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MEEKER I Cowboy senior Lathrop Hughes ran his final high school cross country race in Colorado Springs last Saturday in the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships held at Norris-Penrose Event Center, along with teammate Jake Boesch, a junior.
It was the Hughes’ third time to qualify for the state meet and Boesch’s second.
“Congratulations to Lathrop and Jake,” head coach Sheri Kehr said. “The course was filled with switchbacks and puddles and finishing inside of a rodeo arena proved this race to be both a challenge as well as an enjoyable run.”
Hughes placed 22nd out of the 94 runners in a time of 18:53. Boesch finished two places behind Hughes, nine seconds later.
Kehr coached a full boys’ team and said the 2012 season was filled with new anticipation.
“We had a full boys’ team and I was excited and I feel the same for next year,” Kehr said. “As a whole our team is growing. We had great leadership with Lathrop Hughes who worked hard during the summer and the season. He will be missed.”
Kehr said she had an opportunity to visit with Boesch on the way home about next season, discussing recruiting possibilities, camps and fund raising.
“Last summer was hard on Jake with his injury but after working hard this season, I am very excited to have Jake for another year and he is ready to step up as a leader,” Kehr said.
Kehr wanted to thank assistant volunteer coach Terrance Casias and team manager Shelby Burke for their assistance this season.