Central claims boys, girls individual XC titles at Warrior Invitational

A pair of Central High School runners won individual titles at the Warrior Invitational on Saturday with impressive opening-season times.

Tyman Smart and Ivory Espinoza won the boys and girls cross-country races on the Matchett Park 5K course.

Smart, a junior, won in 16 minutes, 36.5 seconds, which was almost a minute faster than John Ames of Delta, who was second in 17:29.0.

Palisade’s Landon Sauvage was third in 17:41.1, followed by Fruita Monument’s Dalton Haraway (17:49.7) and Brody Bittner of Palisade in 17:50.

Central’s Reuben Smart was seventh (18:02.9) followed by a pair of Grand Junction runners, Grayson Gehl (18:04.1) and Reese Fledderjohn (18:04.1).

Central placed four runners in the top 13 and easily won the boys team title with 47 points. Fruita Monument was second with 82, Grand Junction third at 89 and Palisade’s 92 was good for fourth.

Espinoza, a senior, dominated the girls race, winning in 18:57.1.

Two Grand Junction freshman took the next two places, with Dolcie Hanlon second in 20:42.6 and Mandy Moran third in 21:54.4.

Delta’s Aubree Andre (21:57.9) was fourth.

Paced by Ashlynn Squires’ fifth-place run of 22:09.7, the Wildcats won the girls team title over Grand Junction. Both teams finished with 39 points, a total based on the places of the school’s top five placers. The Wildcats won the tiebreaker since their sixth runner had a higher place than Grand Junction’s sixth runner.


Freshman Sayer Frontella scored twice, including one goal with 10 minutes remaining, as Fruita Monument came from behind to beat Westminster 2-1.

After a scoreless first half, the Wolves (0-1) struck first on a penalty kick after halftime. Soon after, though, Frontella equalized with 24 minutes remaining, setting up his eventual game-winner for the Wildcats (1-0).

Windsor 8, Central 1: The Warriors (0-1) dropped their season opener at Long Family Park against the Wizards (2-0), who led 4-0 at halftime.

Glenwood Springs 10, Palisade 0: The Demons (1-0, 1-0 Class 4A Western Slope League) jumped to a 9-0 head at halftime and cruised to the league victory in Glenwood. Clayton Horning and Kevin Palomares each scored twice for Glenwood against Palisade (0-1, 0-1).


Grand Junction lost in its season opener to Legend, falling 
25-20, 25-14, 25-11.

It was the first season-opening loss for the Tigers since 2014.


Plateau Valley lost its season opener to Mancos in Collbran, 31-0. It was a nonconference 8-man game for the Cowboys.


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