Steamboat boys cross country grabs win |

Steamboat boys cross country grabs win

— Steamboat Springs cross-country coach Matt Reinhold has been pushing his team to improve speed and beat its individual best times in preparing for a flatter regional course, Saturday in Delta.

The boys team, deep with plenty of talented runners, has also been pushing itself to determine which seven runners will make the regional trip.

The result is a faster pack that ran away with a win Saturday at a 10-team meet in Wiggins. Steamboat’s four scoring runners (Class 3A meets only award the top four) all finished in the top 11 and its top seven all finished in the top 30.

“This was the fastest course I’ve ever seen,” Reinhold said. “It was hard with packed sand, there was a light mist, 55 degrees, only 4,500 feet at a lower altitude – perfect running conditions.”

It also was the fastest he had ever seen his team run.

“Everybody on the team not only got a personal best for the season, everybody on the team got their personal best ever,” Reinhold said.

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Charlie Stoddard led the boys team in fourth place in an impressive 18 minutes and seven seconds. Jack Burger took sixth (18:20), followed by Jackson Wren (seventh in 18:33), John Cutter (11th in 18:46) Cam Niswander (23rd), Wiley Thayer (24th) and Garret Ehrick (28th).

Reinhold said the Sailors girls were able to score as a team and did well, considering they also all ran for personal bests and two of them (Jaime Winter and Cameron Osteen) were in their first meets coming off injuries. Alyssa Walter led Steamboat with a 17th-place finish, followed by Winter (31st), Jorid Halsnes (32nd) and Osteen (46th).