Pirate harriers race at Creede, league meet next

Even with scaled-down varsity squads and wet, cool fall weather, both Pagosa Springs Pirate cross country teams got their chances to shine at last Saturday’s meet in Creede.

Runners on the boys’ squad placed second, third, 10th, and 18th in the individual standings, with the team taking first place overall — despite the fact this season’s top four varsity runners were held out of the race.

Kyle Brookens led the boys with a finish time of 19 minutes, 54 seconds. Close behind, Kade Skoglund’s time of 20:28 was good for third overall. He was followed by Dylan Caves at 21:37 and Evan Brookens with a 22:49 finish.

On the girls’ side, Julia Adams, with a time of 23 minutes, 36 seconds, secured a second-place overall finish and led the girls’ squad to first in the team standings. Crystal Purcell’s time of 24:15 was good for third place; Katarina Medici took fourth with a 24:17; and Mele Lelievre took sixth with a time of 25 minutes, 21 seconds

Coach Scott Anderson was obviously pleased with the girls’ performances, saying, “Our depth really showed when we came in first as a team.”

The Pirate cross country team runs in Monte Vista Saturday, Oct. 11, at the league meet. According to Anderson, his regional team will be set at the meet, with the fastest six runners selected from both sides given slots on the top squad. The boys will get a chance to measure their improvement as they compete against Bayfield, while on the girls’ side, the Gunnison and Salida teams should make it an interesting meet.