Katie Rainsberger from Air Academy High School is the girls cross country Peak Performer of the Year. Katie was at Red Rocks Park on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Katie Rainsberger has already admitted to having Olympic dreams. We're not talking every day, average, maybe-I'll-be-in-the-Olympics dreams.

We're talking bona fide, hoping-to-make-the 2020-Olympics dreams, if not the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Rainsberger told The Gazette in December that she was hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

She's already getting international experience. In March, Rainsberger will head to Guiyang, China, for the junior IAAF world cross country championships.

That comes as a result of the Air Academy junior and reigning Class 4A cross country champion finishing third in the junior women's race of the U.S. Cross Country National Championships at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder on Saturday.


Widefield cross country earns academic honors

The Widefield boys' cross country team was named the Class 4A Academic All-State Champions after posting a cumulative 3.97 grade-point average.

Sophomore Maximilliano Martinez placed fourth at the 4A state meet.


Flooding ruins Aurora Central gym floor

The Aurora Central boys' basketball team will be on the road the rest of the season after a sprinkler head broke in the school's gymnasium and caused "extensive" damage, the Aurora Sentinel reported Wednesday.

The sprinkler head was struck by a ball and dumped thousands of gallons on the floor.

The girls' team played Tuesday's game in the auxiliary gym but hasn't decided where its remaining games will be played, the paper reported.

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