Aspen’s Severy wins fourth regional title
Make it four for four for Aspen High School senior Christy Severy.After a slow start in Saturday’s 3A cross country regional at the Aspen Golf Course, Severy hopped in the passing lane and overtook the other 35 runners in the field to win her fourth consecutive regional title. Severy’s finishing time of 21 minutes, 43 seconds on the five-kilometer course was 28 seconds faster than Crested Butte’s Emma Coburn, whom Severy passed around the 1-mile marker. Gunnison’s Haley Barton finished third in 21:47.”It feels good to have won regionals throughout high school,” said Severy, who won a state title as a freshmen and finished third at state last year. “It would be nice to get another state championship this year, but I don’t think it’s very possible. I do hope to get in the top three again.”
Severy’s win led to a third-place team finish for Aspen, which locked up a trip to the 3A state meet next Saturday in Colorado Springs. Aspen sophomore Natalie Obermeyer finished 16th with a time of 23:12. Freshman Lindsey Wilkinson was 17th (23:22) and junior Laura Hatanaka finished 19th (23:43). The Basalt girls team, behind a seventh-place finish from junior Amy Lund, finished second behind regional champion Gunnison. Basalt senior Kate Wilson was right behind Lund in 8th place (22:23). Senior Emily Taets rounded out the top 10 (22:34) and Longhorns sophomore Annie Tempest was 21st (23:54).The Longhorns had aspirations of a regional title heading into Saturday’s race.”But next week is the one that counts,” said Lund, who admitted Saturday’s race was tougher than she originally expected. “Before the race I felt good. After the first mile, girls started pulling away. I just felt like I couldn’t go.”
Severy said she thought Saturday’s course was a bit deceiving. At first glance, the 5-kilometer track looked flat and fast, which prompted a rapid starting pace. The gradual climbs and the grass track eventually took a toll on all the runners in the field.”The grass is almost like running on a hill in itself,” Severy said. “When you have gradual uphills, it feels even more hilly.”Severy’s regional win was the precursor to a win for Aspen junior Noah Hoffman in the boy’s regional race. Aspen coach Chris Keleher said Severy’s fourth straight title was an impressive feat – possibly an accomplishment that is unrivaled in regional competition.
“To win four regional titles, I don’t know that that’s ever been done before,” Keleher said. “She ran a great race and Noah ran a great race as well. It was a good hard course and we had a good home course advantage.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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