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Sailor girls run to fourth in state

Steamboat sophomore Winter Boese runs Saturday at the Class 3A state cross country meet in Colorado Springs. Boese finished seventh, leading the way for a fourth-place overall finish for the Sailors' girls team.

— Plenty about Saturday's Class 3A state cross country championships wasn't a part of the plan for Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Winter Boese.

In the end, however, she defied broken plans and a broken arm, surging in the final half of the 5-kilometer championship race to place seventh, the highest finish for a Steamboat runner in 19 years.
That led the way for the Sailors to finish fourth as a team, their best team result since 1993.

"They all raced to the best of their ability," coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said. "For being a young team, having most of them new to this course and this championship, I'm really encouraged."

That broken arm, and wearing the appropriate cast, was top on the list of plan-breaking moments for Boese. She was cleared to run with it just before the regional meet, and she was fast there, placing third. She had hoped to take another step for state, ditching the cast. Still, she worried about falling on the rough, gravely Colorado Springs course. A fall could shatter the arm and turn a few weeks of annoyance into a few months of worry and, as a cherry on top, a major surgery for repairs.

So, she left it on.

It hardly seem to slow her.

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"As long as it's in the brace, it's indestructible," Boese said, with a laugh. "I'd bump people, whack people. It felt fine."

Another of her plans had been to run the first two miles shoulder-to-shoulder with teammates Sadie Cotton and Maggi Congdon, but that, too, went out the window. Cotton, a newcomer for Steamboat but a two-time state veteran at her previous school, felt great and tore away from the starting line.

Congdon, meanwhile, didn't feel great and drifted back in the pack.

Boese started at a measured pace, then, lingering around 20th midway through the race, charged to the finish, passing more than a dozen runners.

She finished in 19 minutes, 28.8 seconds, earning all-state honors thanks to her top-seven finish.

Steamboat hadn't had a runner place so high since 1997, when Brooke Rygg was fifth.

"I’m pretty excited," Boese said. "Our whole team did great today. Everyone gave it their best."

Boese paced a strong performance that capped the best season a Steamboat cross country team has had in more than two decades.

Cotton slowed a bit as the course, at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, cut up and down nearby hills and through the facilities’ vast parking lots. She finished strong, however, placing 17th in 20:08.8. Congdon, slowed early by a pain in her side, gritted her way through that to finish right on Cotton's heels, in 18th at 20:12.6.

"I was happy with where I finished, but it would have been fun to have seen where Maggi, Winter and I could have gotten to if we had stuck together,” Cotton said.

Meg Anderson was 68th for Steamboat, Isabelle Boniface 75th, Kandice Kittinger 78th and Alicia Mitchell 116th.

"On a perfect day, if we'd had everyone's optimal performance, we may have moved up a spot," Tumminello said. "But, now is the time you just go, 'Awesome job, athletes.'"

It was a strong result, and the best news for the Sailors is all but one of those runners will be back next season; Anderson is the team’s only senior.

"This team, it's going to keep doing really well," Cotton said.

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State cross country results

3A girls results

1 Kayla Young, Denver North, 18:36.1

2 Quinn McConnell, Peak to Peak, 18:47.1

3 Anna Shults, Peak to Peak, 18:47.2

7 Winter Boese, Steamboat, 19:28.8

17 Sadie Cotton, Steamboat, 20:08.8

18 Maggi Congdon, Steamboat, 20:12.6

68 Meg Anderson, Steamboat, 21:55.0

75 Isabelle Boniface, Steamboat, 22:06.7

78 Kandice Kittinger, Steamboat, 22:22.2

116 Alicia Mitchell, Steamboat, 23:41.4

3A girls team results

1 Peak to Peak, 57

2 The Classical Academy, 94

3 Salida, 133

4 Steamboat, 156

5 Denver North 176

6 Alamosa, 195

7 Elizabeth, 198

8 Frontier Academy, 205

9 Holy Family, 214

10 D’Evelyn, 305

11 Eaton, 208

12 Pagosa Springs, 320

13 St. Mary’s, 345

14 Gunnison, 356

15 Moffat County, 367

16 Kent Denver, 399

17 St Mary’s Academy, 400

18 Estes Park, 427

19 Berthoud, 500

20 Jefferson Academy, 579