Golden runner second at state

Hornecker leads Demons to 12th place in cross-country

Posted 11/3/15

Alex Hornecker brought home the silver medal as the second place finisher at the Class 4A state boys cross-country meet in Colorado Springs and his performance helped Golden finished 12th in the team standings.

The Golden senior finished second …

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Golden runner second at state

Hornecker leads Demons to 12th place in cross-country

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Alex Hornecker brought home the silver medal as the second place finisher at the Class 4A state boys cross-country meet in Colorado Springs and his performance helped Golden finished 12th in the team standings.

The Golden senior finished second in the Oct. 31 race with a time of 15:52.46, just over two seconds behind first place Tanner Norman of Classic Academy

“It was a long race with a tight pack of guys who all wanted to win the race,” Hornecker said after the race. “I hung back in the pack for the first two miles, knowing it would be sprint from there. I didn’t quite win the race but I ran hard and I am proud of my performance.”

He said he first started running when his seventh grade class took part in a community race and did pretty well.

“I said to myself I might be able to do well as a runner,” he said. “So, in high school I focused on cross-country and track. This is my final high school cross-country race and I am happy to bring home the silver medal.”

Cross-country is an individual and a team competition. Runners earn team points based on where they finish in the field. For example, the medalist earns one team point and the 10th place finisher earns 10 points.

In Class 4A, a school can enter seven runners but only the points earned by the top five finishers are added together to determine the team score.

There were 193 runners representing 24 teams in the race.

Honecker’s two team points helped Golden post a score of 340 points to finish in 12th place in the 24-team field. The senior’s teammates and times included T.J. Chrysler, 45, Jeshurun Small, 81, Sam Burrows, 105, Jon DuVarney 107, Sammy Wubber, 109 and Austin Rice, 149.

Other area teams in the Class 4A state cross-country championship race included Standley Lake that finished 13th with a score of 358 points, Green Mountain that took 15th place with a score of 362 points and D’Evelyn that took 18th place in the team standings with a score of 411.

More than 1,200 prep runners that traveled to the Penrose Center for the state meet.

The weather was sunny and warm and the mountains created a backdrop for the sprint to the finish line inside the stadium.

The 3.1 mile course went up and over small hills and runners then turned onto level ground as they circled around and into the home stretch that led to the finish line inside the stadium. The state meet was held at the same location last year. Times in just about all classes were better this year — partially due to the fact that this year’s course didn’t include the very steep hill that was part of the 2014 route.

Colorado High School Activities Association organized the event well, as the starting gun fired about every 30 minutes, sending another group of runners out on the course.

Each runner wore a timing chip and the equipment at the end of the race recorded their time as he or she crossed the finish line.

It was a grueling race that took a physical toll on some runners but there were two dozen medical staff at the finish line to help those who needed some ice for sore muscles or other attention.

The opening ceremonies were just before 9 a.m. and the gun went off for the final race of the day at 1 p.m.

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