Sailor XC strong at Rifle, regionals next |

Sailor XC strong at Rifle, regionals next

— The Steamboat Springs High School cross country team had one final chance to fine tune a few things before regionals when it competed at the Rifle Invitational on Thursday, held at the Rifle Creek Golf Course.

“It was a fantastic meet. Good meet to end our regular season with and head into regionals,” SSHS coach Erik Ramstad said. “Had some great performances, so really excited with how everyone did.”

The Sailor girls were strong as usual, taking second as a team with 59 points, short of Battle Mountain’s 55. Steamboat sophomore Tatum Burger led the team with a second-place finish, completing the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 7 seconds. Senior Kathleen O’Connell also recorded a top-10 time for the Sailors, taking seventh at 21:10.96.

Other top-30 finishes for the SSHS girls included senior Abigail Miller (15th, 21:42.65), senior Alex Tumminello (17th, 21:50.90), freshman Winter Boese (20th, 22:00.72), and senior Samantha Terranova (24th, 22:22.84).

Summit High School’s Ruthie Boyd won the girls’ race in 19:55.20.

The SSHS boys took fifth out of 13 teams with 178 points. Eagle Valley was first with 44 points, followed by Moffat County’s 88 points.

The Sailors received one of its best individual performances of the season on the boys’ side with an 11th-place finish from senior Peter Myller in 18:16.05.

“It was exciting to see him get after it,” Ramstad said. “He had a fantastic race. Really built into it. He did really well.”

The next Sailor behind Myller was freshman Quinn Wellman, who took 46th in 19:58.86. Other top-60 runners included freshman Charles Leech (49th, 20:11.23), junior Silas Axtel (50th, 20:15.62), and senior Ricky Brown (52nd, 20:22.43).

Steamboat will compete in its 4A regional Friday in Delta.

“Saw the course last week, so I’m excited to head back,” Ramstad said. “We’ve had some fantastic efforts. It’s going to be a fun weekend for sure.”

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

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