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Cross Country: Niwot teams test their mettle in AZ regional meet


October 5, 2017

Laura McDonald

Ares Reading and Ethan Steiner run in the Pat Patten Invitational in Boulder on Sept. 23

The Niwot cross country teams turned some heads at the Desert Twilight XC Festival in Casa Grande, AZ last weekend with surprise third-place finishes for both the boys and the girls.

More than 100 teams from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas competed in the meet, which is held on a lighted course after sundown. Niwot’s runners ran in the Sweepstakes race, which featured more than 200 runners from the region’s top cross country programs.

Led by freshman Taylor James, who finished 10th overall with a time of 18 minutes 7 seconds, the Niwot girls scored 177 team points, jus...

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