Huskies XC beats trail |

Huskies XC beats trail

Shauna Farnell

WINTER PARK – The Battle Mountain cross country team was in for a surprise on the new course Saturday at Snow Mountain Ranch, but runners didn’t allow themselves to get tripped up by the course.

The Battle Mountain girls won and the boys took second Saturday against seven teams from throughout Denver and the Western Slope.”The course was a little slow,” said Battle Mountain cross country assistant coach Kelli Whitter. “It’s through the woods, over some sand and over some trees. It’s different from the years we’ve run it previously, but the kids adapted pretty well.”

Leslie Peterson of Vail Christian led the girls, placing fourth overall with a time of 22 minutes, 40 seconds. Jessica Medsker of Eagle Valley was right on her heels in fifth with a time of 22:44. Vail Christian’s Molly McGee finished eighth in 23:13 and Whitney Allard 15th in 24:25. Grant Stevenson led the Battle Mountain boys, taking sixth in 18:40. Ben Rogers wasn’t far behind him, taking 10th in 19:01 with teammates Zach Erickson (19:14) and Jonathan Stevens (19:16) in 11th and 12th, respectively.

“I have to say we had some good times,” Whitter said. “They’re a little slower with the challenging course, but times don’t always reflect how hard we’re working. There was a lot more mental toughness involved in this race. But, I had a good feeling about it and about what the next meet will hold.”Battle Mountain races again Saturday at Moffat.

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