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Western Slope teams fare well at cross country meet

Results of Saturday’s 2006 State High School Cross Country Championships involving local athletes were unavailable as of press time. The Glenwood Springs girls team competed in the Class 4A meet, and individual 3A state qualifiers include DaLin Murphy and Thomas Simmons from Coal Ridge High School and Grand Valley’s Katie Bryan.Western Slope runners turned in some fine performances on the El Pomar Youth Sports Complex course.Grand Junction senior Richard Medina won the Class 5A boys individual title, and Rocky Mountain senior Ellie Rastall finished first among the division’s girls.Medina finished in 15 minutes, 39.60 seconds, while Dakota Ridge won the 5A team title with 171 points. Grand Junction finished in second with 197 points, followed by Wheat Ridge (243) and Fort Collins (236).Cherry Creek took first place among 5A girls with 118 points, followed by Rocky Mountain (194), Dakota Ridge (194, tiebreaker) and Fairview (257). Fort Collins, which is nationally ranked, finished seventh.In Class 4A, Ralston Valley sophomore Katie Vanatta took first place in 18:14.95, more than a minute ahead of Pueblo Centennial sophomore Lauren Dorsey Spitz. Alamosa sophomore Lindsey Sowards finished third.Denver North sophomore Joseph Manilafasha finished first among 4A boys in 16:10.25. The team title went to Battle Mountain with 156 points, followed by Niwot (202) and Ralston Valley (281).Classical Academy freshman Kaitlin Hanenburg finished second in the Class 3A division, helping her team to its fourth straight state title. Pagosa Springs finished in second (61) and Crested Butte (141) finished third.Platte Canyon senior Kristen McGlynn won the 3A individual title, ahead of Hanenburg and Nederland freshman Kat Robinson.A story on area prep athletes, including where they finished in the meet, will appear in a future edition of the Post Independent.

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