Pirates runners reach state for first time in 19 years

Cross country team from Englewood sends seven members to Colorado Springs

Posted 11/3/18

The seven members of the Englewood High School cross country team were among the 160 runners who competed in the Class 3A state cross country meet held on Oct. 27 at Penrose Arena in Colorado …

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Pirates runners reach state for first time in 19 years

Cross country team from Englewood sends seven members to Colorado Springs

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The seven members of the Englewood High School cross country team were among the 160 runners who competed in the Class 3A state cross country meet held on Oct. 27 at Penrose Arena in Colorado Springs.

“This is a milestone for Englewood cross country because this is the first time in 19 years a Pirate team has made it to the state meet,” Pirates coach Ryan Wess said. “This is a great experience for our young team and we want to use this as a springboard for next season.”

In cross country, runners earn points for how they place in the field. The first runner across the finish line earns one team point and the 10th runner 10 points. The points earned by the team's first five runners across the finish line are added together to determine the team score. The team with the lowest score wins the meet.

Englewood scored 483 team points. Junior John Altenhofer was the first Pirate across the finish line. He finished 83rd with a time of 18:38.

Junior Dustin Trevino was the second Pirate across the finish line as he was 86th in the field with a time of 18:42.

“This was a challenging race,” he said. “Everyone in the race was really, really fast and it was a course with a lot of hills to climb. The start was hard because you were battling with so many runners all looking to get into a good position in the pack.”

He said he got off the starting line well and then focused on moving up in the pack. He said he felt he ran a good race as he pushed himself so he could pick off and pass a lot of guys, passing them to move up in the field.

“I think this is a good experience because this is a young team and being at state is a building block for our guys who will be back next season,” he said. “I think today's experience will help our team next year to contend throughout the season and then qualify to come back to state.”

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