Running on empty, but not behind
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Double duty suits Ryan Buchanan well.
Just moments after wrapping a third-place finish in an 11:30 a.m. cross-country race on a course just behind his high school, Glenwood Springs sophomore Ryan Buchanan grabbed his gear bag and hurried up the hill to play a half in the Demons’ boys soccer game against visiting Moffat County.
That’s a lot of running.
“I’m a little tired,” he said after helping Glenwood’s soccer team to a 5-2 win. “It was fun. I wasn’t tired at all until after.”
Buchanan had every reason to be exhausted after not only participating in both events, but performing well in each of them. His cross-country time of 17 minutes, 10.55 seconds slotted him behind only race winner Mario Gonzalez-Martinez of Eagle Valley (16:54.71) and Joe Kappes of Rock Canyon (16:57.15) in the 3.1-mile boys race at the annual Demon cross-country meet.
Not bad, considering Buchanan encountered some difficulty with his legs midway through the two-lap course, set up adjacent to Roaring Fork River.
“I was in second the whole race until the last 400 meters,” he said. “Then my legs got a lot of lactic acid and started locking up.”
And then it was off to soccer, Buchanan’s favorite sport.
“I love soccer,” he said. “I’ve always been playing, since I was really young. Cross country’s good. It keeps me in shape. I like the feeling you get when you finish a race.”
Other area runners faring well on Saturday included Coal Ridge’s DaLin Murphy, who finished eighth with a time of 17:45.34, and Rifle’s Dustin Ross, who took 12th (18:05.21). Coal Ridge teammates Kody Roper and DaNivin Murphy took 18th (18:32.39) and 19th (18:33.81), respectively, and Glenwood’s Kellen Fockler finished 20th (18:34.14).
“It’s a fun course,” Murphy said of the Glenwood setup, which featured grass, dirt, rock, a little pavement and not much in the way of hilly terrain. “It’s up-tempo and it’s different competition than I’m used to. There are some faster schools I haven’t run against like Legend and JFK.”
Grand Valley sophomore Brandi Krieg has had a busy weekend.
On Friday, she played in a five-game volleyball match at Basalt, getting back to Parachute after midnight. Some nine hours later, she found herself in Glenwood Springs to run a cross-country meet.
Krieg didn’t appear fazed, though, running to a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s Demon meet with a time of 20:18.05. Only Basalt’s Chiara Del Piccolo (19:19.18), Rangeview’s Rikki Gonzalez (19:35.65) and Stephanie Barnes (19:40.68) finished better.
What Krieg liked best about her Saturday run was the competition.
“I like it better,” she said. “The girls here were fast. They push you a lot.”
Rifle senior Holly Keeper tailed Krieg across the finish line, taking sixth (20:42.78).
Glenwood’s best finish came from senior Katrina Selsor, who’s working her way back to full strength after struggling with tendinitis in her knee. She took ninth (21:10.27).
“I’m a little disappointed,” she said. “But our main goal is to do good at regionals and qualify for state as a team. I’m keeping a positive attitude.”
Chelyn McCain recorded Coal Ridge’s top girls performance, taking 20th (22:20.74).
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