Steamboat Springs High School boys took part in the Rifle Invitational cross-country meet Thursday.

Kelley Cox/Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Steamboat Springs High School boys took part in the Rifle Invitational cross-country meet Thursday.

Sailors cross-country impresses in Rifle

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— With the regional cross-country meet rapidly approaching, the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team has to be feeling good about where it stands.

Competing Thursday in the Rifle Invitational cross-country meet at Deerfield Park, the Sailors boys team ran some of its best times of the year.

Paced by senior Gus Allen, Steamboat finished third overall, behind winner Moffat County and second-place Rifle.

Allen finished with a personal best time of 16 minutes, 40 seconds.

Asher Rohde finished sixth with a time of 16:42, Scott Powers was 14th with 17:25, Jeff Sperry ran a 19:36, and Hunter Thompson cut more than three minutes off his personal best, coming in at 19:59.

"I'm happy where the team is," Steamboat coach Andy Reust said.

Thursday's meet was Steamboat's final competition until the regional meet Oct. 24 at the Aspen Golf Course.

Although Reust said he doesn't know much about the course in Aspen, he said Thursday's performance proved that the Steamboat boys team has the opportunity to be one of the teams battling for a top four finish and a berth to state.

"It's going to be a tough race. Moffat is No. 1 by far. For the next three slots, it's going to be a war," Reust said. These kids are going to have to go out and run."

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