Huskies cross-country starts to pare down at Rifle Invitational |

Huskies cross-country starts to pare down at Rifle Invitational

Palisade Invitational


8. Ty Willoughby, 17:34

12. Shane Ridler, 17:48

13. Franklin Reilly, 17:49

18. Will Thrasher, 18:05

19. Nathaniel Badger, 18:05 (tenths)

20. Koby Simonton, 18:12

24. Patrick Johnson, 18:38


4. Alex Raichart, 19:58

8. Ize Calabrese, 20:42

9. Elizabeth Constien, 20:50

13. Sarah Smith, 21:27

16. Hanna Zivilonghi, 21:37

19. Londra Aguirre, 22:02

20. Nell Snow, 22:02 (tenths)

RIFLE — How did the Battle Mountain girls cross-country team not win Thursday’s Rifle Invitational?

All seven of the team’s varsity runners finished in the top 20. The Huskies boys had “worse” individual places and won going away.

Call it one of those weird moments of cross-country math. Also, as far as the Huskies are concerned, the races to win come during the next two weeks — regionals in Delta on Friday and state in Colorado Springs a week after that.

Battle Mountain’s top fives are set — Cameron Moore, Alexis Aguirre, Ethan Pence, Ricky Arreola and Jake Borel for the boys; Hannah Gaylord, Rychelle Denardo, Anabel Johnson, Kaela Fahrney and Megan Rossman for the ladies.

But who fills the other four spots?

That would be the $64,000 question. Assistant coach Jonny Stevens said the Huskies will be bringing down 11 runners for nine spots next week. Cue the “Jeopardy” music.

“We’ll have a big crew,” Stevens said. “Everyone’s running well. We’ll narrow it down.”

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

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