Skiers’ cross country team heads to state meet |

Skiers’ cross country team heads to state meet

The Aspen Skiers are running to state.

And the AHS volleyball team is hammering away in an effort to get to Regionals and then state.

The AHS boys cross country team, under the direction of veteran coach Mark Barbour, will take to the starting line Saturday morning at Kent Denver High School for the annual State Cross Country Championships.

The AHS boys qualified in dramatic fashion last weekend at the Regionals in Rangely.

Senior leader and defending state champion Jon Severy, dogged by illnes all last week, stumbled and fell during the Rangely race and did not finish.

Severy apparently blacked out and then took a tumble through the sagebrush while he was leading the field.

And while he was being treated by medical personnel at the race his AHS teammates stepped up and qualified for state as the second-place boys team overall.

Michael Otte, a sophomore, won the individual title at Rangely with teammate Conor Flynn an impressive third.

Franko Peters added a 31st place and Travis Morhman was 32nd for the state-bound skiers.

Severy, also a state champion track, is not likely to participate in the state championships even though his team qualified. Severy, who was hospitalized in Aspen on Sunday for a blood problem, remains under medical care. Tests are continuing on the AHS senior.

If he is given medical clearance to run, he can be entered in the state championships up until one hour before the start of the race.

The 3A boys are scheduled to run at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kent Denver.

The 3A girls will open the state meet at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Aspen also qualified three individual girls for the state meet. They include Sloane Anderson, who finished second in last weekend’s Regionals, as well as Jenny Hamilton (16th overall) and Korry Johnson (24th overall). They will run as individuals in Saturday’s state championships.

In addition, AHS will try to advance its volleyball team into the 3A Regionals.

The Skiers of coach Matt Bergdahl will participate in the District Tournament today and Saturday at Central High School of Grand Junction.

Aspen will open against Basalt at 5 p.m. today. The Skiers also will face Gunnison tonight before playing Hotchkiss at 10 a.m. Saturday to complete pool play.

The top two teams from each of the two pools will advance to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m.

The championship and third-place matches will follow.

Olathe, as the league champion, has already secured one of the league’s three Regional playoff berths. The District Tournament this weekend will determine the 1-2-3 seeds from the league for the 3A Regionals next weekend.

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