Mansfield leads cross country Demons to second in Grand Junction
Behind a dominant individual victory by Andrew Mansfield, Glenwood Springs’ boys claimed second place in the team standings at Friday’s Ned Pollert Invitational cross country meet.
Despite making a few wrong turns on a confusing course at Grand Junction’s Canyon View Park, the junior finished up in 16 minutes, 48 seconds. He won by just shy of a minute.
“He really crushed it,” Glenwood Springs coach Mike Schneiter said. “He literally led start to finish. He went out really, really hard and had a great day.”
Also finishing well for the Demons were Ryan Buchanan, Ian Edquist, Vinson Marr and Colton Witherell. Their times and places were not available at press time.
Glenwood’s girls finished up in sixth place overall.
Jenna Brown led the way with a sixth-place time of 21 minutes. McKenzie Hill placed 12th (21:07) and Lily Thorsen finished 14th (21:21).
Next up for the Demons is their home invitational, which is scheduled for Saturday at the Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley soccer fields.
The day begins with a citizens race at 8:30 a.m. and then middle school, high school junior varsity and varsity races.
A 14-point second quarter buoyed Grand Valley as it held on for a 17-12 football victory at Hayden on Friday.
The Cardinals, who improved to 2-1 overall with the win, scored only three points the rest of the way.
Hayden (1-2) scored six points in both the first and fourth quarters.
Grand Valley travels to Cedaredge next week.
Winning two matches and six of seven games, Roaring Fork kept its perfect volleyball record intact by beating Grand Valley (25-14, 25-23, 25-14) on Friday and Cedaredge (25-14, 25-17, 23-25, 25-10) on Saturday. Both matches were in held in Carbondale.
Against Cedaredge, Niki Burns led the Rams (6-0 overall and in the 3A Western Slope League) with 14 kills and 10 digs. Landon Garvik and Megan Gianinetti chipped in with 11 kills apiece.
Roaring Fork has a big week ahead, with matches against Rifle (Tuesday at home), Coal Ridge (Friday on the road) and Gunnison (Saturday on the road).
“That’s a big matchup on Saturday at Gunnison,” Rams coach Carrie Shultz said. “We’re the only two undefeated teams of the league.”
Saturday’s match will be held at Western State College.
Olathe picked up a road win at Coal Ridge on Saturday, taking down the Titans by game counts of 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20.
Coal Ridge dropped to 3-4 overall and to 3-3 in the 3A WSL with the loss.
On deck for the Titans is a visit from Roaring Fork on Friday.
Eagle Valley made quick work of host Glenwood Springs on Saturday, winning in three games.
The loss was the Demons’ first of the season. They are now 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the 4A WSL.
Eagle Valley is now 5-1 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Glenwood travels to Steamboat Springs on Thursday.
Dale Bauer and Alfonso Hernandez got Coal Ridge rolling with first-half goals as the Titans coasted to a 5-0 boys soccer win at Hotchkiss on Saturday.
Carlos Rodriguez scored twice and Eliel Ruiz added a goal in the second half as Coal Ridge improved to 6-0.
Hotchkiss dropped to 4-2-1.
Homecoming week is coming up for the Titans, who host Grand Valley on the Coal Ridge football field at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Vail Mountain School eked out a 1-0 win over visiting Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Friday.
The loss dropped the Oysters to 2-2 overall, while Vail Mountain improved to 2-2.
CRMS hosts its Carbondale neighbor, Roaring Fork, on Tuesday.
In a game that shifted from shootout to pitchers’ duel midway through, Basalt held on for a 13-12 softball win over visiting Rifle on Friday.
After four innings, the Longhorns held a 13-9 lead. From the fifth inning on, only three baserunners crossed home plate. The Bears plated all three in the top of the sixth inning.
Glenwood Springs’ Kenzie Kuhn, who plays for Basalt, went 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Rifle dropped to 2-7 with the defeat. Basalt improved to 5-5.
Next up for the Bears is a Tuesday contest against visiting Delta.
Brooke Ward hit a pair of home runs – one a grand slam – as Grand Valley split a Saturday softball doubleheader with Gunnison.
Playing in Parachute, the Cardinals dropped the opener, 10-4, before rebounding for a 17-12 win in the nightcap.
Ward’s grand slam came in the day’s first game. She added her other home run in the second. Kendra Hill and Ashlynn Speakman hit triples for Grand Valley in the second game.
The Cardinals, now 3-7 overall, hit the road to play Palisade on Thursday.
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