Harriers in it to win it—ALL of it
Written by: Joel Priest Times Sports Correspondent
Ranked #9 in each gender’s final Colorado TrackXC Coaches Poll [issued Oct. 16th, co.milesplit.com] in Class 3A, the Bayfield cross-country runners—the gents, in particular—made a clear statement the following afternoon at Delta’s Confluence Park in the Region I Championships:
Ninth may be eight spots too low.
Toeing the starters’ line at roughly 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, it took barely half a sitcom episode for Wolverine sophomore Trevor Gabbard to cross the stripe first of 80, with his sizzling 16:35.25 a good couple steps quicker than Robert Tekansik (+3.46 seconds) of Leadville’s Lake County H.S. Basalt’s Zach Walsh (16:53.09) came in third, but only by barely out-striding Wolverine Luke Webb (16:55.70).
Senior teammate Joe Hetrick narrowly missed earning a State-automatic, top-15 individual finish by only two spots, but his 17th-place (18:00.32) run was quickly reinforced in a team context by classmate Joey Webb’s 19th-place (18:05.83) time—giving boss Pat Vaughn’s foursome a total of 41 points.
Oh yeah, and the team title; the whole crew will run for the grandest prize.
And even Vaughn’s 5-6-7 runners finished strong; Caleb Sapa (25th, 18:20.88) and John Fisher (30th, 18:33.27) also finished in the top 30, and Johnathan Rudolph (18:38.04) was 32nd overall.
Yet with the girls’ race to follow, BHS’ boys had only prepped the populace for the jaw-dropper to come—provided by one Eva-Lou Edwards. Whose tennis skills are also pretty nice (or so we’ve heard).
How to describe it though…try this:
Granby-based Middle Park sophomore Tabor Scholl, with a resume—including last year’s State Championship—already sure to land her a collegiate shot in a couple years, was not even close. Almost a whopping 79 seconds behind the Lady Wolverine junior’s winning 17:30.28.
Fortunately for the Lady Panthers, Abrah Masterson was right at the team master’s heel (18:48.81 and 18:48.97, respectively) in third, helping the team context dull the sting of the individual results. BHS could not say the same, though their 2-through-5 pack was fairly tight.
Just a little bit back in the field; senior Nicole Cyr was 31st overall, receiving an adjusted score of 29th with her 21:55.90. Pagosa Springs’ Dana Danielson, Aspen’s Eliza Wells and MP’s Sophie Larsen then crossed within three seconds, with BHS’ Aubree Lorenzen right behind in 35th (adj. to 32nd, 21:59.22).
Teammate Danielle Miller came in 36th (adj. to 33rd, 22:02.55) just a couple steps later, giving Bayfield a near-miss foursome score of 95, and Jessica Cusick was 38th (adj. to 35th, 22:15.10). Lexa Fleming ended in 45th (adj. to 38th, 22:50.64), with Maggie Zink (55th, 23:44.66) and Ciara Enns (57th, 23:51.24) heading up the final wave of the 68 finishers.
So now it’s back to where 2012 all began (sites of rigorous summer the Norris-Penrose Event/Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs for the Oct. 27 CHSAA State Championships.
The 3A boys’ race gets the day’s second gun, at 10 a.m., with the girls going out sixth at noon.