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Girls place third, leading Sailors’ XC team

The Steamboat Springs girls cross country team celebrates on the podium after finishing third at the Liberty Bell Invitational on Friday.

— Powered by another stellar performance from its girls, the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team ran to good results at a meet Friday in Littleton.

Competing at the Liberty Bell Classic, which divides its massive field of competing schools by size, the Sailors placed third on the girls side in Division 3.

“It was really exciting to see a great team effort and tons and tons of huge personal bests from a large majority of the team,” coach Erik Ramstad said.

Sophomore Tatum Burger led the way, placing fifth overall in the 147-runner, 21-team division. She finished the flat, mostly road 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes and 12 seconds.

She had the 34th best girls time at the event, which included 1,122 runners in all four divisions.

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Kathleen O’Connell was 18th overall in Division 3 and second for Steamboat at 20:37, Abigail Miller 22nd at 20:46, Alex Tumminello 29th at 21:09 and Winter Boese 41st at 21:31.

That added up to a score of 115 for Steamboat, edging out Scottsbluff, which had 118 and 15 behind Valor Christian at 100.

“We had so many kids do well,” Ramstad said. “We talked about getting out at a controlled effort and really building into the race and they did a fantastic job.”

Kandice Kittinger was 74th and Taylor Olson 81st.

The girls junior varsity team, led by Isabelle Boniface and Nichole Mueller in 15th and 16th place, placed ninth.

Senior Peter Myller led on the boys side, leading the team with a 61st place finish in 18:28. Ethan Labriola was 127th, Ricky Brown 134th, Silas Axtel 141st and Aubrey Morrison (144th) edging out Quinn Wellman (145th) and Brooks Birkinbine (146th) to wrap up the team’s top five.

The team returns to action Saturday with a meet at Eagle Valley.

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