Regionals and State end the Cross Country season


Haley Rockwell

The 5A Cross Country State Meet was held Saturday, October 28 in Colorado Springs at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. Fossil Ridge High School was present and determined to meet their expectations of placing in the top ten for both boys and girls. The boys team was named 10th and the girls team was named 15th.

Blake Hubert and Matt Hubert were the top two Fossil finishers. Blake was expected to place in the top 20 going into the meet and did just that by placing 19th. Matt came in closely behind Blake, finishing 24th.

The Hubert brothers have always competed against each other in cross country during their four years at Fossil and this competition can be seen through their state meet times; Blake Hubert finished the state meet with a time of 16:22.3 and Matt Hubert finished closely behind him with a time of 16:31.8.

Five other Sabercat finishers include: Peter Martin (63rd) with a time of 17:05.3, Eric Wright (69th) with a time of 17:10.6, Tyler Wangen (89th) with a time of 17:23.2, Josh Gallier (92nd) with a time of 17:24.9, and Andrew Hunt (124th) with a time of 18:03.0.

For the girls, the top Fossil finisher was Billie Fogarty who placed 38th with a time of 19:40.3. The other six Sabercats include: Sydney Teslow (60th) with a time of 20:04.9, Anya Tkachenko (61st) with a time of 20:05.0, Ellie Black (86th) with a time of 20:29.8, Allison Edwards (92) with a time of 20:35.9, Ava Schneider (109th) with a time of 20:50.7, and Emma Saint (134th) with a time of 21:58.8.

Prior to the state meet, Blake Hubert broke a school record at the regional meet held on Thursday, October 19. With a time of 15:37.0 at regionals, Hubert broke the record held between Dylan Ko who ran 15:40.0 in 2016 and Ed Cleary who also ran 15:40.0 in 2013. His record contributed to the boys team placing 2nd overall at regionals. The girls team finished 3rd overall at regionals so the Fossil cross country team was confident going into the state tournament.

Goals were achieved and records were broken, which lead to a successful season for the Fossil cross country team.