RUIDOSO —With five of their top runners unavailable, the Clovis High girls cross country team finished fourth on Saturday in the Ruidoso Invitational.
Three runners were involved in a band competition and two were playing soccer. Still, the CHS girls’ tally of 95 points left them only five points behind second-place Roswell High.
“We ran without three of our normal (varsity runners),” CHS coach Mike Hankins said. “The girls we brought up (from the junior varsity) did a great job.”
Hobbs swept both varsity team titles, taking the boys championship with 26 points to 65 for Lovington and girls honors with 61 points.
Kelsey McNaughton led the Lady Cats, finishing sixth in a time of 21 minutes, 40 seconds over the three-mile course.
The boys, meantime, finished seventh with 134 points. Senior Max Santarosa had a strong race, finishing fifth in 17:14.
“Max has set himself up for the (District 4-5A race (next Friday at Hobbs),” Hankins said. It’s a tough course up here, but the kids competed well.”
The boys district race next week begins at 4 p.m., with the girls to follow around 4:30 p.m.
Girls soccer — The Lady Cats fell behind early and just couldn’t catch up in a 5-0 district loss at Hobbs on Saturday.
“We just kind of came out flat,” CHS coach Traci Sievers said. “It seems like when we get down early, we struggle to come back.”
Junior Ariel Lopez and senior Kelsey Beard each scored two goals for the Lady Eagles (16-3, 2-2 district), who finished second in the district race behind Carlsbad.
Lopez scored in the seventh minute, then Beard and senior Jessica Singleton added goals midway through the period to stake the Lady Eagles to a 3-0 halftime lead. Lopez and Beard scored again in the second half.
Clovis (11-9, 0-4) will find out its fate today when the NMAA meets in Albuquerque to make selections for the 12-team, Class 5A postseason tournament.