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Huskies harriers improve at Steamboat

It looms on the schedule each year for the Battle Mountain cross-country team.

Steamboat Springs. Hills, hills and more hills.

“It may be the toughest course in the state,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said.

Up north Saturday, the Huskies turned in one of their better performances of the year. The girls finished third, and the boys were fourth.

Jenny Thorne continued her excellent season with a sixth-place finish with a time of 23 minutes, 47 seconds. Molly McGee (24:49) and Erika Ghent (24:53) finished 11th and 12th, respectively.

“Coming down the last straight away, I think it was a Steamboat runner, but Molly and Erika went by her on each side,” Parish said. “They just left her in the dust.”

Sabrina Ste. Marie finished 15th with a time of 25:26, followed by Maddie McCaulley with a 27:35.

On the boys’ side, there was great improvement. Grant Stevenson led the way in 18th with a 21:20.

“He actually passed me during the race and, at the time, he was about 45th,” Parish said. “He moved up a ton.”

Ben Rogers, the Eagle Valley sophomore, also shined, finishing 24th with a time of 21:47.

“That was by far his best day of the season,” Parish said. “He put together a solid, consistent race.”

Zach Erickson (21:51), Davis Gaul (22:53) and Jake Ball (24:01) rounded out the top five for the guys.

The Huskies are next in action Saturday at Rifle, site of this year’s 4A Slope regionals.

Huskies spikers win at Delta

After being swept by Steamboat Springs Thursday, Battle Mountain took it out on Delta Saturday, sweeping the Panthers, 25-11, 25-16, 25-13.

“The girls did a great job. They had awesome defense,” coach Brian Doyon said. “They covered the court really well and also turned the ball into a little bit of offense and good passing.”

Jenna Tjossem had 11 kills and 8 digs. Jodi Fleishman and Crystin Rodrick each had eight digs, while Skylar Hand had eight kills. The coach also handed out kudos to Casey Gilbert and Amy Oliver for their contributions.

“All the girls played well. There were no standouts,” Doyon said. “Everybody contributed really well, especially my subs, who came off the bench and did an awesome job. It was great. It was an awesome turnaround after getting beat up by Steamboat. We turned it around and played well.”

Battle Mountain, 6-4 overall and 3-1 in league, is at Rifle Thursday.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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