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CROSS COUNTRY

The Cyclones boys cross country team qualified for the 4A state championships by finishing second at the very tough regional championships at the Elmwood Short Nine Golf Course in Pueblo last Thursday.

Junior Zack Retzlaff led the Cyclones with an impressive fourth place finish at 16:34.

Senior Wyatt Swanson crossed in 10th place at 16:54, with his teammate (junior), Jacob Sloan on his heals at 16:56. Junior Jace Montera was the fourth Cyclone to finish in the top 13—clocking a strong 17:13.

West’s was happy to make it into the state meet as a team, but they were somewhat disappointed to finish 16 points behind their rivals from Coronado.

The Cyclones will need the best race from all of their top five runners to capture the coveted state title. Head coach Matt Sherman is confident that his boys will give Coronado a run for their money on the big stage this Saturday at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs.

The boys state 4A competition begins at 10:30 a.m., and will include seven Pueblo West runners, including Retzlaff, Swanson, Sloan and Montera, as well as junior Corban Pagnotta, Ben McInnis and sophomore Austin Walrod.

Two of the Cyclones girls cross country runners also qualified for the state championships by finishing in the top 15 at the regionals.

Seniors Darby Spence and Bailie Jones will join the best-of-the best girl’s 4A pack that will run at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (also at the Norris Penrose Events Center).

MANDATORY WINTER SPORTS MEETING

The mandatory winter sports parent meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Jerry Kersey Gymnasium at Pueblo West High School.

This is required for all athletes who plan on participating in a high school winter sport, including: boys and girls basketball, wrestling and girls swimming.

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