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Devils XC girls win at Grand Junction Friday

Eagle Valley's Avery Doan powers her way to a second-place finish at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction on Friday. Doan and the Devils won the meet going away.

GRAND JUNCTION — Got. It. Done.

Eagle Valley girls cross-country went into the Tiger Invitational with the goal of winning the meet on Friday, and the team is adding a trophy to its collection after besting the nine-team field.

The Devils out-paced Gunnison, 33-80, and bunched its five scorers into the top 20.

Joslin Blair and Avery Doan went 1-2, which always helps. Michaela Mitchell, Shelby Essex and Katy Grewe made for a lot of Eagle Valley black and white in the finish area.

"Avery is having an amazing season," Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. "She had a personal-best (time). She's trained really hard this summer. Michaela, Shelby and Katy are packing really well, working on running together. It's the start of a really great season."

On the boys' side, Gerardo Lopez appears to be the pleasant surprise of the season. The senior was a soccer player but moved to cross-country this year.

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"He's been a great asset," Brandt said.

The Devils get some home cooking next week with the Eagle Valley Invitational. The boys start at 10 a.m., with the girls at 10:45 a.m. at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.

Tiger Invitational

Girls

1. Joslin Blair, 19:14

2. Avery Doan, 20:11

8. Michaela Mitchell, 21:48

16. Shelby Essex, 22:45

19. Katy Grewe, 23:21

24. Zoe Braun, 23:58

37. Sofie Boggs, 24:32

Boys

14. Jack Neifert, 17:55

19. Gerardo Lopez. 18:18

20 Bailey Beckum, 18:37

31. Aiden Branch, 19:01

36. John Papadopoulos, 19:10

40. Carter Baker, 19:16

46. Nick Thompson, 19:30