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DURANGO, CO - The cross-country team had an excellent 2018 season with a large squad of 62 athletes, 43 girls and 19 boys. The 4 day long pre-season camp set the tone for the rest of the year as friendships were forged and team goals set. The boys started out strong  winning the team title at the Cheyenne Stampede on the State course up in Colorado Springs.The girls were 7th led by Junior Madeleine Burns 5th place finish. Next up was the Liberty Bell Invitational up in Littleton, CO which is known to be the most competitive regular season race in the state. Madeleine Burns set a new Colorado best school record in 18:10.3. The boys finished 6th out of 20 teams beating several 5A schools. They were led by Senior Noah Bodewes who took 17th place , running 15:58.
The Junior Varsity girls won the Bayfield Invitational the next weekend led by Freshman Tea Forrest taking  the individual victory. The boys finished 3rd led by Freshman Land Lambert's 4th place finish.Two weeks later the women placed 2nd at the SWL Championships with another freshman leading the way in Kayleigh Frazer who placed 10th overall. The boys placed a respectable 5th. The varsity squad competed at the same time down in Arizona at the highly regarded Desert Twilight Invitational. Senior Aidan Fitzgerald led the way with a new school record of 15:05.3 breaking the previous record  by 21 seconds that had stood for 31 years. The team finished an impressive 3rd in what was the fastest race in the nation up tp that point in the season.
Both teams performed well at the Regional Championships with 2nd place finishes, narrowly missing victories by 5 points and 9 points. At the State championships the girls were ranked 8th going in and placed 7th. The boys were ranked 2nd going in and finished a respectable 4th, missing a 2nd place finish by a mere 12 points. The girls were once again led by Madeleine Burns in 14th and the boys by Noah Bodewes in 12th.
The girls return 5 of their  top 7 runners from the State championship race including school record holder Madeleine Burns, junior Kiara Hamlin and a trio of freshmen in Angela McManus, Tea Forrest and Kayleigh Frazer. The boys return the 3,4,5 runners at State in Junior Logan Moore, Junior Luke Tichi and Sophomore Paul Knight along with Freshman standout Land Lambert. The future looks bright for DHS cross-country!