Steamboat Springs Lightning postponed Friday afternoon’s cross-country race in Northglenn, but Steamboat Springs High School runner Jack Burger wasn’t complaining.
Burger had started the day in Grand Junction, where he qualified, along with eight teammates, for the state high school tennis tournament next weekend in Pueblo. Then he made the drive to Northglenn, where he raced to a seventh-place finish in a field of 170 boys at the Northglenn Invitational.
“His teammates are calling him Ironman,” coach Andy Reust said.
Reust said the conditions for the race were tough for most of the team. The runners had warmed up for the events, but shortly before the race began, lightning forced the athletes to retreat to their vehicles for a 20-minute delay.
Reust said once the weather cleared, the runners were given a shorter period of time to warm up and then the racers were called to the starting line. Although the delay gave Burger some time to recover, it was frustrating for many of his teammates who had been ready to go.
But once the race started, the Steamboat runners were on the course, and the coach said he was pleased with the results.
Burger led the team with a time of 17 minutes, 9 seconds. Asher Rohde was the second Steamboat runner to cross the finish line, in 29th place with a time of 17:47, and Jeff Sperry was 53rd with a time of 18:23. Colton Lewer finished 95th with a time of 19:05, and Zach Sperry was 156th at 22:14.
The Steamboat girls crossed the finish line as a group Friday in a field of more than 160 girls. Skylar Weir led the team in 65th with a time of 22:35, Cassidy Fox was 67th, and Liza Stout was 68th. Both runners finished with a time of 22:37. Emma Wilson was 69th with a time of 22:39, Dominique Powers was 74th at 23:00, Kelly Borgerding was 110th at 24:50, Lena Barker was 111th at 24:54 and Anna Poirot finished with a time of 25:57.
“We wanted to run tight, as a group, and we were able to do that,” Stout said. “It was a huge field, and I think everyone is happy with how they ran.”
The Steamboat coaches were not sure of the team finishes on Friday afternoon. The Sailors will travel to Rifle on Thursday for the Bear Invitational meet, which will be the team’s final race before regionals.