Both the La Junta and Rocky Ford high school cross country teams were in action this past Friday in two separate meets.
Tri-Peaks League meet
FLORENCE — La Junta was at the Tri-Peaks League championship meet, which took place at Pathfinder Park.
The Tigers finished third in the boys' meet with 90 points. They were behind league champion Salida with 19 points and Ellicott with 80.
Leading the La Junta boys was Gabe DeVargas, who was 10th in 18:39.00. David Palmer was 19th in 20:04.00, Santanel Orosco was 21st in 20:15.00, Ian Dutt was 27th in 20:40.00 and Walker Balicki was 36th in 21:11.00.
There was only one Lady Tiger runner in the girls' meet as Myala Arellano was 27th in 23:58.00.
Salida also won the girls' championship with 52 points, followed by Colorado Springs Christian with 60 and Vanguard with 71.
La Junta will next compete at the Class 3A Region 2 meet, which will be next Thursday in Alamosa.
Boys' team scores
Salida 19, Ellicott 80, La Junta 90, Manitou Springs 94, Buena Vista 96, Florence 176, Vanguard 186, James Irwin 193, St. Mary's 204, Colorado Springs Christian NS, Lamar NS.
Girls' team scores
Salida 52, Colorado Springs Christian 60, Vanguard 71, Buena Vista 89, James Irwin 122, Lamar 152, Manitou Springs 174, St. Mary's 203, Ellicott NS, Florence NS, La Junta NS.
Doherty Spartan Invitational
COLORADO SPRINGS — Rocky Ford competed at the Doherty Spartan Invitational which occurred at Bear Creek Regional Park.
The Meloneers were 15th in the boys' standings with 402 points. Their top runner was Noel Lopez, who was 15th in 17:35.75, followed by Jason Hernandez, who was 87th in 19:55.90, Jayden DeLeon, who was 110th in 21:30.28, Matthew Huff, who was 125th in 24:34.00, Jonathan Snyder, who was 129th in 26:30.17, Giovanni Camacho, who was 131st in 27:46.99, Ezequiel Raso, who was 132nd in 31:19.01, and Carson Ramirez, who was 134th in 38:16.62.
Rampart won the boys' championship with 68 points, followed by Mountain Vista with 71 and Liberty with 83.
The Lady Meloneers were 12th in the girls' race with 320 points. Jacquelin Alvey was Rocky's top girl runner as she finished 60th in 24:06.26. Kaysa Kertz-Merwin was 66th in 24:31.01, Katie Preciado was 77th in 25:15.63, Ashlyn Alvey was 82nd in 25:19.00, Kailene Black was 90th in 26:07.97, Marthan Castaneda was 95th in 26:38.07, Abigail Prieto was 101st in 27:06.66 and Gisselle Preciado was 119th in 33:38.73.
Mountain Vista was the girls' team champion with 42 points, followed by Elizabeth with 85 and Rampart with 104.
Rocky Ford will wrap up the regular season on Friday as it will travel to Monte Vista for the Eric Wolff Invitational.
Boys' team scores
Rampart 68, Mountain Vista 71, Liberty 83, Alamosa 114, Doherty 167, Coronado 193, Montrose 218, Garden City (Kan.) 223, Cherokee Trail 230, Lyons 265, Elizabeth 281, Olathe 311, Pueblo Centennial 354, Woodland Park 361, Rocky Ford 402, Thomas MacLaren 460, Canon City 479.
Girls' team scores
Mountain Vista 42, Elizabeth 85, Rampart 104, Coronado 134, Lyons 141, Alamosa 173, Garden City (Kan.) 191, Doherty 192, Liberty 211, Montrose 239, Canon City 307, Rocky Ford 320, Pueblo Centennial 338, Thomas MacLaren 386.
MIDDLE SCHOOL RESULTS
La Junta Invitational
Both La Junta and Rocky Ford's junior high school teams participated in the La Junta Invitational, which took place on Oct. 3 at and around Tiger Stadium.
Leading the Tigers was Miles Marshall, who was 11th in 11:18. Henry Olaleye was 12th in 11:24, D'Reese Leon was 13th in 11:26, Dillon Ruiz was 18th in 11:42 and William Rypkema was 36th in 17:29.
Two boys from La Junta Intermediate School also ran in this race. Chris Gallegos was 38th in 16:15 and Adam Avila was 42nd in 17:57.
The Meloneers were led by Caden Miller, who was the medalist in 9:57. Josh Snyder was third in 10:20, A.J. Jaramillo was seventh in 10:57, Timothy Cardenas was eighth in 11:17 and Mateo Martinez was 10th in 11:20.
Also running for Rocky were Aaron Culver, who was 14th in 11:27, Jadiss Rodriguez, who was 17th in 11:48, Alex Marchard, who was 22nd in 12:11, Trevan Romero, who was 23rd in 12:16, Addison Brusuelas, who was 25th in 12:29, Kathir Sasikuumar, who was 26th in 12:35, Gavin Fluke, who was 30th in 13:13, Cruz Vallejos, who was 31st in 13:45, Robert Kimber, who was 35th in 14:49, Garhett Bruna, who was 39th in 16:35, Kevin Tillman, who was 40th in 16:32, and Angelo Griego, who was 43rd in 18:15.
Rocky Ford won the boys' team championship with 19 points, followed by Skyview with 20 and La Junta with 54.
There were no girls' runners for LJJHS, but three girls from the intermediate school did run. Kalila Orosco was 17th in 15:23, Jadieka Valenzuela was 18th in 15:37 and Anna Lee was 25th in 19:48.
For Rocky Ford, Haley Cordova was the girls' medalist in 12:00. Laticia Garcia was 4th in 13:22, Laticia Apodaca was 6th in 13:28, Miranda Jones was eighth in 13:39, Emma Pachak was ninth in 13:50, Kiana Cordova was 21st in 16:54 and Ragen Daniels was 24th in 17:30.
Skyview won the girls' team title with 17 points, followed by Rocky Ford with 19 and La Junta with 61.
The length of the course was 1.7 miles.
Rocky Ford Junior High will also be in Monte Vista on Friday for the Eric Wolff Invitational.
Tri-Peaks League meet
FLORENCE — La Junta won the boys' team championship at the Tri-Peaks League meet last Friday at Pathfinder Park.
Olaleye was second overall in 9:46, followed by Marshall, who was third in 9:48, Leon, who was fourth in 9:59, Ruiz, who was sixth in 10:22 and Rypkema, who was 18th in 14:54.
The length of the track was 1.5 miles.
The last two meets were the final ones on the LJJHS schedule this season.