Prep Sports Roundup: Area cross country squads tackle Delta Invite
Grand Valley’s Rocio Roman scored a ninth-place finish at Friday’s Delta Invitational cross country meet. She finished up the girls race in 21 minutes, 33.58 seconds. Teammate Erin Schuckers placed 34th (24:52.56).
Miguel Valles led the Cardinals on the boys side, finishing in 19:47.03 for 24th place. Isaiah Martinez was 32nd (20:13.54) and Jonathan Marbas 44th (21:00.80).
Rifle’s Jake Statler notched a 10th-place finish in the boys race, crossing the line in 18:23.34. Teammates Brendan Wagler (22nd, 19:40.98), Kai Steinwinder (23rd, 19:45.99), Erick Mendez (29th, 20:01.20) and Colby Rennie (42nd, 20:51.85) were also in action.
Brenda DeLuera led Rifle’s girls, taking 32nd in 24:13.87.
Mariela Martinez led Coal Ridge in Delta. The sophomore clocked in at 23:55.34 seconds to claim 29th place at the season-opening meet.
Molly Mello was right behind her in 31st place (24:11.56). Aileen Galaviz finished 42nd (27:20.03).
Kalon DeMent led the Titans in the boys race, finishing in 22:02.82 for 52nd.
Rifle’s softball team opened its season with a win and a tie this past week.
The Bears picked up a 16-2 win at Delta on Tuesday, following it up with an 11-11 draw in Cedaredge on Thursday.
Against Delta, Taylor Gore pitched a complete game, surrendering four hits against only two walks. She also had two hits and two RBIs at the plate.
Mary Wright was 3 for 4 with two walks and three RBIs, Emma Speer 4 for 6 with three runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases and Brittany Neuroth 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Also chipping in were Allie Magee (2 for 2, two runs, three RBIs), Cassidy Blackard (2 for 5, two RBIs) and Emily Neuroth (2 for 6, double, RBI).
Darkness shortened Rifle’s outing against Cedaredge, where the teams each put up five runs in the seventh inning before the umpires called the game.
Speer belted a solo home run. Cortnie Blazon was 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run. Blackard was 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs. Brittany Neuroth had a single and an RBI and Emily Neuroth had a single and two runs scored.
Rifle’s boys golf team had a busy week on courses throughout the Western Slope.
At The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa on Monday, the Bears finished up third as a team.
Ty Caron led the way with an 80. Danny Bartels added an 82 and Triston Quigley an 85 as Rifle put up a team score of 247. Only champion Fruita and second-place Palisade finished higher.
At Devil’s Thumb Golf Club in Delta on Wednesday, Caron’s 71 placed him fourth in the individual hunt. Quigley’s 73 netted him fifth, helping Rifle to a third-place team finish with a score of 221.
Bartels also came in under 80, carding a 77. Teig Hauer (80), Cody Capwell (83) and Wyatt Carter (86) also turned in solid rounds.
Montrose won the tournament, with Basalt finishing second.
Thursday at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, Hauer’s 74 paced Rifle, which finished eighth.
Caron (81), Capwell (84), Carter (84), Quigley (85) and Bartels (87) rounded out the Bears’ scores.
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