Steamboat’s Boese, Soroco’s Kelley both win Saturday
Sailor girls go 1-2, place first as a team
Winter Boese surged in the final mile of the race to win, and Maggi Congdon used a surge of her own in the homestretch to finish second, paving the way Saturday for the Steamboat Springs High School girls cross country team to win a meet at Eagle Valley.
Boese trailed midway through the race, but ran away from the competition in the final 1.5 kilometers of the 5K race, finishing first in 19 minutes, 37.4 seconds. Congdon, meanwhile, hustled past Eagle Valley’s Joslin Blair in the final 100 meters to finish second.
Soroco’s Chloe Veilleux also had a very strong race, placing eighth.
The rest of the Sailors packed high in the results. Sadie Cotton was ninth, Isabelle Boniface 16th, Meg Anderson 17th, Kandice Kittinger 23rd and Emily Craig 33rd, all shining in the 171-runner field.
“Not only these ladies, but the entire boys and girls team impressed us with their incredible work ethic and team spirit,” Steamboat coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said. “Truly, the podium results are an example of the entire team supporting each other as they step up to the start line and cross the finish line.”
Kourtney Bruner was 75th for the Soroco girls.
Soroco’s Ben Kelley dominated the race on the boys side, winning easily with a 5K time of 16:21:30. That put him more than 40 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Franklin Reilly, of Battle Mountain.
The Steamboat boys also had good finishers, starting with Cisco DelliQuadri, who placed 28th. Aubrey Morrison was 96th for the Sailors, Charles Leech 97th, Jackson Creagan 109th, Brooks Birkinbine 114th, Quinn Wellman 116th and Josh Bush 120th.
Brad Veilleux was 134th for Soroco, and Josh Taing was 165th.
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