Battle Mountain cross-country dominates in Aspen
6. Hannah Gaylord, 23:58
7. Kaela Fahrney, 23:59
10. Anabel Johnson, 24:18
11. Megan Rossman, 24:22
16. Rychelle Denardo, 25:23
17. Ize Calabrese, 25:24
24. Melissa Delgado 25:43
2. Cameron Moore, 19:08
5. Alexis Aguirre, 19:31
7. Ethan Pence, 19:39
12. Ricky Arreola, 20:06
17. Josh Braun, 20:32
19. Ty Willoughby, 20:36
35. Jake Borel, 21:19
ASPEN — And that is whumpage.
Yes, we’re making up words, but one kind of needs to invent words to describe what Battle Mountain cross-country did to the rest of the field at the Severy Invitational in Aspen on Saturday.
The Huskies boys won with 43 points — fewer is better in cross-country — light years ahead of Vanguard of Colorado Springs (121). The girls also took home the trophy with 50 points, 40 ahead of Kent Denver.
That made for a nice dress rehearsal for regionals. Yes, Battle Mountain is at Rifle next week, but this was the last “intermediate check” before Delta.
“We’re not concerned about the Rifle race,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “The kids have really bought into our system of going for broke in certain races and training through the rest of the season’s meets. This was one of those intermediate checks.”
And, Battle Mountain opted for the Severy Invite with a purpose. Parish wanted his team’s dress rehearsal for the postseason to be a mountain course because the state course in Colorado Springs happens to be hilly.
For Cameron Moore, his second-place finish was the highest of his career. Parish was also pleased to see Alexis Aguirre, Ethan Pence and Ricky Arreola have big days.
“You have a lot of good days when you win by 70 points,” Parrish joked.
The big mover on the girls’ side was Kaela Fahrney. She was 1 second off the Huskies’ leader, Hannah Gaylord.
“Local cross-country fans should get used to her name,” Parish said.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.