Mid-school harriers hit season running Boys boast winner at Bear Chase

Ignacio Middle’s Thunder Windy Boy (537) creates space between himself and pursuers during the season-opening Boggy Draw Bear Chase hosted Friday afternoon, Aug. 20, by Dolores. Windy Boy would finish 19th overall, helping the IMS boys place third as a team.
Ignacio Middle’s Judah Ashley (386) works on separating from Bayfield’s Cade Crotty (368) during the season-opening Boggy Draw Bear Chase hosted Friday afternoon, Aug. 20, by Dolores. Ashley would finish fifth overall, helping the IMS boys place third as a team.
Ignacio Middle’s Ambrose Valdez (503) placed 25th at the season-opening Boggy Draw Bear Chase hosted Friday afternoon, Aug. 20, by Dolores. His standing meant all five of IMS’ entered boys’ runners placed in the top 25, helping IMS place third as a team.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | 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.

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