Thursday was a really good day to be a Dodge City High School runner, as both the boys and girls cross country teams won their respective meets.
At the Sandy Plum Nature Trail in Victoria, Kansas, the girls team dominated the field. Of the top eight runners, four of them were Red Demons. The Red Demons first-place score of 29 points was a whole 31 points ahead of second-place finisher Garden City, which scored a 60 as a team.
Senior Ayanna Hensley led the way for the Red Demons, finishing second overall in a time of 22:04. Freshman Serenity Larson finished fourth in a time of 22:10. Senior Caroline Williams and junior Denise Dominguez finished sixth and seventh, in 22:21 and 22:35 respectively. Sophomore Karina Herrera finished 10th in 22:52. Senior Lucy Lozano finished 28th in 24:38. Junior Ely Dorado rounded out the varsity runners, finishing 29th in 24:45.
“We competed really good today," Head girls cross country coach Brian Lenz said. "I was pleased with what I saw in the effort of the girls.”
On the boys side, the Red Demons also beat out Garden City for the No. 1 spot in their race at the Sand Plum Nature Trail. The Red Demons as a team finished first with a score of 25, nine points ahead of Garden City's second-place score of 34.
Javier Marquez finished first, crossing the finish line in a time of 17:07. Not far behind him was Marquel Love, who finished third in a time of 17:31. Giovanni Valverde finished fifth in a time of 17:39, and Quest Weller finished sixth with a time of 17:49. Angel Landeros finished 10th in a time of 18:25, Jesus Solis 14th in a time of 18:36 and Israel Rojas finished 16th in a time of 18:58.
Both teams get back in action Saturday when they run at Rim Rock Farm, home of October's 3A, 4A and 5A State Cross Country meet. Saturday's races are scheduled to start at 8 a.m.