The Dodge City girls cross country team finished up their season with a strong performance on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm where the team took seventh place at the 6A state meet. All season, the Red Demons were able to run as a pack and even against the top runners in the state, Dodge City was still able to execute their game plan. The trio of Coral Neave, Jasmine Duarte and Amelia Richter finished within three seconds of each other, taking 27th, 28th and 31st.
“This year’s team was able to truly work together,” girls head coach Brian Lenz said. “Once again they did at the state meet. For us to finish seventh and to have three girls in the top 31 was as good as we could expect. They have done a great job this year.”
On the boys side, the weekend at Rim Rock did not go as well as planned. The Red Demons finished in 10th place with Alex Ultreras finishing in 22nd place to lead the team. Brett Groth took 46th place. Both Groth and Ultreras improved their times from their meet earlier this year at Rim Rock. Head coach Buc Bolmer said the performances of Ultreras and Groth were a bright spot for the weekend.
“The state meet did not turn out like we wanted,” Bolmer said. “We are not sure what went wrong. We had already beaten some of the teams in front us however that is running. Sometimes you have a bad race.”
The two squads also finished the season as both WAC and regional champions.
27th Coral Neave, 28th Jasmine Duarte, 31st Amelia Richter, 55th Ayanna Hensley, 73rd Mariela Aldaba, 89th Marissa Ramirez, 93rd Alexis Jimenez.
22nd Alex Ultreras, 46th Brett Groth, 50th Marcelo Cruz, 56th Javier Marquez, 69th Jason Luft, 80th Ignacio Calderon, 89th Felix Marquez.
By John Zetmeir
Dodge City Daily Globe