Vail Valley preps: Battle Mountain’s Shearon ﬁfth at state meet
AURORA – The standard by which all running at Battle Mountain can be summed up in three names – Jonny Stevens, John O’Neill and Tony Crisofulli.
Please welcome David Shearon to the club. The Huskies senior took fifth place at Saturday’s 4A state meet and is only the third Battle Mountain runner to earn to earn all-state honors in cross country.
“It feels pretty cool to be up there with Jonny and John,” Shearon said. “To have that accomplishment is really nice.”
Stevens was all-state three times in the fall and O’Neill once. Crisofulli somehow didn’t make all-state in cross country by finishing in the top 10, but was a part of three state-title teams, and is inextricably intertwined with The Johns as a part of the school’s fabled Big Three.
Shearon’s in that elite company after putting down a run of 16 minutes, 32 seconds at the Arapahoe Fairgrounds in Aurora, leading the Battle Mountain boys to an 11th-place finish, while the girls were 20th.
Shearon ran like a veteran, not going out too quickly as can happen all too often at state. Instead, the senior stayed within sight of the pack and started picking off runners as the race continued.
Mitch Walker was 12th in 16:55 and David Suarez was 49th (17:42), giving Battle Mountain three in the state top 50.
“Omigosh, seeing Mitch coming down the finish was awesome,” Shearon said. “Everyone left it out there and went for broke.”
Remsen Allard came in at 18:50 (135th), followed by Mike Ball (19:19, 167th). The Huskies ended up topping league rivals Delta and Glenwood Springs in the team standings.
For the ladies, Amelia Ortiz made her fourth trip to state count in a big way, taking 13th in 20:01.
“I felt good,” Ortiz said. “Until I win, I always think I could do better, but considering that the top-12 runners in the state are all strong, doing the best I could is all that matters.”
Freshman Sydney Gaylord was 20th in 20:20 in a nice symmetry of numbers. Mandy Ortiz (141st, 22:45), Jenai Denardo (146th, 22:57) and Pearl Nanin (151st, 23:06) rounded out the scoring.
Devils freshmen impress
Eagle Valley’s freshman trio can run.
Nikki Cunning cracked the state 100, finishing 89th with a personal-record time of 21:37. Gregg Salaz also had a P.R. with an 18:26, taking 113th. Kira Quintana came home in 132nd with a 22:38.
“It was super-crucial for the program for them to run today,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “They can take back what they learned today to their teammates. They did really well to get some state experience and we’re really proud of them.”
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