Basalt boys win 3A cross country regionals |

Basalt boys win 3A cross country regionals

ASPEN – The Basalt boys cross country team continued their domination of the Western Slope by winning the team championship at Saturday’s Class 3A regional meet at Aspen High School on Saturday.The Longhorns earned the title with a team-best 22 points. Host Aspen was second with 38 points, followed by Gunnison and Olathe.All four teams advance to this week’s Class 3A state championship meet in Colorado Springs.Individually, Collin Stewart recorded the best time of the Longhorns boys. His mark of 18 minutes, 17 seconds was good for second place overall. Duncan McDaniel ran in at 19:00 for fourth place, finishing two seconds ahead of teammate Casey Weaver’s fifth-place mark of 19:02.Theo Pulver was 11th. Andrew Galmore, Basalt’s fifth runner, earned 24th place.Two other area boys – Dylan Murphy, of Coal Ridge, and Jonathon Thompson, from Grand Valley – also moved on to the state meet by finishing among the top 20 best individual times.Murphy completed the course in 19:11. Thompson qualified for state for the second year in a row with a 19th place time of 19:48.In the girls meet, Basalt finished second in team points with 46 points, nine points back of regional champ Gunnison. Aspen and Hotchkiss were third and fourth, respectively.Coal Ridge freshman Matrisa Beecraft advanced to the state meet on a fourth place overall time of 22:07. Basalt runners Amy Lund (22:13) and Kate Wilson (22:23) were seventh and eighth, respectively.Grand Valley junior Katie Bryan ran in at 22:28 for ninth place, six seconds ahead of Basalt’s Emily Tates.Longhorns Annie Tempest and Nuria Del Piccillo were 21st and 24th, respectively.

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