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Bayfield girls rule Southwest Challenge
9/20/2012 By: By Melanie B. Mazur
Edwards, Goddard take 1st in local meet
They must have eaten their Wheaties Friday, because EvaLou Edwards and Bridget Goddard cruised in to win the girls’ titles at the Southwest Cross Country Challenge, with Edwards handily edging out the other runners.
Edwards won the 5K race with a time of 19:11, while Goddard, an eighth grader on the Bayfield Middle School girls’ team, took first in the 1.6 mile race in 10:56.
BHS took third out of the seven teams, with the top four girls average at 22:04 minutes.
The next finishers for the BHS girls were Aubree Lorenzen at 16th with 22:26, Nicole Cyr 19th at 22:49, Danielle Miller 31st at 23:50. Then a pack of Wolverines arrived on the finish line, with Lexa Fleming 42nd at 24:54, Maggie Zink 43rd at 24:55, and Jessica Cusick 44th at 25:12. Ciara Evans ran for the JV girls with a time of 27:01. The girls team took third at the meet.
The meet was hosted by Fort Lewis College, Durango High School and Bayfield, attracting dozens of college and high school teams from throughout the Southwest. BHS Athletic Director said it’s been getting more difficult to get the permit to run on national forest land in Saul’s Creek for Bayfield’s home meet, so it made sense for BHS to join other schools in hosting the larger, regional event.
The BHS boys team took third, led by Trevor Gabbard in sixth at 17:49 and Luke Webb in ninth at 18 minutes even. They were followed by Joe Hetrick in 23rd at 19:12, Joey Webb in 31st with 19:34, Caleb Sapa in 36th with 19:55, John Fisher in 43rd at 20:21, and Jonathan Rudolph in 48th with 21:04.
For the BMS girls, Maggie Isioria took 18th with a time of 10:56, followed by Cameron Spencer in 37th at 16:13. The Bayfield boys team took second place, with Alex Knight leading the team with a time of 10:17. Fred Edwards ran the course in 10:42, Finlay Marshall at 10:51, Joey Sandry at 11:07, and Alex Svanes at 13:55.
The high school Wolverines head to Salida tomorrow for their next meet, while the middle schoolers will run in Pagosa Springs.