Steamboat Springs Even a few faulty computers couldn't put off the inevitable.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys cross-country team qualified for the state meet by finishing third Saturday at the regional cross-country meet in Aspen.
And although official times weren't available because of computer failures at the meet, Steamboat coach Andy Reust said the boys ran the race they needed to.
"The boys ran really well," he said. "To make it to state, they just had to run solid. They didn't have to run their best race. They just had to run a pretty solid race, and they all did."
Gus Allen paced Steamboat with a fifth-place finish. Jack Burger finished sixth, and Asher Rohde finished 12th.
Scott Powers, Jeff Sperry, Hunter Thompson and Byron Brane all ran well for Steamboat and helped get the Sailors to state.
On the girls side, Katherine Lynch and Cassady Daley each ran close to their best times of the year, Reust said, but finished outside of the top 15 and didn't qualify for state.
The course was relatively flat but was mostly on grass. Add in a little snow, and Reust said it wasn't the fastest course.
Still, Steamboat's runners didn't let the weather affect them.
"We've been telling all year, all these races we've been doing is practice for this," Reust said. "This is the one it all comes down to. They trained really well, and everybody came through. Everybody placed where we thought they would. In fact, they all came in a little bit ahead of where we wanted. Nobody came in below where we thought they would."
Now Steamboat will prepare for the state meet Oct. 31 at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins.
Reust said considering how young the boys team is - only two runners have been to state - he hasn't put any expectations on the athletes.
He said right now, the team is just enjoying its accomplishments.
"It's wide open," he said. "I just want to see the guys go out and have fun. This team is young. Last year they were senior-dominated. To put together the season they did this year is pretty remarkable."
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