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Sailors cross-country looks to regional meet

Team prepares with midweek meet in Rifle

Sailors cross-country coach Andy Reust is hoping a midweek meet in Rifle will give his runners one last challenge before they gear up for the regional meet.

“I have no idea what to expect,” Reust said about the Rifle course. “This is the first time we’ve been to Rifle. I’ve been told it’s pretty flat, and that will be good. Our main focus right now is getting ready for regional. If this meet (Rifle) had been on the weekend, I’m not sure that we would have gone. But since it’s in the middle of the week, it should be good.”

Reust said he hopes the Thursday meet will offer his runners a chance to keep on track as they look forward to the regional cross-country meet, which is Oct. 24 at the Aspen Golf Course.

The Steamboat boys finished sixth during the weekend at a regular season meet in Aspen. The course, however, is different from the one the Steamboat runners will face when they get to the regional. Steamboat also had three girls at the meet but not enough runners to field a full team.

The Steamboat boys team was led by Gus Allen in 12th place (19 minutes, 33 seconds), Jack Burger in 13th (19:37) and Asher Rohde in 27th (20:28). Byron Brane was 105th and helped the Sailors land a team score for the event, which Durango won.

Steamboat also had three girls at the meet. Katherine Lynch was 29th (25:53), Cassady Daley was 59th (28:06) and Erika Walters was 77th (29:47).

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The Steamboat runners will return to Aspen for the regional meet in a little more than a week. However, the course will be in a different location than the one the team just finished.

Aspen coach Chris Keleher said last weekend’s course was on the high school’s property. It was a pretty hilly course with lots of short climbs. The regional will be at the nearby Aspen Golf Course.

“The regional course will be different. A lot of teams think it’s flat, but it’s deceptively steeper than it looks,” Keleher said. “There are lots of long hills, and I think the course is going to surprise a lot of the runners.”

Last weekend, Aspen hosted 110 boys and 90 girls. The regional meet will include 4A, 3A and 2A teams from the Western Slope.