Steamboat harrier Charlie Stoddard coaxes his body toward the finish line Saturday in Delta. Stoddard battled an injured hip on his way to placing 30th in the District 5 high school cross country regional meet.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Steamboat harrier Charlie Stoddard coaxes his body toward the finish line Saturday in Delta. Stoddard battled an injured hip on his way to placing 30th in the District 5 high school cross country regional meet.

Sailors boys head to state

Steamboat girls team falls just short in effort

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The Sailors girls, center, await the start of their race Saturday at Confluence Park.

Results

SSHS cross-country

State Regional Meet

Confluence Park, Delta

5K - gravel/dirt

Team results:

Girls - 6/9 136 pts.

Boys - 3/11 106 pts.

Individual results:

Girls

13. Brittany Long 20:41.59

18. Natalie Greer 21:31.69

36. Clair Parsons 22:55.16

38. Liza Stout 23:00.58

45. Cassidy Daly 23:37.18

53. Franchesca Pain 25:53.82

— Boys

4. Peter Daly 16:59.16

6. John Cutter 17:04.56

21. Buddy Kinder 17:41.84

30. Charlie Stoddard 18:11.98

45. Asher Rohde 19:10.04

72. Cam Comeau 22:21.56

Entering the state regional meet, Sailors cross-country coach Matt Reinhold's expectations weren't very high.

And for good reason.

Steamboat's harriers hobbled into Confluence Park on Saturday, a bruised and battered unit.

Senior John Cutter was competing for the first time in three weeks after nursing a calf injury, Charlie Stoddard was battling hip problems, and the team was missing one of its top runners - Jack Burger - to the high school state tennis tournament.

So when the dust had settled on Saturday's state finals qualifier, Reinhold was pleasantly surprised at his team's results.

The boys placed third, qualifying as a group for the season finale Saturday in Fort Collins.

The girls weren't as fortunate, finishing sixth overall, two spots away from qualifying.

"The efforts today, by far, exceeded all of my expectations," Reinhold said. "This year, we had a full girls team come in, they raced their hardest and worked as hard as they could throughout the season. We didn't reach our goal, which was to go to state, but knowing they gave their top effort here is all I can ask for."

The girls team suffered another setback right out of the start of their race.

Katherine Lynch stumbled - and fell - approximately 105 meters into the race, effectively ending her - and possibly the team's - chances of moving on.

If Lynch had fallen before reaching 100 meters, the race would have been restarted.

"I went out, trying to stay with my team," Lynch said, blood spilling out of her knees. "I don't know if someone tripped me by accident, or if I just ran into my own feet."

Brittany Long led the girls team, completing the 5,000 meters required in 20 minutes, 41.59 seconds.

"Not very," Long responded when asked if she was pleased with her finish. "But it will be better next weekend. You have good weekends and you have bad weekends.

"Hey, I made state, so it wasn't that bad."

The top 15 individual finishers qualify for the state championships, and Long will be the lone girl on the bus headed out in less than a week.

Natalie Greer placed 18th (21:31.69), Clair Parsons 36th (22:55.16), Liza Stout 38th (23:00.58), Cassidy Daly 45th (23:37.18 and Franchesca Pain finished 53rd, in 25:53.82.

The boys team battled through the pain, pulling out a state-qualifying third-place finish behind two, top-10 finishes.

"The guys gave an absolute, all-guts performance," Reinhold said. "Everyone works together and takes pride in everyone else's hard work. You know, blood sweat and pain.

"Together."

Peter Daly topped the boys team, finishing fourth overall in 16:59.16.

"My fastest time before this was 18:25," Daly said. "Last week, I had a really good race, and I think it gave me confidence that I could go out with the lead pack."

Teammate John Cutter was right behind Daly, finishing sixth (17:04.56).

"I'm happy" with sixth, Cutter said. "I mean, for how long I've been out, whatever happens, happens, and I can't be too mad about it."

Buddy Kinder placed 21st (17:41.84, Charlie Stoddard 30th (18:11.98), Asher Rohde 45th (19:10.04) and Cam Comeau placed 72nd (22:21.56).

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