Basalt girls 2nd in Glenwood’s Two Rivers race
Paced by top-five finishes by Amy Lund and Sofie Stenstadvold, the Basalt High girls cross-country team finished second at the 5K Two Rivers high school meet in Glenwood Springs Saturday.Kara Lubieniecki of team-champion Bear Creek turned in the fastest time of the meet at 20:26, followed by Cass Henion of Hotchkiss at 20:32. Glenwood Springs freshman Katrina Selsor was third (21:10), followed by Lund (21:16) and Stenstadvold (21:18).Glenwood took third in the team standings.Longhorn runners Kate Wilson (22:00) and Emily Tates (22:52) finished 11th and 17th, respectively.Glenwood’s Tiernan wins boys raceGlenwood Spring’s Alex Tiernan set the pace in the boys race, winning in 17:34. Tiernan edged runner-up Garrett Marquardt of Hotchkiss and third-place finisher Collin Stewart of Basalt by four and five seconds, respectively.”It’s a little bit nerve racking,” Tiernan said. “I felt like there was a little extra pressure because you have to bring home the W.”Encouraged by the supporters who lined the route surrounding Two Rivers Park, Tiernan delivered.”Today was fun because there’s a lot of people cheering for you and its good hear your name and bring it home for the folks,” Tiernan said.Saturday’s win was Tiernan’s second consecutive victory.But with the regional state qualifier looming in three weeks, the Roaring Fork High senior’s goal is to get even stronger. Tiernan runs for the Demons because RFHS doesn’t field a team.”I’m happy with the pace I’m setting right now,” he said.Denver’s Kennedy High School won the boys team title, nosing Bear Creek by one point (71 to 72). Glenwood took fourth (94 points) and Basalt was fifth (116).Three other valley boys – Duncan McDaniel of Basalt, Tory Garling of Glenwood and Longhorn Casey Weaver – finished in the top 20.
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