Socorro cross country hits invite for Las Cruces Centennial event

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Las Cruces
A week after the Warriors cross country team had a rough outing on its home turf during the Socorro Stampede on Sept. 22. The long-distance runners put together a better showing at the Centennial Invitational in Las Cruces on Saturday.
Fourteen schools participated in the meet, including several 4A and 5A New Mexico schools, as well as five Texas schools.
On the boys side, Dylan Gallegos placed 23rd with a time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds, while Sierra Cahall came in 33rd with a time of 18:32.
James Howell and Jared Lam finished 38th and 39th, respectively, both with times of 19:04. Jacob Lewis, Greg Stover and Seamus Parker also finished within one second of each other, representing the 54, 55 and 56th place finishers.
Overall, the boys finished the meet in sixth place, just eight points behind Cobre.
The result was a measurably more positive one than at the Stampede, when the boys placed ninth overall, and five places behind district counterpart Ruidoso. The girls found themselves short two runners on Saturday, but that didn’t stop them from producing some strong individual results.
Julie Aster followed up a strong performance at the Stampede by placing 17th at the Centennial Invite with a time of 22 minutes and 3 seconds, a full 35 seconds faster than last weekend. Leah Guengerich came in 50th with a time of 24:43, and Starr Padilla finished 53rd, in 25:07.
The Socorro Warriors cross country team will travel north to Valencia for their next meet on Oct. 6.