ALAMOSA — The Rocky Ford High School cross country team was one of 30 schools to compete at the Joe I. Vigil Invitational last Saturday at Cattails Golf Course.

The Meloneers finished 20th as a team with 531 points and the Lady Meloneers were 16th with 421 points.

The Rocky boys' team was led by Noel Lopez, who was 27th in 17:49.20. Also scoring for the Meloneers were Jason Hernandez, who was 152nd in 21:08.40, Jayden DeLeon, who was 155th in 21:15.10, Jadon Vigil, who was 180th in 21:49.70, and Matthew Huff, who was 237th in 25:13.60.

Also running for the Meloneers were Jonathan Snyder, who was 249th in 27:01.30, Ezequiel Raso, who was 253rd in 29:19.60, and Gianni Camacho, who was 257th in 31:08.00.

Leading the Lady Meloneers was Ashlyn Alvey, who placed 95th in 24:37.00. Other Rocky scorers were Kaysa Kurtz-Merwin, who was 96th in 24:37.10, Martha Castaneda, who was 115th in 25:32.30, Katie Preciado, who was 120th in 25:40.20, and Kailene Black, who was 130th in 26:12.50.

Other Rocky girls included Abigail Prieto, who was 153rd in 27:16.30, Kooper Grinstead, who was 184th in 29:43.90, and Gisselle Preciado, who was 189th in 29:52.30.

The boys' championship was won by Dakota Ridge with 35 points. Salida was next with 66 and Alamosa was third with 95.

Dakota Ridge's Austin Vancil was the boys' individual champion in 15:43.70.

The Classical Academy and Thompson Valley tied for the girls team championship with 41 points apiece. Pagosa Springs was third with 123.

TCA's Kaylee Thompson was the girls' medalist in 19:06.40.

Rocky Ford's next meet is the Pueblo Central Invitational on Sept. 22.

Rocky Ford also competes in middle school races

Rocky Ford Middle School's cross country teams were also at the meet.

The Rocky Ford boys were third with 84 points and the girls finished fifth with 148.

Caden Miller was the Meloneers top boys' runner as he finished second in 11:06.50. Josh Snyder was sixth in 11:31.40, Jadiss Rodriguez was 27th in 12:53.50, Trevan Romero was 28th in 12:44.70 and Mateo Martinez was 31st in 13:01.10.

Also running for the Rocky boys were Timothy Cardenas, who was 32nd in 13:01.50, Aaron Culver, who was 35th in 13:12.80, Alex Marchard, who was 43rd in 13:32.60, Kathir Sasikuumar, who was 47th in 13:46.10, Gavin Fluke, who was 55th in 14:08.40, Addison Brusuelas, who was 75th in 15:13.90, Robert Kimber, who was 88th in 16:11.00, Cruz Vallejos, who was 91st in 16:15.30, Angelo Griego, who was 101st in 18:15.60, and Garhett Bruna, who was 103rd in 18:58.30.

The Lady Meloneers were led by Laticia Garcia, who was 32nd in 14:27.90. Other scorers were Haley Cordova, who was 33rd in 14:30.40, Emma Pachak, who was 35th in 14:35.70, Laticia Apodaca, who was 47th in 15:12.10, and Kiana Cordova, who was 85th in 17:24.70.

Regan Daniels was 86th in 17:27.30.

Ortega Middle School from Alamosa won the boys' team title with 38 points, followed by Centauri with 54. Ortega's Santiago Trujillo was the individual champion in 10:47.10.

Ortega also won the girls' championship with 15 points. Salida was second with 61 and Centauri was third with 78. Sarah De La Cerda of Ortega was the girls' medalist in 11:53.70.

Danley, Cardenas run in college race

There was also a collegiate competition at the event. Former Rocky Ford runner Cody Danley, who now competes for Trinidad State Junior College, was 44th in 27:52.80. Another Rocky Ford alumnus, Brandon Cardenas, who also runs for Trinidad State, was 49th in 29:00.30.