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Cross country celebrated Saturday at Joe I. Vigil Meet

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11th, 2013

Photos by Eric R. FLores Del Norte's Jordyn Neely was the Tiger's first runner through the chute on Saturday.

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—Fans of cross country running were treated to a festival-type atmosphere on Saturday morning for the 20th Annual PUMA/Joe I. Vigil Open at Cattails Golf Course. The annual meet, which was once again hosted by Adams State University and Damon Martin, was renamed the Joe I. Vigil Meet 20 years ago in honor of the legendary Adams State coach, who was in attendance on Saturday to celebrate the occasion.

On the cross country course, hundreds of athletes from the middle school ranks to the collegiate level, raced for early-season supremacy. The Ortega Middle School boys’ squad continued their dominance as they won their season opening race.

In the high school level races, five scorers were scored to come up with a team score. This is always better for the larger schools who have more depth. It showed because on the boys’ side, the Class 4A No. 4 ranked Durango Demons came away with the team win as their top five runners teamed up to give them a score of 74 points and the win. Class 4A No. 8 ranked Palmer Ridge finished just six points back in second place with 80 points while Class 5A’s Dakota Ridge, who were receiving votes in this past week’s Colorado Track XC/CHSAANow.com Coaches’ Poll, finished third with 89 points.

Taos (N.M.) and Class 4A’s Evergreen took fourth and fifth with 146 points and 165 points, respectively.

The top Valley team was the Alamosa Mean Moose, who are ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, as they scored 179 points and finished in sixth place. They were able to finish in front of the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A, the Lamar Savages, who finished seventh with 185 points.

On the girls’ side, Palmer Ridge was the top team with 74 points while Evergreen took second with 77 points. Durango took third with 79 points, Dakota Ridge took fourth with 84 points and Taos took fifth with 107.

Santa Fe (174 points), Pagosa Springs (223 points), Alamosa (229 points), Moriarty (284 points) and Centauri (315 points) rounded out the top ten teams.

Some of the fierce competition on the boys’ side saw the overall winner, Carson Hume of Dakota Ridge breaking the 16-minute barrier as he was pushed throughout the whole race by teammate Eric Hamer and Santa Fe’s Zachary Grand but in the final 800 meters, Hume pulled away and crossed the line with an 8-second win and a time of 15:57.84. In all, 13 runners finished under 17 minutes.

The Valley’s top finisher was Alamosa freshman Isaiah De La Cerda, in 17:02.84. Junior Jericho Ulibarri finished in 20th place, four behind De La Cerda’s 16th place finish, with a time of 17:12.03.

For the complete article see the 09-11-2013 issue.

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