Cross country notes: Palmer Ridge freshman leads girls to big finish

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Photo - CHSAA state cross country meet Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis
CHSAA state cross country meet Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis

Palmer Ridge freshman leads girls to big finish

Isabella Prosceno didn’t know what to expect coming into her first state meet.

The best finish in program history? Yeah, that works.

Prosceno finished second in 18 minutes and 17 seconds and the Bears took second with 157 points – both were high bars for the girls’ program at Palmer Ridge.

Before this, Alison Deitsch had placed third twice and the Bears finished third last year.  

Battle Mountain’s Elizabeth Constien won Saturday’s race in 18:03.

 “I was right behind her and then at the two-mile she started pulling away,” Prosceno said. “That’s when I said I’ll go for second.”

 

Air Academy in good shape with young core

The boys’ team at Air Academy finished fifth and the girls took fourth.

Cal Banta took third (15:58) and Dillon Powell was ninth (16:04), while Paige Embaugh was fourth (18:38) and Tatum Miller was sixth (18:45).

All four are slated to return next season. In fact, five of the seven boys and six of the girls from the state teams are set to return.

“It’s exciting seeing the (younger guys) coming along, too,” Banta said. “I’m excited for the future.”

 

Rampart’s Ramsey uses course to her advantage

Rampart often likes to do hill workouts during practice.

Kyla Ramsey believes that’s what helped her through the steep inclines and rough terrain at the state course.

Ramsey finished eighth in 18 minutes and 33 seconds -the best finish for a Rams’ girl runner since 1995- and Rampart took eighth.

“I like to be tough on the hills and this course is a good one for that,” the senior said. “I  really like this course.”

 

Others in the top 10

Peyton’s Mason Howard was ninth (16:59) in the 2A boys’ race. In 3A girls, St. Mary's Hannah McReavy was seventh (19:02), Colorado Springs Christian’s Rachel Ingram was eighth (19:06) and TCA’s Kaylee Thompson was 10th (19:14). The Titans took third as a team.

In 4A boys, Thomas Chaston was seventh (16:02) and Widefield’s Cole Munoz was eighth (16:03). Cheyenne Mountain was seventh, Discovery Canyon eighth and Pine Creek ninth.

In 4A girls, Discovery Canyon was eighth and Pine Creek was10th.