Tiernan wins title; Bears win two
The Glenwood Springs boys and girls cross country teams had their best performance of the young 2003 season at Saturday’s Montrose Invitational.
Alex Tiernan, a student at closeby Roaring Fork High in Carbondale, won the individual boys championship in 18 minutes, 29 seconds.
Tiernan competes for Glenwood High because his school does not field a cross country team.
Freshman Tory Garling finished in 18th place, Zack Winstead was 19th and Ryan Ward completed the course in 27th place.
As a team, the Demon boys finished third in the seven-team meet won by Grand Junction Central.
The girls team, led by three top-ten finishes, took second place in the team standings, a point behind girls’ champ Montrose.
Abby Walters clocked in at 24:30 and took sixth place. Cassidy Willey was ninth in a time of 25:02 followed by teammate Sebrina Rice’s 25:03.
Rifle also participated at the Montrose meet. The Bears finished third in the girls meet. The boys took fifth place.
Freshman Elisabeth Strouse had the best individual time, a 24:48, among Rifle’s runners.
Three wins in this weekend’s Summit Invitational Tournament raised Rifle’s record to 4-5 on the season.
The Bears opened the two-day tournament on Friday with victories against Platte Canyon and Aspen.
Trisha Wales pitched a complete game four-hitter in Rifle’s 4-3 come-from-behind win against the Class 3A Huskies from the Denver Metro League.
Later, Wailes had two of the Bears’ five hits in the Aspen game with three RBI’s.
Rifle continued their winning ways into Saturday’s play.
The Bears pounded St. Mary’s of Denver 18-0 in a game halted after three innings by the mercy rule.
Kari Wiig, Trisha McDowell and Brittany Barth each had three RBI’s in the contest. Barth, Rifle’s starting pitcher, earned her second win of the season while throwing a one-hitter.
The Bears ended tournament play with losses to Summit and Eagle Valley, respectively.
Roaring Fork boosted their record to 5-1 overall on home victories against Vail Christian and Cedaredge this weekend.
The Rams disposed of both opponents in 3-1 match outcomes.
Roaring Fork opened the Vail Christian match with a 25-16 win, before the visiting Saints forced a 1-all tie by winning the second game.
The Rams took the match on wins of 25-19 and 25-10 in the third and fourth games.
Against Cedaredge, the Bruins took a wild 34-32 game for the early lead before the Rams came back with three straight wins.
Senior Tarn Udall had 20 blocks and 25 kills against Cedaredge. Teammate Sara Armstrong led the team with 28 kills with 12 blocks.
“Saturday was great,” said Roaring Fork head coach Karen Crownhart. “We have a lot of fighters on this team and we didn’t give up.”
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