Bisbee leads Fruita boys to state XC
Led by senior Chuck Bisbee’s second-place finish in the Class 5A Region 2 cross country meet Thursday, the Fruita Monument boys team finished fifth and qualified for next week’s state meet.
After coming close to making the state field in recent years — the top five teams and top 15 individuals from each region qualify for state — the Wildcats were determined to take the extra steps to get there this year.
“Every year, going to state is our goal,” Wildcats coach Herb Huskey said. “They started working in the summer, and they just weren’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer this year.”
Bisbee, who qualified individually for state as a sophomore and junior, is glad to have some company this year, Huskey said.
Bisbee ran the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 21 seconds, finishing nine seconds behind the winner, Shane Rhodes of Cherry Creek.
Huskey said if the race had been another 300 meters, Bisbee would have caught Rhodes, who was looking over his shoulder down the stretch, aware Bisbee was gaining ground.
The next Wildcat to cross the finish line was Keaton Brown, who placed 21st in 17:22. Then came Russell McBreen in 35th, Brock Curry in 38th, Marshall Gore in 40th and Kyle Kincaid in 42nd
Next for the Wildcats is the state meet Oct. 26 at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.
Grand Junction’s Greg Eccher placed third in 16:29 and Allen Adair finished 14th in 16:56 to qualify for state.
Grand Junction freshman Clarissa Berry grabbed the final girls individual state berth by placing 15th in 20:00. Central’s Emily Stull just missed the state cut, placing 16th in 20:08.
Grand Junction coach Kim Dobson said Eccher, a senior, ran as expected, staying with the lead runners throughout.
Adair and Berry flashed some grit down the stretch to earn their state berths, she said.
“They really dug deep to finish in the top 15,” Dobson said. “Both in the last mile had to pass people to get in the top 15. It was more like the last quarter-mile that they did it.”
Palisade won the first game, but Summit won the next three to defeat the Bulldogs 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-14 in 4A Western Slope League volleyball Thursday.
Alyssa Chutka led Palisade (4-16, 2-8 WSL) with 15 kills and six blocks.
■ Carson Pipher and Morgan Hartigan had 11 and 10 kills, respectively, as Paonia defeated Hotchkiss 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 in 2A/1A WSL play. Taylor Carsten added 25 assists for the Eagles (17-0, 8-0 WSL).