Maley finishes second at 3A state cross country in three-peat attempt, Lane sixth
Basalt High School senior Katelyn Maley obliterated her time from last season, but her primary opponent obliterated the course record in keeping Maley from a third straight state championship on Saturday in Colorado Springs.
The Class 3A girls cross country finale was won by Liberty Common junior Isabel Allori on Saturday at the Norris Penrose Event Center. She finished with a time of 17 minutes, 10.3 seconds, a new course record for the classification. The previous record was set in 2019 by Basalt’s own Sierra Bower, then a junior, when she won the title in 18 minutes flat. Allori was a mere fifth last season in 18:56.7.
Maley, who won the state championship as both a sophomore and junior, finished second on Saturday as a senior in 18:15.2, holding off Stargate junior Allison Pippert (18:16.8), last year’s runner-up, at the finish line. Maley’s time was well ahead of last year’s pace, when she won state in 18:37.1.
Her teammate, BHS senior Ava Lane, had her best finish at state, finishing sixth in 18:45.4, which would have been good for second behind only Maley last year.
Third best among Longhorns was sophomore Isabella Moon, who was 44th in 20:45.7. BHS sophomore Juniper Anderson was 102nd (22:30.8), sophomore Morgan Fink was 107th (22:39.6), freshman Addison Raymond was 124th (23:26.7) and senior Payton Barill was 126th (23:32.4) in the 149-runner field.
As a team, the Basalt girls finished eighth in 3A, won by Alamosa (57 points), with The Classical Academy finishing in second (88 points). The Aspen girls were 14th as a team.
Individually, Aspen was led by senior Michaela Kenny (48th, 20:57.1), while sophomore Julia Diaz was 50th in 20:58.5. AHS senior Natalie Wesner was 69th (21:37.2), sophomore Eden Bohart was 86th (21:58.7), sophomore Darienne Kenny was 110th (22:44.4), junior Gracen Rogers was 129th (23:35.5) and senior Stella Sherlock was 133rd (23:55).
In the boys race, Basalt finished 17th among 20 scoring teams, while Aspen did not have enough athletes to record a team score. The Classical Academy won the team title easily with 47 points, while in second was Frontier Academy with 112 points.
TCA’s Chandler Wilburn won the 3A boys title in 15:46.3, while Coal Ridge senior Tyler Parker had a solid race, finishing 24th in 17:03.7. Basalt was led by junior Owen Lambert, who was 59th in 17:58.2. Junior Edwin Ryerson led Aspen by finishing 84th in 18:30.3.
Also competing were BHS freshman Towler Scott (87th, 18:31.1), AHS senior Finn Johnson (92nd, 18:35.8), BHS senior Misha Logan (109th, 19:09.2), BHS sophomore Ivan Babonoyaba (142nd, 20:44), BHS freshman Emanuel Andrade (154th, 22:25.2), BHS freshman Lucca Del Cid (155th, 23:05.5) and BHS senior Sebastien Del Cid (156th, 26:40.8).
This was the first time the BHS boys had qualified as a team for state since 2015.
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