Photo by Eric R. Flores
The Alamosa High School boys' cross country team that includes (top from left to right) Austin Chavez, Miguel Baltazar, Caleb Palmer (bottom left to right) Chance Canty, Jericho Ulibarri and Isaiah DeLaCerda, finished third as a team with 66 points.
Courier Sports Editor
COLORADO SPRINGS—If the adage "things get better with age" is correct, Alamosa cross country fans will have years of success to look forward to after the showing the youngest team in the state put on during Saturday’s Colorado State Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center.
After the dust settled in the Class 3A Boys’ race, the Frontier Academy team won the crown as their pack was able to maintain a steady position in the front of the race for 44 team points. The next two teams had to wait until official results were posted. As scores were tallied Lamar, a team that was ranked No. 1 all season, finished in second place with 55 points while Alamosa, who was ranked No. 4 all season, finished in third, 22 points behind Frontier Academy and 11 points behind Lamar with 66 points.
Peak to Peak, who was ranked No. 2 most of the season, was fourth with a distant score of 107 points.
The overall winner on the boys’ side was Platte Canyon senior Jacob Benson, who like former Adams State University women’s runner Kristen McGlynn did not attend the school when they won a title for them, as he finished in 16:46.0. Benson is a student at a school 40 miles away from Platte Canyon in South Park.
Alamosa did place two runners in the top ten to earn All-State honors as Isaiah DeLaCerda was the first freshman through the finish line. He was able to nip his teammate, junior Jericho Ulibarri, as the two finished in seventh and eighth with times of 17:27.3 and 17:28.0.
The next freshman to finish the race was Alamosa’s Miguel Baltazar who crossed the line in 18:04 to claim 22nd place. Sophomore Chance Canty was the fourth and final scorer for the Mean Moose as he finished in 40th place in 18:32.9.
Freshman Caleb Palmer (18:39.5) and sophomore Austin Chavez (18:42.3) were Alamosa’s displacers in the race by finishing in 46th and 47th, respectively.
Salida put on an impressive show in the team race on the girl’s side with an impressive team total of 35 points, easily distancing itself from second place Estes Park, who scored 94. The Spartans had all six of their runners in the top 32, and all four scoring runners were in the top 18.
Bayfield’s Eva Lou Edwards repeated as champion and in the process took 24 seconds off of her time from a year ago. She finished the race in 18 minutes, 41.6 second and was 1:26 faster than runner-up Makayla Santos of Frontier Academy.
Alamosa finished in tenth place with a score of 163.
Junior Brianna Corona paced the team with a time of 21:31.5 to finish in 23rd place.
Sophomore Paige DeGolyer (22:08.7) finished in 42nd place while senior Brianna Apodaca (22:22.3) finished in 50th place. Sophomore Emily Sowards’ finish in 22:47.6 rounded out the team scorers with her 63rd place finish.
Senior Nicole Broyles (23:35.0) and sophomore Katelyn Miller (23:28.2) finished in 80th and 81st places, respectively.
Alamosa's runners dedicated the weekend to the memory of Kim Howard as they wore orange and black ribbons during the race and had a special sign hanging at the camp stating 'We run for you Kim Howard."
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