STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The growth and development of the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team has been evident in plenty of places, but one that’s always caught the eye of coach Lisa Renee Tumminello has been one of the team’s biggest tests of the early portion of the season, the Liberty Bell Invitational in Littleton.
Two years ago the Sailors’ girls team was third in No. 3 division at the massive Front Range meet.
“That was really the beginning of our team making a big showing among other top teams in the state,” Tumminello said.
A year ago, the squad was second.
There was only one way for things to get better, and Saturday, they did.
“This year,” Tumminello said, “they stood on the podium in first.”
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Steamboat finished with 60 points, ahead of second-place D’Evelyn, which had 70, and third-place Evergreen, in with 106.
A new face led the Sailors, Dasha Kuznetsova, who was sixth overall with a time on the five-kilometer course of 19 minutes, 18 seconds.
Maggi Congdon was eighth at 19:21, Winter Boese ninth at 19:24, Sadie Cotton 18th at 20:33 and Isabelle Boniface 21st in 20:48, rounding out the team’s scoring runners.
Steamboat’s boys put together some strong performances, as well. Sumner Cotton was 26th overall, finishing in 17:52. Cooper Jones was 75th, Aubrey Morrison 83rd, Wes Armbruster 96th and Jackson Creagan 99th.
Next up for the squad is a trip Saturday to compete at Eagle Valley.
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