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Huskies cross-country goes low at Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell results

Boys

11. Cameron Moore, 16:04

34. Alexis Aguirre, 16:37

38. Josh Braun, 16:40

47. Ricky Arreola, 16:56

48. Ethan Pence, 16:58

82. Jake Borel, 17:44

109. Franklin Reilly, 18:07

Girls

20. Hannah Gaylord, 19:14

33. Rychelle Denardo, 19:32

56. Anabel Johnson, 20:08

63. Kaela Fahrney, 20:18

68. Megan Rossman, 20:29

86. Ize Calabrese, 20:56

88. Melissa Delgado, 20:57

LITTLETON — Everybody limbo. How low can you go?

Quite low as it turns out. Battle Mountain cross-country’s boys made some history on Friday at the Liberty Bell, putting five runners under 17 minutes in one meet for the first time in the history of the program.

And yes, that includes the 2006 and 2007 teams that won back-to-back state titles.

For the record, Huskies coach Rob Parish had that little giggle going when he reported these times, so he was darn happy.

Who could ask for Moore?

The closest the Huskies have ever gotten to five under 17 was the 2007 Liberty Bell when they had four. John O’Neill set the then-school record at 16 minutes, 10 seconds. Somebody named Jonny Stevens later lowered that to 15:58.

The reason the school record is relevant is that Cameron Moore led the Huskies with a 16:04. Young Moore appears to be making a run at his current assistant coach, Mr. Stevens.

“Cameron had a breakthrough day,” Parish said. “His previous best as 16:40-16:45. That was an incredible run. He took advantage of perfect conditions and let it rip. I thought he started too quick. He was at 5:07 or 5:08 after a mile. Turns out he was right on.”

With Alexis Aguirre, Josh Braun, Ricky Arreola and Ethan Pence all under the magical 17, Battle Mountain’s scoring five was all within 54 seconds, very impressive given the time set by Moore.

Competing in the Division 2 race against mostly 5A and the top 4A teams in the state, the boys finished sixth overall and third among their classification, not that anyone would be monitoring stats intensely.

Battle Mountain’s performance was so deep that four runners not on varsity logged letter-winning times of under 18:30 — Ty Willoughby, Julian Aguirre, Will Thrasher and Shane Riddler.

The Battle Mountain girls were 10th overall and sixth among the 4As, and Parrish likes what he’s seeing from this young squad.

“Six out of seven had (personal records),” he said. “The girls team is relatively young in experience and it’s fun to see them come together and feel more comfortable in the role as varsity runners.”

Alex Raichart, though not a varsity runner, also ran a letter-winning time.

Big picture

This race was on Sept. 12, and the regional meet in Delta is Oct. 18, followed by state on Oct. 25. Low times now are great, but the key is running like this, or, preferably better, come those two meets that really count.

“I think the million-dollar question every coach wrestles in the art and science of endurance running is mastering the peak,” Parish said. We’re still five weeks from regionals and six from state. The trick is to hold the level of volume of hills (in practice), while sprinkling in speed pieces.”

Battle Mountain is at the Demon Invite at Glenwood Springs on Friday.

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


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