Robles, Adams State women cross country
capture NCAA regional titles

BRIANNA Robles and the Adams State Women’s Cross Country team continue to be the hottest sports story this fall in the San Luis Valley as the Grizzlies march toward another national title.

Robles won the NCAA DII South Central Regional Cross Country race on Saturday in Lubbock, TX, and her teammates ran their best races of the season in winning the team championship with a low score of 30 points.

By winning the RMAC Championships and now the NCAA regional title, Adams State – with Robles leading the way – has set itself up as the favorite heading into the NCAA DII National Cross Country Championships in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 20.

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“It was a great experience and a great improvement from my last time I raced at regionals,” said Robles, a senior runner from Plainview, TX. She won the 6K NCAA regional title with a time of 20 minutes, 24.3 seconds, more than six seconds ahead of runner up Layla Almasri from UC-Colorado Springs.

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Looking ahead to the NCAA national race, she said, “I’m happy with where I’m at, I’m happy for what’s to come, and I’m happy to be on that starting line at nationals with my team and what we can accomplish.”

The Adams State men’s team finished second behind Colorado Mines in Saturday’s regional race, with Ahmed Sado pacing the Grizzlies. Sado finished third overall, and Isaiah Rodarte and James Dunne were 9th and 10th, respectively. They also move on to the national championships.

Centauri, Sierra Grande football teams
remain unbeaten after playoff wins

OF course there are also two unbeaten high school football teams in the San Luis Valley. Centauri High School and Sierra Grande High remained unbeaten on the season after winning first-round playoff games on Saturday. The Falcons flew easily over Peyton, 45-6, in the Class 1A playoffs, while Sierra Grande edged Branson/Kim, 39-36, in Class A 6-man football playoffs. Sanford High also advanced in the Colorado high school football playoffs by dominating Sedgwick County, 36-18, in a Class A 8-man playoff game. 

Quarterfinal matchups: Centauri, 10-0, will face Yuma, 6-4, in next week’s quarterfinal game, while Sierra Grande, 10-0, faces 9-1 Granada. Sanford, 6-4, draws unbeaten Vail Christian in the quarterfinals of 8-man playoffs.

A full list of SLV playoff scores is below.

Alamosa High volleyball wins regional tourney

ALAMOSA High School volleyball is state bound after winning its regional tournament on Friday. The Maroons defeated Manitou Springs in the championship match, 3-2. Alamosa rallied after dropping the first set of the match, and won sets two and three. Manitou Springs won the fourth set, and then Alamosa finished off the match with a 15-points-to-10 win in the deciding set.

On the Maroons’ headed to state are: Avery Mobbley, Mary Masias, Malia Tuioti-Mariner, Charley Higham, Aani Hardesty, Miya Spangler, Lily Heersink, Olivia Tuioti-Mariner, Sophy Mortensen, Morgan Ortega, Taybor Weideman, Miquela Abeyta, Sydney Jackson, and Emily Melgoza. Head Coach is Annie Rice.

Maroon girls compete in state gymnastics

ALAMOSA High gymnastics competed over the weekend at the Colorado State Gymnastics meet held in Denver. The Maroons finished 10th in the overall team standings, with Holly McDaniel 21st on the vault, Mandy Murr 31st on the floor exercise, Mia Montoya 47th on the balance beam, and Murr 62nd on the bars for the Maroons highest individual finishes in each competition. McDaniel was 47th in the all around competition.

Other Alamosa High competitors were Hagan Reed, Haylie Martin, Emily Gonzales, Ilexya Meis and Ryann Romero. Full results of the state gymnastics meet are here.

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Adams State gets first football win of season 

WHEW, that was close. Two winless teams faced off at Rex Field on Saturday when Adams State, 0-9, faced Fort Lewis, 0-9. We can’t recall a winless football season at Adams State and couldn’t find historical records to figure it out. Didn’t matter. Adams State won, 37-14, and there was dancing and celebrating by the players tasting victory for the first time this season. It was also Senior Day and annual Spud Bowl game, giving Adams State added incentive. Adams State, now 1-9, finishes its season on Saturday against Colorado Mines in Golden. Mines leads the RMAC with a 7-1 record, 9-1 overall.

Colorado High School First-Round Playoff Football Scores

Class 2A
Delta 45 vs. Alamosa 14

Class 1A
Florence 23 vs. Monte Vista 0

Centauri 45 vs. Peyton 6

Class A 8-Man
Sanford 36 vs. Sedgwick County 18

Class A 6-Man
Sierra Grande 39 vs. Branson/Kim 36
Cheyenne Wells 73 vs. Mountain Valley 14

Full list of Colorado high school first round playoff games by classification is here.

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