Lippman making an impact for the Demons |

Lippman making an impact for the Demons

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs cross country runners Madi Spence (179), Courtney Lippman (169) and Jenna Brown (163) power their way through the Glenwood Springs Demon XC Meet at the Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley campus on Saturday.

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado – It’s not taking Courtney Lippman long to adjust to her new fall sport. After playing volleyball in the past, the Glenwood Springs High School junior decided to go out for cross country this year.

As Saturday’s 11th-place finish at the Glenwood Springs Demons XC Meet evidenced, Lippman’s decision to run was a good one for both her and her new team.

“It’s been a great year,” she said. “Everybody really welcomed me. It’s been fun to run with them all.”

Lippman clocked in at 21 minutes, 45.04 seconds on a turn-filled, 5,000-meter course at the Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley soccer fields. She was the first Demon to cross the finish line in the girls race.

“I went out and felt really strong at the beginning,” she said. “I just went out and ran my race. … Some parts of the course, you have to slow down and there are some where you need to speed up. You’ve got to read the course and find out where you’re strong and where you’re weak and just take that into consideration.”

Glenwood sophomore Madi Spence finished a few spots behind Lippman, taking 17th with a time of 22:28.57. Jenna Brown (22nd, 22:55.10), Kathya Gonzalez (24th, 23:04.84), Tess Ebert (26th, 23:08.74), Deatra Jones-Dixon (27th, 23:17.24) and Hannah Stinson (36th, 25:46.51) were also in action for the Demons, who placed fifth as a team.

Mariela Martinez notched Coal Ridge’s top finish. She placed 29th in 23:22.70. Teammate Molly Mello finished 32nd (23:48.78).

Rifle’s Kelly Coombs placed 31st (23:34.59) and Brenda DeLuera took 35th (25:42.12).

Summit placed four in the top 10 to claim the girls team title. Freshmen Ruthie Boyd (20:20.15) and McKenna Ramsay (20:31.33) finished first and second, respectively.

Rifle’s Jake Statler enjoyed running against some different schools than he’s accustomed to at Saturday’s Spring Valley race. And he more than held his own against those unfamiliar foes.

The senior clocked in at 18:02.45 to place seventh in the boys race.

“The competition is cool here,” Statler said with the imposing Mount Sopris off in the distance and fall colors shining brightly all around. “It’s a really awesome course, with where it’s at.”

Teammate Brendan Wagler finished 21st for Rifle at 19:13.27. Kai Steinwinder (26th, 20:04.52), Erick Mendez (33rd, 21:07.37), Colby Rennie (37th, 21:45.52) and Zack Kelly (42nd, 22:56.71) also ran for the Bears, who Statler feels can make some noise in the next month.

“I want the team to go to state,” he said. “The top five teams [at regionals] go, and if we stay healthy, I think we have a shot to do it.”

Wyatt Till was Glenwood’s top finisher at 24th (19:47.40). Zeb Thorsen took 36th (21:20.02), Zach Marshall 39th (21:56.93), Drew Dudley 41st (22:21.99), Alphonse Fischer 43rd (23:40.40), Stefan Buxman 44th (25:03.27) and Warren Knutson 46th (26:23.85).

Coal Ridge’s Sam Jorgensen placed 31st (20:25.81).

Heritage placed five runners in the top 10 to run away with the boys team title.

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