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XC runners heading to state meet in Colorado Springs

Colorado Rocky Mountain cross country athletes Linnea Sherman (right) and junior Will Swenson (right) celebrate their qualifications for the state meet last weekend in Delta. (PROVIDED)

Rifle High School will be sending three cross country runners to the 39th annual state meet this weekend in Colorado Springs.

On the girl’s side, junior Sara Wagler finished fourth overall at last weekend’s Region 1 3A meet held at Delta, where she came in just behind the pace-setting runners from Steamboat Springs that took the top three spots. Wagler finished as the top Bear with a time of 19 minutes 17 seconds and 80 one-hundredths of a second, just over 12 seconds off the pace.

Sophomore Ashley Manera came in 13th and also qualified for the state meet with a time of 20:44.18.

On the boy’s side in 3A, Rifle senior Jack Rubalcave will join his Rifle teammates at the state tournament finishing with a time of 16:47.76 and an eighth place finish.

Coal Ridge senior Justin Allen followed close behind with a 10th place finish and a time of 16:50.96.

Along with the runners from Rifle and Coal Ridge, two Colorado Rocky Mountain runners became the first two members of the Oysters cross country program to qualify for state.

Freshman Linnea Sherman and junior Will Swenson competed at the regional meet in Delta and placed within the top 15 of the boys and girls race as Sherman placed 14th overall with a time of 21:56, while Swenson placed sixth overall with a time of 17:02.

Glenwood will send its boys team to the state meet after placing third overall as a team.

The state meet for all classifications will be held in Colorado Springs at Norris Penrose Event Center, Colorado Springs on Oct. 29.


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