Steamboat girls fly to top of Craig meet |

Steamboat girls fly to top of Craig meet

CRAIG — The cross country meet was over and runners, coaches and parents were piling onto buses and into SUVs to leave the soggy field at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig.

Things seemed to be just getting started for the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team, however.

After a powerful performance in the race, the team gathered afterward with runners, coaches, parents, friends and family for a team potluck lunch, and even as other athletes headed home, the Sailors were beginning their celebration.

They had plenty to celebrate.

The Steamboat girls team dominated Saturday's race, placing five girls in the top 10 finishers. That led the girls to an easy team victory, with 27 points.

The next closest team, Moffat County High School, had 65.

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"They're just running really strong," Steamboat coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said. "We didn't really set a goal for them today besides having them go out and race as hard as they could."

That proved enough.

Maggi Congdon led the way for the Sailors, placing second overall. Winter Boese was right on her heels placing third, Dasha Kuznetsova, a Russian Nordic skier new to Steamboat Springs this fall and new to the cross country team this month, placed fourth. Isabelle Boniface was eighth and Sadie Cotton 10th.

The boys, too, had a big day, especially freshman Sumner Cotton, who placed fifth.

"He's training hard," Tumminello said. "As a young athlete, he has such incredible poise and wisdom out there. He doesn't get in a rush or go out too hard. He gets in the right place in the pack."

Jackson Creagan placed 16th for Steamboat, Quinn Wellman 21st, Aubrey Morrison 24th and Kieran Hahn 26th.

Next up for the squad is a trip Oct. 12 to run at Rifle, the team's last even before the regional championships Oct. 20.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9.

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