Despite battling injury and illness at last Friday’s regional meet, both halves of the Pagosa Springs High School cross-country team are state-bound this week.
The Pirate girls and boys finished second and third, respectively, to earn a spot in Saturday’s state meet at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.
“At this time … the horses are all in the barn and we’re just gaining further rest,” coach Scott Anderson said of the teams’ preparations for the Halloween meet. “Basically, the training is done.”
Too, the coach hopes the rest, which will be mixed with some “sharpening” work, will allow the teams to effectively move past the illness working its way through the team, as well as allowing athletes to heal from injuries.
That illness and injury, however, was apparent at last week’s regional meet, which was held in Pagosa Springs for the first time in several years.
The illness manifested primarily in the girls’ team (the third round of illness the team has faced this season), but the Lady Pirates still finished second at the meet, behind Moffat County — a team Pagosa knew would be competition.
“We knew it was going to come down to between us and them,” the coach said.
Leading the way for the Lady Pirates was Olivia Reinhardt, who finished second overall in 20 minutes, 47 seconds.