Glenwood Springs Boys XC, 2017

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Gavin Harden is one of the guys Glenwood will be relying on heavily this fall.

Glenwood Springs started a bit like a house afire list fall, but by the state meet the flames were a bit knocked down to size. I'm guessing there's a different plan for this fall.

There is certainly the talent in place to support a different plan.

Glenwood Springs was a young team last fall, but figures as a mature team this fall--roughly equally split between juniors and seniors.

Henry Barth figures as the top returning runner for the Demons. Barth will be a junior this fall and has assiduously avoided track during both his freshman and sophomore years. That said, he still had six sub-17 times recorded last fall. 

The #2 guys duties look to be a toss-up between Gavin Harden and Benny Smith. Harden will be a junior this fall and Smith a senior. Both are solid runners. Both should be easily into the 16s on faster courses this fall. 

Matthew Thrun might also vie for #2 duties, but Thrun--like Barth--didn't run track and so comes into this fall's season as a bit more of an unknown quantity than Smith or Harden. Thrun did, however, have a best time of 16:51 last fall.

Possibilities abound for filling out the roster. Ian Richardson, Bryce Risner, and Dalton Miner were all sub-18s last fall. Jacob Barsness did not, for reasons not known to me, run cross country last fall but ran 17:44 in 2015 and 10:36 for 3200 meters this past spring. William Kaufman also didn't run cross country last fall but ran 18:11 in 2015 and 10:51 this spring. 

Jorge Zavala is yet another possibility for the Demons, but Zavala was never part of either track or cross country until this past spring.

Will Berkheimer appears to be the top incoming freshman, and one with a chance of breaking into the varsity seven.

Glenwood has come over the Continental Divide to run Liberty Bell in the past. If they do so again this year, that will provide a nearly early-September read on just how strong this team is this fall. Look forward to that.


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