Steamboat cross-country team starts season in Delta

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls cross-country teams opened the season Friday in Delta with each team placing eighth.

With hot conditions — it was 93 degrees when the meet started — the Sailors got a look at the flat regional course.

“It was something new for them, but all in all they came through and did very well,” coach Andy Reust said. “They did just as well as I had hoped for and probably just a little better.”

Leading the way for Steamboat was Asher Rohde.

Rohde finished fourth out of 109 boys in 17 minutes and 12 seconds. Scott Powers was 29th in 18:45, Colton Lewer was 50th in 19:46, Tyler Scott was 69th in 20:19, David Kidd was 70th in 20:20, and Zach Sperry was 89th in 21:44.

Freshmen Ben Lingle and Erik Rudolf also made their cross-country debuts.

On the girls side, with an inexperienced group, Meg O’Connell paced the Sailors with a 29th place finish in 22:48, and Emma Wilson was 31st in 22:59.

It was the first time Reust has had multiple girls under 23 minutes in the first meet of the year.

“To run under 23 on that course the first time out is pretty awesome,” he said. “It was the third or fourth meet last year before we had anyone break 23.”

Kelly Borgerding was 47th in 24:14, Maggie McElhiney was 49th in 24:16, Maddie Ruppel was 56th in 24:29, Serina Kidd was 61st in 24:37, Bailey Pugh was 63rd in 224:43, Lena Barker was 73rd in 25:51, and Lindsey Adler was 80th in 27:07.

The team next competes Saturday at Battle Mountain.

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