Bloom wins in Glenrock

By: 
Sonja Karp, NLJ Sports Editor

Dogie cross country head coach Kathy Beehler was excited to return to Glenrock, after a several year hiatus, to compete Friday in the team’s final regular season race. 

This was just the second race the team has run in Wyoming this season, with the first being their only home meet, which kicked off the year back in August. As such, the Dogies also got to compete against 3A East runners from Douglas, Torrington and Glenrock prior to the conference meet this Friday.

“It was so great to get to run at Glenrock again, and it was a beautiful day to run,” Beehler said. “It was kind of small, but it was great to get to see Douglas, Torrington and Glenrock.”

Apparently, the excitement of the opportunity-filled day was felt by the entire team as several good times were posted across the board, and sophomore Aspen Bloom won the girls’ varsity race by almost a minute.

“It was so fun that Aspen won, and she was excited,” Beehler said, smiling. “She ran really well and I was glad to see her in the 21’s again. Her time was 21:50, and Torrington was second in 22:43.”

Sam Scribner also had a good day, finishing fifth in the men’s race with a time of 18:57. Sam Cunningham was next in 14th place, so Newcastle had two runners in the top-15 finishers. 

“Sam’s [Scribner] best time this year was at Spearfish where he ran 18:29 on a flat course,” Beehler declared. “So he is right back on his best time, given Glenrock is a pretty hilly course.”

Wyatt Cole was the third Dogie across the finish line in 18th place, and Logan Olson was right on his heels in 19th and only four seconds behind. Nick Lopez was 23th, Archer Ohnstad was 24th and Caleb Hoover finished 27th. 

Olson and Hoover both PR’d again at the meet with times of 20:39 and 22:35, respectively.  

“Logan just keeps getting faster every week, and Caleb broke into the 22s, so that is awesome,” Beehler reported. “It’s just exciting when you break another minute, so that was great for him.”

Beehler is hoping to have all of her top runners back in action this Thursday for the conference meet in Torrington. 

“I have no idea what the Torrington course is like, and they didn’t host a meet earlier in the year,” Beehler said. “I don’t know if anyone has any idea what it’s like, so that will be interesting.” 

At this time, talks between athletic directors regarding whether or not junior varsity will get to run at the conference meet are ongoing. They always have been allowed to in the past, however Torrington has limited the race to just varsity runners.

“Cross country is such a small sport, and it’s also a sport that is more like a family than a team,” Beehler said. “When you can only run seven, it is really divisive so I really hope they change their schedule to allow all our runners to compete.”

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