Huskies harriers run well at Centaura Classic |

Huskies harriers run well at Centaura Classic

BOULDER – To be the best, you might as well run with the best.Battle Mountain cross country went down to the Centaura Classic Saturday to take on some of the best 4A and 5A teams in the Rocky Mountains, and held its own quite nicely as regionals approach in two weeks.The boys, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, finished ninth out of 20 teams, and topped all comers in their classification, while the girls were 14th.”It was good for our athletes,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “It was a good opportunity to see what being No. 1 was like this week. They got excited about it, and now realize they still have a lot of work to do. Not that they needed a wake-up call, but people just aren’t going to lay down for them at the end of the season.”Led by Jonny Stevens, the boys knocked off 4A Colorado powers Liberty and Denver North. Stevens finished 13th in 16 minutes, 44 seconds, just 12 seconds off the school record. Jamie Fahrmayer clocked a 17:10 for 29th. Colt Nelson took the Huskies’ third spot with a time of 17:28 (40th). Lorenzo Macias broke 18 minutes with a17:58 (62nd). John O’Neill (18:08, 71st), Tony Crisofulli (18:09, 73rd) and Ryan Walker (18:53; 96th) rounded out the top seven for the Huskies.In an interesting development for the Huskies, Mario Gonzales won the JV race – his third victory this year – with a time of 18:08. This could prove to be a nice problem for Parish as he is considering moving Gonzales up to varsity.”It gave them a real good simulation of what hopefully they are going to see at the state meet,” Parish said. “We still have to take care of business at regionals.”Jessica Linder led girls’ team in 25th with a 20:36. Molly McGee followed in 64th (21:48). Cecila Garcia (22:29), Kenzie Grant (22:29) and Marit Johnson (22:42) put up points for Battle Mountain. Jamie Lee Roberts (23:18) and Heidi Sorenson (24:20) also had strong performances.Though his team was on the road, Parish, like every other fall coach, is happy that Homecoming has passed. That will allow for the teams to prepare for Saturday’s Battle Mountain Invitational. The girls race at 10:45 a.m., followed by the boys at 12:15 p.m.”We’re looking forward to returning to a normal week of practice.” Parish said. “This will be the last heavy week of practice for the varsity team. We’re going to start tapering. This is the week we are switching gears from endurance to speed.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or, Colorado

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