Area teams clean up at Delta meet |

Area teams clean up at Delta meet

DELTA, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs’ cross-country team made the most of Saturday’s trip to the Delta Invitational.

The Demon girls took second overall in the team standings, placing two runners in the top 15, and the boys took fifth place with two top-10 finishers.

Ryan Buchanan posted Glenwood’s top run, taking sixth from a field of more than 70 runners in the boys race. He clocked in at 17 minutes, 58 seconds on the 3.1-mile course and was tailed closely by teammate Kellen Fockler, whose 18:22 slotted him 10th. Also finishing well for the Demon boys was Brad Gepfert (28th, 19:27).

“Ryan, Kellen and Brad had great races,” Demons coach Mike Schneiter lauded.

“Kellen ran just 13 seconds slower than the time he ran at Delta for regionals last year and ran a great race, start to finish. Brad was just 12 seconds slower than his time at regionals last year. Those results are very encouraging because, for Kellen, it shows that his summer of hard work has paid off and, for Brad, it shows that he is maturing into a fine runner.”

Katrina Selsor finished seventh in the girls race (21:38), six spots ahead of teammate Melissa Buchanan, whose 22:02 secured her a 13th-place run. Michelle Stripp (24th, 23:07) and Angie Shepard (26th, 23:14) also placed well for Glenwood in its season-opening meet.

“The varsity girls looked strong and ran good, tactical races,” Schneiter said. “Additionally, to highlight the depth that we have on the girls’ side, our JV girls won the team competition with the top five runners in the top 12.”

Leading the way for those junior varsity girls were Taylor Goodstein (third, 24:39), Anna Ratajczak (eighth, 25:38), Kerry Kellog (ninth, 25:41), Marissa Molina (11th, 26:02) and McKenzie Hill (12th, 26:06).

DELTA, Colorado ” Dustin Ross grew a bit over the summer and fit in plenty of training runs. On Saturday, it showed.

The Rifle cross-country runner took third at the Delta Invitational, timing in at 17:37 and finishing best among 4A Western Slope League boys.

“That’s what you want to see,” Bears coach Jerry Shafer said. “We switched to a whole new program and training, and they’ve responded really well.”

Rifle also got a high finish from its girls team in Holly Keeper, who took fifth with a 21:12. That time served as tops among 4A WSL girls.

“I told them it’s nice to have other coaches coming up and saying, ‘Where’d Rifle get a cross-country team from?'” Shafer joked.

Also finishing high for the Bears was Larry Schmueser, who placed 29th in the boys race (19:42).

DELTA, Colorado ” Grand Valley’s Austin Germiller fell a spot short of making the cross-country state meet last year. The Cardinal appears motivated to change that in 2008.

Germiller dropped 1:30 from his time at last year’s Delta Invitational to take 19th at this year’s version of the meet on Saturday. He clocked in at 19:06, 25 seconds ahead of teammate, and 30th-place finisher, Sam Whelan.

“With that kind of improvement, we have a lot of confidence in him,” Grand Valley coach Kim Whelan said.

Whelan’s girls team saw Eryn Paskett record the top finish. She took 19th with a time of 22:45.

DELTA, Colorado ” Coal Ridge’s DaLin Murphy paced the Titans at Saturday’s Delta Invitational, running to seventh place in the boys race with a time of 18:05.

DaNivin Murphy ran to a 22nd-place finish, clocking a time of 19:18.

Chelyn McCain finished 17th for the girls with a time of 22:22.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Roaring Fork got its volleyball season off to a sizzling start with a three-game win over visiting Hotchkiss on Friday.

The match, which the Rams took by game counts of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-20, served as both the season and 3A Western Slope League opener for Roaring Fork.

Next up for the Rams is a Thursday trip to Basalt.

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