OK, I admit it.
I forgot that the Battle Mountain boys cross-country team actually won a regional title last year.
It really is understandable, given the show the ladies put on last autumn.
Naomi Harding got hurt in a bike accident and missed most of the regular season. And the Huskies still won their sixth consecutive Western Slope/Region 1 title. Naturally, by the time, Naomi Harding returned from her injury, Lizzie Harding (ear infection and the flu) collapsed two miles-or-so into the state meet.
Battle Mountain ended up winning state anyway with only six runners.
No one from the state seven last fall graduated, and the Huskies have a bunch of depth returning as well.
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Milesplit.com has the Huskies as the No. 1-ranked team in 4A going into this season. The site also came up with a hypothetical national meet, and if Battle Mountain’s runners ran personal bests, they would finish 16th in the U.S.
So, it’s kinda easy to forget the Huskies boys are pretty good, too.
But before Battle Mountain’s principal — what is his name? — orders up “2017 Girls X Country” for the state-title banner in the gym, a few things.
Keys to the season
• Health: In fairness, Battle Mountain is due in this category. The Hardings seem to have escaped maleficent events this summer. (Everyone, knock wood.)
Without either of the Hardings getting struck by lightning, this team’s going to need to avoid the pounding they’ve endured during the summer, building its base, as well as the assorted sprains and shin splints that follow a team.
The Huskies traditionally crest at certain points during the season. Coach (and school principal) Rob Parish has…
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