Huskies harriers star at Dakota Ridge |

Huskies harriers star at Dakota Ridge

Special to the Daily/Mark StevensonBattle Mountain's Ben Rogers was one of many Huskies harriers who recorded personal best times Tuesday at Dakota Ridge.

Battle Mountain cross-country coach Rob Parish is starting to sound like a broken record.

And, that’s a good thing, after Tuesday’s meet at Dakota Ridge, where some of the best 4A and 5A teams assemble each year.

“I keep saying this, but, that is by far the best finish that I’ve seen from a Battle Mountain team,” Parish said. “Especially considering the last few years, where we’ve been at the bottom of the standings in this meet. Everybody on the team had a personal best – by minutes.”

These Huskies were wicked fast Tuesday. In fact, it was a black-or-white-or-blue-letter day – depending on your school of origin – for Battle Mountain. Twelve Huskies cracked the 23-minute mark for girls or the 20-minute mark for boys, required to earn letter-person status for 2003.

In race with more than 100 runners, Molly McGee, the pride of Vail Christian, finished with a blistering time of 20 minutes, 53 seconds in 11th place. Right behind her in 12th was Erika Ghent with a time of 20:50. Jenny Thorne, on loan from Vail Mountain, took 18th, clocking in at 21:21.

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Brooke Seggerberg scorched the course in 22:49, while Sammy McCoy finished in 22:50.

It was such a great day for the girls’ team that Andrea Knight and Maddie McCaulley, running for the junior varsity, also earned their letters.

On the boys’ side, Grant Stevenson should have been arrested for speeding. He finished 21st with a time of 17:58. Zach Erickson zipped his way to a time of 18:16. Ben Rogers, of Eagle Valley, took more than three minutes off his PR, “Sparking” his way to an 18:40. Davis Gaul also broke 19 minutes with an 18:46. Andy Given rounded things out in 19:53.

Next up for the Huskies is Aspen on Saturday. Regionals are just two weeks afterward at Rifle.

Denton shines at state

Think about it.

Hundreds of high-school golfers picked up their sticks in August to start the season – and, after the dust settled two months later, Battle Mountain’s Keith Denton cracked the top 50 in the state after this week’s state tournament in Alamosa.

While, Denton, or any other golfer, for that matter, always wants the brass ring, 49th in a state of golf nuts is quite an accomplishment.

“It wasn’t bad,” said the-usually-understated Denton. “I did well outside a couple of short putts I missed. I wish I could have done better. I just missed a few putts. I had lost my concentration a bit.”

Denton shot 80-79 during the two-day tourney. Not too bad under any circumstances. Pretty amazing considering he’d played three hockey games for the Vail Midget AA’s last weekend. Denton’s highlight of the tournament was going out in 38 in the front nine of the first round.

While Denton downplayed his exploits, coach Cassie Desmone was more than willing to toot her pupil’s horn.

“On the second day he got his putting right on and his chipping was good,” she said. “He was a little short to the greens, but he never got in trouble with water or O.B.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coaching him. He well-tempered. He never gets angry on the golf course. He’s devoted to improving himself in the game. I’m going to miss him.”

Next up for Denton is Battle Mountain hockey – and another run at state.

“I’m really excited,” Denton said. “I can’t wait.”

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

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