BVHS harriers

Members of the Buena Vista cross country teams celebrate the Lady Demons’ team championship and boy’s top 3 finish at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede including, from left, Sam Starr, Alexis Santopietro, Israel McDowell, Chris DeLuca, Jack Helmke, Rosston Sherlock, Molly McMurry, Mallory Salazar, Aja Hogan, Abby Nagel, Scout McMurry and Issac Hutchings.

“What an awesome way to kick off our season.”

Coach Julia Fuller’s nine words echoed the BVHS Lady Demons’ team championship at the season-opening Cheyenne Mountain Stampede Aug. 23 at the Norris Penrose Event Center new course in Colorado Springs.

“This team has already made a statement that they’re here, they’re ready to work and ready to have a whole lot of fun doing it together,” Fuller said.

The girls won with a Top 3 Times mark of 1 hour, 7:46.8 minutes. Rye was second at 1:13 and Centauri third at 1:18 in the nine-team meet.

Audrey Maroney of Rye won the girls race in 21:35.20 while Mallory Salazar led the Lady Demons with a third place finish overall with a 22:16.90 time.

BVHS teammate Molly McMurry was 12 seconds behind Salazar in fourth with 22:28.60 and Alexis Santopietro was fifth with 23:01.20.

The Demons took third in a 12-team field. Rocky Ford won with 56:31.6, Peyton was second with 59:13.5 and Buena Vista third with a Top 3 Times of 1:00:21.7.

Rosston Sherlock led the boys with an 11th place finish in 19:56.10, just 3.2 seconds out of a Top 10 finish.

“We have a lot of familiar faces, and some awesome new additions to the team,” Fuller said. “Aaron White is joining us as a senior this year, Junior Aja Hogan, sophomore Chris DeLuca and Freshmen Israel McDowell, Zach Dylan, Yakov Foley and Justus Adams as freshmen.”

More runners brought another welcome addition.

“Also a huge highlight to this season is having the addition of new assistant coach Jared Oubre,” Fuller said. “Jared competed in high school and college cross country and track and field and is a well-known local runner.

“He is already a perfect fit for our growing team and his values and goals for this team align so well. He will be here to help guide character and push the pace,” she promised.

At the prestate meet in Colorado Springs, Mallory, Molly and Alexis all got to walk away with Top 10 T-shirts, she noted.

“So many of the runners this year have put in time over the summer, and it is showing already,” Fuller said. “I look forward to working with this team so much this year. We have a lot of balance throughout the different grade levels, and already such hard working attitudes paired with the desire to have fun on and off the course.”

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