Lady Pirates claim ninth, Pirates take 15th at state

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    Photo courtesy Jami Star Senior Lady Pirate Taylor Lee-Hammer strides up the hill at the state cross-country meet held on Oct. 31 in Colorado Springs.  Lee-Hammer led the Lady Pirates to a ninth-place team finish in the 3A division.
    Photo courtesy Jami Star
    Senior Lady Pirate Taylor Lee-Hammer strides up the hill at the state cross-country meet held on Oct. 31 in Colorado Springs. Lee-Hammer led the Lady Pirates to a ninth-place team finish in the 3A division.

    Injury and illness again reared their ugly heads for the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate cross-country team, this time affecting the teams’ finishes at the 3A state meet on Halloween.

    But, despite the challenges, the Lady Pirate harriers claimed a ninth-place finish and the boys’ squad garnered 15th at the final meets of the season.

    “Ninth and 15th — it says something about the program when that’s a disappointment,” said coach Scott Anderson, adding later, “They did well with what they had on that day.”

    Twenty teams competed on each side at the state meet.

    On the girls’ side, both injury and illness took their toll on the Lady Pirates, with several battling illness and Olivia Reinhardt falling prey to the same injury that affected her at last year’s state meet.

    Senior Taylor Lee-Hammer was the top Lady Pirate finisher on the day, coming in 38th overall with a time of 21 minutes, 27 seconds.

    “Taylor had a good race,” Anderson said of the top finisher.

    Junior Delaney Khung followed, finishing 46th in 21:40.90.

    “Delaney, despite not feeling well, still put out a great effort,” the coach noted.

    Junior Maddie Greenly was third across the line for Pagosa, claiming the 57th-place finish with a time of 22:16.40.

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