The weather was anything but perfect last Saturday for runners at the Durango Invitational at the Hillcrest Golf Club. The varsity girls’ race ended in the rain, with accompanying stiff wind. The varsity boys’ race was postponed due to lightning, then cancelled when it became too dark to conduct the event.
Pagosa’s girls finished their race and it was a performance marked by personal best times.
Katarina Medici topped the Pirate girls’ team, and took third place overall in the event. Medici posted a time of 20 minutes, 48 seconds.
Crystal Purcell crossed the finish line at 21:53, a personal best.
Danielle Pajak also posted a personal best time, finishing in 22:00.
Brook Hampton was fourth among the Pirates, hitting a personal best 22:37.
Haleigh Zenz rounded out the scoring with a personal best 22:40.
Tori Strohecker managed a personal best 23:38, and Mele Lelievre finished with a time of 23:42.
Pagosa placed fourth in the team standings with 112 points, behind Page, Ariz., Durango and Montrose.
“They did well,” said Coach Scott Anderson of the Pirate girls. “I was very pleased; the girls stepped up and became more competitive. Whatever concerns we may have had last week I think we can attribute to the fact it was their first meet.”
Saturday, the Pirates host the Pagosa Springs Invitational — the only home meet of the year. This year’s races will be held on a Reservoir Hill course, with a start at Town Park.
“We’re doing a new course,” said Anderson, “and it will be more of a strength challenge. Along with the last two meets of the regular season (at Mancos and Creede) it should give us another strength workout prior to the end-of-the-season (regional and state) meets on golf courses.”
Junior high school races begin Saturday at 9:15 a.m.
All high school boys will run together at 10 a.m. The high school girls’ race finishes the day.
Included among the eight teams expected at the meet are Shiprock, Kirtland Central, the Durango JV and Bayfield.