Longhorns teams glide to victory | AspenTimes.com

Longhorns teams glide to victory

Jon SeverySpecial to The Aspen Times

Aspen and Basalt ran away to victory at the Holy Family Cross-Country Invitational on Friday outside Denver. Aspen’s Noah Hoffman took first place in the boys race – his first cross country win. “After the mile and a half, I just didn’t look back over my shoulder and I went,” Hoffman said. “It felt great.”By the end of the race, however, it was the runners from Basalt boys and girls teams who were hogging the spotlight. The Longhorns’ Colin Stewart finished in second, 17 seconds behind his upvalley rival. Casey Weaver finished fourth for the Longhorns; Duncan McDaniel’s sixth-place and Theo Pulner’s 26th-place finishes secured the team title for Basalt.The Aspen boys placed fourth overall. Barton Tofany, Aspen’s second runner to cross the line, finished in eighth place. Jacob O’Conner and Nate Marrs finished 22nd and 37th, respectively.The Basalt girls team, starting on the course five minutes behind the boys, quickly established itself at the front of the pack, eventually winning with a score of 45 points. Amy Lund finished the course in 20 minutes, 34 seconds for sixth place. Kate Wilson was ninth in 21:31; Emily Taets took 11th in 21:43, and Nuala DelPiccolo finished 19th with in a time of 22:21. Basalt’s fifth girl, Annie Tempest, came in 25th; her score did not count toward the result.”I’m just blessed with two teams that have a high standard,” Basalt coach Ron Lund said. “These kids take satisfaction in giving everything.” Basalt also swept the boys and girls cross-country races Tuesday in Georgetown. Although the team has high standards and high expectations, Basalt knows that state titles are not come by easily. Lund envisions a couple weeks more of hard practice before tapering for the championships, set for the last weekend in October. Basalt will be attending the Chris Severy Invitational in Aspen next week.The Aspen girls took fourth in the team standings with 70 points. Christy Severy continued to lead the Aspen girls with yet another second-place finish behind Platte Canyon’s Kristen McGlynn. The two were even through the first half before McGlynn put in a surge that would gap Severy by more than 40 seconds. Severy ran a time of 19 minutes 53 second to McGlynn’s 19:10.”I was a little worried to still be with Kristen at the mile, but I felt good, so I tried my best to go for it,” Severy said. “I feel like I’m improving with every race.”Aspen’s coach, Chris Keleher, feels such to be the case with the entire girls team, “They are all improving, and hopefully we will be ready to go by the regionals.” Aspen’s region includes Basalt and other top teams in the state, which means qualifying for the championships may prove difficult for the Skiers.Severy was followed by Laura Hatanaka and Natalie Obermeyer, who finished in 20th and 21st, with times of 22:32 and 22:36. Lindsey Wilkinson finished 27th for Aspen with a time of 23:00. Brittany Marrs rounded out Aspen’s top five with a 59th-place finish.