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Basalt High to host prep cross country meet

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Basalt High School senior Zach Walsh runs with the lead group at the annual Delta Invitational last weekend at Confluence Park in Delta. Walsh was third overall and first among Class 3A runners in a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds for the 5K.
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Brace yourselves, cross country running fans.

One of the fastest fields for a meet on the Western Slope will gather at Crown Mountain Park in the Basalt area on Saturday for the annual Longhorn Invitational.

“We should have a fast field this year,” Basalt High School head coach Ron Lund said. “We have 11 schools entered. We’ll have about 200 kids racing.”



Lund said the fast field will include Basalt senior Zach Walsh, who has recorded some of the top times in Class 3A this fall.

He ran a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds for the 5-kilometer race last weekend at the Delta Invitational, when he finished third overall and four leaders battled to the line.




“That’s a minute faster than he ran last year,” Lund said of Walsh, who trailed only Class 4A runners last weekend at Delta. He was first among the Class 3A field.

He’ll be tested again Saturday by runners from Rifle and Montrose, among others.

Lund said the teams entered Saturday include Glenwood Springs, Coal Ridge, Meeker, Rifle, Olathe, Fruita Monument, Montrose, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Basalt.

The Basalt High School team includes several runners from nearby Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

The Rams don’t field a cross country team, so the Roaring Fork runners can join the co-op program in Basalt.

The Aspen High School cross country team will race in the Battle Mountain Invitational in Vail on Saturday.

Lund said that last weekend Walsh and three other runners finished in under 16 minutes at the Delta Invitational.

Just last year at the Class 3A Regionals, Lund said, only one runner broke 16 minutes.

“It’s definitely faster,” Lund said.

He said the festivities Saturday will begin with a middle school re at 9:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the high school girls will race on the course around Crown Mountain Park.

The final race will start at 10:45 a.m. Saturday — the high school boys.

Spectators and running fans are invited to Basalt on Saturday for the showcase of contenders for state cross country honors.

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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