St. Vrain is regarded by many as one of the most competitive races in the early XC season. The 16th edition of the race proved to live up to the hype. Teams from all corners of the state travel to the little foothills town of Lyons to take their three laps around the course. This season, Middle Park took that trip. Boys and Girls loaded up at 4:30a, which meant about a 3:45a Saturday wake up for most, and traveled down to the Front Range for a great contest.
Slated to run at 8:15a, the 2a/3a girls enjoyed the cool of the day. Sierra Smith paced the Panthers with her 36th place finish. Not far behind were Alyssa Petersen and Raelee Granger, back in 62nd and 84th place, both with personal best times. First year senior Lauren Burg and rookie freshman Jesse Hoyhtya came in near tandem-style at 119th and 120th.
The boys ran about 55 minutes later. The sun was rising and beginning to burn the dew off of the previously frosted grass. By this time, it was clear where the course led. Around the school grounds, a loop up the ridge, through the football stadium, and back for a second, a third. Tyler Scholl and Mark Simmons knew the route, and demonstrated it well in their 7th and 10th place finished (in a field of over 230). Mark Knight and Brevik Petersen rounded out the scoring. Brevik raced to a 5K personal best of 20:40, which he hopes will break under 20:00 soon. The boys placed 13th of 28 scoring teams.