Training for regional competition is in full swing for the Pagosa Springs High School harriers, meaning regular-season competitions are currently taking a backseat to the team’s training.
For example, while the team participated in last Saturday’s meet in Cortez, only seven Pirate runners participated, with the majority of those runners focusing more on pack times and team bonding than overall race times.
“We made a coaches’ choice to let more people sit out than originally planned,” coach Scott Anderson explained of the reduced lineup of runners.
On the girls’ side, only Olivia Reinhardt took to the course, finishing second among an estimated 50-64 runners.
“She did really well,” Anderson said, later adding that she “pretty much ran a smart race and, as the race wore on, gradually ran herself up into second place.”
Reinhardt recorded a time of 22 minutes, 29 seconds on the day.
Six boys raced for PSHS on the day and followed a plan similar to the one the team executed last season, where the team’s front-end runners were paired up with some of the team’s younger runners, who gave the race their all.
“We found that to actually work really well and, oftentimes, the mentor ended up gaining, if not just as much, more than the mentoree,” Anderson said.
The setup also improves team bonding, the coach added.
Overall, the six-man team ended up seventh out of eight teams at the meet.