Basalt harriers win Georgetown Classic
Just five days after the Basalt girls cross-country team won the Liberty Bell Invite in Denver, both Longhorns squads took the top spot in Tuesday’s Georgetown Classic.With a team score of 52, The Longhorns boys finished 28 points better than second-place Ridgeview Academy. Three Basalt runners finished in the top 12. Senior Collin Stewart, one of two Longhorns to crack the top 10, finished in third place with a time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds. Sophomore Casey Weaver came in sixth at 18:10. Junior Duncan McDaniel finished 12th in the 110-runner field with a time of 18:58. Junior Andrew Galemore finished 31st. “I was real impressed with how our boys did,” coach Ron Lund said. “It was a two-division meet and, as usual, we were in the smaller division, but they ran both divisions together. [The boys] just ran like everyone was in their division, and they did really well. It was nice to see the results when they separated the scoring at the end. I think it was one of their better meets of the year.”Junior Amy Lund led the way for the girls yet again, finishing fourth with a time of 22:19. She was just 1:21 off the pace set by individual winner Brianna Perkins of Summit. Lund was the top Basalt finisher Friday in seventh place.Basalt Senior Emily Taets finished 13th with a time of 23:13, and Kate Wilson finished seven seconds behind in fourth. Wilson actually lost one of her shoes in a patch of mud on the last mile of the five-kilometer course and finished the race in just a sock. “The course there was a little more demanding than the Liberty Bell,” Ron Lund said. “It was a little bit more uneven terrain and it had water crossings.”Sophomore Nuala Del Piccolo finished 41st to round out Basalt’s top four female runners.The Longhorns had a flair for the dramatic once again, finishing just four points better than second-place Roosevelt High School, with a team score of 72. Basalt narrowly defeated Machebeuf by four on Friday.Basalt softball sweeps NorwoodOn the strength of some extra-inning heroics, the Basalt Longhorns defeated Norwood, 8-7, in the second game of their doubleheader Saturday to complete a two-game sweep.Lisa Warnecke’s eight-strikeout, two-hit performance in the first game propelled the Longhorns to the 5-3 victory. Longhorns starter Darbi Scherer went all eight innings in Game 2, giving up seven hits and striking out 12. She struck out the side in the seventh. Basalt jumped out to a 5-2 lead after four before Norwood took the lead following a five-run fifth. The Longhorns responded in the bottom of the inning. Warnecke’s aggressive base-running, and key hits from Katie Mulcahy and Laura Willie helped Basalt tie the score. Norwood had a golden opportunity to score the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth with one out and a runner on second. On a deep fly ball to left, the runner attempted to come all the way around, and Allison Brumet gunned her down with a strong throw for the final out.In the bottom of the eighth, Emily Peetz led off with a walk and stole second on the next pitch. Scherer followed, lining a 3-0 fastball into center to score the winning run and clinch the sweep.Heather Conder went 2-for-3 and stole three bases in the first for the Longhorns (3-1). Basalt travels to Gunnison for two games Saturday.Aspen Times Sports Editor Nate Peterson contributed to this story.
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