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Cross-country team heading to Nike Cross

Cody Olivas, Mail Staff Writer

16 min ago

Salida High School’s cross-country athletes will run in one more race before they put away their competition shoes for the winter.

The Spartans and Lady Spartans will head to a warmer climate this week to compete in the Nike Cross Regionals Southwest Saturday in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Salida will compete in the meet with other Colorado teams as well as some of the best squads from New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

“It’s a unique opportunity for these kids. It’s rare five states get together,” Salida head coach Kenny Wilcox said. “It’s a fun environment.”

Salida will compete in the small-school division in the race, which is for schools with less than 1,000 students. Wilcox said the boys’ team, which finished second in the 3A state race Oct. 27, could have petitioned to get into the championship race, where the top two teams will qualify for Nike’s nationals, but they decided not to.

“It’s ultra-competitive,” Wilcox said. “Our guys could have gotten into that race, but getting one of those (national) spots was not too realistic.”

A few individual Spartans have run in the championship race over the years. Former Spartan standout Taylor Stack once ran the 5K in 15 minutes, 15 seconds, which was good enough for 15th place. “As good as that was, it wasn’t good enough to get to Nike Nationals,” Wilcox said.

The Spartans will still find plenty of competition in the small-school race, in 26 teams competed last year, including a lot of the top teams Salida competed with all year – Peak to Peak, Alamosa and The Classical Academy. Salida finished eighth last year, Wilcox said.

This year, 13 boys and four girls will compete for Salida in the race, so only the boys will post a team score.

The race should also be one of the fastest that Salida will run in this year. The elevation of Casa Grande is 1,398 feet. The course is also flat, with only one little dip, while the golf course is also tightly mowed, Wilcox said.

“For the kids who have been able to maintain some fitness, they have a great shot at getting some of their best times,” Wilcox said.

After the state meet, the Spartans took Monday off and then began training again. Wilcox said they lightened the intensity to get their minds back and focused on doing well at Nike.

The team is also looking to have a good time.

“We’ll have a lot of fun down there, hopefully in the nice warm sun, and hopefully we’ll enjoy the experience together,” Wilcox said. “I’m glad we have one more adventure in the tank for this year.”

Olympic medalist Galen Rupp will also be at the race, serving as Nike’s representative.

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