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2010 prep cross country preview capsules

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

With high school fall sports kicking into gear throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, the Post Independent will be taking the next few days to preview what’s ahead.

Here’s a school-by-school look at what to expect on the cross country front:

Head coach: Mike Schneiter, fifth year.



How the Demons fared in 2009: For the first time in school history, Glenwood qualified both its boys and girls teams to the state meet. At state, junior Ryan Buchanan and sophomore Andrew Mansfield led the way for the Demons, placing 19th and 20th, respectively.

Top boys runners: Junior Andrew Mansfield, senior Ryan Buchanan, junior Ian Edquist.



Top girls runners: Junior McKenzie Hill, senior Cari Barber, junior Michelle Thrun, senior Hope Whitman, sophomore Lily Thorsen.

Outlook: “I think our boys are the ones who are really poised to make a high finish at state as a team,” Schneiter said. “Andrew [Mansfield] finished sixth in the two-mile in track and hasn’t lost a step at all. He’s worked pretty hard over the summer. I fully expect him to be right up there at the top of state finishers. Really, for a team to score well at state, you need to have those top finishers. That’s where the boys have the advantage, with Ryan [Buchanan], Andrew and Ian [Edquist] all capable of running really fast races. … For the girls, we’re really looking to see some great performances from Lily Thorsen. She started out really strong last season and got hurt. This summer, she ran more miles to get herself ready for cross country. Really, the girls team has great strength in numbers. We have a whole bunch of girls who are competitive and fast.”

Home meet: Sept. 25 at CMC-Spring Valley soccer fields, 9 a.m.

Head coach: Tiffany Robison, fifth year.

How the Titans fared in 2009: The since-graduated Chelyn McCain was the only Coal Ridge runner to advance to the state meet in 2009.

Home meet: None.

Head coach: Jerry Shafer, fifth year.

How the Bears fared in 2009: In its final season of 4A competition, Rifle narrowly missed out on sending any runners to the state meet.

Top boys runners: Junior Andrew Proebstle, senior Larry Schmueser, senior Jeff Coombs, freshman John Coombs, senior Will Miller, senior Elvis Garcia, sophomore Sergio Cardenas.

Top girls runners: Senior Makayla Wilkins, senior Cortney Cordova, sophomore Jasmine Figueira, junior Ashley Church, junior Ashton Wilcox, junior Tani Jorgensen.

Outlook: “Well, I’d like to say state every year,” Shafer shared. “That’s my goal. It’ll be interesting getting used to 3A competition. We’re used to 4A. We know what to expect there. We don’t know a whole lot of 3A. Basalt’s tough in our region. So is Bayfield. We have 14 teams now, instead of 10, to deal with. Our goal is to make it to state. It’ll be interesting to see how we do in our region, and we always want to do well in our own invitational.”

Home meet: Oct. 14 at Deerfield Park, 3:30 p.m.

Head coach: Kim Whelan, third year.

How the Cardinals fared in 2009: Led by then-junior Brandi Krieg, Grand Valley sent two runners to state from last year’s 3A Region 1 meet. Krieg won the girls individual title, while since-graduated Sam Whelan finished fifth and advanced to state for the boys.

Top boys runners: Sophomore Isaiah Martinez, senior Bubby Beecraft.

Top girls runners: Senior Brandi Krieg, senior Eryn Paskett.

Outlook: “I think both girls have a shot at state,” said Coach Whelan, whose team consists of just five runners this season. “Possibly, four of five could qualify [for state], individually. With Bubby [Beecraft], it just depends on where he’s at and how his enthusiasm is. They have a chance. One of our runners is a young freshman who hasn’t run at all, but our four returning athletes, all of them have a shot.”

Home meet: None.

– Compiled by Jeff Caspersen


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