Torrential rains and flooding have not slowed or disheartened the Lions. Separated by rising waters and road closures that created islands throughout their tight knit community, the dedicated cross-country team of Lyons continued to train on their own. As their own neighborhood was initially declared uninhabitable and the National Guard filed in to assist with evacuations, residents of the Blue
Mountain Road area noted the fleet footed Such brothers blazing up and down the valley as if it were an ordinary day, fitting in their workout before evacuating themselves. No doubt Matt Dillon was running his workout on his own island neighborhood near the high school, while Miriam and Paul Roberts were running the back roads north of Boulder.
After missing their RE-1J district meet and a full week of official practices, the Lions reemerged at the Broomfield Invitational to run in honor of their town. With sophomore Paul Roberts resting out this race due to a tender shin and senior Marcel Such in the midst of a cold, sophomore Joel Such fiercely led the Lions throughout the varsity race finishing third with a personal record (PR) by eleven seconds of 16:47. Older brother, Marcel, controlled his pace and poured it on hard towards the end, nipping at his brothers’ heels and finishing fourth with a PR match of 16:48. Junior Matt Dillon had yet another milestone race finishing twelfth with a PR of 17:14, a PR by 17 seconds. Seniors Heath Fesenmeyer and Stephen Roberts finished out the scoring (only the top three score points) with excellent races of their own. Of the 140 finishers, Fesenmeyer finished 59th with 18:52, while Roberts crossed 68th with 19:06, PR’s respectively by 17 and 6 seconds. Of sixteen schools, Lyons finished an outstanding sixth as a team, given their number one runner’s absence.
The Lady Lions had a terrific showing as well. Senior Miriam Roberts paced her teammates through the two-mile mark and then ran hard to a ninth place finish of 20:31. Sophomore Sierra Tucker ran to a five second PR of 21:37 for 32nd place, while junior Jenna Anderson had her comeback race with 21:47, a PR of 43 seconds for 36th place of the 108 finishers. While the ladies did not have enough runners to score at this invitational, Anderson’s performance bodes well for the Lions in the score three format they will face at state.
In the boys’ JV race, a trio of sophomores ran strong for Lyons. Of 208 finishers, Owen George crossed the line 50th with 20:54, a big PR by 1:08; Brian Dillon finished 110th with a near PR match of 22:22; and Peter Brookes finished 130th with 22:55, a huge PR by 1:17. In the girls’ JV race, freshman Molly Gunhouse finished 162nd with a PR of 29:24, while Johanna Beam crossed the finish in a PR of 34:51 for 207th of 212 finishers.
Coaches Roberts and Boelé were pleased with these strong performances, especially in light of the ongoing disruptions and upheaval in the Lyons’ community. As the flood waters recede and the community begins to rebuild, the mottos “Lyons Strong” and “Lyons Pride” have emerged and Lyons Cross-Country certainly reflects those sentiments!