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Two strong outings for Basalt’s harriers

Nate Peterson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BUENA VISTA ” Even on tired legs, Chiara Del Piccolo couldn’t be beat.

The Basalt junior won Tuesday’s girls race at Buena Vista just four days after taking second at the 22-team Liberty Bell Invite in Littleton.

The results highlighted two impressive showings from Basalt’s harriers, who now get a 10-day break before running again in Glenwood Springs.

Del Piccolo’s winning time Tuesday of 20 minutes, 44 seconds was more than two minutes slower than her showing Friday ” an understandable gap given the differences between the two courses, Basalt coach Ron Lund said.

The Liberty Bell Invite is practically a road race, with half of the course on the flat, suburban streets near Littleton’s Heritage High School. By contrast, Lund said Tuesday’s race in Buena Vista was run on a slow, soggy track with hairpin turns.

“It was also at 8,000 feet, compared to the race Friday,” Lund said. “We knew that the times were going to be slower, but I thought it was a good, hard effort from them.”

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The only other Basalt runner in the girls race Tuesday was sophomore Annette Stenstadvold, who finished fifth in 21:15.

On the boys side, Basalt finished fifth out of nine as a team ” but just three points out of third place.

Tyler Wilson was eighth (19:48), Andy Delany 11th (20:18), Connor Wilson 17th (20:36) and Gulio Del Piccolo 28th (21:30).

“It was encouraging, because we were one point behind Buena Vista and 20 points ahead of Lake County, who are both in our region now,” said Lund. “We got to see some schools that we’ll be seeing in Delta next month. It was definitely worth it to see that.”

The Longhorns will run at the 3A regional in Delta on Oct. 18.

Tuesday’s boys result followed a seventh-place finish at Liberty Bell. Wilson again led the way, finishing 19th in 17:44 followed by Roper (28th, 18:01), Delany (42nd, 18:40) and Del Piccolo (76th, 19:46). Junior Jason Ingram didn’t score, but was just one second off Del Piccolo’s pace.

While his boys team had good spacing Friday, Lund said he would like to see his third and fourth runners on his girls team close the gap between themselves and Chiara Del Piccolo and Stenstadvold between now and the regional meet in Delta.

Junior Noel Chiarelli was 139th (25:09) on Friday and senior Lyss Rousseve was 149th (25:39). Basalt finished 15th out of 22 schools.

“Team-wise, we’ve got a long way to go to get a team that’s going to qualify at regionals,” Lund said. “We’re going to try and narrow it down. With Chiara and Nettie, they have the possibility of going first and third at regionals. If the third and fourth girls can knock off 30 seconds between now and the end of the season, we’ll be good. It’s not out of the question, but they know they’ve got to work on it and we’ve got six weeks.”

npeterson@aspentimes.com

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