Glenwood XC boys qualify for state meet
Competing at the 4A Regional meet at Connected Lakes State Park in Grand Junction, the Glenwood Springs boys cross country team qualified for the state meet by finishing third overall as a team with 112 points, thanks to outstanding runs from Henry Barth, Gavin Harden and Mathew Thrun, who turned in top 15 finishes to pace the Demons on the day.
Barth finished fourth overall in the 4A 5000M race with a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds and 14 one hundredths of a second, which was just under 30 seconds behind the meet winner, Brandon Swanson from Evergreen High School.
As Barth paced the Glenwood brigade, Harden and Thrun finished 14th and 15 respectively, with times of 16:48.60 and 16:51.41 to keep themselves in the top 15 overall. Behind Harden and Thrun, Ian Richardson finished 29th overall with a time of 17:18.86, while Dalton Miner finished 54th overall with a time of 17:50.61.
“I certainly felt like they were capable of a performance like that,” Glenwood Head Coach Mike Schneiter said. “It’s awfully hard to finish in the top 15 and qualify for the state meet, especially against the quality runners that we have in our new region, but I’m super happy with the performance they put on today.”
Thanks to some great individual performances from the boys, Glenwood finished 12 points ahead of fourth-place finisher Eagle Valley with 124 points.
While the Glenwood boys enjoyed a great day, the Demon girls had a rough go of things as a team, turning in a seventh-place finish (177 points) to miss the state qualification cutoff by three spots, finishing behind Green Mountain and Eagle Valley on the day to miss the top four by just 69 total points.
“Overall, I’m really happy with the girls,” Schneiter said. “A lot of them ran personal records and season bests, so you can’t really ask them to do much better. We thought we had a good shot, but it’s always easier to second guess the performance. Our region is really tough, and other schools ran really well today.
Erica Diemoz was the highest finisher for Glenwood in the girls race, turning in a 19th overall finish with a time of 19:50.65.
Claudia Hirons (39th, 20:42.68) Elle Murphy (45th, 21:03.47) and Payton Bonsack (49th, 21:15.17) rounded out the top 50 in the race for the Demons.
By qualifying for the state meet, the Glenwood boys will head to Colorado Springs Oct. 29 looking to capture a state title in 4A.
This also marks the second straight season the Glenwood boys have qualified for the state meet.
“This is super rewarding for our boys,” Schneiter said. “Every year is different, and we’re missing some boys from last year, but have some new boys this year, so it balances out.
“We’re in an all new region, and there was some nervousness throughout the regional meet in regards to us qualifying or not, but this is a testament to these kids and the hard work they’ve put in all season long.”