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Boys Cross Country Opens Season by Winning Pueblo Central Invite

Xzavier Campos, Class of 2026 and Oliver Horton, Class of 2027 leading the varsity race

On Saturday, August 26, The Coronado Boys’ Cross-Country team started the season by taking first place in the Pueblo Central Pete Felleta Invitational held at Elmwood Short Nine Golf Course, Pueblo City Park, Pueblo, CO. The Boys won the varsity race by scoring a staggering 16 points, with Coronado’s very own Xzavier Campos, Class of 2026, placing first in the meet while Oliver Horton, Class of 2027; Boston Potts, Class of 2025; Parker Davidson, Class of 2025; and Bridger Steiner-Smith, Class of 2024, placed second, third, fourth, and sixth, respectively. The boys team is currently ranked first in the state by the coaches poll on MileSplit. The JV Boys team won their race with a score of 21 points.

Xzavier Campos, commented on the team’s overall performance: “Going into the meet I expected us to win because I knew we had a really strong team and really high chance of winning, and we’ve been training really hard, so I knew we had that, and then as an individual I didn’t really expect to win. I didn’t go into the meet like that was my goal to win either. I came into the meet to race hard, get a fast time and good results, and I guess winning just came with it, and I’m happy about that too, and I think everything about that meet was really good for me and the whole team.”

Meanwhile, The Coronado Girls’ Cross-Country Team placed fourth in the girls varsity race with 79 points. Mila Stamper, Class of 2025, commented on their performance at the first meet and their team’s fourth place finish: “I think our team is stronger this year, and that we actually have goals that we can achieve.”

In Cross-Country, the winner of a meet is determined by what team has the least points; the higher the place a runner finishes, the fewer points they score, with 15 points being a perfect score. At the Pete Felleta Invite, the second-place team scored 55 points, while Coronado had a lead of 39 points.

Their next meet is Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational at Heritage High School.

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Eisen is a senior at Coronado that has an interest in all things running. Whether it's distance, sprinting, or even running shoes, he is always willing to keep up with the sport. He is on both the Coronado Cross Country team and Track team. He also runs with the Kokopelli Racing Team, which has given him opportunities to race across the country. After high school, Eisen plans to run for the Metropolitan State University of Denver Cross Country and Track Teams, and major in Sports Science. Outside of running, Eisen has interest in music and art. He is teaching himself to play drums and guitar, and expresses his creativity through his drawings.

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