Basalt’s Zach Walsh first at Rifle race
October 11, 2014
Basalt High School senior Zach Walsh knows how to get to the finish line fast.
Walsh, one of the top-ranked cross country runners in Class 3A, added to his star-studded season with a victory in the annual Rifle Invitational.
Walsh won the 5-kilometer run on the Rifle Creek Golf Course in 15 minutes, 59 seconds — his second trip under 16 minutes this season for the prep cross coiuntry distance.
The Basalt senior won a duel with Brenden Wagler, one of the top Class 4A runners in the state.
Wagler finished in 16:04, good for second place in his home meet on Friday afternoon.
Patrick Scoggins of Rangely finished third in the boys race in 16:50. Fourth went to Ben Kelley of Soroco (Oak Creek) in 16:53.
Recommended Stories For You
Basalt's Lyle Luckett finished ninth in the field.
Walsh earlier this season won the title at the Delta Invitational. He was third last weekend in the annual Chris Severy Invitational in Aspen.
In the girls race at Rifle, Tatum Burger and Kathleen O'Connell, both of Steamboat Springs, finished first and second, respectively. Burger won in 19:13.
Emily Womble of Moffat County (Craigi) was third in 19:57, followed by Alex Raichart of Battle Mountain in fourth place.
Steamboat also placed runners fifth and sixth to dominate the girls division.
Claudia Hirons of Glenwood Springs, who won the girls title in Basalt earlier this year, was seventh in the girls field.
In overall team scoring, Battle Mountain won with 56 points.
The Huskies won both team titles at the Chris Severy Invitational last weekend.
Glenwood Springs was second with 87 points. Basalt was third with 95.
The teams will compete in the Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday at Confluence Park in Delta.
Trending In: Sports & Outdoors
- X Games returns to Aspen this week with new medals, new snowboarding event
- Mikaela Shiffrin wins Cortina super-G, her third win in discipline this season
- ‘Time to listen to my body’: Lindsey Vonn may be in too much pain to continue on
- Colbert’s Prep Playbook: Welcome to the craziness that is X Games week
- Mikaela Shiffrin shows she’s ready to take over from idol Lindsey Vonn
- Roaring Fork Valley man killed in Express Creek avalanche near Aspen
- Video: Moose chases skiers at Breckenridge Ski Resort
- Arin Trook of Aspen ID’d as skier who died in Monday avalanche near Ashcroft
- Business Monday: Wrecking ball coming to Boogie’s Building in downtown Aspen
- Vail resident ID’d as second skier killed in Taos inbounds avalanche