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Pirates in Fort Collins for state cross country meet

Does an extra week to prepare for a cross country meet make a difference?

The Pirate cross country team will soon know the answer.

The Colorado Class 3A state championship meet scheduled for Oct. 31 was postponed, due to more than 14 inches of snow on the course at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. As a result, the Pirates, and the rest of the 3A field, will make the trip to Fort Collins this Saturday to run at the final, and biggest meet of the season.

Pagosa runners were primed and ready for action last week and Coach Scott Anderson says his charges “did a good job dealing with the disappointment. They did what they could during the extra week to make the best of it.”

Anderson said the team used the extra time to put in several “quality days,” with intense training. The coach noted that, at press time, no one on the team was suffering from illness or injury.

“We also got some rest,” he said. “They are well-rested and ready to go up there and put on their best show. The extra week provided us the opportunity to get better. Given the situation, at this point, I’m feeling good about things and about the way our kids handled the delay.”

The Pirate girls’ team enters the state meet as the regional champions. The girls’ contingent will consist of Katarina Medici, Brooke Hampton, Crystal Purcell, Haleigh Zenz, Danielle Pajak and Mele LeLievre. All six will run the course — the top four will score team points

Pirate boys took third place at the regional meet and could have some surprises in store for the competition at Fort Collins. Ryan Hamilton, Carlos Brinkman, Michael Gallegos, Evan Brookens, Moses Huck and Jacob Anderson will compete at Fort Collins for the Pirates.

The Class 3A girls’ race starts at Fossil Ridge at 10:30 a.m. The boys’ race is set for noon.