Basalt girls take third at state meet
Powered by a pair of top-20 finishes, the Basalt Longhorns girls cross country team took third place at Saturday’s Class 3A cross country championships Saturday at El Pomar Youth Sports Complex in Colorado Springs.The Classical Academy took both the boys and girls state titles. The Basalt boys had a solid showing at 17th.”To get two teams to state was pretty exciting,” Basalt coach Ron Lund said. “But to see them run the way they did was really exciting. I couldn’t have asked for a better effort.”Kate Wilson led the Longhorn effort with a 10th-place finish at 19:46, while teammate Amy Lund was 17th at 20:03.”I knew going in we had a good chance of being in the top five,” Lund said. “They just ran really well.”Sofie Stenstadvold placed 24th in 20:18 and Annie Tempest was 65th (21:17) to round out the scorers. Emily Tate was the team’s fifth runner.Buena Vista’s Rachel Gioscia won her second straight individual title in 18:27, followed by Platte Canyon’s Kristen McGlynn (18:56) and Aspen’s Christy Severy (19:06).On the boys side, Collin Stewart paced Basalt with a 17th-place finish in 17:04. Duncan McDaniel was 47th (18:02), Casey Weaver finished in 18:28 and Jesse Reagan and Theo Pulver posted times of 19:57 and 20:31, respectively.Tim Hilt of Classical Academy won the meet in 16:11, followed by Daniel Villagomez of Center (16:26) and Todd Tolentino of Brush (16:32).Class 4AIn their first-ever trip to the state meet, the Glenwood Springs girls team showed they belonged.The Demons placed 17th in the 35-team field with solid showings from Amanda Alberico and Abbey Walters. Alberico placed 71st with a 20:50, while Walters was close behind at 21:09. Sharaya Selsor (21:18), Morgan Vernie (22:14), Morgan Hill (22:32), Sabrina Rice (22:49) and Cassidy Willey (23:09) rounded out the girls team.Mountain View ran away with the team title, followed by Moffat County and Mullen.Summit’s Whitney Anderson won the individual title in 17:25. Conifer’s Angela Potrykus and Amelia Parker of Moffat County took second and third, respectively.Alex Tiernan was the only Glenwood runner to make the meet on the boys side and finished 42nd with a time of 17:06. “I expect the girls team and the boys team to be there again next year,” said Glenwood assistant coach Kim Worline, who pointed out that Walters is the only senior on the girls team. “I’m really pleased with the season and feel like the program is really growing stronger.”D’Evelyn’s John McGuire took individual honors with a blazing time of 15:05. Denver South won the team title.For more results see Scoreboard on page 14.• Results from Grand Valley and Rifle runners were not available at press time.• Results from Grand Valley and Rifle runners were not available at press time.
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