Two Titans to run at state meet |

Two Titans to run at state meet

Special to the Post Independent/ Kim WorlineGlenwood senior cross country runner Ryan Ward competes in Saturday's Class 4A Region 5 Cross Country Championships. Ward finished 29th in his final meet as a Demon.

Coal Ridge cross country members DaLin Murphy and Thomas Simmons cruised to fourth and 13th-place finishes respectively in Saturday’s Class 3A Region 5 Cross Country meet in Delta, qualifying them for the state meet. Murphy crossed the line in 17:04, while Simmons came in at 17:55. Teammates Michael Cullen, Daivian Murphy and Michael Pfaff turned in impressive performances, helping the Titans place fifth, one spot away from qualifying for state as a team.”I am very happy for DaLin and Thomas,” said Coal Ridge head coach Tiffany Robison. “We were kind of hoping to make it as a team, but we still did very well.”Murphy and Simmons join Grand Valley’s Katie Bryan as the only 3A area runners invited to Saturday’s state cross country meet in Colorado Springs.

All year the Glenwood Springs boys cross country team has been overshadowed by the girls, who have won numerous meets, including Saturday’s regional win at Battle Mountain High School.But on Saturday, the boys squad stood their ground, turning in their best times of the year and missing qualifying for state by one spot. Seniors Justin Davis and Ryan Ward led the way, taking 25th and 29th respectively to help the Demons. Ryan Yost took 31st and Kellen Fockler placed 32nd. First-year coach Mike Schneiter was proud of the heart he saw, especially from his two boy seniors.

“I think it was their best performance of the year,” Schneiter said. “They beat some teams that they haven’t been able to beat before and we had a lot of great individual efforts.”With the girls winning their regional, the entire squad will be competing in Saturday’s state meet in Colorado Springs. A snow course couldn’t even slow down the speedy Demons as Katrina and Sharaya Selsor, Melissa Buchanan, Angie Shepard, Michelle Stripp, Amanda Alberico and Abbey Barnes all finished in the top 40.”They all ran great races in tough conditions,” Schneiter said. “(Race coordinators) shoveled about six inches of snow off the course (Saturday) morning in order to run the meet.”

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