Basalt girls finish second at Palisade | AspenTimes.com

Basalt girls finish second at Palisade

Nate Peterson

The final tune-up for the Basalt cross country teams before next Saturday’s regional in Aspen came Friday on a flat – and possibly long – course in Palisade. Basalt head coach Ron Lund said the course had to be longer than the stated five kilometers because times across the board were slow. “The Palisade coach measured it with a GPS system,” Lund said. “He didn’t even wheel it. I think there’s a little more margin for error with that. There were basically no hills, so I was surprised at the times for how slow they were. … If everyone runs slower, that’s the course and not one individual.”Regardless of how long the course was, both Basalt teams ran well against a field predominately made up of 4A and 5A teams. Hotchkiss was the only other 3A team in the 14-team field.The girls team finished second with 91 points behind 4A Battle Mountain, who ran to an easy victory with 37 points. Glenwood Springs was a close third with 96.The Aspen boys were fourth as a team with 126 points, finishing behind Grand Junction (39), Battle Mountain (88) and Steamboat Springs (126).Lund said the race was preview of next Saturday’s 4A regional meet in Palisade. Only two 4A schools from the Western Slope region were absent Friday.”We knew going down there we were going to be the little fish in the big pond,” Lund said. “I was really pleased with the girls that they were able to get second.”Individually for the girls, Lund’s daughter, Amy, a junior, turned in the fastest time for Basalt, finishing fifth overall after completing the course in 20 minutes, 38 seconds. Senior Kate Wilson was right behind in sixth in 20:45, followed by senior Emily Taets (20th, 21:51), sophomore Annie Tempest (28th, 22:30) and sophomore Nuala Del Piccolo (32nd, 22:38).For the boys, senior Collin Stewart finished fifth with a time of 17:16, followed by junior Casey Weaver in 13th with a time of 17:50. Junior Duncan McDaniel crossed the finish line a few stride behind Weaver in 14th with a time of 17:54. The other two runners who scored were sophomore Andrew Galemore (41st, 19:03) and freshman Tyler Wilson 53rd, 19:25.After the tune-up, Lund said both of his teams have their sights on regional championships.”I’m thinking we’re looking pretty good,” the coach said. “They’re pretty confident that they’re going to qualify for state out of the region, but the goal is to win the regional title. I think if they run their race, both teams have got a good chance to win.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com