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Sailors teams finish 1 and 2 at Moffat County Invite

Sailors runner John Cutter pushes toward the finish line Saturday during the Moffat County Invite in Craig. Cutter helped the boy's team to a second-place finish. The girls claimed the top spot, placing five runners in the top 11.
John Vandelinder

Moffat County Invite cross-country results

Loudy-Simpson Park, Craig

5K - grass/dirt

Top three team results

(team points in parenthesis)

Girls

1. Steamboat Springs (39)

2. Green River (60)

3. Moffat County (60)

Boys

1. Green River (30)

2. Steamboat Springs (47)

3. Moffat County (48)

Top 10 Individual results

Girls

1. Alicia Nelson (MCHS) 19:35

2. Maddy Jourgensen (MCHS) 20:34

3. Nike Cleverly (MCHS) 21:49

4. Britteny Long (SSHS) 22:05

5. Natalie Geer (SSHS) 22:47

6. Anna Hartford (GRHS) 23:11

7. Jackie Tramp (GRHS) 23:27

8. Abby Goya (GRHS) 23:27

9. Jorid Halsnes (SSHS) 23:59

10. Liza Stout (SSHS) 24:04

Boys

1. Brady Goyn (GRHS) 17:13

2. John Cutter (SSHS) 17:28

3. Chris Zirkle (MCHS) 17:33

4. Charlie Stoddard (SSHS) 17:43

5. Cody Francom (GRHS) 17:52

6. Derek Wood (GRHS) 18:05

7. Colt Criswell (MCHS) 18:10

8. Isaac Harmon (GRHS) 18:16

9. Peter Daley (SSHS) 18:25

10. Dylan McCoy (GRHS) 18:27

— Steamboat Springs cross-country coach Matt Reinhold isn’t worried about individual performances.

All season long, he’s preached the pack mentality to his group of harriers.

As far as he’s concerned, the team that runs together wins together.



On Saturday, his philosophy was proven correct.

The Sailors ran together during the Moffat County Invite, and despite having no individual winners, the boys and girls teams finished in the top two.



The girls team placed first, the boys second.

“I’ve been telling these kids all season long that what we do as a team is what counts,” Reinhold said. “Instead of having one runner going out and running fast, everything we do is pack oriented. You saw that today.”

Britteny Long finished fourth, running the 5,000-meter dirt/grass track in 22 minutes, 5 seconds to lead the girls team.

But what won the girls team title for the Sailors was placing five runners in the top-11 finishers.

Natalie Geer placed fifth (22:47), Jorid Halsnes ninth (23:59), Liza Stout 10th (24:04) and Claire Parsons 11th (24:05).

“No,” Long said when asked whether she was happy with her fourth-place finish. “It was pretty much the same girls as last year, and I got third then. But, it’s OK. It’s a good starting point to prepare for regionals. We are working toward the end, and that is when it’s important.”

Moffat County claimed the top three individual spots, but Long said the Sailors goal was to split up MCHS’ three and four runners.

Mission accomplished.

Finishing together as a team “is exactly what we wanted to do,” Long said. “We wanted to split up Moffat’s three and four, and we did that by far. We got six girls in before they got their fourth in.”

John Cutter, who placed second in 17:28, led the Sailors boys team.

Cutter passed MCHS’ Chris Zirkle in the final 200 meters, achieving what he said was a personal goal.

“My goal was to run conservative and pick them off one-by-one,” Cutter said. “I hate leading a race. It’s kind of how I take this long distance stuff.”

Cutter admitted he wanted to win, but although Green River High School’s

Brady Goyn’s lead was too big for him to catch, Cutter still went for it.

“I just tried to ignore the pain and zone out,” he said. “I try to definitely not think about the race, it’s just one foot in front of the other.”

Cutter and the rest of the Sailor’s will take their pack mentality to Summit on Saturday.

“We had a good day today,” Reinhold said. “But we have to keep working toward the ultimate goal, and that’s the end of the season. We’ll get back to work and head to Summit next.”


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