Sailor girls XC takes 13th at state, Soroco has pair of top-10 finishers |

Sailor girls XC takes 13th at state, Soroco has pair of top-10 finishers

Steamboat Springs runners Jon Ruehle

— And just like that, the cross country careers of three Steamboat Springs High School mainstays are over.

The Sailors wrapped up their season Saturday at the Class 4A state cross country meet in Colorado Springs, the final race for senior veterans Kathleen O’Connell, Alex Tumminello and Abigail Miller.

“They were mentioning it and talking about it a little bit in passing before the race and a little bit afterward as well,” SSHS coach Erik Ramstad said. “They definitely went out very strongly, so it was really cool just to end it at state for your senior year.”

The Steamboat girls took 13th as a team at the state meet, led by a 32nd-place finish from sophomore Tatum Burger in 20 minutes, 22.30 seconds. She finished 17th at state as a freshman.

Behind Burger, O’Connell took 72nd overall in 21:14.00 and Tumminello 84th in 21:25.30. Freshman Winter Boese was 101st in 21:38.70, senior Samantha Terranova — a first-year runner — was 108th in 21:44.40, Miller 140th in 22:24.50, and freshman Isabelle Boniface 155th in 22:50.10.

“It was a fantastic day. Just a great race by everyone,” Ramstad said. “They all had great races and worked really well with each other. We knew we had three individuals that this was their first time going to state, so it was a new experience for them.”

Air Academy senior Katie Rainsberger was the overall winner in the girls’ race in 17:39.00, while Air Academy also won the girls’ team title with 60 points. Battle Mountain was second with 77 points.

The Sailors had no boys qualify for state this season.

Also of note, SSHS runner Jon Ruehle took second overall and Paige Vanarsdale fourth in the Unified Race, which is described as the Paralympic/special Olympic cross country state championship.

“They ended up doing a 1.5K and ended up doing a fantastic job,” Ramstad said. “They ran phenomenally. Jon, I think, finished second place overall in a time of 6:29, which was blazing fast. He really got after it.”

Both of Soroco High School’s cross country athletes recorded top-10 finishes on Saturday in the 2A state meet. Sophomore Ben Kelley finished eighth overall in 17:12.80 on the boys’ side, while freshman Chloe Veilleux was sixth on the girls’ side in 20:40.70.

As a freshman, Kelley took 21st at state in 19:01.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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