Ruidoso’s cross country season debut at the Clovis Invitational, Aug. 25, wasn’t stellar, but it wasn’t bad, either.
Coach Trevor Rabourn said the rain which fell just prior to the race’s start made things muddy and slower on the course than he would’ve liked, but it also made things a little cooler.
That’s important for a team that’s used to training in higher altitudes and lower temperatures.
“The course was soggy, which slowed us down a bit,” Rabourn said. “But we were quite pleased with how it went.”
Ruidoso was supposed to appear at the Alamogordo Invitational this weekend, where Capitan and Mescalero will be making their season debuts.
But Rabourn said he’s opted to give his team a rest and train instead for the Moriarty Invitational on Sept. 9.
“The temperatures are generally high there, and it’s usually not a good race for us,” Rabourn said. “Also, the number of races we make these kids run can be fatiguing. So we’ll just train through the weekend and be ready for Moriarty.”