Fruita’s Brown finishes 55th at state XC meet
Fruita Monument’s Kyler Brown finished 55th in the 2010 Colorado State Cross Country meet at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora.
Brown, a sophomore, finished in 17 minutes, 30 seconds during a windy day on a course that featured hills on an uneven grass and dirt trail.
“This course favored Kyler,” Fruita Monument coach Herb Huskey said. “He’s got such a long stride that he was able to pass kids going uphill.”
Brown’s time was right where Huskey thought it might be when preparing for the race.
“We were walking around the course and I said probably 17:30,” Huskey said. “He hit that, and it was excellent time figuring for every down there was an up.”
Also in the boys Class 5A race was Grand Junction’s Charlie Medina. The Tigers sophomore finished 84th in 17:50.
“It was awesome that he got to state in his first year of running cross country,” Grand Junction coach Mallory Schmalz said. “We were proud of him.”
The race was won by Columbine senior William Kincaid, who finished the race with a time of 15:58.68. Fort Collins won the team title with 116 points. Boulder’s Kelsey Lakowske won the 5A girls race in 18:11.13. Fort Collins also won the girls race with 116 points.
Palisade’s Katie Mueller finished 45th in the 4A girls race. Mueller, a freshman, finished in 20:43.
“As a freshman we didn’t know what to expect,” Palisade coach Josh Duval said. “But she’s gotten better every meet she’s run.”
Duval added Mueller showed some grit by being able to shake off a slow start.
“She got caught in a pack off the starting line,” Duval said. “But she started passing people and when the hills came she really moved up.”
Moffat County’s Maddy Jougensen was the Western Slope’s top finisher in the race, placing 11th in 19:58.77. Montrose’s Dana Shellhorn finished 27th with a time of 20:30.07.
Greeley Central’s Allie Parks won the race with a time of 18:58.12 and Cheyenne Mountain won the team title with 108 points.
In the 4A boys race, Moffat County runners Chris Zirkle and Alfredo Lebron continued to push each other. The two finished third and fourth, with only four tenths of a second separating their times. Zirkle had a time of 16:27.02 and Lebron finished in 16:27.42. The Bulldogs finished eighth in team points with 320.
Glenwood Springs’ Andrew Mansfield finished ninth with a time of 16:44.62. The Demons had 387 points to finish 13th. Delta finished one point behind Glenwood, taking 14th place with 388 points. Josh Walker finished 32nd with a time of 17:32.42.
Palmer Ridge’s Spencer Wenck won the race in 15:55.42 and Cheyenne Mountain won the team championship with 115 points.
Hotchkiss freshman Natalie Anderson finished third in the 3A girls race with a time of 19:30.62, only 11 seconds behind the winner, Middle Park senior Samantha Berggren, who finished in 19:19.07.
Anderson’s time helped the Bulldogs finish second as a team with 95 points. Fellow freshman Taylor Polson finished 16th in 20:48.57 and Jennifer Celis, also a freshman, finished 21st in 21:00.77.
Grand Valley senior Brandy Krieg finished fourth with a time of 19:59.92.
The Classical Academy won the team championship with 39 points. All six of the school’s runners finished in the top 20. Classical Academy also won the 3A boys race with 40 points. Salida’s Josh Noriega won the race in 16:03.8.
In 1A-2A boys, Rangely finished 10th in the team points with 136. Sophomore William Scoggins finished 17th with a time of 18:43.25. Telluride won the race with 15 points and junior Ty Williams finished first with a time of 16:48.5.
Nederland won the 1A-2A girls race with 16 points and junior Kelley Robinson took home the individual championship with a time of 18:51.68.