Longhorns ladies second in Denver | AspenTimes.com

Longhorns ladies second in Denver

Nate Peterson

Basalt’s girls cross-country team finished second among a field of 21 smaller-division schools Friday at the Liberty Bell Invitational in Littleton.Aspen’s boys and girls teams both finished sixth at the meet, which is the largest regular-season invite held in the state. Along with a huge field of Colorado schools, there were a number of top programs from Kansas, New Mexico and Wyoming.Basalt coach Ron Lund’s senior daughter, Amy, finished fourth among a field of 164 runners on the fast 5-kilometer course with a time of 19:51.Junior Annie Tempest was fifteenth in 21:10, followed by junior Nuala Del Piccolo (28th, 22:11) and freshman Chiara Del Piccolo (32nd, 22:31).Roosevelt, which also edged Basalt earlier this season at the Harrison Invite in Colorado Springs, took the girls title in the smaller division race.”We did really well,” Lund said. “We scored 79 points. That’s exactly what we scored last year when we won.”Lund said the race is more of a road race than a cross–country run, with half of the track on the High Line Canal, the rest on paved streets through Littleton.”We go there because everybody goes there,” Lund said. “It gives us a chance to see the Front Range schools that we don’t get to see. … After looking at all the other schools, I’d say we have one of the best regions in the state.”Basalt had only three boys runners, which meant the Longhorns again didn’t score as a team.Junior Tyler Wilson (41st, 18:26) was the Longhorns’ top finisher, followed by freshman Jason Ingram (134th, 22:36) and sophomore Andy Delany (158th, 25:20). Basalt was missing its top male runner, junior Brennan Roper, who re-injured his ankle while skateboarding this past week.”We were thin anyway,” Lund said. “It was disappointing, just from an individual standpoint because I thought he was one of the top five runners in our division. Hopefully he’ll be healthy before state rolls around, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”Basalt runs again Tuesday at Buena Vista, then has nearly two weeks off before heading down to the Front Range again on Friday, Sept. 29 for the Holy Family Invitational.The Skiers next run Saturday at the Snow Mountain Invitational in Granby.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com