Severy 5th at states; Hamilton 4th |

Severy 5th at states; Hamilton 4th

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Aspen’s Christy Severy ran a personal-best Saturday at the Class 3A State Cross Country Championships in Colorado Springs, and this time Severy’s best was good enough for fifth place.

Buena Vista junior phenom Rachel Gioscia won the 3A girls 5K race in 18 minutes, 10 seconds, while Severy, the defending 3A state champ as a sophomore, followed in 18:49. Ali Kelley of Colorado Academy was second, Pagosa Springs’ Emilie Schur third and Michaela Muniz of Centauri fourth.

“Christy ran an amazing race, and fifth is still pretty amazing,” Aspen coach Chris Keleher said.

“The course doesn’t favor our runners – we’d love lots of hill, snow and mud even – and to do that well on such a flat course is great. No regrets, no complaints.”

In the boys race, Aspen junior Simi Hamilton finished fourth with his first-ever sub-16 minute time. D’Evelyn’s John McGuire won in 15:27, followed by Clint Jackson of Colorado Springs Chritian (15:42), Sheridan’s Derek Ongalo (15:52) and Hamilton (15:54).

“It was so flat and fast – it was basically one big flat pancake course,” said Aspen’s Keleher. “Simi was just flying on it.”

Basalt’s Alpine Christian Academy posted the best team result from the valley, finishing seventh of 24 girls teams. Senior Ashley Eaton paced Alpine with a 14th-place finish, and Amy Lund (44th), Kate Wilson (59th) and Whitney Lund (69th) kept the team in the top 10.

“We were happy,” said Alpine coach Ron Lund. “Everybody ran a personal best – by a lot.”

“We actually woke up to snow, but the sun came out right before the [girls] race, and it was good running weather,” Lund added, “and it turned out to be a very fast race.”

Behind Severy’s fifth, the Aspen girls finished ninth in the team standings. Senior Erin Kiernan was 48th in what Keleher called “an excellent, excellent run: a great way to end her senior year in cross country.”

In the boys standings, Aspen finished 17th out of 29 teams. Senior Scott Evans improved his time on the same course by more than a minute, Keleher said, to finish 62nd in 17:38.

“On a really fast course, the kids all ran really well,” he said. “I think everybody there had a PR (personal record), in fact, I’m pretty sure of it. I’m hugely proud of them.”

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