Basalt girls third in Liberty Bell
Running in the Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School on Friday, the Basalt High girls cross-country team took third place and the BHS boys finished 11th in the Division IV meet, featuring smaller schools.Collin Stewart had the best individual finish among Longhorn runners, taking sixth place in 17 minutes, 31 seconds.In the girls race, Amy Lund was ninth overall among 152 runners at 20:46.Denver Christian won the girls meet with 80 points. St. Mary’s was second with 81 points, followed by Basalt with 94.Other Basalt girls finishers included Sofie Stenstadvold (20th, 21:29), Kate Wilson (24th, 21:42), Emily Taets (41st, 22:45), Molly Honan (56th, 23:30), Deanna Spracher (63rd, 24:10), Brittany Guglielmo (84th, 25:41) and Nuala DelPiccolo (92nd, 25:53).Other Basalt boys finishers included Duncan McDaniel (26th, 18:58), Casey Weaver (51st, 19:34), Theo Pulver (78th, 20:21), Jesse Regan (95th, 21:17) and Sean Owens (133rd, 23:46).Denver Christian also won the boys meet, with 55 points. La Junta was second (68) and Colorado Springs Christian was third (97). Basalt had 161 points in 11th.Severy paces AspenAspen High’s Christy Severy won her second cross-country race of the young season Saturday at the Middle Park Invitational at Snow Mountain Ranch on Saturday.Severy covered the 5K course in 20 minutes, 52 seconds. Summit’s Briana Perkins was second, some 29 seconds back in the field of 60 girls.Aspen’s Laura Hatanaka was 18th (24:51) and Abby Mickey was 34th (26:22). Jessica Andrews finished 36th (26:35) and C.C. Carpenter was 47th (28:21). Team results were not available.In the boys race at Snow Mountain Ranch, Aspen’s Noah Hoffman finished fourth in 18:18. Denver North’s Isaiah Rubio won in 17:43.The Skiers’ Barton Tofany finished 18th (20:02) and Jake O’Conner was 36th (21:26). Aspen’s Nate Marrs followed in 50th (22:27) with Andrew Preusch in 58th (23:31) in a field of 71 boys.
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Had Hailey Swirbul decided against going to Europe, she would not have finished with a career-best result in Friday’s World Cup opener. Yes, there was a time, and not long ago, when the U.S. ski team member and Roaring Fork Valley native questioned her desire to put on a race bib.