Buena Vista cross country runs strong in first meet

The Buena Vista cross country team headed to the front range on Friday to compete in the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, and it was a banner day for the two teams.

On the girls side, Mallory Salazar and Molly McMurry paced the Demons, finishing 3rd and 4th in the 2A race respectively. Alexis Santopietro came in at 5th and Aja Hogan topped off the top four with a 22nd place finish. Scout McMurry and Abigail Nagel wrapped up the girls side with 31st and 34th place finishes.

For the boys, the times were just as solid. Rosston Sherlock paced the team breaking the 20 minute mark in the first race of the season to place 11th. Issac Hutchings finished 14th and Jack Helmke rounded the top three with a 18th place finish. Isreal McDowell would also help the team along well with a 26th place finish for the group. Sammy Starr and Chris DeLuca also particpated, finishing 48th and 61st respectively.

The two teams also saw great finishing results, with the Buena Vista girls taking the top spot with only 45 team points, finishing 8 points higher than Rye who took second. For the boys it would be a very respectable third place finish, falling behind Rocky Ford who had all four qualifying placers finish in the top 20, and Peyton, who followed a similar plan to the Melloneers.

Caleb Burggraaf

A Colorado native, Burggraaf has had a passion for sports broadcasting since he was a freshman in high school in Pagosa Springs.

This led him to Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, where he became the Sports Director at KMSA 91.3 in just his sophomore year. By the time he graduated, Caleb built a broadcasting program that covered nearly 400 games in the two and a half years.

2018 was his first year as a member of Heart of the Rockies Radio, and Caleb helped bring over 200 games and local games to the airwaves, and he is looking forward to continuing that path this season as the sports program continues to grow!
Caleb Burggraaf

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