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December 14, 2020
Smith wins national Junior Olympic title in Kentucky
Latta twins second and seventh in 9-10 girls division
Last weekend (12-13 Dec) 13 athletes from the Colorado association competed at the
USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
in Paris, Kentucky. A total of 1346 athletes from across the country competed in the championships. Historically all ten championship races have been conducted on one day but this year the meet was conducted over two days to ensure proper COVID-19 mitigation procedures could be achieved. One of these procedures included races being broken into wave starts which created an unprecedented level of suspense as athletes in each division had to wait to the final wave to learn of their placing. The course, considered challenging by most, included an uphill finish.
The storylines of the day for the Colorado athletes were the national title won by
(Parker Panthers) in the 11-12 boys division, the runner-up finish by
(Parker Panthers) in the 9-10 girls race, and five other Coloradans earning all-American honors for their top-25 finishes.
Smith ran to victory in the boys 11-12 division. His winning time was 10:22 over the 3 km course as he won by three seconds. His teammate
also picked up all-American honors with his 14th place finish; running 11:06.
In the 9-10 girls division twin sisters
finished secondand seventh, respectively. Their younger twin sisters
finished 31st and 35th, respectively. Older sister,
finished 84th in the 11-12 division.
In the boys 7-8 division
(unattached) ran to a sixth place finish running 7:39 over the 2 km course.
, Dylan's older brother, finished 10th in the 13-14 boys race running 13:51 on the 4 km course. His Parker Panther teammate
also earned all-American honors finishing 20th in a time of 14:08.
In the 9-10 boys race, desipte suffering a broken collarbone on October 31,
(Parker Panthers) fought hard to place 26th; just .5 seconds outside of an all-American finish.
(51st; 9-10 boys) and
(133rd; 13-14 girls) rounded out the Colorado performances.
To see the full Colorado Results Scoreboard
2021 national championships
will return to Paris, KY next year.