Cross Country – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:39:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Cross Country – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Snow cancels Alamosa cross-country meet http://www.pagosasun.com/snow-cancels-alamosa-cross-country-meet/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210518

Photos courtesy Rachael Christiansen
Having their weekend meet canceled by snow didn’t get the Pagosa Springs High School cross-country runners down. Following the cancellation, the Pirate runners rearranged their training schedule and, on Friday, had a chance to have some fun with their annual scavenger hunt.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Last week’s late summer snowfall deposited more than a foot in the San Luis Valley, causing the two-day Joe Vigil meet at Adams State University to be canceled and giving the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate cross-country teams an unanticipated break from competition.

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Pirates take fourth, second at ‘competitive’ meet http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-take-fourth-second-at-competitive-meet/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=209960

Photo courtesy Rachael Christiansen
Megan Greenly runs en route to a seventh-place finish at last week’s Alamosa High School Invitational. Greenly helped the Lady Pirates to a second-place finish.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate cross-country teams faced tough competition at last week’s Alamosa High School Invitational, with the boys’ squad finishing fourth and the Lady Pirates taking second.

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Photo courtesy Rachael Christiansen
Lady Pirate Nell Taylor runs at the Alamosa High School Invitational last week. Taylor finished third in what the coach called her breakout race of the season.

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Multiple Pirates set personal records at Cortez meet http://www.pagosasun.com/multiple-pirates-set-personal-records-at-cortez-meet/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:53:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=209679

Photo courtesy Rachael Christiansen
Lady Pirates Nell Taylor, center, and Megan Greenly, right, run together at the Montezuma-Cortez XC Invitational Aug. 28. Greenly finished seventh and Taylor finished ninth.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate cross-country teams finished second and third at the Montezuma-Cortez XC Invitational Aug. 28, with multiple Pirate runners setting personal records (PRs) during the race.

“I think that it was, overall, a good meet,” coach Rachael Christiansen said.

Three Lady Pirates placed in the top 10 at the event, helping the team to finish third out of seven full teams, behind Alamosa and Centauri.

Lady Pirate Michelle Sauceda led her team on the day, finishing first in her wave and fourth overall with a time of 22 minutes, 27 seconds.

“She was only 3 seconds off 3rd place and 12 seconds off of 2nd place! We are also looking forward to seeing her run against Alamosa’s top 3 girls next week!” Christiansen wrote in the team’s weekly newsletter.

Megan Greenly followed in seventh with a time of 22:44, and Nell Taylor finished ninth in 23:24.

“Megan Greenly ran a fantastic race finishing 7th overall and only 17 seconds behind Michelle. Nell Taylor finished 9th overall running a solid 23:24! Once again, our top 3 girls finished top 10!” Christiansen wrote in the newsletter.

In her first race of the season, Ivory Carpenter finished 17th with a time of 24:37.

“Last year, she had some huge growth,” Christiansen said of Carpenter, noting she’s already starting off better this year. “I think she’s going to do really well this season.”

RuthAnn Morehouse finished 23rd with a time of 26:12 — a personal record at 3 minutes, 17 seconds quicker than the previous week.

Christiansen noted the Lady Pirates weren’t too far behind Alamosa, a tough league team, especially since Pagosa and Alamosa were in different starting waves.

“I definitely think we’ll be able to improve on that,” she said.

The Lady Pirates will have another chance to race against Alamosa this weekend at Alamosa’s home race, and Christiansen indicated the meet will feature seeded waves, meaning the top runners will start and run together.

Without running in the same wave as the other top runners, she explained, it’s “a little bit harder to dig deeper and find those few more seconds” to shave off.

Photo courtesy Rachael Christiansen
Andrew Bowles and Clayton Cayard, right, race at the Montezuma-Cortez XC Invitational on Aug. 28. The team finished second at the meet.

The boys’ squad finished second out of three full teams in Cortez, behind Alamosa.

Gabe Heraty again led the Pirates, this time finishing first in his wave and second overall with a PR time of 17:21.

“He was 37 seconds off a first place and will hopefully have an opportunity to run with the 1st place guy, Josh Medina from Alamosa, next week!” the newsletter states.

Levi Hinger was the second Pirate across the line, finishing 15th with a time of 20:26, a PR.

Christiansen noted that Hinger was the second freshman to finish at the event.

David Morehouse followed 13 seconds later to finish 16th.

Andrew Bowles finished 20th with a time of 21:28, a PR.

“He has grown significantly from last year,” Christiansen said, adding, “He’s super determined to improve.”

Clayton Cayard finished 22nd out of the race’s 42 runners with a time of 22:04, helping the team finish second.

“Overall, it was a great showing and we are looking forward to seeing Alamosa again next week!” the newsletter states.

The Pirate teams will see Alamosa again Friday at the Alamosa Invite, which is slated to begin at 9 a.m.

“I’m looking for our top three runners on each team to close the gap even more,” Christiansen said, meaning having Greenly and Taylor finish closer to Sauceda, and seeing Morehouse and Hinger finish closer to Heraty. 

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Heraty nabs first at Boggy Draw Bear Chase http://www.pagosasun.com/heraty-nabs-first-at-boggy-draw-bear-chase/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=209307

Photo courtesy Rachael Christiansen
Pirate senior Gabe Heraty runs en route to his first first-place finish at last week’s Boggy Draw Bear Chase in Dolores. The Pirates finished third at the event.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate cross-country teams started the season off with a bang at the Boggy Draw Bear Chase last Friday in Dolores, with Gabe Heraty placing first to lead his team to a third-place finish and three Lady Pirates finishing in the top 10 to lead their team to a second-place finish.

“It was hot, smoky, and dusty, but I am impressed with the work each pirate put in. They had a great showing for the first race of the season and it left me excited and optimistic for the rest of the season,” coach Rachael Christiansen wrote in the team’s newsletter.

“I was really proud of them for what they accomplished out there,” Christiansen added in an interview with The SUN Tuesday.

The boys finished third at the six-team event, one point behind the 4A Durango Demons.

“I think we were lucky with the boys group because the fastest boys were in our wave,” Christiansen explained.

Heraty, a senior, took first among the 40 runners at the event with a time of 17 minutes, 59 seconds — 22 seconds ahead of the next runner.

“I’m very proud of Gabe for what he did,” Christiansen said.

She explained that Heraty’s plan before the race was to go for the win, but that it was a tough field of runners that included the likes of Bayfield’s Zeb Shields.

“So I was really proud of Gabe to get out in front of him, and the plan was to get out in front of him and stay out in front of him, and he did. So it was awesome.”

The first-place finish was the first for the Pirates since Sierra Liverett took first at the teams’ home meet in 2018, Christiansen relayed, and the first for the boys’ team in several years.

Junior David Morehouse followed in 16th with a time of 22:04, and was followed by freshman Levi Hinger in 18th with a time of 22:34.

Sophomore Andrew Bowles finished in 22nd in 22:54, and senior Clayton Cayard finished 24th with a time of 24:27.

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Lady Pirate RuthAnn Morehouse, a freshman, takes part in the Boggy Draw Bear Chase in Dolores on Aug. 21. Morehouse’s 24th-place finished helped her team take second on the day.

The girls’ squad finished second at the event behind Durango, who ran in a different wave than the Lady Pirates, with the top five runners in the race being from the two schools.

Junior Michelle Sauceda led the Lady Pirates on the day, finishing third out of 39 runners with a time of 23:05. 

Christiansen highlights Sauceda for coming out strong this year.

“I’m super proud of what she has been able to do over the summer,” the coach said.

Junior Nell Taylor followed in fifth with a time of 24:52, and senior Megan Greenly took seventh in a flat 25 minutes.

“I think Michelle and Nell both had a really good race, but I think it was a little bit more challenging for them because they didn’t have that pressure from behind, they only had people in front to kind of pick off,” Christiansen said, adding, “The message was … we’re going to have to run every race as hard as we can and we cannot … get complacent with our position.” 

She further noted that first in your wave does not mean first overall, so cross-country runners are having to get used to running for both time and place, instead of just place.

Freshman RuthAnn Morehouse crossed the line 24th in 29:39, and junior Samy Owen finished 32nd with a time of 33:27. 

The coach also highlighted Hinger and RuthAnn Morehouse for completing their first high school races.

“I think he did phenomenally for his first race and I’m excited to see what he’s going to do,” she said of Hinger, adding,” I expect both of them to be a big part of this season.”

This week, the teams will take part in the Ancient Trails meet in Cortez, with that meet slated to kick off at 5 p.m. Friday.

“I really want the boys to get that one point back from Durango,” the coach said of the boys’ goal.

The girls’ squad, she noted, will look to see how they match up with Alamosa, who is now in Pagosa’s league and who the Lady Pirates will likely see a lot this season.

“They’re going to be a big competition for us throughout the year,” Christiansen said.

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Pirate cross-country to open season in Dolores Friday http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-cross-country-to-open-season-in-dolores-friday/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208937 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The second and only other fall sport for Pagosa Springs High School will return to action tomorrow, with the Pirate cross-country teams heading to Dolores for the Boggy Draw Bear Chase. 

But it, like many other sports for the upcoming school year, has been modified to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“I think it’s going to be a really good year,” said Rachael Christiansen, the team’s new coach, who pointed out, “Obviously it’s a little crazy with COVID, but I think we have some really awesome leadership on this team, which I’m relying heavily on to get everyone through the season, from our new people and all the way up.”

Last year, the Pirates took 17th at state and their Lady Pirate counterparts returned home having placed 15th, with 20 teams competing on each side.

Christiansen reported there are 30-35 people on the team right now, but that number could go up once school starts.

Of that, she explained, only three are brand new to the sport and usually play a different sport in the fall, and about a dozen returning runners have stepped into leadership roles.

“We have a lot of new freshmen coming up, too, so that’s exciting,” she pointed out, with several being strong runners. “I think they’ll be very good runners with a little bit of time and practice.” 

Under the modifications made to the sport this year due to coronavirus, only five varsity runners will be able to attend meets for each team, with a total of 50 runners allowed per gender.

Additionally, each runner can compete in seven meets, and the starting and fishing lines at meets will be different.

Those modifications, Christiansen explained, may mean the teams participate in more smaller meets to allow runners to compete, which she acknowledged separates the runners out more — something she wouldn’t do if she had a choice.

Runners, she explained, will compete in time trials at practice to determine the five who will compete at that week’s varsity meet.

But, despite COVID, Christiansen noted her approach is still the same.

“My philosophy as a coach is to help every single athlete on my team.”

And, she shared, the team’s message since the beginning has been to take nothing for granted.

“We’re thankful we are able to run,” she said, adding later, “Not every sport can say that right now.”

Schedule

The following schedule was accurate as of Wednesday, but is subject to change.

Following this weekend’s meet in Dolores, the Pirates will head to Cortez for the Ancient Trails meet on Aug. 28, with the meet beginning at 4 p.m.

On Sept. 4, the teams will participate in the Alamosa Invite at 9 a.m., and on Sept. 12 will head to the Joe Vigil Meet at Adams State University, which is slated to begin at 8 a.m.

On Sept. 19, the teams will head to Bayfield for an 8 a.m. start.

The teams will host their home meet on the Sept. 25 beginning at 3 p.m.

Regionals are set to take place Oct. 9 in Bayfield, followed by the state meet on Oct. 17 in Colorado Springs.

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CHSAA releases modified sports seasons schedule http://www.pagosasun.com/chsaa-releases-modified-sports-seasons-schedule/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208328

SUN photo/Terri House
Pagosa Springs High School cross-country coach Rachael Christiansen runs with athletes during a summer workout recently. On Tuesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released a modified sports season schedule for the upcoming school year.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Sports will look a little different this year for Colorado high school athletes, including those at Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS).

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) announced its 2020-2021 athletics and activities calendar Tuesday after receiving the go-ahead from the state.

“The health and safety of our student participants, coaches, officials and essential personnel, including volunteers is a primary concern for the return of interscholastic athletics and activities,” said CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green in a Tuesday press release. “We are very grateful for the state, health and educational leaders for their shared commitment of a return to these highly beneficial education programs when it is deemed safe for all school communities.”

CHSAA’s press release notes that the calendar follows “months of collaboration with Gov. Jared Polis, the CHSAA Resocialization Task Force, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the state’s COVID-19 Response team, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the CHSAA Board of Directors and administrative staff.”

“I am super excited that all of the sports have a season,” said PSHS Athletic Director Marcie Ham. “I think it’s great that they’re all going to have the opportunity to play.”

Instead of three seasons like normal, the upcoming school year will be split into four shortened seasons — seasons A, B, C and D — with some traditional fall sports moved to next spring to increase the likelihood of an uninterrupted season and because they cannot be played under the current guidelines.

“Due to the restrictive nature of the current state guidelines, and the ability to follow Colorado Department of Education requirements, all contact sports have been moved to a season which will commence later in the calendar, and allow for playoffs and culminating events without creating new conflicts,” the press release notes.

“This was a contingency plan,” Blanford-Green said during a Tuesday press conference on the seasons, noting that CHSAA was optimistic it would be able to start on time with the traditional seasons.

Under this year’s four-season system, CHSAANow.com explains, “Each season is approximately seven weeks from start to finish. Sports will have their regular season competition limits reduced. The postseason for each sport will also be shortened, including the number of state qualifiers.”

For PSHS, fall sports, or Season A, will include golf, which began on Aug. 3 and will conclude Oct. 5 and 6, and cross-country, which will begin Aug. 12 and conclude on Oct. 17.

There is then a break until January, with Season B set to include basketball, spirit competition, girls’ swimming and wrestling at PSHS.

Those sports will begin on Jan. 4, 2021, and will run through early March, with basketball and wrestling set to conclude on March 6, 2021.

Season C will include football, boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball at PSHS.

Football is slated to begin Feb. 22, 2021, and boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball are set to begin on March 1, 2021. Those seasons will run through early May.

Season D will begin in late April and will include track and field, baseball and girls’ soccer, with that season set to conclude in late June.

“In anticipation of data from the state which shows a likely resurgence of COVID-19 cases in late fall, there will be a participation moratorium from Oct. 18, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021,” CHSAANow.com states.

At his Tuesday press conference, Polis also acknowledged there will be outbreaks, teams that won’t be able to play for periods of time and that some athletes won’t participate due to coronavirus concerns, but expressed that he’s “thrilled” student athletes will be able to participate in sports.

Ham noted that the changes in seasons will mean there will be more logistical work when it’s already complicated to coordinate use of the high school’s only gym, and pointed out that some sports may play at different times (Saturday football games are a possibility instead of Friday night, for example) due to the changed seasons.

But, she told The SUN, the school’s coaches are all on board and are excited to know when their seasons are so they can plan.

“We have amazingly positive coaches and they are all on board,” she said, noting that there were no negative comments from the coaches.

Sport-specific details are expected to be released Thursday, Aug. 6 via CHSAANow.org.

Ham noted that PSHS is not sure what its next steps will be, but that Intermountain League representatives are meeting Friday.

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High school says goodbye to decades of coaching experience http://www.pagosasun.com/high-school-says-goodbye-to-decades-of-coaching-experience/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:57:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206216 By Randi Pierce

Staff Writer

Archuleta School District was recently faced with hiring new head coaches for four of Pagosa Springs High School’s (PSHS) athletics programs — replacing more than a combined 50 years of head coaching experience.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-3/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195423 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at July, August and September.

JULY

• At a Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting held in Pagosa Springs on July 1, La Plata Electric Association representatives discussed the future of energy and a potential buyout of its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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Cross-country http://www.pagosasun.com/cross-country-2/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190643

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Pagosa Springs High School sophomore Nell Taylor recently garnered Intermountain League all-conference honors for cross-country after finishing 42nd at the state cross-country championships in October.

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