Sailors cross-country paced by O’Connell, Sperry |

Sailors cross-country paced by O’Connell, Sperry

Ben Ingersoll

— The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team spent Saturday traversing the Beaver Creek course at the Husky Invitational hosted by Battle Mountain.

Sailors coach Greg Long called Beaver Creek a “love it or hate it” course given the sloping terrain on which his runners competed.

“Because this race was so hilly, times are really slow,” Long said. “This was the hardest training week of the year yet.”

Steamboat senior Meg O’Connell paced the Sailors girls, finishing 16th overall in a meet that featured schools from nearly all divisions. Long said O’Connell finished in the top 10 on Saturday among the 4A athletes she will compete against at the regional meet for a spot at state.

Long also praised Tempus Techarukpong on the girls side, a track and field 400-meter convert he says has a wealth of potential

On the boys side, senior Zach Sperry was the Sailors’ top performer for the second meet in a row. Ben Lingle, a junior, also showed improvements because of his extensive summer training, Long said.

Three more meets separate Steamboat from the regional meet in Delta, including the Liberty Bell Invitational on Friday. Long said Liberty Bell is one of the most prestigious high school meets in Colorado. But even with college recruiters on hand and the state’s top competition, it means nothing toward qualifying for the state championship.

“Every race up to that is really just a practice,” Long said.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204 or email

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