COLORADO SPRINGS — Seniors Tiya Chamberlin (Wheat Ridge) and Carley Bennett (Lakewood) finished right where they wanted to Oct. 27 — on the podium. The Class 4A and 5A Jeffco League girls cross …
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COLORADO SPRINGS — Seniors Tiya Chamberlin (Wheat Ridge) and Carley Bennett (Lakewood) finished right where they wanted to Oct. 27 — on the podium.
The Class 4A and 5A Jeffco League girls cross country MVPs wrapped up their prep cross country careers in style at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Chamberlin placed fourth in the 4A girls race with a time of 18:48.2. Bennett battled her way to finish ninth in the 5A girls race with a time of 18:50.5.
“It means a lot,” Chamberlin said of her best finish at state during her prep career. “I can’t believe I’m a senior. I’m going to miss it.”
Chamberlin is a four-time state qualifier. She placed 14th last year at state as a junior. She had a strong sophomore showing at state taking 5th. As a freshman Chamberlin was 86th.
From her freshman to senior season, Chamberlin’s time on the Norris-Penrose course improved by more than two-and-a-half minutes.
“I just wanted to get top-5,” said Chamberlin, who added that she will start preparing for her senior track season this coming spring. “I was very happy with fourth.”
Bennett was on a mission to place on the 5A podium for the first time. The Lakewood senior was in a group of girls sprinting toward the finish line Saturday to finish in the top-10.
“It was definitely the goal,” Bennett said about finishing in the top-10. “I kind of wanted higher, but I gave it all I had today.”
Bennett has placed 17th (2017), 18th (2016) and 35th (2015) during her impressive four trips to the state meet.
While Chamberlin and Bennett have wrapped up their cross country careers in Jeffco, there is a solid group of young talent prepared to fill those places on the podium in the future.
Ralston Valley junior Ellie Schweiker nearly made the podium with Bennett. Schweiker placed 11th in the 5A girls race.
D’Evelyn’s young girls squad that featured five sophomores finished third in the 3A team standings. Freshman Eliana Thompson placed 10th with a time of 19:15.3 for the Jaguars.
Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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