Devils, Huskies harriers enjoy fast times on Friday
Pat Amato Classic
26. Franklin Reilly, BM, 16:37
36. Alexis Aguirre, BM, 16:44
61. Aiden Branch, EV, 17:08
81. Nate Badger, BM, 17:23
82. Ty Willoughby, BM, 17:23
97. Jack Neifert, EV, 17:35
104. Gerardo Lopez, EV, 17:42
109. Nick Williams, BM, 17:47
111. James Moran, BM, 17:50
123. Max Grimaldi, BM, 17:59
126. John Papadopoulos, EV, 18:44
141. Nick Thompson, EV, 18:18
167. Dean Smith, EV, 18:41
172. Carter Baker, EV, 18:44
4. Joslin Blair, EV, 18:19
25. Naomi Harding, BM, 19:28
44. Grace Johnson, BM, 20:07
70. Hannah Zivelonghi, BM, 20:46
74. Gabby Trueblood, BM, 20:48
77. Bella Rubis, BM, 20:50
94. Brogan Murphy, BM, 21:07
96. Sophia Pilieri, BM, 21:07
111. Michaela Mitchell, EV, 21:25
134. Alissa Barry, EV, 21:50
139. Shelby Essex, EV, 21:55
151. Maddlyne Schenck, EV, 22:06
152. Katy Grewe, EV, 22:07
194. Avery Doan, EV, 23:11
NORTHGLENN — A flat course and low altitude (comparatively) made for fast time for both Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley cross-country at Friday’s Pat Amato Classic.
Running hills in the High Country makes these races in Northglenn fun for the Huskies and Devils.
The headliner was Eagle Valley’s Joslin Blair, who finished fourth in this huge field. And her time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds obliterated her old school record of 18:50. Perhaps, Eagle Valley shouldn’t order a plaque to put up in the gym yet, as that’s probably going down some more before the season’s done.
But it was the middle of the girls’ lineup that impressed Devils coach Melinda Brandt.
“I was happy with our middles ran, the way we were in a pack in a really big race,” she said. “Alissa Barry was our No. 3 on the day. That was excellent.”
Barry won the Hoss Award for the Devils as well as Aiden Branch.
The story for the Huskies was Naomi Harding finishing 25th in just her second race back from a biking accident which forced her to miss the first month or so of the season.
“She looking good,” Huskies assistant coach Max DeVito said. “She got really sick last weekend, but she’s super positive and always has a great mental state. She doing exactly what we’re looking for.”
And, if you’re wondering who the heck is Max DeVito, that would be Max Van Dyke, who got married two weeks ago.
Eagle Valley had seven of its 14 varsity runners earn personal records. Battle Mountain had four younger runners post lettering times — Enrique Contreras, Deagan Fahrney, Sophia Pilieri and Brogan Murphy.
Both teams have different approaches to Thursday’s final regular-season race in Rifle. The Devils are treating it as a dress rehearsal for regionals, while the Huskies are still figuring out their regional lineups.
The Battle Mountain boys’ top four is pretty much set. Lots of competition remains for spots Nos. 5-9. The girls have even more of a mess, which is a good thing. Some of the more familiar names for the Huskies ladies will be running today in Aspen, and Rifle will likely serve as a runoff for the last spots.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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