Glenwood’s Henry Barth places 4th in 4A state Cross County Championship
Competing in the 4A Cross County State Championship meet Saturday morning in Colorado Springs, Glenwood senior Henry Barth did something no other Glenwood cross country runner has done in six years: place in the top 10 of the state meet.
Barth, one of the area’s top runners, placed fourth in the state race, clocking a time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds, finishing behind two Niwot runners and a Thompson Valley runner for the top 5 finish.
According to Glenwood head coach Justin Baum, Barth is the first Glenwood runner to finish in the top 10 at the state meet since Andrew Mansfield placed sixth six years ago.
“Henry ran a gutsy race,” Baum said. “He was in the top pack the entire race. He was racing against the best in the state and he competed with them because he knew he was one of the best. He had an outstanding performance.”
Niwot junior Cruz Culpepper won the 4A state championship with a time of 15:48, while Niwot senior Ares Reading placed second with a time of 15:58. Thompson Valley junior Dylan Schubert placed third with a time of 16:02, followed by Barth in fourth and Centaurus senior Cooper Brown in fifth with a time of 16:11.
Glenwood senior Gavin Harden also ran a great race for the Demons, placing 24th with a time of 16:54. The senior finished in a tight pack with five other runners finishing within one second of each other. He was four seconds off of a top 20 finish for the Demons.
Centaurus won the 4A state championship with 63 points, while Palmer Ridge placed second with 99 points. Air Academy rounded out the top three with 106 points.
In 3A, Rifle sophomore Jonny Hernandez placed 66th, clocking a time of 18:02, capping off a terrific sophomore year for the talented Rifle runner.
For the 3A boys, Peak to Peak narrowly edged out Salida for the team state championship, scoring 76 points to Salida’s 80.
The Classical Academy placed third as a team with 107 points, as junior Mason Norman won the state championship with a time of 15:33.
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It was a close game, but after some thrilling back-and-forth plays the Rifle Bears were able to pull off the 28-20 victory over The Academy on May 1.