The Pirates cross-country team is shaping up fast and fierce for this year’s season.
“There’s a number of new girls this year,” Coach Scott Anderson said. There are a total of 30 runners on the team, 13 of which are seniors, making this the largest senior class for the team.
The girls’ team is welcoming back three strong and swift runners: sophomores Emily Bryant and Dana Danielson, and senior Brooke Hampton.
In practice, the goal for the girls is to polish and improve the abilities to close the gap between the top three and the rest of the team.
The Pirate boys’ team is looking strong, with senior Carlos Brinkmann returning from a 12th place finish at state.
“There are relatively high expectations for the boys this year,” says Coach Anderson, yet he adds, “it’s early to predict.”
He expects the boys will make a strong showing this year at all meets.
The first official meet will be Sept. 10 in Bayfield.
“Bayfield is typically pretty strong,” Anderson said. Still, the Pirates are looking strong this year.
Prior to the Bayfield Invitational, the Pirates will have their Overlook pre-race on Sept. 3. With the Overlook run quickly becoming a Coach Anderson tradition, the teams starts from the Overlook marker on U.S. 160 and the athletes run to the top of Wolf Creek Pass.
The only home meet this season will be the Pagosa Springs Cross Country Classic, held on Sept. 24 in conjunction with the Mountain Chili Cha Cha. The IML meet will be Oct. 15 at Monte Vista. The regional meet will be Oct. 22 with the location to be announced. The final meet, the state 3A championship, will be held in Aurora on Oct. 29.