Local harriers show well at Palisade Invite
PALISADE – Cross country is a series of challenges.After concluding the regular season with top-10 finishes at Friday’s Palisade Invitational, Amy Lund, Collin Stewart and Elisabeth Strouse are ready for the challenge of this week’s Class 3A/4A regional meet.”I felt really good,” said Basalt’s Lund of her 20-minute, 23-second, sixth-place finish in the girls meet. “My goal was just to run within myself, race with these girls I’ve run against all this season and finish in the top ten.”Mission accomplished.Next up is Saturday’s Class 3A/4A regional meet at Delta’s Confluence Park, where trips to the state championships in Colorado Springs are at stake.”I really like Delta,” said Lund, who’s aiming for a top-five run at regionals. “Its a fast course and I think our team has an awesome opportunity to dominate our region.”Our main goal is to get to state, but it would be awesome to take the regional title.”Especially in the girls’ meet.Minus No. 2 runner Sofie Stenstadvold, the Longhorn girls had another runner – Kate Wilson (20:47) – finish 10th at Palisade.Stewart was just as good on the boys side.The Basalt runner, who turned a 17:14 course mark was the only area athlete with a top-10 finish. Overall, Stewart was sixth. The Longhorns’ Duncan McDaniel was 23rd at 18:11, followed by teammate Casey Weaver’s 18:22 time, which earned him 26th.First-year program Grand Valley got a 37th place effort from Jonathon Thompson in the boys meet. He led the three-member Cardinal team with a 18:56 run. Rilfle’s Strouse, who finished eighth on Friday in 20:33, should be among the favorites to earn a state-qualifying berth, said Rifle cross country coach Scott Winter.”Elisabeth didn’t have her best time today. But, she’s right in there and she’ll be able to turn that around next week and be up there.”Katie Bryant, a Grand Valley sophomore, took 15th place in the girls meet. Bears Maddi Steffen and Nicole Bendetti, were 30th and 34th, respectively.Rifle’s best results in the boys meet came from Joe Youland (54th place, 19:48) and Eli Snead (56th, 19:51). Rifle’s best results in the boys meet came from Joe Youland (54th place, 19:48) and Eli Snead (56th, 19:51).
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Colorado Mountain College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished higher than their rankings coming in at the Nov. 14 National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division 1 Cross Country 2020 Championships.