Wildcats meet goal at state x-country meet
FORT COLLINS — They may have finished 23rd out of the 24 Class 5A teams, but the Fruita Monument boys cross country team met its goal.
Two of the Wildcats’ runners, Travis Bisbee (17:21.39) and Woody Seagren (17:38.44), finished in front of Central’s David Jerome (17:41.14). The three have jockeyed all season to be the top runners in the valley.
“We got our team goal to beat Jerome,” said Bisbee. “It was definitely the best race I’ve run in my whole life. Since I’m a senior, I knew I had to put it all on the line.
“It may sound bad, but my personal goal was to beat my teammate, Woody, who’s been ahead of me all year. He’s pushed us all year.”
Fruita Monument coach Herb Husky liked the competition among his runners.
“Woody’s been the front-runner all year,” Husky said. “He and Travis sure ran well. It’s hard to put up a fast time when it’s so crowded out there.”
Jerome was disappointed.
“I went into oxygen (debt) after a mile and a half,” he said. “I think I was just thinking I was faster than I was.”
Battle Mountain’s boys placed sixth out of 25 Class 4A teams.
“We just wanted to come out here and show we’re really still a strong team,” said Charles Gladitsch, one of the Huskies’ three seniors.
Sophomore David Shearon placed 24th, exceeding his time goal of 16:55 by clocking 16:44.3.
A pair of sophomores, Conner Roper of Gunnison and Bryce Johnston of Basalt, led their teams in the 3A race. Roper placed 22nd (17:15.45) and Johnston 28th (17:26.1).
Part of Roper’s strategy was using hills to his advantage.
“The course had hard hills going down to the bridges, but I used going uphill to pass people,” he said.
In Class 2A, Ouray’s Kyle Schoenebaum finished 11th (17:53). The Trojans finished seventh and Rangely 10th.