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Eagle Valley hangs with the competition at Englewood

Windjammer Invitational

Englewood

Girls

6. Carly Volkmer, 19:49

36. Brynn Mehan, 21:30

52. Taylor Hermosillo, 22:13

56. Michaela Mitchell, 22:28

67. Tyler Beckum, 22:41

75. Shelby Essex, 23:06

83. Karla Jaramillo, 23:19

Boys

6. Gino Giovagnoli, 17:06

25. Michael Niemeyer, 17:43

30. Brandon Sheard, 17:48

53. Aiden Branch, 18:10

58. Riley Mehan, 18:14

77. Matt Jordan, 18:35

108. Elvin Artega, 19:23

ENGLEWOOD — Welcome to the Windjammer, Eagle Valley cross-country.

This weekend is the traditional time that the Devils harriers go to Aspen for the Severy Invite. It’s a great meet with a lot of tradition, but as Eagle Valley cross-country grows, it’s time for new things, and mixing it up with Denver schools is good preparation for the postseason, which looms in two weeks.

Not only did the Devils head to Englewood’s Windjammer Invitational, but the boys finished sixth and the girls ninth out of 26 teams.

“I was really happy with the experience,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “We got exactly what we wanted out of it. It was a bigger meet, stronger competition and a bigger finish. You can catch eight kids in the finish, as opposed to two in a Western Slope meet.”

The story on the boys’ side was Aiden Branch. He was the No. 4 runner for the Devils. He’s a freshman, people.

“He is so coachable,” Brandt said. “He has contributed so much to this team.”

‘Building Confidence’

For the ladies, Shelby Essex ran varsity because the flu bug is going around. The sophomore made the most of her opportunity.

“We had a couple of kids out, so we got some new kids some experience,” Brandt said. “The thing I’m excited about on the girls’ side is that they’re running much more confidently. They’re building confidence and really running as a team.”

The girls showed just that by getting their five scorers into the top half of a big metro area race.

Brandt said that she feels her top-five boys and girls are pretty much set to run at regionals, but that still leaves four spots on each team. Squads take nine runners to the Delta meet in two weeks, and that leaves a lot of battling for berths.

Saturday’s Hosses were Matt Genelin and Madison Baxter.

Eagle Valley finishes the regular season at Palisade next week.

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


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