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Huskies and Devils start quickly at state site

Sangmoon Bae, of South Korea, watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of The Barclays golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Edison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

COLORADO SPRINGS — They started here. They hope to end it here.

Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley cross-country got a look at the new state course and posted some great results at Cheyenne Mountain Stampede in Colorado Springs on Friday.

The Huskies and Devils competed in different races in Friday's opener, but both had significant moments, which make them think that they'll be back in the Springs on Halloween for the state meet.

Huskies

Battle Mountain's ladies took second in the green division with 65 points behind No. 1-ranked Air Academy (52). For the Huskies, the battle has been engaged.

The Huskies looked like their veteran selves, led by Rychelle Denardo. Battle Mountain had four runners within in 7 seconds with Megan Rossman, Kaela Fahrney, Elizabeth Constien and Hannah Gaylord.

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The guys (141) were third behind Durango (61), and The Classical Academy (129). And, to answer to your next question, yes, the Durango boys are that good.

Alexis Aguirre and Ethan Pence both smashed the 17-minute mark, a sign that the new course is definitely faster than the old one. It would also suggest, of course, that Aguirre and Pence had great days.

"We're really pleased with both (sets of) results," Huskies coach Rob Parish said. "We'll run in a couple of 5A meets this year, but this is the toughest competition we'll have this year. They're excited with where they are, but they're hungry."

Devils

Eagle Valley's boys won the blue division, nipping Pueblo South, 59-60.

What was exciting here is that each of the Devils' top gents beat out their Pueblo South counterparts in a team effort for the win.

In what is a theme for Eagle Valley cross-country, the girls are young — no seniors. In fact, the boys and girls have only three seniors in what are the current varsity sevens.

That didn't stop freshman Avery Doan from taking fifth place.

"We are going to have a year of building around the young runners," Devils coach Melinda Brandt. "Our juniors will mentor them. We definitely have a lot of talent.

The Hoss Awards went to Doan and Luke Morrisey.

Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain will be in Beaver Creek on Saturday for the Battle Mountain Invitational.

Cheyenne Mountain Stampede

Battle Mountain

Green division

Girls

9. Rychelle Denardo, 20:06

15. Megan Rossman, 20:50

18. Kaela Fahrney, 20:54

19. Elizabeth Constien, 20:55

21. Hannah Gaylord, 20:57

26. Alex Raichart, 21:08

65. Melissa Delgado, 22:34

Boys

8. Alexis Aguirre, jr. 16:56

9. Ethan Pence, 16:56

23. Jake Borel, 17;48

48. Koby Simonton, 18:22

53. Isaac Sotelo, 18:25

67. Nate Badger, 18:38

68. Franklin Reilly, 18:39

Blue division

Eagle Valley

Girls

5. Avery Doan, 22:57

14. Shawna Adams, 23:11

18. Michaela Mitchell, 25:07

35. Zoe Braun, 25:30

39. Shelby Essex, 25:31

40. Brynn Mehan, 26:00

44. Kaeli Niemeyer, 26:46

Boys

6. Aiden Branch, 18:43

8. Brandon Sheard, 18:43

13. Isaac Yoder, 19:33

16. Luke Morrisey, 19:50

21. Matt Jordan, 20:01

27. Bailey Beckum, 20:30

30. Jack Neifert, 20:40