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Jon Mitchell
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Rifle Invitational

Thursday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, Rifle

Girls

TEAM SCORES – 1. Battle Mountain, 41; 2. Moffat County, 45; 3. Steamboat, 69; 4. Glenwood, 79; 5. Coal Ridge, 138.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS – 1. Brenna Ciesco, Moffat County, 20:35.02; 2. Courtney Lippman, Glenwood, 20:40.27; 3. Christina Shearon, Battle Mountain, 20:59.69; 4. Emily Womble, Moffat County, 21:05.69; 5. Meg Ocoanell, Steamboat, 21:19.88; 6. Katie Matarese, Battle Mountain, 21:27.20; 7. Alex Tumminello, Steamboat, 21:31.09; 8. Makayla Johnson, Moffat County, 21:32.94; 9. Morgan Croke, Battle Mountain, 21:43.61; 10. Kelly Coombs, Rifle, 21:49.15; 11. Lena Barker, Steamboat, 21:53.47; 12. Jendi Denardo, Battle Mountain, 21:57.63; 13. Ashley Suits, Moffat County, 22:03.29; 14. Julia Eskelson, Meeker, 22:16.63; 15. Madi Spence, Glenwood, 22:18.13; 16. Aubrey Campbell, Moffat County, 22:24.38; 17. Jenna Brown, Glenwood, 22:27.56; 18. Megan Rossman, Battle Mountain, 22:33.23; 19. Mariela Martinez, Coal Ridge, 22:34.08; 20. Kaylee Durham, Moffat County, 22:34.35.

 Boys

TEAM SCORES – 1. Battle Mountain, 56; 2. Rifle, 57; 3. Glenwood, 86; 4. Moffat County, 105; 5. Basalt, 107; 5. Coal Ridge, 134; 6. Rangley, 206; 7. Steamboat, 215; 8. Meeker, 227.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS – 1. Ian Boucher, VSSA, 16:49.67; 2. Zach Walsh, Basalt, 16:53.89; 3. Cully Brown, VSSA, 17:45.70; 4. Brendan Wagler, Rifle, 17:50.65; 5. Joel Carrasco, Grand Valley, 18:03.91; 6. Noah Crisler, Coal Ridge, 18:06.63; 7. Gabe Marbas, Rifle, 18:23.32; 8. Alexis Aguirre, Battle Mountain, 18:39.75; 9. John Coombs, Rifle, 18:40.09; 10. Sam Jorgensen, Coal Ridge, 18:44.92; 11. Steven Walls, Moffat County, 18:55.48; 12. Phillip Hecksel, Glenwood, 19:03.34. 13. Coby Fimonton, Battle Mountain, 19:16; 14. Sandy Fimonton, Battle Mountain, 19:16; 15. Caleb Lange, Meeker, 19:16; 16. Zeb Thorsen, Glenwood, 19:21; 17. Quintin Cook, Battle Mountain, 19:25; 18. Tanner Nielsen, Rangely, 19:31; 19. Dubley Ottley, Battle Mountain, 19:32; 20. Miguel Valles, Grand Valley, 19:36.

RIFLE — Courtney Lippman’s performance at the Rifle Invitational cross country meet was something even she was surprised by.

And she wasn’t the only one.

Lippman and Moffat County senior Brenna Ciesco traded their first- and second-place spots throughout the girls race Thursday afternoon, as Ciesco’s kick down the stretch was enough to give her a first-place finish in the event at Rifle Creek Golf Course.



“I’m pretty happy, that’s for sure,” said Lippman, who finished second in 20 minutes, 40.47 seconds. “I was surprised that I was able to stay in there that way that I did.”

Lippman did more than that. She led for half the race, using a big kick in the beginning to take an early lead before Ciesco caught her at a crosspoint of the course, then Lippman caught back up to take a lead in the final mile before the Moffat County senior pulled away in the final quarter mile.



“I think that was better than the time I had last year,” said Ciesco, who finished first in 20:35.02. “And competition made a difference. I kept hearing Courtney from the people on the side. She was great competition.”

It was a deep field for the race as a whole. A total of 87 girls and 79 boys ran in the race.

Lippman and Ciesco, as it turned out, outdistanced themselves from the other 85 early on.

Lippman had the early lead, but Ciesco took the lead for the first time when course spectators pointed the pair in the wrong direction. Lippman, however, caught up and took the lead in the final mile of the race, extending it to close to 20 yards with a half mile remaining.

But down the stretch, Ciesco outran the Glenwood senior, claiming the 5 second victory.

“We kind of got mixed up in the first part,” Ciesco said jokingly. “We didn’t really know where to go.”

Also breaking into the Top 10 was Rifle’s Kelley Coombs, who crossed the finish line in 21:49.15. She was happy with her finish, but she was hoping for a better performance overall.

“My [personal record] is a 21:15, and I noticed that on the second mile I was slowing down quite a bit,” Coombs said. “I would have liked to have maintained that first part of my race for the second mile and beyond. But overall, I’m happy with how I did.”

The meet was the final big race for all of the participating teams prior to the Class 4A and 3A regional meet, which is scheduled for next Wednesday in Delta.

Other Garfield County girls who placed well included Madi Spence of Glenwood (15th in 22:18.13), her teammate Jenna Brown (17th in 22:27.56) and Mariela Martinez of Coal Ridge (19th in 22:34.08).

On the boys side, Brenden Wagler of Rifle was the top local finisher, finishing fourth individually in 17:50.65. Rifle behind him was Joel Carrasco of Grand Valley (18:03.91) and sixth-place Noah Crisler of Coal Ridge (18:06.63). Gabe Marbas of Rifle was seventh in 18:23.32.

Glenwood’s Phillip Hecksel was the Demons’ top male finisher, finishing 12th in 19:03.34.


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