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Tiernan takes top honors at Steamboat

Steamboat Pilot/Tyler Arroyo Glenwood Springs High School cross country runner Alex Tiernan competes in the Steamboat Springs High School Invitational held Saturday, Spet. 18. Tiernan won the race.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Glenwood Springs Demons track team is strong. The bad news for opponents is head coach Joe Mollica expects them to now start getting faster.Alex Tiernan paced the field and helped the Glenwood Springs boys harriers to a second-place finish at Saturday’s Steamboat Invitational cross country meet, while freshman Sharaya Selsor was second individually. The Glenwood girls finished third in the team competition.”The girls and boys are ahead of where I wanted them to be at this point in the season,” Mollica said. “We’ve done a lot of strength conditioning, so we’re really strong, and now we’ll work on speed.”Tiernan, a senior at Roaring Fork High School, finished the rolling, hilly course in 18 minutes, 31 seconds, 1:14 better than the next closest competitor.

“Alex is really ready. He’s coming on,” Mollica said. “Alex knows that he just has to get one more notch further and he’ll be a champion. His mind is there, his body is there and he’s just got to push that edge a little more – and he knows that.”Three other Demon runners placed in the top 10 with Tory Garling taking fifth (20:15), Zach Winstead in eighth (21:40) and Ryan Ward in 10th (21:42). Marcus Bosco, Garrett Edquist and Nick Vanderhoof were 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.Steamboat won the boys team competition. Rifle placed third as a team. Rifle’s individual results were not available.On the girls side, Selsor had a solid second-place outing with a time of 22:35.”She’s getting used to high school sports now,” Mollica said of Selsor. “It’s something new competing at a higher level, but she’s got the makings of a champion.”

Team captain Abbey Walters joined Selsor in the top five with a time of 23:04, good for fourth place.”(Walters) really had a rough time last year, and this year she is right there,” Mollica said. “She’s a great captain and her times are awesome.”Amanda Alberico was 13th (25:14), Morgan Vernie was 15th (25:55) and Cassidy Willey was 20th (27:25) to round out Glenwood’s top five.Basalt solid at Warrior invite

GRAND JUNCTION – Running against a field consisting of Class 4A and 5A schools in Friday’s Grand Junction Central Warrior Invitational, both of Basalt’s cross-country teams finished among the top ten schools.The girls, with 116 points, finished fourth overall. The Longhorn boys tied for eighth place with host Central.Individually, Colin Steward and Amy Lund both ended the race in 10th.Steward timed in at 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Lund crossed the finish line in 22:25. Kate Wilson also came in among the top twenty girls at 23:12. Sofie Stenstadvold finished 24th in 24:28, Emily Tates and Amy Tempest were 29th and 39th with times of 24:53 and 25:10, respectively.Duncan McDaniel took 41st place in the boys meet in 20:35. Other Longhorn scorers included Casey Weaver (21:38), Theo Pulver (22:14) and Jesse Reagan (23:56).Basalt, along with Glenwood Springs are scheduled to participate at the Liberty Bell Invitational meet Friday at Heritage High School in Littleton.Basalt, along with Glenwood Springs are scheduled to participate at the Liberty Bell Invitational meet Friday at Heritage High School in Littleton.

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