The Rocky Ford High School cross country teams were in Colorado Springs on Saturday for the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede pre-state meet at the Norris Penrose Event Center.
The Lady Meloneers finished seventh in the Class 2A girls race with 105 points. They were led by Katie Preciado, who was 15th in 24:11.70. Kaysa Kurtz-Merwin was 17th in 24:30.50, Kailene Black was 36th in 26:35.20, Martha Castaneda was 43rd in 29:06.70 and Kaylee Tucker was 53rd in 31:14.10.
Buena Vista won the Class 2A girls meet with 13 points. Wray was second with 46, Heritage Christian was third with 52, Strasburg was fourth with 84 and Peyton was fifth with 91.
Buena Vista's Zaila Smith was the individual medalist in the race as she had a time of 19:32.80.
Rocky was eighth in the Class 2A boys race with 131 points. Leading the Meloneers was Josh Snyder, who was eighth in 18:33.20. Jason Hernandez was 31st in 20:10.10, Ethan Robinson was 42nd in 20:44.50, Fredrick Rikhof was 50th in 21:23.40 and Tim Cardenas was 54th in 22:01.50.
Peyton took the Class 2A boys race with 48 points. St. Mary's was second with 56, Heritage Christian was third with 57, Thomas MacLaren was fourth with 65 and Buena Vista was fifth with 95.
Kidus Bradshaw of the Lotus School for Excellence won the individual championship in 16:50.70.
This Friday, Rocky will host the Southeastern Colorado Cross Country Invitational. Also invited to the meet are La Junta, Lamar, Kim/Branson, Limon, Primero, Springfield and Rye.
The first race begins at 9 a.m.
Class 2A boys team scores
Peyton 48, St. Mary's 56, Heritage Christian 57, Thomas MacLaren 65, Buena Vista 95, Golden View Classical Academy 114, Wiggins 122, Rocky Ford 131, Lotus 163, Custer County 179, Limon 193, Strasburg 195, Wray 205, Ellicott 215, Rye 250, Highland 278, Dolores Huerta 282.
Class 2A girls team scores
Buena Vista 13, Wray 46, Heritage Christian 52, Strasburg 84, Peyton 91, Golden View Classical Academy 95, Rocky Ford 105, Rye 134, Custer County 137, Wiggins 148, Ellicott 157.
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