Steamboat runners score high in Craig
September 22, 2012
Steamboat Springs — It wasn't just that they won.
Sure, Steamboat Springs High School cross-country coach Greg Long said, it was sweet that his teams fared so well in the standings at a Moffat County High School meet Saturday.
The boys won and the girls, in a two-team field, were second.
What really had the coach pumped, however, were the times. Despite racing a more difficult course, the Sailors managed to lower their times, and Long said that was as exciting as any standings.
"The kids just ran faster," Long said, comparing their times this week to the faster course at the highly competitive Liberty Bell Classic a week ago.
Colton Lewer led the way for the Steamboat boys, finishing second. The Sailors were without their typical second-best runner, Tyler Scott, but Charlie Tisch filled in admirably, finishing fourth.
Hunter McLean was right on his heels, in fifth. Tanner Morrison was eighth, and Ben Lingle was fifth, giving Steamboat a score of 31.
"Colton was running with a guy from Rangely but really pulled away and left him. He had a big gap in the end," Long said.
On the girls side, Meg O'Connell was the top Sailors runner, finishing fifth. Gabrielle Anderson was seventh, Lena Barker was ninth and Kelly Borgerding, who shaved more than a minute from her previous best, was 10th. That team also was missing its second-fastest runner, Alex Tumminello.
"It ended up just being a dual between Steamboat and Moffat for the girls," Long said. "Moffat won, but the Steamboat girls really ran well."
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