluedevils placed 23rd out of 25 teams.  There were 207 runners in the varsity division and 497 runners overall.
    After a grueling series of races, the runners can enjoy a full week to recuperate before an Oct. 1 meet in Thornton.
 

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