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Huskies hold reunion at CSU

FORT COLLINS, Colorado ” Colorado State University’s home cross country meet Saturday provided a reunion for former Battle Mountain runners who now compete at the collegiate level.

With CSU freshman John O’Neill sidelined because of a stress fracture, CSU junior Shea Phelan led the alumni parade on the men’s side with a 24th-place finish overall, seventh on his team.

Phelan helped CSU win the meet, followed by perennial Div. II powerhouse Western State College and then Fort Lewis College on a four-mile course outside Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.

Junior Ben “Sparky” Rogers, who still has not cut his hair, came in 40th overall, and fourth for Fort Lewis, which has aspirations this year of becoming nationally-ranked in the NCAA, Div. II. Rogers is captain of the Fort Lewis squad.

On the women’s side, Fort Lewis freshman Kenzie Grant finished third among Fort Lewis runners and junior Whitney Allard finished seventh for the team, which came in fifth. CSU edged out Western State to win the women’s race.

Colorado College sophomore Molly McGee, yet another Battle Mountain runner, finished a little ahead of Allard.

The cherry on top was an appearance by CSU junior Leslie Peterson, a mid-distance runner on the university’s track team, who finished second in the open race before the college teams ran. She, McGee and Allard ran for the Battle Mountain cross country girls team that won the state championship in fall 2005, setting the stage for the boys to win state in 2006 and 2007.

That’s seven Battle Mountain teammates at the same collegiate meet. No other Colorado high school was as well represented among the teams.

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