Devils, Huskies cross-country fast at Glenwood
7. Gino Giovagnoli, EV, 17:32
20. Brandon Sheard, EV, 18:06
22. Michael Niemeyer, EV, 18:09
27. Franklin Reilly, BM, 18:30
31. Matt Jordan, EV, 18:38
33. Riley Mehan, EV, 18: 42
42. Nathaniel Badger, BM, 19:18
44. Koby Simonton, BM, 19:25
45. Isaac Sotelo, BM, 19:28
51. Doug McMurrain, BM, 19:37
53. Harry Trotter, EV, 19:41
54. Vladimir Carbajal, EV, 19:45
55. Jordan Slick, BM, 19:46
71. Max Grimaldi, BM, 20:12
12 Carly Volkmer, EV, 21:03
13. Kaela Fahrney, BM, 21:15
16. Desi Mendoza, EV, 21:40
18. Alex Raichart, BM, 21:55
26. Liz Constien, BM, 22:18
30. Shawna Adams, EV, 22:56
33. Sarah Smith, BM, 23:10
35. Hanna Zibilonghi, BM, 23:15
38. Michaela Mitchell, EV, 23:17
40. Nell Snow, BM, 23:23
42. Brynn Mehan, EV, 23:26
43. Tyler Beckum, EV, 23:28
48. Taylor Hermosillo, EV, 23:36
52. Jordan Denning, BM, 24:12
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Hey, cross-country runners, it’s only one month until regionals.
Yes time flies, and so does Eagle Valley cross-country. The Devils boys were fourth and the ladies sixth at Friday’s Demon Invite at Glenwood Springs.
Eagle Valley’s Brandon Sheard had a big race, finishing second for the Devils. That’s a hop for him within the team’s usual placing. A little competition within a team is always a good thing.
But there was bigger theme of the day for the red and black.
“With our two, three, four and five runners we had a 38-second split between those four guys,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “We really focused on running as a team, and the group executed that very well.”
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For the girls Brynn Mehan, this week’s female Hoss winner, made a move jumping into Eagle Valley’s No. 5 spot.
“Brynn had a good race,” Brandt said. “She hurt her ankle at (Beaver Creek) and was out for a week. So to see her back in the top seven, fighting along with her teammates was great.”
The boys’ Hoss was Ryan Hanson.
Eagle Valley’s next race is the Anna Banana Invite in Fruita on Friday.
Battle Mountain cross-country’s future looks pretty good if Friday’s performance at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs is any indication.
Yes, Huskies such as Franklin Reillu and Kaela Fahrney have run varsity before, but the mostly-underclass-people crew held their own against varsity squads. The girls finished fifth, while the boys were sixth.
“It was awesome,” assistant coach Max Van Dyke said. “We’re really proud of our kids. If they keep working hard, they could do some exciting things.”
Battle Mountain used this week to “rest” its varsity squads. Rest is a relative term because Huskies head coach Rob Parish tends to go medieval on his teams in workouts at about this time of year.
The varsity, however, was on hand to cheer the younger runners on Friday.
Next up for the Huskies is the Dave Sanders Invitation down at Columbine High School on Friday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.