Pirate harriers set to start season at pre-state meet Friday

A few changes are in store for the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate cross-country teams this season, with new tournaments, a home course that’s new to this year’s crop of harriers and a new state course.

Some things, however, are already proving to be the same — the Lady Pirate runners will again be led by all five of the scoring runners who contributed to last year’s No. 6 state finish, and their male counterparts will, too, be led by several of the same runners as last season.

In total, 20 PSHS students are on the cross-country team this season, with 11 on the girls’ side and nine on the boys’.

Last year, the girls finished sixth in state action, while the boys finished 14th.

On the girls’ side, six runners from the state team are returning, including all five who scored for the Lady Pirates, with those five again expected to be a big part of the Lady Pirates’ scoring team at meets, according to coach Scott Anderson.

Those runners include Olivia Reinhardt, Taylor Lee-Hammer, Delany Khung, Kori Mogensen and Maddie Greenly, with Molly Burkesmith also earning a spot on last year’s state squad.

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This story was posted on August 27, 2015.