Aspen cross country wins boys regional title
The Aspen High School cross country team won the boys title Friday at the Class 3A Regional Cross Country Championships at Confluence Park in Delta.
The Skiers, coached by Chris Keleher, totaled a low of 46 points to win the boys division over eight other teams. Olathe was second with 49 points.
Bayfield was third with 56, one better than Gunnison. Pagosa Springs was fifth with 68 points. Basalt had 106. The top five teams advanced to state next week.
Zach Walsh led the Longhorns with his third-place finish of 16:57.40 for the 5-kilometer course.
Trevor Gabbard, of Bayfield, won at 16:12.10.
Hudson McNamee led the Skiers with his fourth-place finish in 17:04.10. Taggart Soloman, of Aspen was sixth.
Mikey George was No. 16 for Aspen (17:47.40). Alex Wells finished 20th in 17:55.20.
Lyle Luckett was Basalt’s No. 2 finisher in 26th place (18:09.10).
In the girls regional championship game, defending Class 3A state champion Eva-Lou Edwards, of Bayfield, dominated and won in 17:56.70.
Emily Bryant, of Pagosa Springs, finished second in 19:00.10.
Basalt’s Hailey Swirbul, the winner of the Chris Severy Invitational in Aspen last month, finished third in the regional final in 19:25.10.
Moffat County (Craig) won the girls team title with 39 points, one ahead of Pagosa Springs.
Bayfield was a close third with 42 points. Gunnison (52) was fourth with Aspen fifth (60), earning a trip to state next weekend.. Basalt was next with 112.
Aspen was paced by Megan Woodrow, who finished seventh in 20:10.00.
Ryley Sutton, of the Skiers, finished 10th in 20:21.20.
Tierney Sutton was 17th for Aspen in 21:12.60. Leigh Sanbach was 27th (21;55.50).
“The boys ran really well,” Keleher said, adding that they packed together for the team victory.
“The girls qualified (for state), but I don’t think our girls have had their best races yet,” Keleher said. “Theres’ a chance they can improve again and work some magic at state.”
The Aspen boys and girls teams will head to the State Cross Country Championships next week, along with top individuals like Basalt’s Walsh and Swirbul.
The state meet will be at the Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs.
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