On Saturday, October 28th, Chaparral’s Boys Cross country team ran at the Colorado High School Cross Country Championships at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, in Colorado Springs. The boys team qualified for the meet by placing fourth at the regional meet a few weeks earlier. The girls team placed 7th at the regional meet and failed to qualify for the state championships. But, Freshman runner Cassidy Hickey placed 9th at the regional meet running a 19:04 5k and had qualified as an individual runner. Chaparral ran in the 5A Boys Championship with the other top 19 teams in the state, and finished in 8th place. The team has jumped up in the rankings, failing to qualify to the state championships last year, and was ranked around 50th in the state at the start of the season, but placed 8th this year. Chaparral’s lone girl runner, Cassidy Hickey, placed 69th out of 160 runners, running a 20:02 5k. Senior and team captain Grayson Arstingstall was the first runner from Chaparral’s boys team, placing 33rd and running a 16:41 5k, he was followed by Junior Caleb Ream and Josh Welo. The team is relatively young, consisting of 3 underclassmen, and 4 upperclassmen. The team had a successful season placing in the top five teams in six meets, including winning the Fort Morgan Invitational and placing second at the UCCS Rustbuster. “The boys worked really hard this year to get to state, and we’re excited for next year,” said the boys team head coach Rob Ferguson.
Story by Matthew McCarthy