Huskies cross-country takes sixth at state
4A state cross country
1. Palmer Ridge 94; 2. Niwot, 106; 3. Durango 153; 4. Classical Academy, 168; 5. Thompson Valley 171; 6. Battle Mountain 177 … 16. Eagle Valley, 408.
9. Alexis Aguirre, BM, 17:14
11. Cameron Moore, BM, 17:22
26. Gino Giovagnoli, EV, 17:34
44. Ethan Pence, BM, 18:02
59. Josh Braun, BM, 18:25
68. Ricky Arrela, BM, 18:37
75. Brandon Sheard, EV, 18:43
79. Ty Willoughby, BM, 18:45
109. Michael Niemeyer, EV, 19:09.1
110. Jake Borel, BM, 19:09.3
120. Riley Mehan, EV, 19:17
148. Aiden Branch, EV, 19:48.0
149. Matt Jordan, EV, 19:48.1
178. Vladimir Carbjal, EV, 21:04
1. Mountain View 127; 2. Thompson Valley, 139; T3. Palmer Ridge and Evergreen, 144; 5. Niwot, 161; 6. Battle Mountain 212.
21. Carly Volkmer, EV, 21:05
28. Rychelle Denardo, BM, 21:16
37. Kaela Fahrney, BM, 21:36
55. Anabel Johnson, BM, 21:49
57. Megan Rossman, BM, 21:53
76. Alex Raichart, BM, 22:14
90. Hannah Gaylord, BM, 22:37
156. Izze Calabrese, BM, 24:27
COLORADO SPRINGS — Battle Mountain cross-country has had a lot of big days at the state meet — most notably state titles by the ladies in 2005 and the gents in 2006 and 2007 — but not one quite like Saturday.
Both Huskies teams finished sixth at the Norris Penrose Events Center. Battle Mountain has never had both of its teams finish so high at the state meet.
The 4A boys field was extremely fast, but that didn’t stop sophomore Alexis Aguirre from finishing ninth and Cameron Moore from 13th.
The last Battle Mountain sophomore to finish ninth at the state meet was current assistant coach Jonny Stevens in 2005
“There was quite a bit of talking back and forth between coach and athlete,” Huskies head coach Rob Parish said. “All good natured, of course.”
Of course, but watch for a squid in your car, Alexis.
The Huskies’ boys had to overcome a called-back start. Ricky Arreola, Josh Braun and Jake Borel all went down hard during a start which was called back. Parrish was particularly pleased with the composure his team showed after the restart.
On the girls’ side, Rychelle Denardo was the surprise in the No. 1 spot for the Huskies, finishing 28th. Battle Mountain overcame rare off days by Hannah Gaylord and Izze Calabrese with a superlative team effort.
And, Battle Mountain’s top-six runners at state all return for next year. The ladies also added to their impressive string of state finishes the last four years — fourth, fourth, third and sixth.
Volkmer shines for Devils
Carly Volkmer had no team on Saturday. She was running all by herself as an individual qualifier.
That’s usually a disadvantage, but she powered her way to 21st place, the best finish by an Eagle Valley runner at state cross-country in the history of the school.
Patience through the first mile, and then attacking the hills was her game plan. She executed it perfectly.
“It was a beautiful race,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said.
The gents finished 16th, just one spot off their goal of a top 15. Gino Giovagnoli logged the fastest time on this course for the program. Brandon Sheard placed somewhere in the 150s last year and dropped down to 75th this year.
“We didn’t get as fast of a start as we wanted and it’s hard to fight through traffic at the state meet,” Brandt said.
Volkmer and Sheard won the final Hoss Awards of the year.