Sports briefs: Swanson wins state middle school XC championship |

Sports briefs: Swanson wins state middle school XC championship

Colorado Mountain College second-year runner Jason Macaluso of Vail, in blue, gets encouragement from Eagles cross-country coach Darren Brungardt at the Colorado Mesa University XC Invitational on Oct. 10. Macaluso was CMC’s top men’s 8K finisher, coming in with a season-best time of 28:21.

Benjamin Swanson, an eighth grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School, won the upper-classification division at Saturday’s Colorado Middle School Cross Country Championships.

Running unattached in the Blue Division Championship at Fehringer Ranch Park in Denver, Swanson covered the 2-mile course in 11 minutes, 58 seconds, breaking the tape in a lean over Griffin Mazeski, who also was unattached in the race.

The Blue Division involves runners from schools that mostly feed into 4A and 5A high schools. One middle school runner in the Red Division (2A/3A feeders) ran the fastest time of the day, at 11:42.

— Staff report

CMC’s Macaluso runs season best at Grand Junction 8K

Seven men and two women from Colorado Mountain College’s multi-campus cross-country running team competed at the Colorado Mesa University XC Invitational on Oct. 10 at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction.

As the only National Junior College Athletic Association school at the meet, CMC joined a highly competitive field that included 145 top runners from a total of seven Colorado universities and colleges.

According to a press release, Macaluso, of Vail, was CMC’s overall top finisher in the men’s 8K. In a field of 87 competitors, Macaluso ran a season-best time of 28:21, coming in 63rd place. Four out of seven CMC Eagles ran their personal bests: Luke Plummer in 74th (29:04), Autry Lomahongva in 76th (29:25), Reese Fledderjohn in 82nd (30:37), Skyler Winter in 84th place (30:56), and Adam Garcia in 85th (30:58). Rounding out the team was Dylan Dunbar in 87th (33:24).

Top finisher Taylor Stack of Western Colorado University crossed the finish line in 24:19. Also competing was CMC alum and former CMC team member Chris Rolf of Summit County, who’s now running for Fort Lewis College. He ran a 29:40 and finished in 77th place.

Kya Jackson and Madisen Johnson from CMC represented the college’s women’s team in the 5K against a field of 58 women. Jackson turned in a 24:08 and Johnson ran a 24:14.

The team plans to compete at the Region 9 Championships in Alamosa on Oct. 31.

­— Staff report

Schumacher takes NHRA Spring Nationals for 85th Top Fuel win

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — Top Fuel victory leader Tony Schumacher won for the first time in more than two years Sunday in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park.

The eight-time season champion pushed his victory record to 85, beating points leader and defending series champion Steve Torrence with a 3.669-second run at 330.63 mph, Torrence had a 3.687 at 330.07.

“I’m super proud and I’m so happy for my guys,” Schumacher said. “I’ve done this and lived these moments, and been part of some cool stuff, and these guys were able to dig deep. That final round, those are epic battles. You’ve got two badass teams battling it out and it was the best race we’ve seen all year. It was a team effort and everybody did a great job.”

Tommy Johnson Jr. won in Funny Car, Aaron Stanfield in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle in the 10th of 11 races in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The finale is next weekend at Las Vegas.

Johnson stayed in title contention and extended Don Schumacher Racing’s Funny Car winning streak to 13, beating Ron Capps with a 3.929 at 321.04 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He won for the third time this season and 22nd overall.

Stanfield raced to his first Pro Stock win, topping Jeg Coughlin Jr. with a 6.535 at 211.03 in a Chevrolet Camaro.

Krawiec won for the first time in more than two years, edging Ryan Oehler for his 48th victory. Krawiec had a 6.801 at 198.61 on a Harley-Davidson.

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