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The Steamboat Springs High School girls cross country team finished second in Friday's regional meet in Delta. That earned the team's varsity squad the chance to run together at next week's state cross country meet in Colorado Springs.
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Regional cross country results

Class 4A girls

14 Kathleen O’Connell, 19:41.38

22 Abigail Miller, 20:20:21

25 Alex Tumminello, 20:38.12

26 Winter Boese, 20:39.44

28 Samantha Terranova, 20:44.28

41 Isabelle Boniface 21:17.34

47 Nichole Mueller, 21:35.82

54 Temsup Techarukpong 21:59.41

Girls team results

1 Battle Mountain, 31

2 Steamboat Springs, 87

3 Palisade, 103

4 Durango, 107

5 Summit, 109

Class 4A boys

26 Peter Myller, 17:18.62

60 Silas Axtel, 18:53.69

66 Quinn Wellman 19:15.30

68 Charles Leech, 19:32.73

75 Ricky Brown, 19:55.18

76 Aubrey Morrison, 19:56.02

87 Brooks Birkinbine, 21:17.40

88 Christian Traverse, 21:39.27

89 River Ludwick, 21:40.39

Class 2A boys

4 Ben Kelley, 16:14.09

61 Joshua Taing, 21:23.73

64 Brad Veilleux, 22:13.34

65 Grant Redmond 22:16.94

Class 2A girls

3 Chloe Veilleux, 19:38.99

— Steamboat Springs is sending seven and the Soroco team two as Routt County’s high school cross county teams shined brightly enough Friday at the regional cross country meet in Delta to qualify nine local athletes to next weekend’s state championship cross country meet.

Regional cross country results

Class 4A girls

14 Kathleen O’Connell, 19:41.38



22 Abigail Miller, 20:20:21

25 Alex Tumminello, 20:38.12



26 Winter Boese, 20:39.44

28 Samantha Terranova, 20:44.28

41 Isabelle Boniface 21:17.34

47 Nichole Mueller, 21:35.82

54 Temsup Techarukpong 21:59.41

Girls team results

1 Battle Mountain, 31

2 Steamboat Springs, 87

3 Palisade, 103

4 Durango, 107

5 Summit, 109

Class 4A boys

26 Peter Myller, 17:18.62

60 Silas Axtel, 18:53.69

66 Quinn Wellman 19:15.30

68 Charles Leech, 19:32.73

75 Ricky Brown, 19:55.18

76 Aubrey Morrison, 19:56.02

87 Brooks Birkinbine, 21:17.40

88 Christian Traverse, 21:39.27

89 River Ludwick, 21:40.39

Class 2A boys

4 Ben Kelley, 16:14.09

61 Joshua Taing, 21:23.73

64 Brad Veilleux, 22:13.34

65 Grant Redmond 22:16.94

Class 2A girls

3 Chloe Veilleux, 19:38.99

The Sailors’ girls team qualified second, meaning it gets to send seven athletes from its varsity roster to the state meet, scheduled for Saturday in Colorado Springs. Soroco, meanwhile, qualified its two most consistent runners from this season, Ben Kelley on the boys side and Chloe Veilleux from the girls team.

“It was a fantastic race,” Steamboat coach Erik Ramstad said. “We had so much fun. The girls qualified for state, which is amazing.”

Sophomore Tatum Burger led the way for the Sailors at regionals, placing third in the Class 4A five-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 49.30 seconds, 19 seconds off the race champion, Greta Van Calcar, from Palisade.

Battle Mountain claimed the overall girls championship by taking the next four places after Burger and taking six of the next eight. They finished with an absurd 31 points to Steamboat’s 87.

Kathleen O’Connell was next up for the Sailors, placing 14th. Steamboat’s big break came in packing its next four finishers into 21 seconds and six places, from Abigail Miller at 22nd through Alex Tumminello at 25th, and Winter Boese at 26th to Samantha Terranova at 28th.

“Winter had a great race and really worked with Samantha, and Alex and Tatum really built into it and ran their races,” Ramstad said. “Everyone had such a great race, and all the girls did an awesome job.”

Isabelle Boniface came in 41st, Nichole Mueller 47th and Temsup Techarukpong 54th.

Peter Myller was tops on the boys side, knocking a whopping 50 seconds off his personal best to cap a strong finish to the season with a 26th-place showing. Silas Axtel was 60th, Quinn Wellman 66th, Charles Leech 68th, Ricky Brown 75th, Aubrey Morrison 76th, Brooks Birkinbine 87th, Christian Traverse 88th and River Ludwick 89th.

“It was really cool to see,” Ramstad said, considering Myller’s finish. “He’s been having fantastic workouts, and that got him to where he was in that race.”

Ramstad said every Steamboat athlete who ran came away with a season-best time.

Rams sending two to state

For Soroco, it was about consistency for the state-bound pair, not just in the season, but also in the race.

Veilleux, a freshman, ran in third place for more than half the race, shadowing second-place finisher Maya Ordonez, a freshman from Telluride. Another Telluride, sophomore, Soleil Gaylord, won in 18:50.25. Veilleux came in 7 seconds behind Ordonez to place third in 19:38.88.

“They’ll be competing against each other for awhile,” Soroco coach Callie Bradley said, considering that top three, with two freshmen and a sophomore.

For Kelley, consistency helped him survive near the front of the race. A small group pulled away early, and Kelley, a sophomore, paced the next pack. He ended up in fourth place in 16:14.09, just a split second out of third, which was claimed by Rangely’s Patrick Scoggins, a friendly rival to Kelley.

“We are very excited,” said Bradley, who’s now coached athletes to the state meet in each of the program’s two seasons. “We were pretty happy with two top-five finishes.”

Soroco also got strong results from Joshua Taing, in 61st, Brad Veilleux, in 64th, and Grant Redmond, in 65th. They, too, all registered their best times of the season.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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