The Dodge City High School boys cross country team continued to dominate its competition on the way to claiming the boys title of the Salina Boys Invitational.
The Lady Demons also seem to be peaking at the right time, finishing third as a team in their part of the meet.
The Red Demons scored 24 points as a team with five of their runners finishing in the top 10 individually. Junior Oscar Carmona again dominated the field, running the five-kilometer course in 16 minutes and nine seconds. Sophomore Luis Carmona placed fourth individually for the Red Demons (16:39), with Layne Moe placing fifth (16:49), Elder Colindres placing sixth (17:01) and Jonathan Rendon finishing eighth (17:16.5).
"The team ran extremely well and by doing so, they set a new five-kilometer average time of 16:47.42," said Buc Bolmer, coach of the boys cross country team. "You can tell they are coming together as a team and they are running for each other. This is helping them peak at the right time."
Other finishers for the Red Demons include Eric Snyder (18th, 17:40) and Benito Carmona (20th, 17:45).
Hays finished second in the standings with 71 points, followed by Buhler (77), Goddard Eisenhower (112), Manhattan (116), Salina South (161), Salina Central (176) and Wichita West (189).
Dodge City scored 99 points in the girls team standings, finishing behind Manhattan (37) and Goddard Eisenhower (63). Emporia finished fourth (108) followed by Salina South (118), Buhler (126) and Hays
Jasmine Duarte led the Lady Demons in a time of 16:51 (sixth place individually), followed by Lucero Botello (17:26, 23rd), Suhei Calderon (17:27, 24th), Jennifer Guox (17:44, 30th) and Mariah
Rodriguez (19:32, 48th).
“We have been running our best races late in the season. We have a young group of runners who are believing in themselves and in each other," said DCHS girls cross country coach Brian Lenz. "The most
important races are yet to come and we are excited and looking forward to the challenges we have ahead of us.”