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Huskies XC teams take third at Liberty Bell

Vail Mountain's Liam Hurley (10) weaves his way through Denver Christian's defense on his way to scoring the Gore Rangers' second goal of their game against the Crusaders on Friday at East Vail's Bandoni Alumni Field. The Gore Rangers defeated Denver Christian, 3-1.
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LITTLETON — Perhaps a little clarification is order.

Battle Mountain boys cross-country is a very good team.

It may not have looked like that to some during the first two weeks of the season because of the 800-pound gorilla, aka Durango, was also at the same meets. But the Huskies really aren’t chopped liver.

On Friday, the gents finished in third place of the Division II of the Liberty Bell down in Littleton. To translate that jargon, the Liberty Bell is one of the landmark meets of the season, and Division II is a mishmash of 5A and the top 4A teams in the state.

Fast bunch of Gents

The boys were, in fact, the top 4A school in their race. And also, according to milesplit.com, finished 11th in the merged times of the four different boys’ races run at the meet down in Littleton.

So, despite the whole Durango complex, Battle Mountain has a really fast bunch of gents.

“We were talking that they do get over-shadowed by Durango,” Battle Mountain assistant coach Max Van Dyke said. “But they blew it out of the water today. Alexis and Ethan had one their best races ever, one in front of each other. It was exciting to watch.”

Alexis Aguirre nipped Ethan Pence in the end, but competition in cross-country is always a good thing.

On the Girls’ Side

By the way, the girls are still really fast. They were also third in Division II and second among the 4A schools.

The storyline with the ladies was the rebound of Rychelle Denardo. She had one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days at the Battle Mountain Invitational last week. She bounced back to be the Huskies’ top runner.

“She was pretty excited,” Van Dyke said. “She wanted to prove that she could still run. That was a weird fluke, nothing more than that. She was back.”

Battle Mountain’s next stop is the Eagle Valley Invite at Gypsum Creek on Saturday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.