The National High School Trail Championships

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The National High School Trail Championship (NHSTC) is a trail race for high school athletes. The second running of the NHSTC will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salida, Colorado. The race will feature switchbacks, climbs, descents and rocks to give athletes the opportunity to showcase their strength, finesse and trail running prowess in a way that has never been done before.

WHAT: Featuring switchbacks, climbs and descents, it doesn’t get any more trail than this - and they don’t call it the Rocky Mountains for nothing. Race distance is approximately 5 miles.

WHEN: The race is Saturday, July 28, 2018, on the Salida Mountain Trails system. The Beas Knees Citizens race starts at 7:30 a.m. The boys’ championship starts at 8:30 a.m. and the girls’ championship starts at 9:30 a.m.

WHO: The NHSTC is open to all current high school athletes and is extended to include incoming freshman and 2018 high school graduates. There is no qualifying race for the NHSTC. However, due to course limitations, we will cap the race sizes when we hit our maximum numbers. The NHSTC will crown a team champion and individual champion for the girls and boys.

There is an individual competition and also a category for a three person team competition. To be considered for the team championship, all team members must attend the same high school. All racers on teams will also be eligible for individual awards. Teams of three to five individuals may register under a club name. We will score the top three competitors from each team.

WHERE: Salida, Colorado, specifically, on the Salida Mountain Trails system. To check out Salida Mountain Trails, go to http://salidamountaintrails.org.

The Race

The NHSTC will begin and end near the Arkansas River by downtown Salida, Colorado on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Elevation of the start and finish comes in at 7,057 feet and the high point of the course will top out at 7,558. The planned route will cover between 5 and 6 miles. There will be ample opportunity for passing during the first 1.85 miles of the route. Racers will begin their NHSTC experience by following a dirt road for approximately .7 mile. This will allow room for the race to spread out before hitting trail.

To check out Salida Mountain Trails, go to http://salidamountaintrails.org.

Salida Trails
Salida Trails
Salida Trails

The Beas Knees Citizens Race

Not an incoming high school freshman, an outgoing high school senior or somewhere in between? Not to worry. The Beas Knees, a citizens race, has you covered and will allow you to test your trail running on the very course that will serve as the National High School Trail Championships later that morning. The Beas Knees will set off in the cool morning, mountain air at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Do we not know how to spell? The Beas Knees Citizens Race is named in recognition and honor of the late Brett Beasley. Brett, a U.S. Forest Service Ranger, was instrumental in connecting countless people to the outdoors and locally, his very fingerprints are literally all over Salida Mountain Trails. Brett, known as “The Beas” by his friends, has left a lasting legacy with his family and in our community.

By definition, “the bee’s knees” means “the height of excellence.” We think that this definition appropriately fits Brett and it is our intention that the race will too.

Salida, Colorado

What makes Salida a good fit for a national level trail race?

Because Salida loves trails! However you choose to enjoy them, the Salida area has more than 460 miles of legal singletrack and that doesn’t include the 500 miles of nearby Colorado Trail.

No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot of trails to run on and a lot of fun to be had!

And now it’s time for a national trail race for high school runners. There are races that cater to athletes that gravitate toward the flat and fast, but there is not a national level high school race that gives trail racers the venue to do what they do best. An athlete might have great speed, but that doesn’t always translate to the trail. On the flip side, an athlete might not have elite speed, but they might have what it takes to be great on the trail.

Coach at Salida High School for the past ten years, Kenny Wilcox says, “I’ve noticed just how remarkable many of our runners have become at negotiating the technicality and unrelenting nature that a trail can offer. Not all of our athletes would claim to be great trail runners, but many of them have honed their skill to the point that they are competitive with some high profile trail racers.”

“As an example, take a look at the results from the 2016 Run Through Time Half and Full Marathon held on Salida’s trails. You’ll notice that Salida athletes Taylor Stack and Seth Minor mixed right in with athletes that have been at the Olympics, Olympic Trials, and Leadville 100. I have no doubt that high school athletes from other towns across the country would do the same if given the chance. It’s time for these athletes to have a place where they can come together and “tickle” the trail like a great pianist dancing her fingertips across a grand piano!”

Salida High School will serve as the host for this first time event.

The Trails

Salida Trails

Trail action begins with the Poblano Trail which then connects with the Burn Pile Trail. At this point the course intensifies and racers should be prepared for a steady climb that includes a series of switchbacks on the newly improved and widened Burn Pile Trail. The added width of Burn Pile will make it possible to pass. Burn Pile continues and empties out onto CR 176. From this point, racers will descend approximately .4 mile on CR 176 to the Rusty Lung Trail. If you are looking for a place to comfortably pass this is your opportunity. Once races hit the Rusty Long Trail the trail will narrow and put your climbing muscles to the test once again. The Rusty Lung will continue to climb for the majority of its .9 mile length, but not as severe as the Burn Pile Trail.

As racers leave Rusty Lung, they will then connect to Lil’ Rattler. The beginning of Lil’ Rattler marks the high point of the course at 7,558 in elevation. This also signals that racers have surpassed the midpoint of the course and now get to enjoy the descent on the Lil’ Rattler and Frontside Trails. The speed of the race will no doubt pick up with the beginning of the descent, but racers will need to continue to be deft on their feet. As the Frontside Trail runs out, racers will have one last golden moment to make a pass as the course widens during the final quarter mile of the race.

Results

Results

 

NHSTC Boys Individual Results

Overall Place

Bib Name M/F Pace Time Gap School Club
1 47 James GREGORY M 6:10 0:33:21 - Fort Collins High School The Thrashers
2 60 Camden GILLIS M 6:18 0:34:03 +0:41.7 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
3 36 David CARDENAS M 6:20 0:34:15 +0:53.2 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
4 42 Tyman SMART M 6:20 0:34:15 +0:53.5 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
5 50 Thomas BEATTY M 6:30 0:35:08 +1:46.6 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
6 71 Colin SZUCH M 6:32 0:35:20 +1:58.6   Peak Performance Running
7 44 Noah BROWN M 6:38 0:35:52 +2:30.4 Colorado Peak Performance Running
8 48 Calbert GUEST M 6:42 0:36:11 +2:50.0 Fort Collins High School The Thrashers
9 65 Sam KEARLEY M 6:46 0:36:38 +3:16.3 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
10 46 Kevin CONLON M 6:47 0:36:39 +3:17.7 Fort Collins High School The Thrashers
11 38 Nicholas HAMACHER M 6:50 0:36:56 +3:34.4 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
12 39 Jordan LEBLOW M 6:54 0:37:17 +3:55.7 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
13 69 Sumner COTTON M 6:54 0:37:21 +3:59.4 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
14 43 Reuben SMART M 7:02 0:38:00 +4:38.8 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
15 57 Henry WEISMAN M 7:10 0:38:43 +5:22.0 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
16 64 Frank DECEW M 7:15 0:39:14 +5:52.4 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
17 63 Wyatt SHOMION M 7:16 0:39:15 +5:53.6 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
18 61 Jason JOSLIN M 7:16 0:39:19 +5:58.0 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
19 72 Benjamin TOWNSEND M 7:27 0:40:16 +6:55.0 Liberty  
20 70 Kieran HAHN M 7:29 0:40:29 +7:08.1 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
21 62 Reilly STACK M 7:32 0:40:44 +7:22.4 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
22 68 Elijah WILCOX M 7:34 0:40:53 +7:31.8 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
23 49 Will SEEST M 7:38 0:41:13 +7:52.1 Fort Collins High School  
24 26 Finley PETIT M 7:39 0:41:24 +8:02.2 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
25 53 Nick FAESTEL M 7:40 0:41:28 +8:07.0 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
26 67 Jakob VOLD M 7:44 0:41:50 +8:28.4 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
27 40 Andrez MARTINEZ M 7:46 0:41:58 +8:36.9 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
28 37 Jeffrey FIANTACA M 7:46 0:41:59 +8:38.1 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
29 101 Nathan LEWIS M 8:00 0:43:14 +9:53.0 Pagosa Springs Piratez
30 66 Dante MARINUCCI M 8:06 0:43:48 +10:26.2 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
31 55 John HEARLEY M 8:15 0:44:35 +11:13.5 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
32 35 Mason BURNHAM M 8:29 0:45:52 +12:30.9 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
33 45 Aaron LEBLANC M 8:36 0:46:31 +13:09.2 Dakota Ridge  
34 34 Jacob BUDDECKE M 8:43 0:47:08 +13:46.4 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
35 51 Robert BENKE M 8:47 0:47:28 +14:06.1 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
36 56 Sajan SUNDARAM M 8:47 0:47:29 +14:07.6 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
37 59 Hollister BEDDINGFIELD M 9:04 0:49:00 +15:39.1 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
38 52 Zach CHURCHILL M 10:34 0:57:07 +23:45.6 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club

 

NHSTC Boys Team Results

Team Place Rank in Team Bib Name M/F Points Time High School Club
Central High School (GJ)   18 points            
1 1 36 David CARDENAS M 3 0:34:15 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 2 42 Tyman SMART M 4 0:34:15 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 3 38 Nicholas HAMACHER M 11 0:36:56 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 4 39 Jordan LEBLOW M 12 0:37:17 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 5 43 Reuben SMART M 14 0:38:00 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 6 40 Andrez MARTINEZ M 27 0:41:58 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 7 37 Jeffrey FIANTACA M 28 0:41:59 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 8 35 Mason BURNHAM M 32 0:45:52 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
1 9 34 Jacob BUDDECKE M 34 0:47:08 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
Fort Collins High School   19 points            
2 1 47 James GREGORY M 1 0:33:21 Fort Collins High School The Thrashers
2 2 48 Calbert GUEST M 8 0:36:11 Fort Collins High School The Thrashers
2 3 46 Kevin CONLON M 10 0:36:39 Fort Collins High School The Thrashers
Salida High School   37 points            
3 1 60 Camden GILLIS M 2 0:34:03 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
3 2 63 Wyatt SHOMION M 17 0:39:15 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
3 3 61 Jason JOSLIN M 18 0:39:19 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
3 4 62 Reilly STACK M 21 0:40:44 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
3 5 59 Hollister BEDDINGFIELD M 37 0:49:00 Salida High School Blonde and Mighty
Salida High School   47 points            
4 1 65 Sam KEARLEY M 9 0:36:38 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
4 2 64 Frank DECEW M 16 0:39:14 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
4 3 68 Elijah WILCOX M 22 0:40:53 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
4 4 26 Finley PETIT M 24 0:41:24 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
4 5 67 Jakob VOLD M 26 0:41:50 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
4 6 66 Dante MARINUCCI M 30 0:43:48 Salida High School Sherpa Patrol
Jesuit   65 points            
5 1 50 Thomas BEATTY M 5 0:35:08 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
5 2 53 Nick FAESTEL M 25 0:41:28 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
5 3 51 Robert BENKE M 35 0:47:28 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
5 4 52 Zach CHURCHILL M 38 0:57:07 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
Regis   82 points            
6 1 57 Henry WEISMAN M 15 0:38:43 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
6 2 55 John HEARLEY M 31 0:44:35 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
6 3 56 Sajan SUNDARAM M 36 0:47:29 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club

 

 

NHSTC Girls Individual Results

Overall Place

Bib Name M/F Pace Time Gap School Team
1 94 Soleil GAYLORD F 7:38 0:41:15 - Telluride High School  
2 96 Alayna SZUCH F 7:43 0:41:43 +0:27.5   Peak Performance Running
3 92 Maggi CONGDON F 7:46 0:42:00 +0:44.3 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
4 79 Isalina COLSMAN F 7:53 0:42:35 +1:19.5 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
5 75 Sydney PETERSEN F 7:53 0:42:39 +1:23.6 Colorado  
6 95 Paige EMBAUGH F 8:03 0:43:29 +2:13.8   Kokopelli
7 91 Isabelle BONIFACE F 8:36 0:46:29 +5:13.5 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
8 84 Clare DAVIDSON F 8:57 0:48:22 +7:06.4 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
9 76 Amelie COLSMAN F 8:58 0:48:29 +7:13.6 Ignatian Cross Club Ignatian Cross Club
10 90 Sidney BARBIER F 8:58 0:48:29 +7:13.8 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
11 89 Amelia TONNESEN F 9:16 0:50:04 +8:48.2 Salida High School Lettuce hem
12 102 Nell TAYLOR F 9:16 0:50:05 +8:49.2 Pagosa Springs Piratez
13 107 Megan GREENLY F 9:17 0:50:10 +8:54.6 Pagosa Springs Piratez
14 109 Emma HEIDELMEIER F 9:19 0:50:19 +9:03.8 Pagosa Springs Piratez
15 77 Hannah DAVIDSON F 9:34 0:51:40 +10:24.9 Ignatian Cross Club Ignatian Cross Club
16 86 Fern CLARK F 9:35 0:51:50 +10:35.0 Salida High School Lettuce hem
17 88 Claire SHEPHERD F 9:38 0:52:06 +10:50.3 Salida High School Lettuce hem
18 87 Kaylynn SHAFFER F 9:46 0:52:49 +11:33.4 Salida High School Lettuce hem
19 103 Michelle SAVCEDA F 9:55 0:53:33 +12:18.0 Pagosa Springs Piratez
20 80 Molly Kate MCCLOSKEY F 10:00 0:54:01 +12:45.3 Jesuit Cross Club Jesuit Cross Club
21 74 Tristan SPENCE F 10:01 0:54:09 +12:53.7 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
22 73 Elizabeth JONES F 10:01 0:54:09 +12:54.0 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
23 108 Annabelle BOWLES F 10:12 0:55:10 +13:54.5 Pagosa Springs Piratez
24 104 Celia TAYLOR F 10:15 0:55:25 +14:09.2 Pagosa Springs Piratez
25 78 Sophia TOGNETTI F 10:22 0:56:01 +14:46.1 Ignatian Cross Club Ignatian Cross Club
26 106 Sarah ROSS F 10:22 0:56:01 +14:46.1 Pagosa Springs  
27 82 Ally CHURCHILL F 10:36 0:57:18 +16:02.7 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
28 85 Mary Kate STERN F 13:09 1:11:02 +29:47.0 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club

 

NHSTC Girls Team Results

Team Rank Rank In Team Bib Name M/F Points Time High School Club
Steamboat Springs   20 points            
1 1 92 Maggi CONGDON F 3 0:42:00 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
1 2 91 Isabelle BONIFACE F 7 0:46:29 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
1 3 90 Sidney BARBIER F 10 0:48:29 Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Trail Runners
Pagosa Springs   39 points            
2 1 102 Nell TAYLOR F 12 0:50:05 Pagosa Springs Piratez
2 2 107 Megan GREENLY F 13 0:50:10 Pagosa Springs Piratez
2 3 109 Emma HEIDELMEIER F 14 0:50:19 Pagosa Springs Piratez
2 4 103 Michelle SAVCEDA F 19 0:53:33 Pagosa Springs Piratez
2 5 108 Annabelle BOWLES F 23 0:55:10 Pagosa Springs Piratez
2 6 104 Celia TAYLOR F 24 0:55:25 Pagosa Springs Piratez
Salida High School   44 points            
3 1 89 Amelia TONNESEN F 11 0:50:04 Salida High School Lettuce hem
3 2 86 Fern CLARK F 16 0:51:50 Salida High School Lettuce hem
3 3 88 Claire SHEPHERD F 17 0:52:06 Salida High School Lettuce hem
3 4 87 Kaylynn SHAFFER F 18 0:52:49 Salida High School Lettuce hem
Ignatian Cross Club   49 points            
4 1 76 Amelie COLSMAN F 9 0:48:29 Ignatian Cross Club Ignatian Cross Club
4 2 77 Hannah DAVIDSON F 15 0:51:40 Ignatian Cross Club Ignatian Cross Club
4 3 78 Sophia TOGNETTI F 25 0:56:01 Ignatian Cross Club Ignatian Cross Club
Regis Cross Club   63 points            
5 1 84 Clare DAVIDSON F 8 0:48:22 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
5 2 82 Ally CHURCHILL F 27 0:57:18 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club
5 3 85 Mary Kate STERN F 28 1:11:02 Regis Cross Club Regis Cross Club

 

NHSTC Beas Knees Citizens Race

Overall Place Bib Name M/F Pace Time Gap School Team
1 105 Peter MAKSIMOW M 6:24 0:37:11 -    
2 18 Brian KEARNS M 6:30 0:37:44 +0:32.9 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
3 11 Andrew DRYSDALE M 6:41 0:38:48 +1:36.5   Autumn Cometh
4 7 Taryn CEGLOWSKI F 6:45 0:39:14 +2:03.2   Spartan Alumni
5 20 Ted LEBLOW M 6:48 0:39:32 +2:20.9 Central High School (GJ) Central Warriors
6 14 Kent GAYLORD M 7:06 0:41:15 +4:03.9    
7 19 Patrick KELLEY M 7:08 0:41:26 +4:14.5    
8 32 Tim TAYLOR M 7:21 0:42:41 +5:29.5    
9 24 Patrick MURPHY M 7:31 0:43:38 +6:26.4 Colorado  
10 21 Mark MINOR M 7:37 0:44:11 +6:59.7    
11 100 Shelbie RALSTON F 7:43 0:44:48 +7:36.7    
12 31 Wendell SHOMION F 7:48 0:45:18 +8:07.0 CO  
13 3 Bari BEASLEY F 7:52 0:45:43 +8:31.6   Bari Sandwich
14 10 Kristine CLARK F 7:53 0:45:45 +8:33.9 SMAMS SMAMS
15 5 Riley CEGLOWSKI F 8:12 0:47:36 +10:24.4 ASU Swimmers ASU Swimmers
16 16 Sarah HUDELSON F 8:13 0:47:45 +10:34.0    
17 97 Sean CONLON M 8:16 0:48:02 +10:50.5    
18 9 Ray CLARK M 8:22 0:48:34 +11:22.7 CO  
19 15 Tracy GUEST F 8:28 0:49:08 +11:56.6    
20 1 Deb BASS O'BRIEN F 8:34 0:49:44 +12:32.5    
21 30 Mike SHOMION M 8:38 0:50:06 +12:54.7 CO  
22 13 Rob ELLIS M 8:58 0:52:04 +14:52.7    
23 29 Reed SATHER M 9:20 0:54:09 +16:58.1 co  
24 8 Abby CEGLOWSKI F 9:24 0:54:34 +17:23.1    
25 23 George MOSSMAN M 9:26 0:54:47 +17:36.0 CO  
26 4 Cari BEASLEY F 9:27 0:54:51 +17:39.8    
27 6 Sue CEGLOWSKI F 9:34 0:55:32 +18:20.7 SMAMS SMAMS
28 28 Tamara RADAKOVICH F 9:35 0:55:36 +18:24.6 Montana  
29 33 Jess VOGEL F 10:19 0:59:51 +22:39.7    
30 12 Destiny DUARTE F 10:28 1:00:44 +23:32.6 CO  
31 17 Kelley JONES F 11:06 1:04:27 +27:16.3 CO  
32 2 Brooke BEASLEY F 11:52 1:08:54 +31:42.5 Colorado  
33 27 Jodi PETIT F 12:46 1:14:04 +36:53.3 SMAMS SMAMS
34 98 Sarah WHITTINGTON F 12:47 1:14:13 +37:02.0    
35 22 Natalie MOORE F 20:23 1:58:19 +81:07.5    
36 25 Jody PARSONS F 20:24 1:58:20 +81:08.9 CO  

 

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Packet Pickup

Friday, July 27, from 5-7pm at 7000 Feet Running Company (140 W 1st St Unit A, Salida, CO 81201)

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Race Day, Saturday, July 28, at the Riverside Park Bandshell (the corner of F Street and Sackett in Salida, CO 81201)

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