Seagren sets course record to win Ned Pollert Invite

Kelsey Slauson (ck sp)  finishes first at Canyon View

fruita runner Woody Seagren of Fruita wins

Winning is nothing new for Woody Seagren.

At Friday’s Ned Pollert Invitational cross country meet, though, the Fruita Monument High School senior was caught off guard. Not only did he win the race, but his time of 16 minutes, 40 seconds broke the course record at Canyon View Park.

“I had no idea,” said Seagren, who was just as surprised as anyone.

Seagren finished 10 seconds ahead of Palisade’s Kevin Martinez. Both runners’ times beat the previous record of 16:51, set last year by Alamosa’s Tomy Owens.

The Wildcats finished first, placing four runners in the top 10, with James Mauch taking fifth, Keenan Widhammer seventh and John Zamora 10th.

Fruita finished with 38 points, half that of closest competitor Rifle, which finished with 77 points. Grand Junction took third.

Grand Junction coach Clay Keithley was pleased with how his boys ran, with Wyatt Colloty taking third place in race and cutting nearly two minutes off his time from last week’s race.
In the girls race, Grand Junction’s Kelsey Slauson was looking forward to a rematch with Grand Valley’s Brandi Kreig.

One week ago, the two nearly had a photo finish, with Kreig beating Slauson by one second at the Warrior Invitational. Grand Valley also completed in Friday’s meet.

The only problem was, Kreig was in Parachute for a volleyball match (she’s a two-sport athlete in the fall), so Slauson was all by herself at the finish line.

Her closest competitor, Aspen’s Brianna Moore, finished nearly 90 seconds behind her.

“You get so relaxed when you have a lead like that, probably too relaxed,” Slauson said. “I like having people in front of me, but it’s sometimes nice to just be out there.”

“She’s one of those kids you don’t have to coach much,” Keithley said. “She comes, she’s determined and out there on the course she’ll put it to you, but then at the finish line she’s like Mother Teresa. She’s just a nice person.”

Despite the win and a sixth-place finish by Mary Steel, Grand Junction ended up in third with 79 points.

Fruita won with 54 points and Aspen finished second with 59.


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