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Steamboat hopes to qualify boys, girls cross-country teams

Luke Graham

— Steamboat Springs High School cross-country coach Matt Reinhold is getting just about everything he wanted.

The second-year coach saw all his runners get personal bests at last weekend’s meet in Wiggins. They’re primed to run their best and are in peak form for today’s regionals in Delta. That momentum means the possibility of taking a girls and boys team to state isn’t just a goal anymore – it’s a reality.

“We’ve cut down our workouts 65 to 70 percent and have been focusing on just this weekend this whole season,” Reinhold said. “We’ve made it to the playoffs – now that we’re there, we have to have our best race.”

Going into the flat course at Delta, Reinhold said he’s confident in the boys and girls teams.

Reinhold said the exciting thing with the boys team is that there hasn’t been a clear-cut No. 1 runner this year. Instead, he’s had four different runners step up and finish in a top spot.

John Cutter, Charlie Stoddard, Jack Burger and Peter Daley all have served as the No. 1 runner this season. Add in Buddy Kinder, and Reinhold said the boys team is set up to perform well on the Delta course.

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“We’re in a pretty good position going into it,” Reinhold said. “I think it’s going to be really good. The great thing is, we have four No. 1 runners on any given day.”

Senior Brittany Long leads the girls side. Long set a personal best last week and will be expected to lead again today.

With Long plus Natalie Geer, Claire Parsons, Liza Stout and Katherine Lynch, Reinhold said the girls have a great shot to make state, as well.

“I would love to see both teams make it to state,” Reinhold said.

The top four teams in the region qualify for the state meet. Reinhold said he expects Steamboat’s main competition to be Moffat County, Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley.

The girls race starts at 11 a.m. with the boys to follow at 11:30 a.m. today.