Demons harriers go 2-3 at Eagle, take to the home turf for Thursday’s Glenwood Invite |

Demons harriers go 2-3 at Eagle, take to the home turf for Thursday’s Glenwood Invite

Glenwood's Ella Johnson, left, and Sophia Connerton-Nevin run mile repeats last week during a cross country practice at Two Rivers Park.
Courtesy Blake Risner

Glenwood Springs’ cross country running duo of Ella Johnson and Sophia Connerton-Nevin claimed top spots once again in last Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational, and look primed to show their stuff back home on “The Hill” Thursday.

The Demons host their one and only meet in this shortened season — with its COVID-19 restrictions on the number of participants and meet formats — Thursday morning on the Glenwood Springs Golf Course.

Invitees include Coal Ridge, Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Basalt. Girls wave starts begin at 9:30 a.m., and the boys begin at 10:15 a.m.

*Meet officials are asking that no spectators attend the event, and anyone who does show up must wear a mask, practice social distancing and avoid the start/finish area.

At the Eagle meet last weekend, Johnson, a junior, and Connerton-Nevin, a sophomore, finished second and third, respectively, behind the meet winner, junior Samantha Blair of Eagle Valley.

Blair topped the field in 18 minutes, 11 seconds, followed by Johnson in 18:15.10 and Connerton-Nevin at 19:33.80.

The Lady Demons placed third as a team, with junior Alexa Heims coming in 16th (21:41.70), followed by senior Maya Elias (21st, 22:16.30) and freshman Taia Nykerk (26th, 22:30.70).

Glenwood’s top boys’ finisher at Eagle was junior Quinn MacPherson, who took 11th in 17:35.60. Junior Reid Swanson was 17th (17:51.20), and senior Dalton Deter was 25th (18:36.30).

Elsewhere on the XC circuit

Meanwhile, other members of the Glenwood girls squad and Rifle’s coed team took part in the Anna Banana Invitational Friday and Saturday in Fruita.

For Rifle, senior Jonathan Hernandez placed 17th in 18:46.90, and junior Jace Coller was 23rd in 19:04.60

On the girls’ side, Glenwood Springs sophomore Ruby Patch was 18th (22:44.9), freshman Sydney Schriock was 19th (22:54.40), junior Elle MacPherson was 21st (23:12.70), and junior Alicia Lowe was 22nd (23:20.30).

Rifle senior Karisa Coombs placed 20th in 23:02.70.

Competing at the Rangely Cedar Ridges Meet on Friday, Coal Ridge sophomore Tyler Parker was the overall winner in 18:39 for the boys and Basalt senior Sierra Bower claimed the girls title in 18:55.

Other top runners included:

Coal Ridge boys — sophomore Ezra Williams (13th, 20:38), junior William Parra (14th, 20:41), and junior Ethan Poland (19th, 20:58). Coal Ridge girls — sophomore Mikayla Cheney (third, 20:06), junior Araceli Ayala (seventh, 22:26).

Basalt boys — senior Talon Carballeira (fourth, 19:30), junior Ross Barlow (fifth, 19:35), senior Noah Allen (16th, 20:46). Basalt girls — sophomore Katelyn Maley (second, 19:24), sophomore Ava Lane, (fourth, 20:32). The Basalt girls won the team title.

Grand Valley High’s runners were in the alternative Saturday version of the Rangely meet, where Cardinals senior Keaton Jansen took the top spot in 19:37.

He was followed by senior Keenan Strauss in fourth (20:25), sophomore Kade Sackett in fifth (21:27), ninth sophomore Dominic Mendoza in ninth (22:06), and sophomore Joseph Johnston in 12th (23:22). For the girls, Cardinals senior Alex Mendoza claimed the win in 24:14.

Thursday’s lineup

The Glenwood Springs girls run mile repeats during practice at Two Rivers Park last week.
Courtesy Blake Risner

The Glenwood Invitational on Thursday features a rematch between the Demons’ Johnson and Connerton-Nevin, and Basalt’s Bower.

In the Aug. 29 Longhorns Cross Country Meet, held at Crown Mountain Park, the Glenwood girls ran neck and neck with the Bower, the defending 3A state champion, racing ahead in the final stretch to place one and two. Add Coal Ridge’s Cheney to the mix, and it should be a competitive race.

On the boys’ side, the Demons’ MacPherson and Swanson come in as the favorites, but could see a challenge from Coal Ridge’s Parker and his teammates, and a trio of strong runners from CRMS, including seniors Bryn Peterson and Finn Leahy.

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