Huskies keep rolling towards regionals |

Huskies keep rolling towards regionals

Ian Cropp
Special to the Daily Battle Mountain's Jennifer Bowles, left, and Erika Ghent lead out the pack Friday afternoon at Palisade. Ghent won the race and Bowles finished third as the Huskies girls cross country team won the race.

PALISADE – Even when the Huskies harriers come into a race tired, they still fly. After running an impressive race last week at the Mountain View Invitational, Battle Mountain trained hard all week and then showed little fatigue at Palisade, coming in first for girls, and second for guys.”We really pushed this last week and had some heavy-duty training,” said Parish.And the Huskies don’t plan on letting up much this week as they head into regionals next Saturday.”This week, we’re doing something we’ve never done before, and we’ll train hard,” Parish said. “If (we pull back) we run the risk of peaking and being flat for states, so with our momentum, we’ll have a solid week of training, so we are in top shape for states.”One harrier who seems to get stronger with every race is Erika Ghent, who finished first overall with a time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds.”She’s Mrs. October,” Parish said. “She starts focusing on running in August, where others enter the season in cross country shape. Once she gets into shape, she’s unbeatable.”Ghent was in front along with a Glenwood Springs runner and the Huskies’ Jennifer Bowles, until she pulled away in the final mile.

“I’ve just been working hard, and something clicks,” Ghent said of her late-season surges.Placing second for the Huskies, and third overall was Bowles, at 20:18.”Today was a good race to learn from,” Bowles said. “Now I know where to push (next week).”Johnny Stevens grabbed the top spot for the boys, finishing ninth overall, at 17:35.Top heavyBoth teams jammed all seven runners among the top finishers. The girls put five runners in the top 14, seven in the top 24 and 11 in the top 48. The boys had seven runners in the top-33.”It was great that all of our kids ran together, and we were able to showcase the strength of our team,” Parish said.

The girls finished with 37 points, with second-place Basalt earning 91. Rounding out the girls were: Christa Ghent, ninth, 21:08; Molly McGee 10th, 21:14; Leslie Peterson, 14th; 21:34; Marit Johnson, 22nd, 21:55 and Whitney Allard, 24th, 22:03.Only 5A Grand Junction edged the boys, who scored 88 points. The next closest team in the region, Steamboat Springs, had 122 points.Placing second on the team for the boys, and 11th overall was Shea Phelan, at 17:43.”I started out slower than in the beginning of the season,” Phelan said. “In the last couple of races, I’ve felt a lot stronger towards the end.”The rest of the boys finished as such: Jake Ball, 18th, 18:02; Ben Rogers, 20th; 18:20; Jamie Fahrmeyer, 30th, 18:48, Ryan Walker, 32nd, 18:51 and Lorenzo Macias, 33rd, 18:51.”Jake Ball bounced back from a couple of disappointing races and had a strong race,” Parish said. “Ryan Walker had his best race of the season.”Palisade, and back

Saturday, the Huskies will race at the same course in Palisade for regionals.”We pretty much know who our competition is, and what to expect,” Erika Ghent said.The boys, who didn’t finish as close together as they had at Mountain View, hope to close the gap at regionals.”We scored where we wanted to (Friday), but we should be ahead at regionals by more,” Stevens said.Parish is optimistic about next week for both teams.”You have to be in the top four in the region to be in states,” Parish said. “I feel pretty confident our guys and girls can make it through.”Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or

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