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Ilg, Ellis run at trail nationals

Ilg placed 15th, Ellis crosses 49th
Nathaniel Ellis, pictured competing in the Boggy Draw Bear Chase last year, ran in the National High School Trail Championships on Saturday in Salida. He finished 49th. (Courtesy Michael Ellis)

Two runners from Durango High School toed the line at the National High School Trail Championships on Saturday in Salida.

Dewachen Ilg and Nathaniel Ellis both competed in the 5.4-mile race, which included some of the top trail runners in Colorado and surrounding states. Ilg will be a sophomore this year at DHS, and Ellis will be a junior.

In the girls trail championship, Ilg finished 15th out of 39 runners in 44 minutes and 29 seconds. Keeghan Edwards of Valor Christian, who placed third in the 3,200 at the Class 5A state meet as a freshman last year, won the championship in the 37:35, followed by Rosie Mucharsky of Denver East (38:19) and Jade Allen of Lewis-Palmer (38:48).

In the boys championship, Ellis finished 49th out of 77 runners in 39:27.

Will Brunner of Battle Mountain won the race in 32:13 and was followed by his teammate, Porter Middaugh (32:27). Mountain Vista’s Ben Anderson (33:03) was third.

In the team races, the top three runners from each team scored. Mountain Vista won the boys title with 46 points. Longmont High School (47) and Fort Collins High School (47) filled out the top three.

Lewis-Palmer High School won the girls team title with 32 points, ahead of The Classical Academy (43) and Cheyenne Mountain High School (53).

The event also featured the Beas Knees Citizen’s Race on the same course.

Nathaniel’s dad, Michael Ellis, placed 17th in the men’s race in 45:35 while Dewachen’s dad, Steve Ilg, placed 25th in 48:40.