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Cross country begins at Coal Ridge

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PEACH VALLEY For Coal Ridge, this year’s cross country team is more about quality than quantity. The Titans and coach Tiffany Robison will field a roster of eight between both the boys and girls teams. And the second-year Coal Ridge coach thinks highly of those eight.DaLin Murphy and brother Daivian return to anchor the boys team. DaLin, a junior, enters the 2007-08 school year after qualifying for both the 3A cross country and track state meets (3,200-meter run) in his sophomore year.”Daivian is looking really good. I think those will be the top boys,” lauded Robison, who also expects big things from the Titan’s other two boys, sophomore John Tinker and freshman Kenny Craig. Both are cross country first-timers.Cheyln McCain, a track state qualifier in the 1,600 as a freshman, is on board to lead the cross country Titans in 2007. McCain will be joined by returning runners Leah Perry and Matraisa Beecraft, both juniors. The latter is back at Coal Ridge after transferring to Grand Valley her sophomore year. Rounding out the girls squad is sophomore Erica Anderson.Coal Ridge kicks off the season at Saturday’s Delta Invite. In light of the limited numbers, the Titans will likely spend the season fighting for high individual finishes.”It’d be nice to maybe have one more of each so we could score as a team, but right now it is kind of an individual thing,” Robison, a Glenwood Springs grad, said. “I think we’ll be competitive with both the girls and the boys.”

Life after Katie Bryan is set to begin for the Grand Valley Cardinals. Bryan, now at Mesa State, qualified for three state cross country meets during a storied prep career.Grand Valley and head coach Dasa Bryan kick off the new era with Saturday’s Delta Invitational.


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