Preps roundup: Johnson, Cheney, Parker score meet wins in opening weekend cross country action
Glenwood Springs senior Ella Johnson bested the girls’ field at the Grand Junction Central Warrior Invitational on Saturday, winning the 5K event with a time of 18 minutes, 37.35 seconds.
Johnson’s teammate, junior Sophia Connerton-Nevin, was third overall in 19:40.66, and Glenwood finished second as a team with 42 points behind Fruita Monument (27).
Rounding out the scorers for the Glenwood girls were: senior Maria Carlson (10th, 22:28.20); senior Alexa Helms (14th, 23:21.56) and sophomore Taia Nykerk (18th, 24:41.08).
The top finisher for the Glenwood Springs boys at the meet was junior Noah Fosnaught (31st, 21:33.09).
Competing at the Grand Mesa County Line Trails meet on Friday, Coal Ridge scored a pair of individual wins with juniors Tyler Parker and Mikayla Cheney, who led the Titans to team wins, as well.
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Parker won the boys race in 20:57.30. Senior teammate William Parra was fourth in 23:42, and the sophomore-junior combo of Dallin Karen and Dylan Campbell were sixth and seventh, respectively, in 24:04.10 and 24:06.60.
Cheney topped the girls’ field with a time of 24:37.40, and senior Araceli Ayala was second with a time of 25:27.30. She was followed by junior teammate Marilynn Stephens (fifth, 28:12.30), senior Natalie Smythe (seventh, 29:45), and senior Haven Prodzinski (eighth, 30:11.30).
Meanwhile, the Rifle and Grand Valley boys were at the three-team Meeker XC Invitational on Friday afternoon, where Rifle won the team title behind the 2-3-4-5 finish of senior Jace Coller (21:07.40), junior Saul Ramirez (21:07.40), senior Daniel Carreon (21:17.50) and freshman Oliver Maness (21:45.20).
The top finisher for the Grand Valley boys was freshman Craig Cotter in 17th (25:23.50)
Durango 7, Glenwood Springs 1: Junior Eric Cordero scored the lone goal for the Glenwood Demons Saturday at home against the visiting Durango Demons. Durango scored four goals in the first half and three in the second. Cordero’s goal came in the second half. Next up for Glenwood Springs (0-1) is a road game at Delta on Saturday.
Palisade 2, Rifle 1: The visiting Palisade Bulldogs rebounded from a scoreless first half of play to score a 2-1 win over the host Rifle Bears Saturday in the 4A Western Slope League boys soccer opener for the two teams. Rifle is scheduled to be back in action Sept. 4 at home against intra-district rival Coal Ridge. Game time is 11 a.m.
Fruita Monument 3, Glenwood Springs 0: The visiting Wildcats of Fruita won in straight sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-12) in the Glenwood Springs High School volleyball home opener on Friday. Next up for the Lady Demons (0-2) will be a road game at Grand Junction on Tuesday.
Basalt 3, Gunnison 1: The Basalt Longhorns won their season opener on the road at Gunnison on Saturday by scores of 25-19, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18. Senior Anna Coyle had 13 kills for Basalt and junior Macy Scherer had nine. Coyle and junior Kaylee Garrigus each had five service aces on the day.
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