Sports roundup

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 10/23/19

Taos Composite, the high school mountain biking team managed by Field Institute of Taos, had members of its team compete in, and place, in the Colorado High School Cycling League State Championship this past weekend in Durango, Colorado (Oct. 19-20).

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Taos Composite places in Colorado State Championship

Taos Composite, the high school mountain biking team managed by Field Institute of Taos, had members of its team compete in, and place, in the Colorado High School Cycling League State Championship this past weekend in Durango, Colorado (Oct. 19-20).

Overall, Taos Composite finished in sixth place in Division 3, which was comprised of 30 teams. The track itself was 6.5 miles, though different levels of competition rode different number of laps.

In the boys varsity race, Cole Hughes finished 50th out of about 90 riders with a time of 1:58:02.49.

Tor Holm finished in 16th place in the sophomore boys race with a time of 57:52.97. He didn't place that high, though, without a bit of help. Headwinds were a big problem, Susie Fiore, director of FIT, said. So Holm and a rider from another team "worked together by taking turns pulling and drafting."

In the girls junior varsity race, Zoe Colfax, Nalia Kast, Juniper Cortopassi and Maddy Steinberg finished in 45th, 77th, 80th and 87th place, respectively.

Colfax had a time of 1:15:23.85, Kast had a time of 1:29:51.25, Cortopassi had a time of 1:31:37.00 and Steinberg had a time of 1:42:56.83.

With the season coming to its end, the Taos Composite team will lose five seniors in Kast, Cortopassi, Finn McMullin, Maddy Steinberg and Nate Steinberg.

"Kast, Cortopasssi and McMullin earned the recognition of being 'legacy riders' as they participated in the Colorado League races for all four years of their high school careers," Fiore said.

Peñasco volleyball loses home match against Mora

Peñasco had reeled off three straight wins prior to its match with Mora on Thursday (Oct. 17) at home. This time around, though, the Lady Panthers were beaten in straight sets at the hands of the Rangerettes.

Head coach Maxine Abeyta wasn't too hard on her team, saying that it was just "one of those games." The match was also Parents Night and Senior Night for the Lady Panthers.

But Abeyta's squad did, however, keep it competitive throughout the three sets.

In the first set, Peñasco actually got out to an early 6-0 lead before Mora scored and took control of the serves. The Rangerettes would go on to win the set, 25-19.

"They came in confident and took care of business," Abeyta said of Mora.

The second and third sets were close, too, but Mora was able to edge out the Lady Panthers 25-18 and 25-20, respectively.

For Peñasco, Carly Gonzales finished with three kills, six assists and 15 points, while Adrianna Tafoya finished with five kills and 14 points.

Abeyta said she knows her team is strong, but that they just have to show more "killer instinct the entire match and play with heart and desire."

As of press time, the Lady Panthers hold a 10-6 record overall and 4-2 in Class 2A District 5. They will be on the road for their last four games, too, with appearances at Coronado, Mesa Vista, Questa and Escalante.

Taos cross-country does well at Río Rancho Jamboree

The Taos cross-country team placed well in their event - a mixed boys C-team race - on Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Río Rancho Jamboree meet, which was held at Río Rancho High School. Taos finished in second place right behind Cleveland.

Elliot Moltz, a sophomore runner for Taos, took first place in that event and finished the 5K run with a final time of 18:35.20. Salome Borrego-Marsh, a junior runner for the girls team, finished in fifth place overall in that same race with a time of 23:12.50.

Meanwhile, runners Carlos Rodriguez, Vicente Hererra and Eduardo Munoz placed 11th, 14th and 31st place, respectively.

Kai Duchanois, a runner for the Taos girls team, finished in 14th place with a final time of 24:54.40.

The next, and most important, according to head coach Bruce Gomez, regular season cross-country meet for Taos is the Los Alamos Cross-Country Invitational on Friday (Oct. 25). It's the Tigers' last regular season meet this year before the district meet.

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