Cross country: Bears’ Wilcox, Statler both fall one place shy of state |

Cross country: Bears’ Wilcox, Statler both fall one place shy of state

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Rifle came agonizingly close to qualifying a pair of runners to state at Saturday’s Class 3A Region 1 cross country meet in Cortez.

Both Ashton Wilcox and Jake Statler placed 16th in their respective racer, narrowly missing out on the top-15 finish they needed to qualify for the Oct. 30 state meet in Aurora.

Wilcox, a junior, recorded a time of 22 minutes, 59 seconds in the girls race. Statler, a sophomore, clocked in at 19:36 in the boys race.

Makayla Wilkins, who is typically Rifle’s top female runner, had to withdraw from the race after a mile or so due to a quad injury.

“It was a bummer for Makayla, being a senior,” said Bears head coach Jerry Shafer, who expects his team to bounce back in a big way in 2011. “Our boys are really, really young. We lose one senior. It’s been a learning thing for them. It’s been a good year.”

Coal Ridge senior Melessa Starbuck missed out on a trip to state by two places, finishing 17th in the 3A Region 1 meet at Cortez on Saturday.

Starbuck crossed the line in 23:11.

Jordan Russell (36th, 25:20) and Ashlie Bowles (41st, 25:50) were the Titans’ next-best girls finishers.

Michael Palmgren recorded the best time for the Coal Ridge boys (21:31).

“I’m just really proud of everything, how they all finished,” Titans head coach Tiffany Robison said.

Grand Valley’s 3A Region 1 results were unavailable at press time.

Stay tuned to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent to find out how the Cardinals fared in Cortez.

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