Cardinals’ Krieg makes most of first state meet
FORT COLLINS, Colorado ” A sophomore running in her first state cross-country meet, Brandi Krieg made quite the impression.
The young Grand Valley Cardinal, who represented her school in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the state track and field meet in the spring, finished 10th in a field of 117 at Saturday’s 3A girls race.
“She ran a great race,” Cardinals coach Kim Whelan said. “She PRed (got a personal record) by about 13 seconds or so.”
Krieg clocked in at 19 minutes, 19.47 seconds on the grassy Fossil Ridge High School course. She finished less than two minutes off the pace of state champion Kaitlin Hanenburg of Classical Academy and just over 11 seconds behind Basalt’s Chiara Del Piccolo, who placed eighth.
Also in 3A, Coal Ridge’s DaLin Murphy took 25th in the boys race, timing in at 17:22.3.
Coming in, Murphy, running in his fourth state meet in as many years, had a simple goal in mind.
“I wanted to beat my previous best time,” he said.
Murphy’s teammate, Chelyn McCain, nabbed 59th in the girls race (21:48.27) and Krieg’s fellow Cardinal, Austin Germiller, took 66th in the boys race (18:19.35).
Ryan Buchanan finished as the top Demon among what was a huge contingent of Glenwood Springs runners in the 4A races.
All told, nine Demons were on hand in Fort Collins on Saturday.
Buchanan, a sophomore, took 51st in a boys field of 196 finishers with a time of 17:15.87.
“He ran a really great race,” Glenwood coach Mike Schneiter said. “He put himself in a position to do what he wanted to do and had a good finish. It was a super respectable time and finish.”
Buchanan followed up his state run with a soccer playoff game against Broomfield.
Boys teammate Kellen Fockler, a senior who qualified for state for the first time, didn’t have the best of days, finishing toward the back of the pack with a time of 19:45.42.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying, though.
“The poor guy,” Schneiter said. “He’s been wanting to make it to state all this time and he was sicker than anything. Before the race, he was laying down. At the team camp, he was as white as a ghost.”
Schneiter said the sickness wasn’t confined to Fockler. Many a Demon were illness-stricken.
Still, they soldiered on.
Katrina Selsor led the Demon girls team, which qualified for state for a fifth straight year and finished 22nd overall in the team standings, by taking home 68th place. The senior tackled the 3.1-mile course in 21:02.35.
“It was the fifth year in a row we qualified as a team,” Schneiter said. “For Katrina, it was her fourth year in a row. Melissa (Buchanan), Angie (Shepard) and Michelle (Stripp) have all been three years in a row. Even though the team place was not where they wanted it to be, they still know they’ve done some great things.”
Also in the 4A girls race, Rifle’s Holly Keeper finished 105th (21:41.35).
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