Demons give solid effort |

Demons give solid effort

Mike Schneider may have been disappointed with the final outcome for Glenwood Springs High School’s cross country team on Friday, but he wasn’t at all disappointed by the Demons’ effort.

“The kids knew they had to run some outstanding races to make it,” the longtime Demons cross country coach said. “But everyone … did much better than they did when we ran at Delta early in the season, and we were super happy and excited to see that.”

The downside for the Demons, Schneider said, was that Glenwood won’t be sending any individuals to the Class 4A State Championships for the first time since he’s been coaching. But a lot of factors went into that, including some injury issues and some illness prior to the Class 4A Region 6 meet at Confluence Park in Delta.

Regardless, the negative aspects of the day didn’t take away from the positive efforts the Demons put out.

“All nine of our boys [set a personal record time] at the meet,” Schneider said. “One the girls’ side, not all nine PR’d, but eight of the nine had their best time of the season. That’s the kind of effort you like to see.”

Glenwood’s top finisher was senior Courtney Lippman, who finished 19th in the girls race with a time of 20 minutes, 19.40 seconds. She was hampered, however, by a flu bug the night before the race, that made a difference in her performance on Friday, Schneider said.

Lippman’s teammate, Jenna Brown, finished 37th in 20:58.60. Schneider said it’s the first time Brown had a time below 21 minutes.

Finishing ahead of Brown was Rifle’s Kelly Coombs, whose time of 20:56.40 barely beat out Brown.

On the boys’ side, Rifle’s Gabe Marbas was 27th in 17:30.30 and was followed by John Coombs (33rd, 17:51.30) and Bailey Rogers (40th, 18:09.10).

“The whole team ran personal bests,” Rifle coach Ben Bradley said. “That was good to see.”

Glenwood’s Wyatt Till was the Demons’ top male finisher, taking 43rd place in 18:20.40.

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