Basalt, Aspen harriers run well at Delta Invite
The Basalt girls cross-country team opened its season with a third-place finish at the Delta Invite Saturday, led by junior Amy Lund’s seventh-place time of 20 minutes, 17 seconds on the 5K course.
For the boys, senior Collin Stewart edged junior teammate Casey Weaver by three seconds, finishing in 16:39 to Weaver’s 16:42. The boys finished fourth overall.
Aspen’s two cross-country teams also had strong showings, both finishing fifth among the 13 schools at the meet.
Senior Christy Severy led the girls team with her sixth-place time of 20:01. For the boys, junior Noah Hoffman finished second individually with a time of 16:29.
Aspen head coach Chris Keleher said his team was a little tired after running Thursday at the Harrison Invite at Colorado Springs.
“Some of them raced better Saturday, some of them were dragging a little,” Keleher said. “It’s early season, so we’re still just figuring things out.”
Behind Lund, Basalt senior Kate Wilson finished 14th with a time of 21:04, senior Emily Taets was 27th in 22:11, sophomore Nuala Del Piccolo was 29th in 22:22, and sophomore Annie Tempest was 32nd in 22:35.
Rounding out the top five runners for the Longhorns boys were junior Duncan McDaniel in 17th with a time of 17:40, senior Theo Pulver in 32nd with a time of 18:18 and sophomore Andrew Galemore in 39th with a time of 18:49.
For the Aspen girls, junior Laura Hatanaka was 21st individually in 21:47; sophomore Natalie Obermeyer was 25th in 21:59; sophomore Abby Mickey was 38th in 23:38; junior Haylen Gregory was 44th in 24:25; sophomore Katie Bird was 48th in 25:12; sophomore Annalise Grueter was 49th in 25:14 and junior Cornelia Carpenter was 50th in 25:35.
For the boys, junior Barton Tofany was 15th in 17:29; junior Jake O’Connor was 16th in 17: 33; junior Nate Marrs was 47th in 19:41 and Morgan Boyles was 57th in 21:10.
Basalt runs at the Leadville Invitational on Saturday, while the Skiers run at the Steamboat Springs Invite.
After a tough 4-0 loss Thursday against state runner-up Faith Christian to open the season, Basalt evened its record at home Saturday against visiting Colorado Academy.
The Longhorns got goals from seniors Brett Boyle, Felipe Sanchez and Matt Schoeller, and senior keeper Jamie Wirkler made seven saves in the shutout.
Against Faith Christian on Thursday, the Longhorns played the Eagles to a scoreless tie through the first half, only to watch a tight game turn into a blowout when Faith got its offense rolling in the final 30 minutes.
“Both teams came out and fought hard,” said Basalt coach Eric Streff. “Faith just has a very good team. They were able to capitalize.”
Saturday against Colorado Academy, Streff was more pleased with the complete effort from his team. The Longhorns scored their three goals in the first 20 minutes of action, then geared back.
“We just kind of put things on cruise control,” Streff said. “We’re working on some position stuff because it’s early in the season, so it was good to try some different things.”
The Longhorns next play at Paonia at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Aspen soccer, like Basalt, didn’t fare any better in its opener Friday against Salida, losing to the defending 3A state champion, 5-0.
Things took a turn in the other direction Saturday as the Skiers knocked off Paonia, 5-2, then handed Fort Morgan a 4-1 loss.
The offensive star in both games was junior forward Stephen Buzbee, who notched two goals against Fort Morgan and three against Paonia. Freshman Baker Boyd also netted two goals against Fort Morgan. Against Paonia, junior Eric Sciarrone had two goals.
The Skiers next play Thursday, Sept.15, against CRMS.
Basalt lost its football opener Friday, falling 14-13 at Meeker.
The Longhorns host Grand Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday in their home opener.
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