L&T staff report
The Liberal High School cross country teams opened up their season Thursday at the Great Bend Invitational.
Liberal and Great Bend were joined by Ellinwood, Hays, Holcomb, Hutchinson, Garden City, Salina South, Elyria Christian and Central Christian at the meet.
The meet consisted of five races — the freshman boys, junior varsity boys, junior varsity girls, varsity girls and varsity boys.
The varsity girls were led by Mercy Perez, who completed the 4K race in a time of 17:08, good enough for sixth place.
Junior Allyson Nondorf placed 25th, junior Kelly Ramirez came in 29th place, and freshman Samantha Terrazez finished 30th.
The Garden City girls won the race with 18 points out of a possible 15 in a dominating performance. Ellinwood took second with 65 points, and the Lady Redskins finished third with 103 points.
The varsity boys ran the last race of the night. The Redskins had five returning runners who competed in the state meet a year ago.
The senior duo of Sammy Obando and Erving Altamirano paced the Redskins. Obando placed fourth, and completed the 5K course in 17:49. Altamirano finished in sixth at 18:06.
Freshman Edgar Moreno placed 11th, while juniors Luis Medina and Obed Quintana placed 12th and 13th.
Junior Ivan Aleman, who ran his first-ever cross country race, placed 17th.
The Redskins were the team champions with a score of 46. Ellinwood took second with 74 points, and Great Bend finished third with 78 points.
The junior varsity boys and girls teams both placed second in their division.
The Redskin runners travel to Hesston, Thursday, for the Swather Special where 52 schools are expected to attend.