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Battle Mountain places well at Liberty Bell

Ian Cropp

Denver – The competition may have been tougher than normal, but the Huskies didn’t mind.In a field that included teams from Wyoming and Kansas, the Battle Mountain harriers held their own and then some. The girls finished third, and the guys finished seventh.Jennifer Bowles led the charge for the girls, placing sixth overall, with a time of 19 minutes, 21 seconds.”We knew she had an impressive resume when she transferred form California, but we didn’t expect this,” said coach Rob Parish.Erica Ghent followed close behind in 11th, at 20:06. The rest of the girls finished as such: Molly McGee, 29th, 20:58; Leslie Peterson, 30th; 20:59; Whitney Allard, 46th, 21:48, Michelle Hiland, 52nd, 22:10; and Heidi Sorensen, 77th, 23:00.For the boys, Johnny Stevens tied a school record by finishing at 16:32. He came in eighth place overall and will now head to New Zealand to compete in the world trail-running championships.Rounding out the boys are: Shea Phelan, 27th, 17:29; Jake Ball, 41st, 17:59; Ben Rogers, 47th; 18:10; Jamie Fahrmeyer, 48th, 18:14; John O’Neill, 62nd, 18:31; and Ryan Walker, 101st, 19:45.Next Saturday the Huskies host the Beaver Creek race. In addition to the 17 teams that will compete at 10 a.m., there will be an open race at 1:15 p.m. with cash prizes. Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or icropp@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado