The Bayfield Wolverines tasted bittersweet results at the CHSAA Class 3A Cross Country Regional Championships on Wednesday in Delta.
The Bayfield High School boys won the regional title and qualified as a team for the CHSAA State Championships on Oct. 27 in Colorado Springs.
The Bayfield girls team just missed qualifying for state by a mere two points.
Eva-Lou Edwards of Bayfield, however, won Wednesday’s girls race in Delta and qualified as an individual for the upcoming state meet.
“It really was bittersweet,” Bayfield head coach Pat Vaughn said. “The guys, who just missed going to state last year, are really excited, and the girls are really bummed.
“But I can’t be disappointed. I’m really proud of our girls. All of the girls had PRs (personal records),” Vaughn said.
Edwards won her sixth race of the fall season when she ran Wednesday’s regional 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 31 seconds – an all-time PR.
“It was a very convincing win,” he said. “Eva-Lou was very nervous before the race.”
That will happen when you’re running against the defending state champion. Edwards never had beaten Tabor Shol of Middle Park – until Wednesday.
“Eva-Lou beat the defending state champion by a minute and 19 seconds,” Vaughn said.
The 3.1-mile course, described as fast and flat, was located at Confluence Park in north Delta near the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers.
Moffat County (Craig) won the 3A regional title in its first year down from Class 4A. The Bulldogs totaled 31 points. Middle Park (Granby) was second with 43 points. Aspen (53) was third and Pagosa Springs (68) fourth. Gunnison was fifth (93), with Bayfield two points back in sixth place.
Bayfield won the boys title with 41 points, two better than Pagosa Springs (43).
Gunnison’s boys finished third (65), with Aspen fourth (78) and Basalt fifth (82).
“As he has done before, Trevor Gabbard trailed the race by 30 to 40 meters midway through ... but he had a tremendous kick. He overtook Robert Tekansik of Lake County ... and he won in the last 100 meters,” Vaughn said. “It was a great sprint finish.”
Gabbard, a sophomore, won the regional title in a personal-best time of 16:35; Tekansik was second in 16:38.
Luke Webb finished fourth for BHS in 16:55. Joe Hetrick was 17th, and Joey Webb was 19th. Caleb Sapa finished 25th. John Fisher was 30th and Jonathan Rudolph 32nd.
“The guys ran really smart. Trevor was near the front ... all the guys had personal bests,” Vaughn said. “They ran well on the right day.”
For the BHS girls, Nicole Cyr was 31st, Aubree Lorenzen 35th, Danielle Miller 36th, Jessica Cusick 38th, Lexa Fleming 45th, Maggie Zink 55th and Ciara Enns 57th.
“We packed the girls right in the middle,” Vaughn said. “But we had a couple of teams get ahead of us.”
Vaughn credited assistant coach Matt Cusick with an excellent job of preparing the Wolverines this season, too: “He’s done a tremendous amount to get us here,” the head coach said.