Another 1-2 finish for Glenwood’s Johnson, Connerton-Nevin at Warrior Classic cross country meet
Glenwood Springs High School’s dynamic cross country running duo of junior Ella Johnson and sophomore Sophia Connerton-Nevin strided to another 1-2 finish on Saturday.
Competing at Saturday’s Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, Johnson claimed the win with a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds. Connerton-Nevin edged Battle Mountain’s Elliott Pribramsky for second, crossing in 19:06 to Pribramsky’s time of 19:10.
From there, it was a long line of Battle Mountain Huskies, who took third through 11th place to easily win the girls’ team title.
Glenwood was second as a team, with top-20 finishes from Maya Elias (12th, 21:32), Lexi Helms (13th, 21:40), Tai Nykerk (15th, 22:12) and Matilda Barth (18th, 23:02).
The Glenwood Springs boys placed third in the six-team meet, paced by junior Reid Swanson in eighth place with a time of 17:26. Not far behind was junior teammate Quinn MacPherson in 12th at 17:38. The Demons’ Dalton Deter was 16th in 18:30, and William Berkheimer was 20th in 19:26.
Titans take team titles at Delta
Racing at the Delta-Sweitzer Lake Invitational on Friday, Coal Ridge sophomore Tyler Parker placed second overall and paced the Titans to a team win, finishing in 18:07.41 behind winner Alyster Birk from Paonia (17:32).
Grand Valley senior Keaton Williams was sixth in 18:40.85, followed by Titans sophomore Ezra Williams in seventh (18:59.11).
Coal Ridge claimed the meet win with 46 points, followed by Ouray with 50 and Grand Valley with 66.
Rounding out the top 20 among area runners, for Coal Ridge: junior William Parra was 10th in 19:25.75, followed by freshman Dallin Karen (13th, 19:30.49), junior Ethan Poland (14th, 19:34.71) and senior Jack Price (19th, 19:57.35);
And, for Grand Valley, senior Nikolai Stammer was ninth (19:19.10) and Kade Sackett was 18th (19:56).
For the girls, Coal Ridge sophomore Mikayla Cheney won the race in 18:58.84, followed by teammate Ayala Araceli in second (21:02.55), as the Lady Titans also won team honors with 36 points to host Delta’s 37.
Other top Coal Ridge runners were sophomore Gwynn Apostolik in eighth (23:02.94), sophomore Marilyn Stephens in 12th (23:35.32), and junior Haven Prodzinski in 18th (24:23.67). Grand Valley freshman Kaylae Medina was 15th in 23:57.53.
Racing at the Moffat County Invitational on Saturday, Rifle senior Jonathan Hernandez placed sixth with a time of 19:05.36, and teammate Patrick Whitt, a junior, was eighth in 19:23.95.
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