Durango cross country dazzling Saturday in Aspen

DHS takes spirit award, too

The Demons came away from the Chris Severy Cross Country Invitational on Saturday in Aspen with more than individual titles and team honors last weekend.

The Durango High School cross country team also was awarded the coveted Team Spirit Award at the Aspen meet.

The invitational is held annually to honor the memory of Severy, a former state track and cross country champion at Aspen High School who went on to be an All-American at the University of Colorado.

Severy, the valedictorian of his high school class known for his relentless toughness, was killed in a cycling accident in Boulder just before he was scheduled to enter medical school.

“It was in his spirit that the Demons went to compete,” Aspen head coach David McMillan said in an email to The Durango Herald.

“All in all, this was great preparation for our regional and state meets,” McMillan said after the DHS boys won the team title at the Chris Severy Invitational. The DHS girls finished third in team scoring.

Shannon Maloney won the girls varsity race.

Older brother Joe Maloney finished second in the boys varsity race on the hilly course.

McMillan said Shannon Maloney slowly moved through the pack to take the lead just before the one-mile mark in the 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) race.

“From there, it was nothing but onward and upward as she dominated a strong field,” he said. She finished in 21:44, just 44 seconds off the course record.

Emily Schaldach placed 17th in 24:08, nearly 45 seconds faster than her time from last year.

Mariah Dorsey moved up to the varsity and placed 28th in 24:50.

Carly Pierson was 29th; Emily Fogel was 40th.

In the boys race, Joe Maloney took the lead at the mile mark.

Maloney eventually crossed in second place in 18:41 – 20 seconds faster than his time last year.

Nicholas Turco, a freshman, finished eighth in 19:16. Gordon Gianniny was next, running a minute faster than last year.

Sean McLlaughlin finished in 12th place (19:44).

Collin Francom finished 23rd in 20:28.

Benji Lachelt, a freshman, moved up to varsity and finished 25th in 20:34.

Trent Andrews added a 28th place in 20:57.