Lady Tiger run­ners earn 4th in fast Los Alamos In­vi­ta­tional

The Taos News - - SPORTS - By Sheila Miller sports@taos­ The Taos News

Both the Taos High girls and boys cross-coun­try teams posted strong in­di­vid­ual and team fin­ishes in Fri­day’s (Oct. 26) in­vi­ta­tional meet at Los Alamos, home to one of the fastest teams in the state.

The var­sity girls ran six in the 5K race: Salome Bor­re­goMarsh, Abi­gail Gunter, Erin Manch­ester-Jones, Ella Katz, Alex Mas­tor and Kelly Ton­rey. Led by fresh­man Alyx Mas­tor, they earned fourth place as a team, with a sixth-place in­di­vid­ual fin­ish for Mas­tor in 20 min­utes and four sec­onds, only five sec­onds be­hind Jane Archibeck of Al­bu­querque Academy.

The top run­ners set a hard pace from the gun. “She just went af­ter them and stuck with them,” coach Bruce Gomez said of Mas­tor. Ella Katz, the reign­ing state cham­pion, fin­ished in the top 20 and coach Gomez praised sopho­more Salome Bor­re­goMarsh for run­ning an “out­stand­ing race.”

“We worked so hard, and we were able to feed off each other,” Mas­tor said of the meet. “It got our spir­its up.”

The var­sity boys col­lected an eighth-place team fin­ish with an av­er­age time among the top five Taos boys of 19 min­utes 10 sec­onds in the 3.1-mile race. Sam Hast­ings again spear­headed the ef­fort. The five-man team con­sisted of Dono­van Du­ran, Sam Hast­ings, Adrian Ro­driquez, Joe Trujillo and Zach Trujillo.

The dis­trict meet and state qual­i­fier is Fri­day (Nov. 2) at Po­joaque. Coach Gomez hopes the team can “push it up a notch on the boys’ side.” For them, the team to beat is Mo­ri­arty.

The var­sity run­ners are sup­ported by the JV girls team: Marielle Gomez, Trina Karl­berg, Marah Kh­weis and Aaliyah Rael, and the JV boys John Esquibel, Jonathan Evans, Nathaniel Martinez and Dun­can Ste­wart-Jack­son.

The Los Alamos In­vi­ta­tional gave the Taos cross-coun­try team a “view of all the best teams in the state,” coach Gomez said. Pleased with the per­for­mances of his teams, he in­di­cated that the race was “very com­pet­i­tive!”

There are two more chances to sup­port the Tigers this sea­son: the dis­trict meet Fri­day (Nov. 2) at Po­joaque, where the races are at 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. and the state cham­pi­onship at Rio Rancho Satur­day, Nov. 10.

Mor­gan Timms

Abi­gail Gun­ther com­petes Fri­day (Oct. 26) dur­ing the Los Alamos In­vi­ta­tional cross-coun­try meet at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

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