Rain and mud made for a reconfigured course at the Artesia Invitational, Sept. 28, and the Ruidoso cross country team made the most of it.
“There’s a runway stretch that’s a mile long, flat and straight,” said Ruidoso coach Trevor Rabourn of the course. “The times were absurdly fast, but we all ran well and our confidence is up now.”
Rabourn pointed to breakout performances by senior Maria Escalera and junior Nayeli Dominguez in particular.
“Maria came in after having a great summer, but she’s been hurt,” Rabourn said. “She came back and was our No. 3 runner today. That’s super exciting for us.
“Nayeli joined us from the basketball tem and she had a great performance,” he added.
Ruidoso has two weeks now before making an appearance at the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Only the State meet, also held at Rio Rancho, is larger.
Rabourn has no illusions of his team winning a trophy at that meet, but that’s not really the point.
“We’re not there intending to run our best race of the year,” Rabourn said. “We know we’ll have three more meets after that.”
Rabourn was referring to the Ruidoso Warrior Invitational, Oct. 21, the District 3/4-4A meet at Moriarty and the State meet.
“We’ll be working to run and do the best in district,” Rabourn said. “Of that I’m certain.”