Steamboat runners look good, take top places at Moffat County Invitational
Steamboat Springs — It wasn’t a home meet, but it was as close as the members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls cross-country teams will get this season.
“Moffat Country is not a fast course,” said Lisa Renee Tuminello, Steamboat Springs High School coach. “It’s not the type of course where runners set their personal best times because you are running through grass and pastures. But we enjoyed having a meet so close to our home and so close to the family and friends who were able to come out and watch the race and cheer for us.”
The Steamboat runners and a couple of others from South Routt didn’t disappoint their fans Saturday.
Steamboat’s Winter Boese led the girls field and the Sailors to a first-place finish at the meet, setting the pace on the 5K course with a time of 19 minutes, 58 seconds. Soroco’s Chloe Veilleux was second at 20:12, and Boese’s teammate Sadie Cotton was third with a time of 20:55.
Other top Steamboat racers included Isabelle Boniface in fifth (21;49), Kandice Kittinger in 10th (22:27) and Maggi Congdon in 11th (23:47). Congdon nearly broke into the top-10 despite suffering from side cramps for the majority of the race.
Soroco’s Courtney Bruner finished 16th (24:09), Steamboat’s Thyme Zuschlag finished 19th (26:18) and Steamboat’s Macayla Scheidt finished 20th (26:50).
Expectations are high for the Sailor girls, who recently got a top ranking from Colorado MileSplit who placed the Sailors third behind Peak Charter School in the top slot and The Classical Academy in a virtual meet using the season’s best times for 3A runners.
Of course, the rankings take into account times that were not recorded on the same course, at the same meet or under the same conditions, but it still gives a young Sailors team something to be proud of and to consider as they look forward to several key meets.
Saturday’s boys race was won by Soroco sensation Ben Kelley, who set the individual mark to beat on the course at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig. His time of 17:08 was 22 seconds better than Rangely’s Patrick Scoggins, who was second at 17:30. Meeker’s Austin Russell was third at 17:34.
The top Steamboat runner was freshman Cisco DelliQuadri who finished in eighth place with a time of 18:42. He was followed by teammates Quinn Wellman in 14th (20:31), Aubrey Morrison in 15th (20:31), Josh Bush in 16th (20:34) and Jackson Creagan in 19th (20:56)
The Moffat County boys team dominated the team results with all five of the team’s runners placing in the top-10. Steamboat was second in the meet.
The solid showing is a good sign for both the Steamboat Springs girls and boys teams as they he’d into the final month of the season.
On Oct. 7, the teams will travel to Delta and get a preview of the regional course. Tuminello said the races will offer the local runners a taste of what they might see Oct. 21 where a top finish will earn them an invitation to run at state.
“They can see how close they are to their goals, they can figure out the pacing and gain an understanding of the features and the layout of the course,” Tuminello said.
At regionals, the Sailors will be looking to run fast enough to make the cut and compete in the last cross-country race of the season on Oct. 29 when the 3A state championships will take place in Penrose near Colorado Springs.
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