Pirate runners have ‘a really good day’ in Mancos

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Photo courtesy Jami Star Ethan Brown and Jacob Hughes push each other to finish strong at last weekend’s Chicken Creek Classic in Mancos. Brown finished fifth and Hughes finished sixth, leading the Pirate’s team to a second-place overall finish.
Photo courtesy Jami Star
Ethan Brown and Jacob Hughes push each other to finish strong at last weekend’s Chicken Creek Classic in Mancos. Brown finished fifth and Hughes finished sixth, leading the Pirate’s team to a second-place overall finish.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate cross-country teams had a “really good day” in Mancos Saturday.

At the Oct. 3 meet, the Chicken Creek Classic, the boys garnered third and the girls brought home a first-place finish.

“It was a really good day for us,” coach Scott Anderson said — reiterating that fact several times while highlighting various aspects of the team’s performance.

At the smaller meet, which Anderson said featured only seven or eight teams from three different states, only four runners scored for each team, versus the normal five scoring runners.

With only four runners scoring, the Pirate boys’ squad finished the day third, but Anderson noted that, had the team’s score been based on the normal five runners, the Pirates would have taken second.

Ethan Brown and Jacob Hughes continued to lead the way for the Pirates, with Brown finishing fifth in 18 minutes, 29 seconds and Hughes finishing one second later to take sixth.

Photo courtesy Jami Star Kori Mogensen and Maddie Greenly work together in the last half mile of last Saturday’s race in Mancos. Mogensen finished seventh and eighth, respectively, to help the Lady Pirates to a first-place finish.
Photo courtesy Jami Star
Kori Mogensen and Maddie Greenly work together in the last half mile of last Saturday’s race in Mancos. Mogensen finished seventh and eighth, respectively, to help the Lady Pirates to a first-place finish.

Leading the Lady Pirates was Olivia Reinhardt, who finished third overall in 22:20.

Delaney Khung finished fourth at the 22:27 mark, followed by Taylor Lee-Hammer’s sixth-place finish in 22:39.

Kori Mogensen was next across the line, finishing seventh in 22:59, while Maddie Greenly finished one second later to take eighth.

Rounding out the varsity runners for the Lady Pirates were Emma Heidelmeir’s 22nd-place finish in 25:40 and Sarah Ross’ 25th-place finish in 26:32.

Anderson said the meet served to increase the confidence in the top five Lady Pirate runners and, using a very Pirate-like analogy, was “sharpening the blade a little bit more” in anticipation of regionals Oct. 23.

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