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Glenwood’s Johnson wins 4A XC regional; area 3A prep cross-country runners qualify for state

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Runners from Coal Ridge, Basalt and Alamosa lead the pack early in the race during Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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Glenwood Springs High School senior cross-country runner Ella Johnson won the Class 4A Region 1 cross-country meet Friday in Evergreen, pacing her Demons team to the fourth and final team qualifying spot for this week’s state championships.

Johnson covered the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 41.8 seconds, outrunning Grand Junction Central’s Tristian Spence by 13 seconds, with Eagle Valley’s Samantha Blair in close pursuit only 1.6 seconds back of Spence.

Johnson’s Demons teammate, junior Sophia Connerton-Nevin, was seventh overall in 20:03.8, and Glenwood had runners in 25th (Maria Carlson, 21:33.5), 43rd (Alexa Helms, 22:28.9) and 57th (Taia Nykerk, 23:52.5) to finish fourth in the team competition behind regional champion Battle Mountain, Mullen and Golden.



Meanwhile, at the 3A Region 1 meet held in New Castle Friday, other Garfield County teams just missed out on qualifying for state as teams but will be sending some individual representatives to state.

The Basalt High School girls finished second behind juniors Katelyn Maley and Ava Lane. The state qualifier, held at VIX Park, was dominated by the Alamosa girls, who won with 31 points to Basalt’s 68 points.



Alamosa sophomore Sarah Delacerda won the girls race in 19 minutes, 18.2 seconds, holding off Maley (19:23.8), who is the defending 3A state champion. Gunnison freshman Madelyn Stice was third (19:41.9), and Lane was fourth (19:44.1).

Also showing well for the Longhorns were freshman Isabella Moon (16th, 21:06.4) and junior Sarah Levy (17th, 21:09.4).

Meet host Coal Ridge placed fifth in the girls race and seventh for the boys. The Rifle boys placed fifth, two points behind fourth-place North Fork.

According to the Colorado High School Activities Association cross-country bulletin, the top four teams from each regional plus the top 15 individual runners qualify for state for divisions 3A and up. Class 2A still takes the top 15 individuals, but includes the fifth place team.

For the Titans and Bears, that meant narrow misses to qualify for state as teams.

Coal Ridge junior Mikayla Cheney finished sixth overall (19:55.9), and senior Araceli Ayala (22:42.7) finished 11th. Rifle freshman Ana Robinson came in 15th (21:00.1) to grab the last state qualifying spot.

In the boys race, Titan junior Tyler Parker led local athletes with an eighth-place finish (17:51.3). Rifle senior Jace Coller took 14th (18:30.3) to qualify for state.

In the 2A Region 4 meet at Delta Friday, Colorado Rocky Mountain School of Carbondale qualified its girls team for state, with a fourth place finish behind Soroco, Mancos and Caprock Academy. Top individual finishers for CRMS were: Morgan Karow (third, 20:42), Lola Villafranco (11th, 21:44), Mandy Lei (25th, 23:00), Scarlett Kerr (34th, 23:44) and Chantel Hope (38th, 23:49).

The top finisher for the CRMS boys was Sawyer McLernon, placing 21st in 19:02 but out of the qualifying. Also competing at the 2A regional in Delta was Grand Valley, though no runners qualified for state.

The state cross country championships will be held at Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Runners from Rifle and Coal Ridge High school run with the rest of the pack during the start of Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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An Aspen High School runner crosses the finish line at Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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A Coal Ridge High School runner looks to the runner behind him while pushing it to the finish line at Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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Basalt High School's Katelyn Maley finishes second place at Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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Basalt High School's Katelyn Maley battles with a runner from Alamosa during Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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Runners from Aspen High School compete in the Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle on Friday afternoon.
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Basalt High School's Ava Lane finishes in fourth place at Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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Runners from Coal Ridge, Basalt and Alamosa lead the pack early in the race during Friday's Colorado 3A Region 1 XC meet at VIX Park in New Castle.
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Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporters Rich Allen and John Stroud and visual journalist Chelsea Self, and Aspen Times reporter Austin Colbert contributed to this report.


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