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Take that, computer: Devils XC takes 2nd at Columbine

LITTLETON — Milesplit.com said Eagle Valley girls cross-country would finish ninth at the Dave Sanders Invitational at Columbine on Friday.

The Devils' goal was to be in the top six.

The ladies of Eagle Valley ended up finishing second in Friday's Division 2 race at Columbine, thank you very much.

And the Facebook video posted by Devils coach Melinda Brandt shows the joyous reaction.

"They ran incredible," Brandt said. "There is not another word for it. It was the culmination of all their hard work in one meet."

There is still work to be done — the main reason the Devils opted for the Dave Sanders, instead of the Anna Banana, the regional site, this week was to check out the non-Western Slope teams in Region 1 — but this is a long season and this keeps everyone in Eagle Valley's camp pumped.

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Joslin Blair won her third race of the season, yet another feather in her growing cap. She also got the Hoss Award from her teammates. The boys' Hoss was Jerry Campos.

Speaking of the boys, they were seventh, aided by the return of Aiden Branch from a week off.

The gents also outperformed the milesplit.com simulator. (If you're not familiar with the site, it runs the races before they happen, and the results are projected on previous times. Likely, every team in the state runs the simulation on the computer and uses the results as motivation.)

Eagle Valley's next stop is the Glenwood Springs Invitational to see the Western Slope side of Region 1 next week.

Dave Sanders Invitational

Girls

1. Joslin Blair, 19:41

7. Avery Doan, 20:22

39. Taylor Hermosillo, 22:31

46. Michaela Mitchell, 22:52

52. Shelby Essex, 23:02

66. Katy Grewe, 23:25

109. Alissa Barry, 24:23

Boys

30. Aiden Branch, 18:17

39. Jack Neifert, 18:23

40. Bailey Beckum, 18:34

53. Gerardo Lopez, 18:55

81. John Papadopoulos, 19:25

89. Nick Thompson, 19:36

92. Dean Smith, 19:41