Sailors run to regional title |

Sailors run to regional title

The Steamboat girls cross country team had the top three finishers in Friday's regional championship race and six in the top 23 as the team ran away with the regional championship at a race in Delta.

— The good news came in bunches Friday for the Steamboat Springs High School girls cross country team at the regional meet in Delta.

Rather, it came in one bunch of three runners.

Steamboat freshman Maggie Congdon won the 5-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 4.13 seconds. Teammate Sadie Cotton was second, five seconds back, and another teammate, Winter Boese, running with a cast on her broken arm, was five more seconds back, finishing third.

That trio was the leading element of a strong performance by the Steamboat team, easily strong enough to give the squad the regional championship and ensure its place in next week's state championship meet.

"We could all coach for the rest of our lives and never have a team that could have the top three finishers in a race like that," Sailors assistant coach Glen Light said. "It's rare in cross country to have that kind of depth."

"That was a goosebumps moment," coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said, considering the stream of Sailors finishing the race.

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Steamboat got six of its runners inside the top 23 in the race. Isabelle Boniface was 11th, Kandice Kittinger 17th and Meg Anderson 23rd.

That added up to an overwhelming win in the team standings. The Sailors finished with 34 points, well ahead of second-place Pagosa Springs, in with 84. Gunnison was third at 90, and Moffat County was fourth with 123.

Tumminello said it was a team effort in a deeper sense than simply tallying a low score. She said her athletes ran together and paced each other. It was no accident they finished so close together.

"It was an amazing day," she said.

The top four teams from the regional meet automatically qualified for next week's state championship meet, set to take place Oct. 29 in Colorado Springs, so Steamboat's girls are in easily there for the second consecutive year.

The boys team just missed getting any individual qualifiers in at state. Freshman Cisco DelliQuadri led the way, placing 31st. Sebastian Mastor was second on the team, finishing 47th. Josh Bush was 66th, Jackson Creagan 68th, Aubrey Morrison 72nd and Quinn Wellman 74th.

The boys team finished 10th overall.

"The guys had a great race," Tumminello said. "I can't wait to watch what these young men do next year."

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Regional cross country results

Girls results

1 — Maggi Congdon, 19:04.13

2 — Sadie Cotton, 19:09.45

3 — Winter Boese, 19:10.36

11 — Isabelle Boniface, 20:40.78

17 — Kandice Kittinger, 21:01.80

23 — Meg Anderson, 21:24.15

51 — Alicia Mitchell, 23:02.83

59 — Nichole Mueller, 23:30.62

77 — Emily Craig, 24:42.08

Girls team results

1 Steamboat Springs 34

2 Pagosa Springs 84

3 Gunnison 90

4 Moffat County 110

5 Middle Park 123

6 Basalt 177

7 Bayfield 210

8 Rifle 215

9 Olathe 238

10 Montezuma-Cortez 245

11 Delta 249

12 Aspen 303

13 Grand Valley 320

Boys results

31 — Cisco DelliQuadri, 18:01.25

47 — Sebastian Mastor, 18:46.49

66 — Josh Bush, 19:27.70

68 — Jackson Creagan, 19:27.91

72 — Aubrey Morrison, 19:30.18

74 — Quinn Wellman, 19:33.06

95 — Tanner Richard, 20:49.79

101 — Chip Anderson, 21:47.52

105 — Brooks Birkinbine, 22:06.17

Boys teams results

1 Gunnison High School 56

2 Moffat County High School 68

3 Pagosa Springs High Schoo 84

4 Middle Park High School 124

5 Olathe High School 145

6 Delta High School 147

7 Bayfield High School 186

8 Rifle High School 195

9 Grand Valley High School 247

10 Steamboat Springs High Sc 275

11 Montezuma-Cortez High Sch 295

12 Coal Ridge High School 329

13 Aspen High School 330

14 Basalt High School 337