Littleton’s Addi Iken finished seventh at the 2016 state Class 4A cross country meet and on Oct. 28 she fulfilled her desire to return to state this year and improve her finish as she came in third in the field of 153 4A girls entered in the meet …
Littleton’s Addi Iken finished seventh at the 2016 state Class 4A cross country meet and on Oct. 28 she fulfilled her desire to return to state this year and improve her finish as she came in third in the field of 153 4A girls entered in the meet at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs.
“It was a good day for this race,” she said after crossing the finish line. “I just went out fast to stick with the girls in front of the pack. It was a good race for me personally. Usually my legs feel tight toward the end of the race, but today I felt relaxed and my legs didn’t tighten up for the first race in a long time.”
Iken completed the five-kilometer course with a time of 18:29.3 and was almost 10 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher. She came across the finish line behind medalist Elizabeth Consetien of Battle Mountain and second-place finisher Isabella Prosceno of Palmer Ridge.
The only other Lion to qualify for state was Christian Sapakoff, who earned a spot in the boys Class 4A state meet. He finished 63 with a time of 17:10.
The two Littleton runners spent the week preparing for state.
“The coach had just Christian and I training for most of the week,” Iken said. “He opened practice up Oct. 27 and most of our teammates came out and ran with us. A lot of our teammates came to state with us to cheer us on.”
The junior said her faith is important in her running.
“I usually pray to the Lord when I am out on the course,” she said. “I thank the Lord for the gift of being able to run races. My faith is what keeps me strong when I am running races.”
Heritage’s boys and girls teams qualified for the Class 5A state meet. The Eagles boys finished 11 in the team standings with 287 points. Ian Kelly was the first Eagle across the finish line as he was 42nd in the field of 161 runners and completed the course in a time of 16:42.
“It was a good race and I feel we left it all out there today as a team,” Kelly said after the race. “It was a challenge to run because there were so many kids in the race. It got crowded at spots but we dealt with it and ran our best.”