Glenwood uses home-course advantage
Marco Salmen’s return to the running trails sparked the Glenwood Springs boys cross country team to it’s first team victory of the 2002 season at Saturday’s Demon Invitational.
Salmen, whose been unable to compete due to a leg injury, completed the 5-kilometer course at Two Rivers Park in 18 minutes, 13 seconds, for ninth place among 79 participating runners in the boys’ division.
His debut was overshadowed by long-time rival Ben Tobler of Montrose, who set a new course record of 16:37 while winning the individual championship.
The mark broke Chas Salmen’s old record, set at last year’s event, by nine seconds.
Rob Thayer of Hotchkiss finished second in 17:02 and third place went Gabe Aufderheide of Montrose in 17:08.
Glenwood scored a team-low 62 points to earn the team title, besting Fruita Monument by six points. Rifle finished fifth in the nine-team meet.
Demon sophomore Alex Tiernan, a Roaring Fork High School student, who runs for Glenwood because his school does not field a cross-country team, ran in at 18:00 for seventh place. Alec Littler was 12th at 18:28 and German Gil was 30th.
Joe Schmitz led all Rifle runners with a 18:18. The time earned the Bear senior 11th place. Jacob Tabor and David Suminski finished the course with 19:20 times for 23rd and 24th place, respectively.
Rifle edged Glenwood by one point for fourth place in the girls meet.
Fruita Monument placed four runners in the top 10 for the team title.
Shanna Murray ran a 20:11 time, beating teammate Sylvia Harris for the individual crown by 19 seconds.
Bear Jessica Warrick had the highest finish among area runners by finishing 12th. Glenwood freshman Angie Vichick was 21st among 64 runners.
Both area teams are schedule to participate in next Saturday’s Chris Severy Memorial Invitational in Aspen.
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