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Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain cross country teams in action

Chad Spangler Post Independent

Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Both the Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain cross country teams were in action on Saturday. The Devils competed in Glenwood Springs, while the Huskies were in St. Paul, Minn.

There were a number of impressive finishes for both teams. Chalk up another victory for Mario Gonzalez-Martinez. The Eagle Valley junior won the Demon Invitational for his second consecutive victory.

Last weekend, Gonzalez-Martinez took first in the Hotchkiss Invite. In Glenwood, Gonzalez-Martinez clocked a time of 16 minutes, 54 seconds, to beat the field. The finish set a new course record, and was a personal best.

“Mario ran awesome,” Eagle Valley coach Melissa Brandt. “It was the most competitive race he’s run. I thought he ran really competitively. He ran awesome. I was really impressed.”

Gonzalez-Martinez’s performance helped Eagle Valley to a fifth-place finish with 151 points.

“We have lost a couple of our good runners this week,” Brandt said. “I thought we did well with the guys we had. We had a lot of personal bests with the boys today.”

Jose Trujillo wasn’t far behind Gonzalez-Martinez. Trujillo crossed the finish line in 17:38 for fifth place. Uvaldo Trujillo ran a time of 18:44 for 23rd.

Riley Simonton came in 60th place after running a 20:41. Prather Silverthron was right behind Simonton in 62nd.

The Eagle Valley girls team also did well on Saturday. The Devils took sixth place with 165 points.

“Every single girl that ran, all seven ran personal bests,” Brandt said. “I was really happy about that. Everyone got better by at least one minute. One girl got better by seven minutes. Everybody really stepped it up today.”

Freshman Kelly Cassidy paced Eagle Valley with a time of 23:06, good enough for 25th place. Shelby Massie took 29th in 23:41. Logan Kinser came in 30th place with a time of 23:42.

Megan McQueeney notched another good time for Eagle Valley, running a 24:18.

Battle Mountain runs against nation’s best

The Battle Mountain cross country team traveled a long way to find competition on Saturday. The Huskies were in St. Paul, Minn., at the Roy Griak Invitational. Battle Mountain went up against a field loaded with state champions from the Midwest.

The girls squad raced against 42 teams, taking 22nd with 582 points. Jessica Linder ran an exceptional race for Battle Mountain. Linder finished in 19:47 for 22nd overall. There were 383 runners in the race.

“Jessica Linder was the sixth senior in the race,” Battle Mountain coach Lyle Knudson said. “When it comes to recruiting, she’ll be right up there.”

Amelia Ortiz took 80th place in a time of 20:26 for the Huskies. Anouk Guilmineau ended up in 122nd after running a 20:54.

Lettie Fickling finished in 21:04, and Bridgett Moffat 21:59. Shannon O’Rourke rounded out the times with a 23:16.

On the boys’ side, the Huskies finished in the 30th place in a field of 48 teams. Conor Wallace paced the Huskies in 45th place with a time of 16:57. David Shearon clocked a 17:06 for Battle Mountain. Eric Gallagher (18:05) also did well.

“I talked to them after the race, and what I told them there was basically two reasons why we come to meet like this,” Knudson said. “To find out where you are individually and as a team. If you take the Midwest where almost all the teams come from, we actually ran pretty well as a team. Individually, we had some people who placed.”

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.