Demons, Longhorns qualify for state meet
Three area prep cross country teams earned their way to the upcoming state meet in Colorado Springs with top-four overall finishes at Saturday’s regional meet at Confluence Park in Delta.Staff Report Three area prep cross country teams earned their way to the upcoming state meet in Colorado Springs with top-four overall finishes at Saturday’s regional meet at Confluence Park in Delta.The Glenwood Springs High School girls received a state bid by finishing fourth in the Class 4A meet. Both the Basalt girls and boys squads move on to the state 3A championships, with the Longhorn girls claiming the 3A regional title and the boys taking third place.”It was a great meet,” said Glenwood assistant coach Kim Worline. “I’m absolutely thrilled.”Individually, Alex Tiernan on the Demon boys team and Sharaya Selsor on the girls’ team both finished among the top 15 for Class 4A runners in the boys and girls races, respectively. By finishing fourth in the team standings, all seven members of the Demon girls team will be lining up for a shot at earning a state medal.Tiernan buzzed in at fourth in 16 minutes, 37 seconds in the boys meet.Selsor ran a personal-best time of 20:04 to finish 15th in the girls meet. Amanda Alberico placed 16th and Abbey Walters ran a season-best 20:23 for 20th place. Additional Glenwood state qualifiers were Morgan Vernie, Morgan Hill, Cassidy Willey and Sabrina Rice.Meet: see page 14Rifle’s Elisabeth Strouse posted the top 4A finish among area girls with a time of 19:25 for eighth place.In Class 3A, the Basalt Longhorns girls took home the regional team title by having three runners complete the 3.1-mile course in the top ten.Kate Wilson beat out teammate Amy Lund for the runner-up spot by clocking a time of 19:35.38, just a hair better than Lund’s 19:35.80 time. Aspen’s Christy Severy won the individual title with a time of 18:47.”Kate displayed the strength to run with Amy,” said Basalt coach Ron Lund. Sofie Stenstadvold finished two spots back of Lund at 20:04. Grand Valley sophomore Katie Bryan earned her first trip to the Colorado state championships by finishing 10th.Basalt’s other girls state qualifiers – Annie Tempest and Emily Tates – were 16th and 17th.On the 3A boys side, four area runners finished among the top 15 individuals. Basalt’s Colin Stewart, clocking in at 17:04, took fourth, while teammate Duncan McDaniel (17:50) and Casey Weaver (17:57), were 13th and 15th, respectively.Grand Valley’s Jonathon Thompson also earned a state berth with a ninth-place finish at 17:36.Grand Valley’s Jonathon Thompson also earned a state berth with a ninth-place finish at 17:36.
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