By Coach Mark Roberts and McCourt Thomas   
The freezing temperatures and falling snow didn’t keep the Lyons Lions Cross Country team from heating up the Mile High Championship meet. The girls’ team claimed the title of Mile High League Champions coming in first place and the boys’ team finished in second place after Heritage Christian Academy. 

Perhaps in an attempt to stay warm, times were quick for the Lyons Lions, with 13 of the athletes hitting season and/or personal best times at the meet. Many of the athletes wore mittens and hats to battle the cold and snow.

“In my four years of high school cross country, that was the coldest race I’ve ever competed in. I’m proud of the way our team battled the elements to finish in first and second overall, and with so many personal best times,” said senior Jewel Thomas.

In the boys’ race, junior Isaac Roberts placed third with a 16:53, senior Colton Jonjak-Plahn hit a 17:59 for seventh place overall, junior Jordan Shackelford ran a personal best 18:49 for tenth place, and junior Nick Boggess came in 19th with a 19:24. Next up were junior Harrison Abernathy (19:50), sophomore Charlie Gau (20:26), sophomore Nick Parker who ran a personal best of 21:03, and sophomore Holden Soosloff (21:03). Freshman Arjen Wynja came in at 21:06; junior Felix Sykes ran his best race of the season at 21:12, followed by more personal bests by freshman Grant Gau at 21:31 and junior Cormac Osborne at 22:53. Next up were more sophomores including Peter Brent (22:55), a best time by Zack Carlstrom (23:33). In his first race of the season, Erik Lunzer finished at 30:35, followed by Hunter Honemann (31:50) and Jordan Valente (31:54).

For the championship girls, junior Katie Fankhouser set a fast pace and personal record as she battled at the finish line for first place overall with a 19:30. Freshman Quin Gregg finished third place overall with a 19:56. Sophomore Hannah Thomas ran a personal best time of 21:50 to come in seventh place, with senior Kylee Udovich finishing twelfth place with a season best of 21:57. Junior Alora Cross finished in 16th place overall with her best time this season at 22:48 and senior Jewel Thomas placed 25th with a 23:47. Freshman Katie Roberts and junior Catherine Darrow both hit personal best times to come in at 25:25 and 25:50 respectively.

Come cheer on the Lyons Lions today at Lyons High School for the 2A Region #1 State Qualifying meet as the athletes work toward their season goal of securing a team spot at the state meet. The girls will run at 4:30 pm and the boys at 5:30 pm. Go Lions!

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