The Sargent Lady Farmers' cross country team, from left to right: Assistant Coach Rick Roberds, Head Coach Lorena Price, Sarah Storey, Tai Zollars, Makayla Garcia, Caleigh Cowen, Marissa Storey and Assistant Coach Travis Garoutte, earned the 2012 Eric Wolff Spirit Award. Not Pictured: Jasmine Gomez.
Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Courier Sports Editor
SAN LUIS VALLEY—Ten boys and ten girls were named All-Valley Cross Country athletes last week, as announced by the All-Valley Cross Country Committee. Sargent’s cross country team and Centennial Head Coach David Jackson also earned special honors.
To be named to the All-Valley team, a runner’s best time is submitted to the committee and the athletes with the best times earn the honor. Unlike last year, only ten athletes were selected All-Valley.
Even though there was no awards banquet as in previous years, the award winners were awarded certificates and t-shirts thanks to special sponsor 1st Southwest Bank in Alamosa.
The top girl in the San Luis Valley was Alamosa senior Karlee Smith, who led six Moose selections including the top four times. Smith, who was second fastest last year, ran her best race at the 19th Annual Joe I. Vigil/PUMA Invitational at Cattail’s Golf Course in Alamosa. She clocked a time of 20:04.
Alamosa junior Brianna Apodoca, a first-year cross country runner, got her personal record (PR) at the Desert Twilight XC Festival, a night race at the Toga Sticks Golf Course in Arizona. She clocked a time 20:15.27.
Alamosa junior Nicole Broyles posted a time of 20:30.
Alamosa freshman Emily Sowards got a best time of 20:52 early in the season at the Joe I. Vigil Meet.
Centauri freshman Caitlin Babcock earned All-Valley honors with her 57th place finish at the Adidas Doherty Spartan Cross Country Invitational. She finished with a time of 21:17.
Alamosa freshman Paige DeGolyer posted a time of 21:50.
Alamosa freshman Brianna Molina, who rounded out the selections for the Mean Moose, had a PR of 21:58 at the Class 3A Region 2 Cross Country Meet in Pueblo.
Sargent freshman Sarah Storey nabbed her PR at the last race of the season, the Class 2A State Cross Country meet as she clocked a time of 22:41.20.
Sargent freshman Makayla Garcia was next in line as she had a 22:43 at the Joe I. Vigil Invite.
Tiger junior Jordan Neeley rounded out the girls with a time of 22:57.80 at the Class 2A State Championships.
Alamosa seniors Ty Koenig and Nick Molina led the boys’ All-Valley selections. Koenig got his 16:54 PR at the Joe I. Vigil. Molina got his PR of 16:59.09 at the Desert Twilight.
Antonito’s Jericho Ulibarri posted the Valley’s third fastest time, a 17:10 at the Joe I. Vigil. Del Norte senior Sumner Erhard ran a 17:39 at the Joe I. Vigil meet.
Alamosa senior Gavin Palmer had the fifth fastest time with a time of 17:51 at the Joe I. Vigil. His freshman teammate, Chance Canty, was seconds behind with a 17:57 PR, also at the Joe I. Vigil.
Centauri junior Dylan Sowards finished the season with an 18:12 PR at the Joe I. Vigil. Del Norte’s John Haefeli (18:41), Antonito’s Gabriel Romero (18:57) and Sargent’s Logan Sessums (19:02) rounded out the boys’ selections.
For the second year in a row the All-Valley Coach of the Year Award was awarded to Centennial head coach David Jackson. The second-year head coach of the Rams fielded two teams for the Regional Meet in Pueblo and advanced three runners to the State Meet.
The Eric Wolff Memorial Spirit Award, given in memory of the beloved Sargent coach who inspired runners throughout the Valley, was awarded to the Sargent Farmers girls’ team. The Farmers showed their spirit throughout the season and especially at the Regional Meet in Pueblo. In the middle of the race they were all together in the front of the pack and as the course shortened, they would easily win their second regional title in three seasons, this time they posted a near-perfect score of seven points.
With only one senior on the girl’s side and four on the boy’s side of the All-Valley squads, next season appears to be one of the most competitive seasons to earn All-Valley honors.