Huskies’ times fall at Dakota Ridge
Tuesday afternoon, the Battle Mountain cross-country team did that and more at the Dakota Ridge Invitational. Times were falling farther than the NASDAQ.
“Every single kid ran the fastest race of their entire lives,” said Rob Parish, who coaches the team with Kelli Witter-Bresler. “Quite a few seniors ran their best out of their four years.”
That would start with Rob Finlay, who chopped a whopping 40 seconds off his personal best with a time of 17 minutes, 17 seconds. Then you have Eagle Valley sophomore Dan Lewis. He plummeted to 18:31.
“Dan ran really, really well,” Parish said. “He’s just been improving steadily each week. Dan, Alex (Edwards) and Andy (Givens) were able to run together, which helped him out quite a bit. But Danny’s doing great. It’s easy to forget, but he’s only been running for three or four races.”
Edwards finished in 18:40, with Givens right behind in 18:47. Freshman Ben Rogers just missed lettering by eight seconds with a time of 21:08. Riley Pack came home in 22:40.
The low times continued on the girls team with Sabrina Ste. Marie clocking a 21:09. Maddie McCaulley zoomed to a 22:20, while Kim White punched in at 23:45.
“Sabrina had lettered before, but Maddie and Kim lettered for the first time,” Parish said. “But across the board there were like two-minute improvements on their best times.”
Other good times included Emily Wray (24:10), Danielle Wray (24:42) and Jenny Thorne (24:47).
Battle Mountain is next in action Saturday at Aspen.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.