Basalt runs with the big guns at Beaver Creek
Basalt was one of only two 3A teams on the service roads and singletrack at Beaver Creek Resort at the Battle Mountain Invitational on Saturday. The Longhorns harriers certainly weren’t cowed by running against a pack of bigger schools, which included 5A Bear Creek, Rocky Mountain and Fruita Monument, and 4A Battle Mountain.The girls team, led by a ninth-place finish from junior Amy Lund, finished third. The boys finished fourth – a team result that included a near-win for senior Collin Stewart, who led at the midway point on the tough five-kilometer course.Make that a really tough course.”The first mile was all uphill on a road,” Basalt coach Ron Lund said. “Then it turned into singletrack for a while, and then they came back down on a road. The whole thing basically climbed as much as it dropped.”Bear Creek won the girls race, and Rocky Mountain won the boys race. Battle Mountain’s teams both finished second on the home course.Lund’s finishing time of 25 minutes, four seconds was by far not her best time of the year, but considering the tough uphill course, all the times Saturday were slower than usual.Senior Emily Taets was the second Basalt runner to cross the line, finishing in 15th place in 25 minutes, 47 seconds. Taets preceded sophomore Nuala Del Piccolo (21st, 26:21), senior Kate Wilson (22nd, 26:24) and senior Brittany Guglielmo (49th, 31:19).In the boys race, Stewart was out front for about the first two kilometers before Fruita Monument’s Ben Harris overtook him. Stewart finished behind Harris in 19:37.Sophomore Casey Weaver also had a strong showing running against 5A and 4A competition, turning in a fourth-pace finish in 19:53. The other Longhorns runners who added to the final team score were junior Duncan McDaniel (12th, 20:37), senior Theo Pulver (37th, 22:04) and sophomore Andrew Galemore (40th, 22:50).Basalt next runs Friday at the Holy Family Invite in Denver.”We’re pointing toward regionals,” coach Lund said “That course won’t be as tough, but it is at altitude, so it’s not a mistake that we’ve run at Leadville and Georgetown and Beaver Creek. We want to be prepared for that.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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