Carrasco paces runners at state |

Carrasco paces runners at state

Grand Valley High School's Joel Carrasco runs during Saturday's Class 3A State Championships in Colorado Springs.
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COLORADO SPRINGS — Joel Carrasco of Grand Valley High School managed a 55th-place finish at the Class 3A State Championships on Saturday to highlight the performances of Garfield County cross country runners.

Carrasco, a Grand Valley junior, posted a time of 18 minutes, 50.40 seconds for an average pace of 6:04 per mile. His 11th-place finish in the 3A Western Slope Regional in Delta earned him a spot in the meet.

Also finishing in the meet was Coal Ridge senior Sam Jorgensen, who took 74th place in the 3A meet in 19:12.60. Finishing 76th for the Titans was Noah Crisler in 19:15.60. Coal Ridge High cross country coach Craig Parks said after the race that Crisler wasn’t feeling well prior to the state final.

Winning the state title in the 3A boys race was Jacob Benson of Platte Canyon, who won in 16:46.0. Frontier Academy won the boys cross country team championship.

Eva Lou Edwards won the 3A girls title in 18:41.6. Hailey Swirbul of Basalt took ninth place individually in 20:36.00.

Rifle’s Brenden Wagler competed in the 4A race, which took place after the 3A event. Wagler’s final result, however, was not included in times provided by the Colorado High School Activities Association following the race. Rifle cross country coach Ben Bradley said late Saturday that Wagler finished near the middle of the pack in the race.

It was the first trip to the state cross country meet for the Rifle High senior.

Wagler’s final result will be published in this week’s Rifle Citizen Telegram if it becomes available.

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