Competing in their second consecutive 'big" race of the year, the Tigers and Lady Tigers ventured north to check out the high-elevation competition of the Centennial State Sept. 8.
Competing in their second consecutive 'big" race of the year, the Tigers and Lady Tigers ventured north to check out the high-elevation competition of the Centennial State Sept. 8. A regular stop on the schedule for Taos teams, the Joe Vigil Open hosted by Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado pits several top-tier teams from the two neighboring states.
The race was held at the very flat course of the Cattails Golf Club and included a junior varsity and middle school race, and a collegiate race comprised of small college teams from the region. Leading the way in the girls varsity division was The Classical Academy (Colorado Springs), who finished with 41 points.
Taos came in seventh overall as a team with 183 points, but finished well ahead of the next best New Mexico team, Shiprock, who placed ninth with a score of 272. Other teams from the Land of Enchantment included Santa Fe High School, Farmington Capital and Aztec. A total of 218 girls ran the varsity race.
The top runner for Taos was Alyx Mastor, who placed ninth overall with a time of 20:27.30. This was the freshman's second consecutive time leading the Lady Tigers and her first race on this particular course. She was joined by Ella Katz, who came in second for the Lady Tigers and 26th overall with a time of 21:24.50. Other scoring runners for the Lady Tigers included Cassandra Ruiz, who placed 43rd with a time of 22:30.90, Kelly Tonrey, who was 55th with a time of 23:01.20, and Abigail Gunther, who rounded out the scorers for Taos with a 62nd place finish with a time of 23:08.20.
The boys placed 11th overall as a team with 328 points and were second among the New Mexico teams in attendance. Eddie Duran finished in the top spot for the Tigers, coming in 31st overall with a time of 18:03.70. He was followed closely by Zack Trujillo, who placed 37th with a time of 18:17.50. Joe Trujillo was the third runner for Taos, coming in 99th with a time of 19:45.50. Robert Lewis Trujillo came in 104th overall with a time of 19:52.50 and Adrian Rodriguez was the final scorer for Taos in 107th place with a time of 19:59.30.
Other top performers at this year's Joe Vigil included Marielle Gomez and Donovan Duran, who each placed ninth in their respective middle school races. Also, former Peñasco High School standout, Isaiah Rodarte, who now runs for Adams State University, placed third overall in the collegiate 8K run with a time of 25:01.70.
Up next for cross-country will be a considerably smaller meet as Taos will host its home meet at Kit Carson Park Saturday (Sept. 15). Races will begin with an Open Citizens' Race at 7:30 a.m. Race fans are invited to attend and encouraged to support all athletes participating in this 34th annual event.