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Lambert earns first-team all-state honors

Four DHS runners earn honorable mentions
Durango High School cross-country runners Damian Frausto, left, and Land Lambert compete in the 4-Corners Cross Country Classic this season. Both runners scored all-state honors; Lambert, on the first team. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

Based on their results at the 2021 state cross-country championships, five Durango Demon runners earned all-state honors in Colorado’s Class 4A.

DHS senior Land Lambert, who led the Demons with a sixth-place finish at the state meet, landed on the all-state first team.

Seniors Damian Frausto, Angela McManus, Abby Fehr and freshman Sofia Voss all earned all-state honorable mentions for their top 30 performances at the state meet.

Durango High School senior Angela McManus competes at the state meet this year. McManus was the Durango girls' top finisher and earned an all-state honorable mention for her performance. (Courtesy Mike Ellis)

The top seven runners at state in each class earned first-team honors. The next seven scored second-team honors, and the next 16 finishers earned honorable mentions. State champions were named the runners of the year.

Lambert’s time at the state meet in Colorado Springs, 15 minutes, 55 seconds, was the second fastest for a Demon at the championships. Only Luke Tichi was faster, at 15:53 in 2018.

Lambert also scored a Southwestern League title in Grand Junction and set a new course record in the process – 15:17.

Frausto had Durango’s second-best result at state, finishing 18th in 16:27.

McManus led the DHS girls, which finished third in the team race, with a 25th-place finish in 20:07. Fehr was right on her heels, placing 26th in 20:12. Voss crossed 16 seconds later in 30th place.

The Durango varsity girls won five team titles at races during the season, including the Battle Mountain Husky Invitational in Minturn, the Joe Vigil Invitational in Alamosa, the 4-Corners Classic in Durango, the Southwestern League championships in Grand Junction and the 4A Region 5 championships in Pueblo. The Desert Twilight in Arizona was the only regular-season race they didn’t win.

The DHS boys also won the 4-Corners Classic and placed 11th as a team at the state meet.