Vail Valley preps: Huskies, Devils harriers sparkle at Dakota
LITTLETON – It’s 15 days until regionals, but who’s counting?
Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley cross country prepared for the trek to Cortez by hitting Tuesday’s Dakota Ridge Invitational in Littleton Tuesday. Both sets of teams looked like they’re ready to go.
The Huskies boys finished third in the big-school division, while the girls were fifth. The Devils, in just their third year, saw their boys finish third in the small-school field, while their ladies were fourth.
David Shearon won the whole shooting match, coming home in 16 minutes, 29 seconds. The senior was all alone as he took the signature hill which completes the course and cruised to a win.
Mitch Walker continues to roll along, taking fifth in 17:28. David Suarez returned to the lineup with a 17:57, good for 15th. Remsen Allard cracked the top 25 in 24th (18:12), while Charlie Barry rounded out the scoring in 46th.
Battle Mountain finished third behind only 5A giants Loveland and Chatfield.
As is customary, Amelia Ortiz led the ladies, taking sixth in 20:15, despite being a bit under the weather. Freshman Sydney Gaylord took 15th in 21:18, followed by Mandy Ortiz (22:01) in 25th. Val Rivero and Maddie Stevens finished 42nd and 44th, putting all of Battle Mountain’s scorers in the top 50.
“I think we have a lot of competitiveness with the bottom half of varsity and the JV,” Huskies coach Ken Long said. “It’s great to everyone fighting for those last varsity spots. Everyone’s pushing and supporting each other. It’s a healthy competition.”
Shearon and Amelia Ortiz will get Saturday off as the Huskies head to Aspen.
Yes, you read correctly, the Eagle Valley boys finished third, while the girls finished fourth. That’s a first for the gents this season.
Caleb Krueger paced the Devils in eighth with Gregg Salaz in ninth. Hunter Burnham and Ben Muehlethaler also did the back-to-back in 20th and 21st. Robbie Clark closed it out in 26th.
Maggie Gilman, who is not running like the freshman she is, took home fourth in 21:12. Nikki Cunning, who is also not running like the freshman she is, was 15th in 22:28. Kira Quintana (22:55), Hannah Hibbs (24:01) and Samantha Maddox (24:39) brought Eagle Valley into fourth.
“We’re not tapering quite yet,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “I’m really happy with this race. We had 21 kids with personal-bests. To have 21 kids running like that at this time of the season is perfect.”
The Hoss Award winners were Krueger and Hibbs.
Eagle Valley is off to Aspen Saturday.
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