Cross Country History

From the beginning of the school’s history Dakota Ridge has made an impact on the Cross Country scene in Colorado. Starting in the 4A division of Colorado High School sports, Mike Pimm for boys and Valerie Gorski for girls became the first ever State Championship Qualifiers for the school. Pimm would twice finish in the top 10 of the State Cross Country meet for boys 4A in 1997 and 1998 and Valerie Gorski twice finished in the top 5, 5th in 1997 and 4th in 1998. They represented the beginning of what has become a storied history of Dakota Ridge Cross Country at the State Meet.  In 1998 Dakota Ridge boys team finished 10th in 4A and the girls finished 8th and this was the first time the boys and girls team competed at the state meet.

Dakota Ridge began its history in the 5A division of Colorado Cross Country in 2000.  Failing to qualify as a team on either side, six individual runners still managed to compete in that first effort in the 5A division. On the boys side, two runners, Ryan Goheen placing 67th overall and Aaron Moreno placing 121st overall. On the Girls side, an incredible 4 girls made the State Meet individually and yet the team was unable to qualify out of Regionals. Rachael Zisch finished 7th overall to lead fellow Eagles, Emily Dancer (56th), Amanda Ehlers (71st) and current coach Chelsea Lyons-HItzges was 90th sporting a time of 21:47.

 The statistics are gathered from Milesplit Colorado and are as official as I can get. Please email drhsrunning@gmail.com with any information that may add or subtract from this history

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State Championships

2019 5A Boys State Champions

2019 5A Boys State Champions

2019 5A Boys State Champions

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Connor Ohlson, Jacob White, Ben Morrin, 

Ben Piegat, Ethan Straub, Wyatt Oglesby, 

Blake Ohlson,  


Dakota Ridge 67  

Mountain Vista 121 

 Rock Canyon 160

 Heritage 174 

Fort Collins 177

2018 5A Boys State Champions

2019 5A Boys State Champions

2019 5A Boys State Champions

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Connor Ohlson, Austin Vancil, Jacob White, 

Ben Piegat, Ben Morrin, Riley Abrashoff, 

Wyatt Oglesby


Dakota Ridge 47

Mountain Vista 76

Heritage 115

Legend 151

Fairview 170 

2007 5A Girls State Champions

2007 5A Girls State Champions

2007 5A Girls State Champions

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Alexa Rogers, Katie Vanatta, Natosha Rogers, Paige Lillo, Vickey Van Alstine, Katie Carney, Nicole Ceja, 


Dakota Ridge 28

Fort Collins 87

Palmer 149

Cherry Creek 181

Chaparral 230

2006 5A Boys State Champions

2007 5A Girls State Champions

2007 5A Girls State Champions

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Evan Appel, Kyle Simcox, Sean McNiel, Dane Lindblad, Chris Baerren, AJ Boogert, 

Andrew Clancy


Dakota Ridge 172

Grand Junction 198

Wheat Ridge 235

Fort Collins 237

Cherry Creek 246

Region Championships

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2019 5A Boys Region 2 Champions

2018 5A Boys Region 2 Champions

2017 5A Boys Region 1 Champions

2015 5A Girls Region 1 Champions

2013 5A Girls Region 1 Champions

2007 5A Girls Region Champions

League Championships

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2019 5A Boys Jeffco League Champions

2018 5A Boys Jeffco League Champions

2017 5A Boys Jeffco League Champions

2010 5A Boys Jeffco League Champions

2010 5A Girls Jeffco League Champions

2009 5A Boys Jeffco League Champions

2008 5A Boys Jeffco League Champions

2007 5A Girls Jeffco League Champions

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State Championship Result History

Girls Team State Championship Finishes

2019 Did not Qualify 

2018 Did not Qualify 

2017 14th Place

2016 17th Place

2015 7th Place

2014 16th Place

2013 18th Place

2012 20th Place

2011 Did Not Qualify 

2010 15th Place

2009 17th Place 

2008 5th Place 

2007 State Champions

2006 Tied for 2nd Place, (3rd Place)

2005 4th Place 

2004 12th Place 

2003 19th Place

2002 20th Place 

2001 Did Not Qualify 

2000 Did Not Qualify 

1999 Did Not Qualify

1998 8th Place

1997 ???

1996 ???



Top 10 Finishes for Jefferson County schools in Girls 5A State Cross Country meet 2000-2018 TEAM:

Dakota Ridge 5 

Arvada West 3
Wheat Ridge 1
Chatfield 1
Green Mountain 1



Girls Jefferson County schools 5A State Cross Country team berths since 2000…

Dakota Ridge 15
Arvada West 9
Columbine 6
Wheat Ridge 6
Green Mountain 5
Chatfield 5
Bear Creek 4
Ralston Valley 4
Lakewood 3

Valor Christian 2 

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Boys Team State Championship Finishes

2019 State Champions

2018 State Champions

2017 5th Place 

2016 8th Place 

2015 15th Place

2014 18th Place

2013 22nd Place

2012 8th Place

2011 12th Place 

2010 6th Place

2009 10th Place 

2008 4th Place 

2007 9th Place

2006 State Champions 

2005 5th Place

2004 4th Place 

2003 16th Place 

2002 10th Place 

2001 Did not Qualify 

2000 Did not Qualify 

1999 Did Not Qualify (4A)

1998 10th Place (4A)

1997 ???

1996 ???

Top 10 finishes for Jefferson County schools in Boys 5A State Cross Country meet 2000-2018 TEAM:

Dakota Ridge 12
Wheat Ridge 4
Pomona 3
Columbine 3
Arvada West 3
Bear Creek 1
Chatfield 1


Boys Jefferson County schools 5A State Cross Country Meet team berths since 2000…

Dakota Ridge 18 (all consecutive since 2002)
Pomona 9
Wheat Ridge 8
Arvada West 7
Columbine 5
Chatfield 3
Green Mountain 2
Bear Creek 2
Arvada 1