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Steamboat boys fourth in Summit

Melinda Mawdsley

In the first good-sized meet of the year, the Steamboat Springs High School boys cross country team placed fourth at the 9,100 Feet Invitational on Saturday.

The meet, hosted by Summit High School, included Western Slope, Front Range and High Country teams, giving the Sailors their first chance to race against top runners.

“It was good for our boys,” Steamboat coach Glen Light said. “We hadn’t seen a ton of really stiff competition. … We finished fourth there last year, and we definitely didn’t have our best race Saturday. I think we learned our lesson about staying out for quadruple-overtime football games.”

The Steamboat football team defeated Montezuma-Cortez shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, the day before the race.

Kieran Corrigan, a senior at Soroco High School, led Steamboat, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 7 seconds to place 10th overall. Matt Hill was 18th in 10:40. Charlie Stoddard (19:56) was 22nd, Sammy Tarrant (20:25) was 31st and Brett Denney (20:41) was 33rd, rounding out the five scorers for Steamboat’s varsity team.

Light said two freshmen — Bryce Gordon and Adam Parke — did well in their first races. Both ran junior varsity after spending most of the fall racing mountain bikes.

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“They ran really well,” Light said. “They might be able to sneak in and run varsity at the regional meet.”

Palmer, a Class 5A school known for its running program, won the boys and girls team titles Saturday.

Cassady Roberts led the Steamboat girls to a ninth-place team finish, posting a 23:58 to place 23rd. Alyssa Walter finished 41st in 25:34. Anna Anderson was 1 second behind Walter. Rachael Caires finished in 25:37 to place 44th, and Annie McLean, who hasn’t run much with the team, rounded out the varsity scorers with a 26:56, good for 55th.

“We don’t see a ton of her, but she comes out, and hopefully she can contribute at regionals,” Light said about McLean.

The regional meet is Oct. 22 in Palisade, and results from that meet determine who qualifies for the Class 4A state meet in Colorado Springs.

The 9,100 Feet Invitational on Saturday was staged on dirt trails at the Frisco Nordic Center.

“It is a cool course, for sure,” Light said. “The scenery and views are pretty awesome.”

Up next for the cross country team is Saturday’s meet in Aspen, which will feature many of Steamboat’s regional opponents.

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