The Durango High School cross country team doubled up at the annual Joe I. Vigil Open in Alamosa on Saturday.
The Demons won both the boys and girls divisions in the high school cross country race, held in conjunction with Adams State’s college race.
“It was a tremendous team effort. Everyone ran fast,” Durango first-year head coach David McMillan said.
Durango sophomore Shannon Maloney won the girls 5-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 37 seconds to lead the DHS girls to the team title.
DHS teammate Hannah Peterson was fifth (19:50). Sarah Bates (19:55) was seventh and Emily Schaldach eighth (19:58). Carly Pierson of DHS finished 15th (20:42), and Kat Seibert was 18th (20:53).
They helped the DHS girls total 21 points to win the meet. Evergreen was second with 38 points. Alamosa was third (76), with Santa Fe High School fourth (79). The Pagosa Springs girls were fifth (112). Bayfield was eighth (160).
Eighteen girls teams participated.
The Durango boys, led by Joe Maloney (Shannon’s older brother), won with 50 points. Evergreen was second with 54 points. Alamosa finished third (79) and Bayfield fourth (110). Zuni was fifth (112) in the 18-team field.
Joe Maloney was a close second to Jackson Sayler of Evergreen, who won in 15:38. Maloney was timed in 15:39 on the fast course. They had a big lead over third-place Austin Anaya of Moriarty (16:20).
Five Demons packed together in 15th through 19th positions: Gordon Gianniny (17:15), Nicholas Turco (17:17), Alastair McMillan (17:20), Trent Andrews (17:29) and Sean McLaughlin (17:30). Colin Francom of DHS finished 31st (17:57). Benjamin Lachelt of the Demons finished 42nd (18:15). Keenan Skelly of DHS was 47th (18:19).
“Shannon ran a picture-perfect race,” McMillan said, adding that she broke into the lead in the second mile.
He said Joe Maloney ran a tactical race and nearly broke the DHS school record in the boys race.
“He made a beautiful move with about a half-mile to go,” McMillan said. Maloney inched into the lead before Sayler came back to win.
“Joe challenged him,” McMillan said.
Freshman Trevor Gabbard led the Bayfield boys with his eighth-place finish Saturday. He ran a career-best 17:53. Luke Webb was close behind in 10th place (16:55). Joe Hetrick ran to a 35th-place finish (18:08). Joey Webb was 62nd (18:40). John Fisher was 81st (19:04).
Aubree Lorenzen led the shorthanded Bayfield girls. She was 24th in 21:22. Teammate Nicole Cyr was 33rd in 21:38. Danielle Miller of Bayfield was 45th (22:31). Lexa Fleming and Maggie Zink finished 71st and 72nd, respectively, for the Wolverines.
“Trevor ... ran the race of his life (Saturday),” Bayfield head coach Pat Vaughn said. “Our boys ran really well.”
Vaughn was pleased with the BHS performance against quality competition in Alamosa. The BHS girls, he said, were without two regular runners, including Eva-Lou Edwards, who won the season-opening race last weekend on the state championship course in Colorado Springs.
BHS is expected to run in the Durango Invitational at Fort Lewis College on Friday afternoon, which also will be held in conjunction with the Skyhawks’ annual Tom Strandt Memorial Run.