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Cross country: Middle Park girls earn trip to state

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
Wes Berstein/Special to Sky-Hi Daily NewsJessica Bondi (second from front) and Hannah Garcia (front) lead a pack of runners at the Regional Cross Country Championships in Boulder last Thursday.

Running her fastest time so far this fall, Middle Park High’s Samantha Berggren raced to victory at the 2007 Regional Cross Country Championships held in Boulder’s Viele Lake last Thursday, Oct. 25.

Berggren, a freshman, won the regional title with a time of 19:33 over the girls 5-kilometer course. She outran her closest rival, Kat Robinson of Nederland, who finished the race in 19:45.

“At the start of the race, Sam did her usual thing by going right to the front,” said coach Jim “Cajun” Courville. “One little gal caught up to her at the one-mile mark, but Sam took one look over her shoulder and then started doing 10-second speed-ups. After that, she was all by herself right to the finish.”

In the team results, Middle Park boys finished 12th in the 17-team competition Thursday.

“Unfortunately, this was our boys’ final race of the season,” Courville said. “Over the course of the season, they also dropped their racing times.”

The five members of Middle Park’s girls varsity team will race Saturday in the 2007 Colorado High School Cross Country Championships in Colorado Springs.

The 3A division girls 5-kilometer race starts at 10 a.m. at El Pomar Youth Sports Complex (take Exit 138 on Interstate 25).

“Our girls are going to race their best times of the season there,” Courville said. “They have been preparing for this all season and they trust in one another as a team. They are ready.”

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