Area cross country teams hope to better the feats of 2004 |

Area cross country teams hope to better the feats of 2004

Post Independent File Photo/Kara K. PearsonSharaya Selsor runs up the river bank during the Demon Invite at Two Rivers Park last year.

After a strong season last year, area prep cross-country runners are striving for even better results in 2005. And with 14 returning state qualifiers returning this year, the outlook is good for better performances across the board for area teams this year.”I’m excited about both our teams,” said Joe Mollica, Glenwood Springs High School coach of the boys and girls teams, which had a whopping 26 runners turn out for practice.Mollica’s equally pleased with the team’s work ethic.”These kids are working as hard as they can. That’s all a coach can ask,” he said.The Glenwood girls qualified as a team to the state 4A meet for the first time in school history in 2004. Four members return: Senior Morgan Hill, juniors Amanda Alberico and Morgan Vernie plus sophomore Sharaya Selsor, whose back running in full stride after being sidelined during track season with a leg injury.This year’s girls team should be fortified by the addition of Selsor’s younger sister, Kathrina an incoming freshman, who ran at the National Junior Olympics meet in Indianapolis this summer with the Glenwood Springers youth track club.Three other freshman – Whitney Setterburg, Abbey Barnes and Jacqueline Mickel- could also be running with the varsity this season.The Basalt girls, which has Roaring Fork High sophomore Annie Tempest on its roster, are looking to improve the third-place team position they earned at last year’s state meet.

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