Teams leave meet with league titles " Middle Park High School Cross Country |

Teams leave meet with league titles " Middle Park High School Cross Country

Will Bublitz
Grand County, Colorado

Middle Park High’s girls team raced to a league title during the Frontier League Cross Country Championships last Friday, Oct. 10.

The Panther girls won the league title by besting all the other teams with a score of 24. Platte Canyon finished second with 35 while third place went to Lake County with 47.

Leading the Middle Park girls’ effort was sophomore Samantha Berggren who raced to victory on the girls’ five-kilometer course at Clear Creek High School in a time of 21 minutes, 16 seconds. Her effort not only earned her the individual championship title, but she was also named “Girl Runner of the Year.”

Berggren’s individual results were tied to her teammates who also posted good racing times. Ryndi Zastrow finished fourth in 25:23 while Samantha Miyauchi placed sixth in 26:00. They were followed closely by Jessica Bondi for 13th place in 26:47; Lindsay Jones, 14th place, 27:27; and Melissa Plum, 15th, 27:29.

All of the Panther girls earned All-Conference honors from Friday’s meet. Berggren and Zastrow were named to the All-Conference First Team while Miyauchi was picked for All-Conference Second Team. All-Conference Honorable Mentions were awarded to Bondi, Jones and Plum. Their coach, Jim ‘Cajun’ Courville was named the All-Conference “Girls Coach of the Year.”

In the boys 5K at the league meet, Nick McHargue of Lake County raced to victory in a time of 20.01. He earned both the league championship title and Boy Runner of the Year award.

The Panthers’ fastest runner was Nathanial Ziegler who crossed the finish line in 22:22 for 17th place. He was followed by Matt Curran who placed 21st in 23:01, Hugh McDonough in 23:05 for 22nd place, Matt Naschak in 23:20 for 25th and Nick O’Connor in 25:12 for 32nd.

In the boys team results, Middle Park finished sixth out of the seven teams earning results. The host Clear Creek team won while Sheridan and Jefferson Academy finished second and third respectively.

“We raced this same course on Sept. 9 and all of our athletes have dropped their times by a minute or more,” said Coach Jim ‘Cajun’ Courville. “The question remains: Can we drop times again this week at Regionals?”

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