Niwot's Girls Make Huge Statement, Win Nationals

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA -- Led by one of the nation's deepest teams, the MileSplit50 No. 3 ranked Niwot (CO) girls claimed their first national title on Saturday at the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championships, following up the team's performance last year and culminating a season that saw the Colorado team devastate opponents across various performances in 2021. 

All seven Cougars covered the 5K distance at John Hunt Park in under 18 minutes, including seventh-place finish Eva Klingbeil, the reigning CHSA Class 4A champion.

Klingbeil finished in the top 10, securing an overall time of 16:44.69. 

Meanwhile, Niwot scored its next four runners inside the top 73 places and saw an overall compression of just 57 seconds. 

Hear from the Boulder-area girls as they discuss their win on Saturday. 

Niwot's Top Seven Finishers

7Eva Klingbeil16:44.69
41Madison Shults17:23.83
45Bella Nelson17:26.28
54Stella Vieth17:34.55
73Sierra Parks17:41.20
77Mia Prok17:42.02
93Olivia Alessandrini17:48.38

Team Scores

1Niwot High School1115+20+23+27+36 (39+50)0:56 1-5 Split | 17:22 Avg
2Buchanan (CS)13912+24+31+34+38 (79+99)0:41 1-5 Split | 17:29 Avg
3Arapahoe High School2089+22+47+56+74 (91+145)1:10 1-5 Split | 17:36 Avg
4York High School21028+30+41+43+68 (81+155)0:25 1-5 Split | 17:44 Avg
5Cherry Creek High School2322+37+62+64+67 (117+161)1:31 1-5 Split | 17:37 Avg