Young runners lead Demons

DHS cross country opens season

The Durango High School cross country runners kicked off the season at the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational on Saturday in Denver.

“We had a very successful trip this past weekend,” said first-year head coach David McMillan in a news release. “All told, 46 cross country runners from Durango attended the meet.”

The Demons rolled in the freshman/sophomore race with Shannon Maloney taking the girls title (20:19) and Gordon Gianniny winning the boys race (17:44).

Nicholas Turco was second to Gianniny in the boys freshman/sophomore race (17:55).

River Weiss was 21st (19:35), helping the DHS freshman/sophomore boys finish third as a team.

In varsity action, Joe Maloney finished seventh in the boys race (16:53).

Hannah Peterson led the DHS girls varsity with her 15th-place finish (20:30).

Trent Andrews of Durango was 50th in the boys race. Teammate Alastair McMillan was 57th with Sean McLaughlin 62nd.

Emily Schaldach of DHS finished 32nd in the girls race. Sarah Bates was 41st, and Carly Pierson finished 49th.

Mariah Dorsey and Amy Gallemore of the Demons finished 70th and 71st, respectively.

There were 135 runners in the girls varsity race. The Demons were seventh out of 19 teams.

Karlee Schwartzkopf of Mountain Vista won the race in 19:09.

The DHS boys team was eighth out of 24 teams. Cerake Geberkidane of Denver East won the boys race in 16:06.

“Gordon (Gianniny) ran very well, leading after the first 800 meters,” McMilan said of his winning race among the freshmen and sophomores. “He was closely followed by Nicholas (Turco). They opened up a 20- to 30-meter gap on the field.”

He said Shannon Maloney also led from the start in her race. She is coming off a track season where she set three school records as a freshman last year.

“Most of the runners ran faster this year than they did last year by 1 to 2 minutes,” McMillan said.