Cross country teams open the season in 2nd place

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The Altus High School boys and girls cross country teams each placed second in the Duncan Invitational last Saturday, and both their top runners finished fourth overall in the 5-kilometer run (3.1 miles).

The boy’s team competed against 10 other teams while the girl’s team competed against four others.

Altus senior Calvin Wagoner led the boys with an 18:02 time for fourth followed by sophomore Justin Ortiz with a 10th place in 18:41. Other placers included junior Taeve Elliot, 19th in 19:15; junior Michael James, 31st with a 20:01; and rounding out the scoring, senior Macel Canterbury, 33rd with a 20:23.

In cross country, the top five finishers’ places are added together for a team score. Because some schools did not field an entire team, the place finishes for scoring was different from their overall place. Cache won the meet with 49 points compared to Altus’ 90 points.

Although the top five scorers score points, each team has seven runners. The other two runners for Altus were sophomore Missael Castro, 44th in 20:55, and eighth-grade student Nick Borghini in 21:16.

For the girls, Altus senior Beth Garrison was fourth overall in 24:58. In a year that was supposed to be rebuilding, Altus had four girls in the top 12, and the team finished second to Elgin High School with 37 points compared to Altus’ 56. Those others in the top 12 were senior Melanie Outten, sixth, 26:31; junior Alexis Salazar, seventh, 26:34; and senior Allison Cope, 27:15. Altus’ fifth scorer was freshman Celeste Jencks, 29:49.

The teams travel to Elgin on Friday with races starting at 10 a.m.

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