Mancos Bluejays run to state

The Mancos High School boys cross-country team is going state.

MHS traveled to Confluence Park in Delta to compete in the 2A Region 4 Meet on Wednesday.

Mancos was led by Justin Burton’s seventh-place finish in a personal best time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds. Ro Paschal was next across the line in 17:30, which was good for 15th-place. Close behind in 19th was Brandon McKie in a time of 18:03. Asa Kearns finished at 22nd with a time of 18:55. Nic Archuleta was next in 31st in a time of 19:50. Zane Willburn finished off the team scoring in 43rd-place with a 21:30 time.

The individual regional champion was Will Scoggins from Rangley in a time of 16:14. The Mancos Bluejays finished in fourth behind regional team champion Telluride. The fourth-place finish secured a place at state for the Mancos boys team. Hotchkiss and Crested Butte finished second and third to go to state.

“It was great to have our boys make it and I know they were pretty excited to be going to state,” Mancos coach Brady Archer said. “They are in such a tough region. We knew that our runners were going to have to run a great team race today to make it to state.”

The Bluejays raced great on one of the Western Slope’s most grueling courses.

“This race in Delta is always so fast. I always let our runners know just how fast this course runs,” Archer said. “We had a bunch of young runners this year and our more experienced runners kept telling them, they would have to get out, (be) controlled, but fast on this course. Almost every runner had a personal best on this course, which is great to see at this time of year.”

Mancos competed against teams from Rangely, Meeker, DeBeque, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Crested Butte, Ouray, Lake City, Telluride and Dolores.

For the girls, Kristin Adams led the way with a 14th-place finish in 22:5.44. Kia Baikie finished just out of the top 15 state qualifiers in 16th with a time of 22:5.78. Maya Bonde finished out the team score with a 31st-place finish in 26:44. The individual regional champion was Rachel Hampton from Telluride in 18:48. The Mancos Lady Bluejays finished in fifth-place. The regional team champion was Hotchkiss.

“Our girls came up just short. We had one girl make it and Kia came up .14 seconds short of making it. That was a tough race,” Archer said. “Four girls were within .6 of a second of each other around the 13th-16th places. Kia and Maya had improved so much this season, that it is tough to see their seasons end short of state. It was great to see kids, who may not of thought of themselves as great runners earlier this season, working hard to help out their teammates. It makes me proud to see so many of them run so well and achieve their goals as runners.”

Dolores took seventh as a team on the girls side.

Kayla Charles, Regan Umberger and Hayley Lee came in 21st, 25th and 32nd in times of 23:25.70, 24:17.23 and 26:47.26.

Ben Baker recorded a time of 21:25.59 for Dolores in the boys race, which was good enough for 45th.

Adams and the Bluejays will be in Colorado Springs next Saturday to compete at the Colorado High School Activities Association 2A Cross-Country State Championships.

The 2A girls will race at 9:30 a.m., and the 2A boys will race at 11:30 at the Norris Penrose Event Center.

M-CHS competes in Delta at 4A regionals

Montezuma-Cortez High School concluded its regular season in Delta.

The girls raced to a 10th-place finish, while Battle Mountain won the team regional title.

Rachel Demby sprinted to a 23rd-place time of 20:34.32. Other finishes for the Lady Panthers were Elana Cope (22:48.91), 62nd; Abby Lock (23:49.43), 72nd; Julia Damore (25:00.11), 77th; Kelly Abrams (25:56.60), 79th; Amanda Haukeness (26:31.39), 80th; Sage Kramer (26:48.18), 83rd; and, Selene Lapaz (29.56.64), 85th.

Dillon Wells led the Panthers with a 48th-place finish in 18:32.59. Chandler Dee, Jonathan Bloedel and Taylor Wilson placed 62nd, 69th and 85th in 19:26.20, 19:52.56 and 21:53.

M-CHS did not score as a team on the boys side. Durango won the regional championship.