Glenwood girls qualify for state meet
PALISADE – The season continues for the Glenwood Springs girls cross country team, who raced to a third-place finish at Saturday’s Class 4A Western Regional meet and qualified for the state tournament next weekend.”We were really hoping for runner-up, but we were really close – just eight points,” said Glenwood Springs head coach Joe Mollica.Battle Mountain took first with a low score of 28 and Summit County placed second with 79 points. The Demons totaled 87 points, while Moffat County rounded up 100 and grabbed the final spot at state.
“I am very happy with the results,” Mollica said. “We had the largest number of kids we have ever had come out this year, with 28, but this is icing on the cake to be able to send a team to state.”Freshman Katrina Selsor was the first Demon to cross the finish line, completing the course with a third-place time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds, just under 19 seconds behind top-racer Erika Ghent, of Battle Mountain.”I was looking forward to running with Battle Mountain again,” Selsor said. “I thought I could take first, but it didn’t quite work out.”Even though Selsor is only a freshman, Mollica still thinks she has a great chance at the state championship.
“She could definitely be all-state this year,” he said. “I think she could be state champ – if not this year, then maybe next.”Selsor would have to finish in the top 10 to be named to the all-state squad.Fellow Demon Amanda Alberico placed 14th with a time of 21:31, and Whitney Setterberg crossed the line three seconds later to take 15th. They will be joining Selsor on Saturday as the top 15 get invited to the state championship.
Battle Mountain also took home the regional championship in the boys bracket, edging out Montrose by one point. Glenwood put up 172 points for a sixth-place finish, while Rifle totaled 222 and took eighth. Moffat County and Steamboat Springs finished third and fourth respectively and will also be competing in Saturday’s state finals.Battle Mountain dominated both brackets with eight runners placing in the top 15, four boys and four girls. Moffat County had the top two runners, including Jeremy Bird, who took first with a time of 16:47. Garrett Edquist was the quickest Demon, finishing in 27th overall. Glenwood Springs will spend the week preparing for state, which will be in Colorado Springs on Saturday. Selsor said she is excited to make state in her first year, but won’t be doing anything out of the ordinary to get ready.”I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing,” Selsor said.
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