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The girl’s Vail Valley Running Club (aka Battle Mountain High School) shocked the high school cross-country running world by finishing an astounding third in the nation Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.
Just two clubs, Manlius and N. Naperville, finished ahead of Vail Valley, by far the smallest school among the 22 competing at nationals. Vail Valley emerged from the Southwest Regionals by winning that race in Casa Grande, Arizona, on Nov. 28.
Vail Valley junior Naomi Harding was the top runner on the Vail Valley squad, finishing 55th on the muddy, hilly course, with a 5K time of 18 minutes, 45.5 seconds.
She was followed closely by Vail Valley senior Elizabeth Constien in 58th with a time of 18:49.6. Constien was the individual Colorado state champion on Battle Mountain’s overall state championship team.
Next in the scoring for Vail Valley was senior Alex Raichart in 65th with a time of 19:00.3.
Then it was Naomi’s sister Lizzy Harding, also a junior, with a time of 19:06.4 — good enough for 73rd.
Closing out the scoring for Vail Valley was sophomore Grace Johnson in 92nd with a time of 19:14.8.
“What a journey it has been!” coaches posted on the team’s Facebook page. “So proud of this team and these amazing young women!”
Vail Valley junior Brogan Murray finished 101st with a time of 19:27.3, and Vail Valley senior Megan Bamford was 168th with a time of 20:30.8.
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