Top Coach Of The Year
Girls Program Winner: Greg Coplen, Valor Christian (CO)
Coplen is your girls program Coach of the Year. In a very close vote, Coach Coplen received 326 tallies and just over 38-percent of the vote. Aaron Olswanger of Boise Senior High School (ID) received 303 votes or
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The Eagles were able to get a fairly large amount of meets in this season, even with the circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the team's biggest regular-season competitions included the Heritage Distance Classic, Beet Juice Invite, Jeffco 5A League Meet and the Colorado State Cross Country Championships.
In the postseason, the Eagles traveled to Indiana to compete at the XC Town USA Meet of Champions.
At the state meet, the Eagles finished in third-place behind Cherry Creek High School (CO) and Arapahoe High School (CO). Valor Christian ran with a 1:29 compression and had a 19:03 team 5K average.
The squad's biggest meet of the year was at the XC Town USA Meet of Champions, where it placed second overall by beating other nationally-ranked teams. This performance helped to show just how good Valor Christan and the state of Colorado as a whole could have been at a true national meet this season.
Boys Program Winner(s): Tim Cox/Brent Tkaczyk, Coe Brown Academy
Coe Brown Academy's Cox and Tkaczyk were voted as Coaches of the Year with 37-percent of the vote.
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Coe Brown Academy came into the season with a lot of promise and had hopes of making it all the way to Team Nationals from the Northeast region.
The New Hampshire squad placed fourth in the region meet in 2019 and only graduated one senior from that squad. Although the boys weren't able to race as many times as they probably would have liked in 2020, the team made the most of every occasion.
Every dual and tri meet the team ran in, they absolutely crushed the competition. The team also competed well in both the New Hampshire NHIAA State Divisional Championships and NHIAA State Meet of Champions. The boys won the divisional meet scoring 23 points at the state meet scoring 29 points.