Demon cross country starts today |

Demon cross country starts today

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A sixth-place finish in the Class 4A state cross country meet is hard to beat, but this year’s Glenwood Springs girls squad is going for it.

The Demons have a good start with the return of their top five runners, Katrina Selsor, Melissa Buchanan, Sharaya Selsor, Angie Shepard and Michelle Stripp.

“The girls are really strong,” said second-year coach Mike Schneiter. “They finished sixth in state last year and a lot of those other teams had a lot of seniors and so they should place high this year.”

The Glenwood girls aren’t the only ones looking for a top spot as the boys carry a pretty stacked team as well. Senior Ryan Yost will lead the pack, followed by his fellow speedy Demons Kellen Fockler, Pearce Littler, Dan Moriarty and incoming freshman Ryan Buchanan ” Melissa’s brother.

“The boys have an excellent shot of qualifying for state,” Schneiter said. “Ryan Buchanan is really outstanding, (same with) Ryan Yost, Kellen Fockler. Those guys ran a lot this summer.”

The Demon boys will face some tough competition, with 2006 state champion Battle Mountain looking strong.

“The other boys teams in our region lost a lot of seniors, but Battle Mountain is good again,” Schneiter said. “I think they’ll win state again.”

Glenwood, which has around 25 runners out, is doing all it can to put up a fight, however, including adding on the base the runners built over the summer.

“We had a program this summer where we had the kids track their miles,” said Glenwood assistant coach Kim Worline. “We had the 100-mile club, the 200-mile club. More than half our team ran over 100 miles.”

Yost exceeded the 200-mile club, becoming the only Demon to be on the 300-mile club.

Schneiter and Worline run with the Demons every day and do everything they ask of their runners.

“We all set our goals. Mike and I set our own goals, too,” Worline said.

Schneiter added: “The kids hold us accountable and we really have to work out to get there.”

Glenwood will begin its 2007 quest today with a meet at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs. The meet will feature dozens of teams, including Battle Mountain. The course at El Pomar Youth Center will be one the Demons need to remember as Harrison will be hosting the state championships there.

“A lot of teams are there because it is the state course and they want to get a preview on the course,” Schneiter said.

The Rifle cross country team’s season will be off and running on Saturday, when the Bears head to Delta for their first meet of the year.

Head coach Jerry Shaffer, who is also the Bears’ track and field coach, enters his second year in charge of Rifle’s runners.

Last year, the Bear boys were led by Kennan Ross, Brandon Buhlman and Dustin Ross. Holly Keeper, Madi Steffan and Nicole Bendetti were the top runners for the girls.

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