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Two Bluejays named to all-state cross-country teams

Teagan Archer capped her freshman year with a 20th-place finish to lead the Mancos girls team, and Edgar Hernandez finished 19th at 2A Cross Country Championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center inColorado Springs. (Joel Priest/Special to The Journal)
Archer, Hernandez cap impressive seasons

After a full team trip to the Norris Penrose Events Center for Mancos cross-country coach Brady Archer, the Jays added one more feather to their cap with the announcement of the all-state cross-country teams.

Senior Edgar Hernandez polished off his fine cross-country career for the blue and white with a 2A honorable mention selection, while freshman Teagan Archer paced the resurgent Bluejays girls and landed on the 2A honorable mention team.

Right out of the gate in the 2021 campaign, both Hernandez and Archer made their mark on the Four Corners cross-country scene. Hernandez took third place in the opening meet of the season at Montezuma-Cortez’s home invitational, while Archer made her high school debut with a seventh-place finish.

The duo regularly led their respective teams, highlighted by individual victories in the boys and girls races in their home invitational – the Chicken Creek Challenge.

From there, Archer and Hernandez helped pave the way for both squads to qualify for the 2A state championships. Archer took fourth place in the regional meet, running a season-best time of 20:51, while her team placed second in the girls race to qualify for their first state appearance as a team since 2016.

Hernandez added to his awards collection with a bronze at the 2A regional meet, racing to a time of 17:07, and helping his team capture the last qualifying spot into the state meet.

At the championships, Hernandez took 19th overall, pacing the Bluejays to a 16th-place team finish in the boys race. His all-state cross-country selection, the first XC nomination of his career, joins several all-state track and field performances for the talented senior.

Meanwhile, Archer posted a 20th-place finish in her first state meet, finishing as the fifth fastest freshman in the 2A field.

The Bluejays girls return their entire state qualifying team for 2022, looking to build off of their 10th-place team performance.

All-state selections are determined based off overall placement at the state championships, with the first seven finishers named as first team, the next seven finishers earning second team, and the 15th- to 30th-place finishers landed on the honorable mention squad.