State berths abound for area XC squads
DELTA, Colorado ” Garfield County’s 4A and 3A cross-country teams traveled out to Delta on Saturday for regional meets and each of the four schools will be sending at least one runner to the state meet at Fossil Ridge High School next Saturday.
In the 4A portion, the Demons saw their girls team qualify for state for the fourth year in a row while the boys were edged out in a very tough region.
Katrina Selsor finished in 10th place to qualify as an individual among the Glenwood Springs girls and the boys sent two individuals to state: sophomore Ryan Buchanan, who finished seventh, and Kellen Fockler, who ran 12th.
Rifle’s Holly Keeper advanced to state in 4A after finishing eighth and will be the lone representative for the Bears.
“It was a great day,” Demons head coach Mike Schneiter said. “It’s hard because in cross country it doesn’t matter what you’ve done all year, you have to go out every race and do your best. … We had some big (personal records) and we were just really happy with Kellen … because he went all out and put himself in position to make it. His mom was so happy, I think she jumped a mile in the air.”
Brandi Krieg finished second for Grand Valley and qualified for the 3A state meet along with boys team counterpart Austin Germiller, who placed 13th and shaved an entire minute off of his previous personal best.
Coal Ridge, meanwhile, will be sending two runners to the 3A meet, one each on the boys and girls side.
Chelyn McCain finished ninth overall and will be representing the Titan girls while DaLin Murphy took 11th and will be representing the boys.
Overall, the Coal Ridge boys placed fifth in the meet.
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