Severy wins again; Alpine places 4th |

Severy wins again; Alpine places 4th

Christy Severy's coach gives her a pat on the head for a job well done in a race. Daniel Bayer photo.

Running with a case of strep throat, at the Steamboat Springs Sufferfest no less, Aspen’s Christy Severy won her first cross-country race of the season on Saturday.Meanwhile, Basalt’s Alpine Christian Academy girls finished an impressive fourth as a team, behind two top-15 individual performances, at one of the biggest meets of the season on Friday in Littleton.Severy, an AHS sophomore and the defending Class 3A state cross-country champion, was one of just two Aspen runners, male and female, to race at Sufferfest due to Aspen’s experiential education program that sends students on trips around the nation this week.Severy and Scott Evans, the only other Aspen cross-country runner that hadn’t left yet for Ex Ed, went up against runners from seven other schools at the Steamboat Sufferfest. (As a result, Aspen’s boys and girls teams did not record team finishes.)After several top-five finishes already this season, Severy uncorked her first winning effort, finishing in 22 minutes, 24 seconds – 20 seconds faster than her time on the same course last year, Aspen cross-country coach Chris Keleher noted. “She ran a really, really tough race on a very challenging course, and apparently she’s got strep throat,” said Keleher. “And she won it, nevertheless, in Severy style.”Evans finished 23rd (21:36) in the boys race, more than a minute faster than his time the year before, Keleher said.Soon after the race, Severy departed on a canyoneering Ex Ed trip to the San Rafael Swell in Utah, Keleher said. He said he expects Severy and Evans, at the very least, to return for the team’s next meet Saturday at the Snow Mountain Ranch Invitational near Middle Park.”The whole school’s gone right now,” Keleher said, “and Christy and Scott will be back but I’m not sure I’ll have a scoring team for the boys or the girls.”Eaton paces Alpine ChristianSenior Ashley Eaton was eighth and freshman Amy Lund was 13th as the Alpine Christian Academy girls cross-country team claimed fourth place in the 24-team Liberty Bell Invitational race last Friday at Heritage High School in Littleton.While a total of 92 teams make the Liberty Bell one of the biggest meets in the state every season, Alpine Christian faced off with 23 other teams in the Class 3A race.Eaton was eighth (20:28) in the field of 170 girls, followed by Amy Lund in 13th (20:59) and her older sister Whitney Lund, a senior, in 33rd (22:09). Kate Wilson rounded out Alpine’s top four in 41st (22:33).Buena Vista’s Rachel Giosicia won the girls Class 3A race in 19:17.Alpine Christian finished fourth as a team, behind Denver Christian, Holy Family and Faith Christian.”We’re pleased with that,” said Alpine coach Ron Lund. “Any time you can put your fourth runner at 41st, with that many runners, you’re in contention.”Going in, realistically we thought we’d have a shot at top-five, because the three teams that beat us at the Harrison Invitational were there and they were a ways ahead of us; not to say we can’t catch ’em, but they’re running pretty strong right now.”And Amy’s a freshman but she’s running like she’s got more experience than that, and Kate’s a sophomore who’s running for the first year and she’s still figuring out the pace, so I still feel like we have a lot of potential,” the coach continued.Collin Stewart was the lone Alpine boy in the Class 3A boys race at the Liberty Bell, and he finished in 23rd place (18:15).Alpine Christian races next on Thursday in the Georgetown Classic.

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