Steamboat cross-country making progress

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— The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team didn’t log any top-tier finishes at the massive Liberty Bell Cross-County Invitational on Friday in Littleton, but coach Greg Long said the members of his squad hit the marks he was hoping for and are on the season pace he expected.

“I was really happy,” Long said. “This was the first week we had really good workouts where the kids started moving well. They all raced well, so that was good.”

Meg O’Connell had the team’s best finish, completing the 5-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 15 seconds to place 43rd overall. Alexandra Tumminello was 59th for the girls in 21:38, Gabrielle Anderson was 74th in 22:11, Lena Barker was 82nd in 22:23, Kelly Borgerding was 102nd in 23:31, Lindsey Adler was 137th in 25:50 and Bailey Pugh was 148th in 35:12. That all added up to an 11th-place finish for the girls team in the 21-team women’s field.

Colton Lewer was the first finisher for the boys, coming in at 75th place in 18:22. Tyler Scott was 85th in 18:38, Hunter McLean was 96th in 18:55, Tanner Morrison 121st in 19:33, Charlie Tisch was 122nd in 19:33, Ben Lingle was 139th in 20:20 and Erik Rudolph was 147th in 21:19.

The boys team finished 17th.

“They dropped a lot of time,” Long said about the team.

The team next runs Saturday in Craig. That’s a big opportunity, Long said.

“That’s a smaller meet and the boys have a chance to win it,” he said. “The girls don’t have a great chance because Moffat’s girls team is pretty good this year, but it should be a good meet.”

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