Steamboat squads take second in regular season

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Steamboat Springs' girls and boys' cross country teams went out with a bang on Saturday, as both squads finished second overall in their final regular-season meet at Rangely.

The Sailor boys were led by Cody Firestone, who placed first for his team and second overall. Firestone ended with a time of 17 minutes and 59 seconds. Matt Hayne was second for the Sailors and sixth overall at 19:13. Daniel Ward placed third on the team and eighth overall, and Eddie Van Baak took fourth and 13th place. Ward ran a time of 19:22 and Van Baak ended at 19:45.

Rachel Starr placed first for the Sailor girls and eighth overall. Starr finished at 21:48, followed by Tara Wernig at 22:36. Wernig was second on the team and eighth overall. Laura Philip ran a time of 23:38, which placed her third and 12th overall. Emily Hines took fourth place for the Sailors and 19th overall at 25:22.

The Sailors now look forward to competing in the regional finals on Oct. 21.

Steamboat coach John Smith says he is confident of his teams' abilities in the upcoming meet. He was encouraged by his runners' times at the Rangely meet, he said.

"This was probably one of the best performances I've ever seen from the team," Smith said. "It was a great springboard in terms of times and attitudes going into the regionals.

"It looks like we're right where we need to be. Hopefully, we'll have a lot of success next weekend."

To reach Eric Rineer call 871-4229 or e-mail erineer@amigo.net

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