Fri Aug 27th, 2021
Special to the Drum
For all the hopes made regarding the continued existence of a boys’ cross-country team at Ignacio High School, one might need to look no further than the middle-school squad.
With five individuals suited up Friday afternoon, Aug. 20, for the 2021 season-opening Boggy Draw Bear Chase hosted by Dolores, the future ’Cats did just fine in the immediate present. Defeating Bayfield Middle’s Caleb Beck by 12.17 seconds, Ignacio’s Cayson Burcham conquered the three-kilometer (1.86-mile) course in a time of 12 minutes, 42.92 seconds in placing first out of 35 finishing runners representing a half-dozen schools.
And with five of those six eligible for score-5 formatting in the team standings, Ignacio accumulated a third-place 58 points. Telluride took second with 52, and Bayfield managed to tally a winning low of 37.
Ignacio’s Judah Ashley wasn’t far behind Burcham, clocking a fifth-place 13:12.60. Trace Crane was next to cross, taking 15th in 14:16.86, while Thunder Windy Boy earned 19th place with a 15:12.13 and Ambrose Valdez 25th with a 15:56.44.
In the girls’ race, Ignacio had just one representative, Selia Montoya, who finished 30th in 29 minutes, 22.62 seconds as Telluride’s Austin Cook prevailed in 13:00.70—nearly 1:25 ahead of Bayfield’s Abigail Robertson.