Glenwood girls finish third at home meet
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Circling the looping course at the Demon Cross Country meet on Saturday, Glenwood Springs freshman Ryan Buchanan was lingering in fifth, then fourth, then fifth. As the finish line got closer, Buchanan turned on the jets, passing two runners and taking third in the boys race by three tenths of a second. “It was back and forth a lot,” said Buchanan, who earned his first high school medal with the 17 minute, 36.4 second finish. “Near the end they started to pull away, but I just pushed it harder and at the very end gave it all I got and ended up passing them.””He is so talented,” added Glenwood head coach Mike Schneiter of Buchanan, who is also playing soccer for Glenwood’s varsity team. “And he hasn’t run as much the last few weeks because of soccer, and he’s really busy with that, but he’s naturally gifted.”The girls race wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the boys. Glenwood star Katrina Selsor took the lead early, held it the entire race and crossed the line 14 seconds ahead of Basalt’s Chiara Del Piccolo.Most runners gain advantage on downhills, but it was actually after climbing one when Selsor started to break away.
“Right at the top of the hill and took it from there,” said the junior who was happy with her win, but concerned about the Demons’ team score.Although Selsor was hoping for a win, Class 4A Glenwood settled for third behind 5A Heritage and Rangeview, respectively. All seven of the Demon girl runners finished in the top 30, with Melissa Buchanan in 10th, Lyndsey Wesson in 20th, Angela Shepard in 22nd, Michelle Stripp in 25th, Laura Young in 27th and Sharaya Selsor in 29th.
“They were a good pack,” Schneiter said. “A couple of the girls didn’t have such a great race. We worked really hard this week again, and we have been working really hard every week. So they know that is going to happen, you don’t always get your best race.” The Glenwood boys, helped by Kellen Fockler’s 22nd-place finish, ended up fifth overall, and Rock Canyon took the team title. Members of the Demons cross country team say they have been training harder than ever before this season, and Schneiter agrees. It’s all part of his plan.”I told them I don’t really care where you finish here today. We definitely want to do well, but it is more important how we do at regionals and at state than today,” he said. “Even though it is a good marker of where we are at.”On Saturday, runners battled rain and wind, and even bee stings were reported by a handful of competitors. Coal Ridge’s DaLin Murphy missed finishing in the top 10 in the boys race by two seconds, taking 11th. Grand Valley’s Austin Germiller was the next area finisher at 36th, and Larry Schmueser led the way for Rifle, placing 41st.In the girls race, Rifle’s Holly Keeper was the fastest Bear, finishing 17th with a time of 21:52. Chelyn McCain led Coal Ridge by taking 23rd with a 22:11 mark, and Alissa Germiller was the first Grand Valley runner to cross the line as she took 48th with a 24:44.
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