Selsor posts fastest time at Demon invite |

Selsor posts fastest time at Demon invite

When she lines up at the starting line, Katrina Selsor is running for more than herself. The success that the Glenwood Springs High School freshman has had throughout the 2005 cross country season, she said, is a team effort.

“I couldn’t have done what I’ve been able to accomplish without my coaches and the encouragement from my teammates.”

Together, Team Selsor, with its leader firmly in command, zipped to a time of 20 minutes, 13.1 seconds ” the fastest girls time in Saturday’s Demon Invitational meet.

Katrina, the youngest of two Selsor sisters on Glenwood’s cross country team, led from the start. It was part of a strategy, she wanted to take on the 5-kilometer course, which started and finished at Two Rivers Park.

“I knew it was going to be a quick start, so I had to get out (in front) because all the girls were following me,” she said.

And the field of 65 competitors from 10 high schools continued to follow the Demons runner all the way to the finish line.

Selsor’s closest competitor ” Casi Reckard of Greeley Central ” was more than two seconds behind. Third place finisher Claire McKeever, from girls meet team champion school, Heritage, was third.

A second freshman ” Matrisa Beecraft ” of Coal Ridge High School had the next best time among area girls. Beecraft took 11th place in a personal best time of 21.15.7.

Katie Bryan of Grand Valley led a pack of three more area girls who finished among the top 20 individuals. Bryan took 17th in 21.30.6, following her in were Maddi Steffan from Rifle (21:44.4) and Glenwood’s Amanda Alberico in 21:56.5.

Sharaya Selsor, competing with a hamstring injury, took 24th place ahead of teammate Whitney Setterberg.

Glenwood was the only area girls team to field a full squad of five runners. The Demons finished third in the team standings.

Ryan Ward carried the banner among area boys. The Demons senior posted an area-best time of 18:35.2 to earn 21st place. Matt Herzl from Heritage won the boys individual title with a mark of 16:56.2.

Rifle High’s Scott Rust and Jonathan Thompson from Grand Valley had the fastest times for their respective schools. Rust completed the course 28th in 18:35.2. Thompson earned 31st place by finishing in 19:15.3.

In the boys team standings Glenwood was sixth, Rifle took ninth. Coal Ridge and Grand Valley, both with less than five runners did not place in the team standings.

In other prep cross country action, Basalt’s boys and girls team won their respective meets at Friday’s Holy Family Invitational in Broomfield.

Colin Steward finished in second place among 101 runners in the boys meet, posting a mark of 17:25. Teammates Casey Weaver (17:53, fourth place) and Duncan McDaniel (17:53, sixth place) also came in among the top ten runners.

Amy Lund paced the Longhorn girls by coming in sixth place at 20:34. Kate Wilson (21:13) and Emily Tates (21:43) were ninth and 11th, respectively.

All five area teams are scheduled to compete at Saturday’s Aspen Invitational.

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