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By Lindsey Bright
Coming off of both boys’ and girls’ first-place team finishes at their home meet, the Pirate cross country squad hit some unexpected bumps last weekend during the meet in Mancos.
Led by junior Emily Bryant, the Pirate girls stayed strong and finished second in the team standings, losing to Kirtland Central by only two points. Bryant took home first place with a time of 21 minutes and four seconds, beating the second-place Kirtland Central runner by over a full minute.
“She won, and she had a good time,” said coach Scott Anderson. Her final time was a full minute faster than she posted last year. Anderson explained that Bryant had been working on running by herself, running alone, without teammates nearby to lean on.
“I had challenged her a couple days prior to work on running by herself rather than with others, and to work through the rough spots on the course,” Anderson said.
The next Lady Pirate to cross the finish line was freshman up-and-comer Olivia Reinhardt, who took fifth place with a 22.59, 10 seconds out of fourth place and leaving sixth place 19 seconds behind.
“She ran a good race,” Anderson said. Reinhart’s challenge will be pushing herself by herself, Anderson said, since in practice Bryant is far ahead and the rest of the team trails behind.
Senior Dana Danielson, Anderson said, was able to run a pain-free race, get a good time, and show a glimpse of hope for what the rest of the season could hold for her. She took 16th with a 24.43.
The boys, however, had a different story. Four runners were absent from the meet due to sickness and injury.
“Sickness has taken hold,” Anderson said.
Junior Mason Chronowski ran, but did not finish at his usual pace. “He started the race off really well,” Anderson said, but then Chronowski began to feel ill. “He got sick,” Anderson said, speculating that most likely, Chronowski was coming down with what had befallen the rest of the boys team.
For the boys, sophomore Chris Archuleta was the first Pirate to cross the finish line, with a 21.17 time for a 23rd place.
“The boys were all running as a pack, and that’s really good,” Anderson said.
The boys finished within a minute and a half of each other.
This weekend, Anderson was planning on taking the team to a big 4A meet in Colorado Springs; however, with several sick guys, he is not sure if the whole team will go or not. If they do not compete Friday in Colorado Springs, Anderson said they will race at a meet Saturday in Cortez.