Huskies fly at Dakota Ridge |

Huskies fly at Dakota Ridge

Ian Cropp
Don Rogers/Vail DailyBattle Mountain's Johnny Stevens, right, and Jamie Fahrmeyer run near the head of the pack Tuesday at Dakota Ridge.

DAKOTA RIDGE – The Huskies asked for more competition, and they got it. It was unfortunate, however, that the competition had to deal with them.Battle Mountain, a 4A school, requested to run in the 5A division at the Dakota Ridge Invitational Tuesday. The Huskies showed the request was valid, finishing second in both boys and girls.”It was one of the best days Battle Mountain cross country has ever had,” said coach Rob Parish.Last weekend the Huskies sat out most of their varsity runners in preparation for the Dakota Ridge race and Saturday’s race at Mountain View.”They came out and they were lights out,” Parish said.Both teams finished second to Dakota Ridge on the mostly dirt and concrete course. The Dakota Ridge boys team is ranked ninth in the Southwest region of the United States, while the Dakota Ridge girls team is in the top-10 in Colorado.

Shea Phelan led the boys, finishing fifth overall with a time of 17 minutes, 42 seconds.”It was probably the best cross country race I’ve seen him run,” Parish said. “He started out slower on the first mile, but was able to come back and finish strong.”Rounding out the boys were: Johnny Stevens, eighth, 17:49, Jamie Fahrmeyer, 10th, 17:55, Jake Ball, 14th, 18:02; Ben Rogers, 19th, 18:22; John O’Neill, 21st, 18:32 and Ryan Walker, 22nd, 18:35.”Jamie had a breakout race,” Parish said. “This is his first year running, and he’s really starting to learn.”For the girls, Jennifer Bowles came in third overall with a time of 19:34. The other girls finished as such: Erika Ghent, fourth, 19:53; Molly McGee, 10th, 21:08, Christa Ghent, 15th, 21:30; Leslie Peterson, 16th, 21:36; Whitney Allard, 22nd, 21:56 and Marit Johnson, 32nd, 22:54.”Erika had a breakthrough race. October is the month when she flips on the switch,” Parish said. “Molly is getting back into the form we know she can run.”

SeamlessThe boys finished 16 places apart, within a span of 53 seconds.”A time gap of 50 seconds for your one through seven runners is unheard of,” Parish said. “It’s a tribute to how well they work as a team. Although it’s an individual sport, they really buy into the team aspect.”Not to be outdone, the girls placed five runners in the top-16.”I was really pleased with that considering we raced all 5A teams,” Parish said.

The harriers will continue to face stiff competition when they head to Mountain View Saturday. Host Mountain View is ranked first and second in 4A, for girls and boys, respectively.”Five of the top 10 teams in the Southwest region will be there,” Parish said. “We will use this as a measuring bar.”Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or, Colorado

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