Impressive five days for Basalt harriers
Aspen, CO Colorado
BUENA VISTA, Colo. ” Basalt sophomore Chiara Del Piccolo finished ahead of freshman Annette Stenstadvold for the first time this season Tuesday afternoon at the Buena Vista Invite. She also finished ahead of everyone else with a winning time of 20 minutes, 34 seconds.
Stenstadvold was moving up on the lead pack late in the race, just as she has done all season, before she tripped and twisted her ankle. She finished nearly a whole minute behind Del Piccolo with a fifth-place 21:26.
“Chiara had a heck of race,” Basalt coach Ron Lund said. “Nettie’s fall kind of threw her off just at the time when she had really got going. I was watching, and when she was that far behind Chiara, I’d thought she’d maybe taken a wrong turn or something.”
Stenstadvold’s ankle should be fine when the Longhorns run again Sept. 29 at Glenwood Springs, Lund said.
Rounding out Basalt’s other scoring runners Tuesday were Nuala Del Piccolo (20th, 23: 14) and Noel Chiarelli (30th, 24: 02). The girls finished third among the 12 teams at the meet with 56 points, behind Gunnison and 4A Woodland Park. “They did pretty good,” Lund said. “Gunnison is a favorite to win our region and is ranked, and Woodland Park was really tough.”
Tuesday’s meet was the second in five days for Basalt’s girls and boys, who ran in Friday’s Liberty Bell Invite in Denver.
The largest regular season meet in the state, Basalt’s girls finished an impressive fifth among 20 different 3A teams.
Stenstadvold took fifth (20:03), Chiara Del Piccolo sixth (20:09), Nuala Del Piccolo 26th ( 21: 56) and Chiarelli 61st (23:15).
Basalt senior Brennan Roper won the boys 3A race ” his third win this season ” in 16:22.
All of Basalt’s runners ran their fastest times of the fall on the Liberty Bell course, half of which is on paved streets through Denver neighborhoods.
Senior Casey Weaver ” the team’s second- fastest runner ” didn’t run because he was battling the flu, a loss that was affected in the team standings as Basalt finished 10th out of 20.
The Longhorns’ scoring runners were junior Tyler Wilson (20th, 17: 41), freshman Connor Roper (59th, 19:06) and junior Andy Delany (105th, 20:45).
Tuesday, with Weaver back in the lineup, the Longhorns boys took second at Buena Vista behind Woodland Park.
Roper finished in 17:06, 10 seconds off the pace of race winner Edwin Cruz of Del Norte, a seventh-place finisher at the 3A state meet last fall.
“I think it was good for Brennan to see a top-10 finisher that’s going to be a factor at state this year,” Lund said. “Buena Vista also had a kid that was only eight seconds behind him. Seeing that kind of competition will give him more to focus on. He’ll have to work harder.”
Now 40 years old, the downhill racer from Utah is still speeding along with no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Sure, his back sometimes aches but it’s not enough to deter him from chasing after the feeling of a perfect race.