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Sailors cross-country team aims for return to state

Cross-country schedule

2010 Steamboat Springs High School cross-country meets

Saturday at Pre-state Invitational, Denver

Sept. 11  at Husky Invitational, Beaver, Creek Resort

Sept. 17  at Liberty Bell Invitational,  Heritage High School

Sept. 25  at Moffat County Invitational,  Craig

Oct. 1 at Pat Patten Invitational, Boulder

Oct. 9  at Chris Severy Invitational, Aspen

Oct. 9  at Cortez Invitational, Cortez

Oct. 14  at Bear Invitational, Rifle

Oct. 23  at regionals, Cortez

Oct. 30  at state, Denver

Cross-country schedule

2010 Steamboat Springs High School cross-country meets

Saturday at Pre-state Invitational, Denver

Sept. 11  at Husky Invitational, Beaver, Creek Resort



Sept. 17  at Liberty Bell Invitational,  Heritage High School

Sept. 25  at Moffat County Invitational,  Craig

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Oct. 1 at Pat Patten Invitational, Boulder

Oct. 9  at Chris Severy Invitational, Aspen

Oct. 9  at Cortez Invitational, Cortez

Oct. 14  at Bear Invitational, Rifle

Oct. 23  at regionals, Cortez

Oct. 30  at state, Denver

— To many, the idea of high school cross-country is a little hard to understand. Just ask the Steamboat Springs High School boys team, whose members have been trying — so far in vain — to explain their love for the sport to all their friends.

“We tell them, ‘It’s fun!’” Asher Rohde said. “No one believes me.”

“‘It’s easy’ doesn’t seem to work either,” Colton Lewer added.

So far, no one’s biting, and that’s bad news for the boys, who are one runner short of the five required to qualify for the state cross-country meet as a team.

They’re not down about it, however, and with four strong boys and a wealth of newfound talent on the girls side, the Steamboat cross-country team is eager to start the season.

The team’s action gets under way Saturday with the Pre-State Invitational in Denver.

Major questions exist for the boys and girls teams.

For the boys, it remains to be seen whether they can maintain the level of success they established last year, when they rolled all the way to the state meet.

It will be impossible for the team to accomplish as much if it can’t attract at least one more member, though confidence is not lost that someone might come out, even if it’s just for the final several meets of the season.

Confidence also isn’t dependent on fielding a full team, and the Sailors who are running think they still can make state as individuals.

“We have a pretty strong four guys,” Jack Burger said. “We have a lot of the same guys, just no new ones. Even if we don’t get another person, we can all four make it individually.”

In addition to Burger, the Sailors return Rohde, as well as Jeff Sperry, who is joining the team full time after splitting time a year ago with the soccer squad.

Burger was 31st at state last year, leading the team. Rohde was 73rd, and Sperry was 188th.

Lewer didn’t run last year.

Steamboat’s girls are in pretty much the exact opposite situation from the boys.

The girls are short on returning athletes, bringing back only a few from last year’s already tiny team.

They don’t return a runner who’s made state, but for the first time in years, they have an overwhelming number of athletes.

“I’m really excited. It’s really fun how we have such a big team this year,” senior Liza Stout said.

“A few years there were fewer girls, but the team was much more serious. Now, just bringing a bigger team will help us and help make it more fun.”

Expectations are modest early, but the team hopes it can tap into the skills of its abundant athletes to be in top form come the Oct. 23 regional meet in Cortez.

“We have a lot of potential,” Anna Poirot said.

“A lot of the kids this year really want to run hard.”


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