Joe Maloney raced across the finish line and immediately turned around and rushed back down the cross country course.
The Durango High School sophomore did not want to miss an opportunity to cheer for his teammates Friday afternoon in the annual Durango Demon Invitational at Hillcrest Golf Club.
"Good job, Jason ... way to go," Maloney yelled to DHS teammate Jason Sampson, who finished sixth in the boys 5K race won by Maloney (17 minutes, 56 seconds).
"Go, Sepp ... go," Maloney yelled a few minutes later when Durango's Sepp Kuss crossed the line in ninth place.
"Even though it may not seem like it, cross country is a real team sport," Maloney said.
Piedra Vista High School of Farmington won the boys team title Friday with 16 points. Durango was second with 31. Farmington was next (50) with Creede fourth (118).
Piedra Vista won in Southwest Colorado for the second consecutive week after the Panthers' boys team prevailed at the Bayfield Cross Country Challenge at Sauls Creek last week.
Scott Nall, Brandon Levi and Colby Gibson finished 2-3-4 to lead Piedra Vista.
"I was hurting out there," Maloney said. "I was trying to push myself to stay ahead of P.V. (Levi). I was thinking at some point that he was going to pass me."
Instead, Maloney extended his lead over Levi, who was passed down the stretch by Nall, his Piedra Vista teammate.
"Joe ran really well," said DHS head coach Mark Dutro, who directed the high school meet Friday.
"At the end, he really separated," Dutro said.
The DHS girls team, with four runners in the top five, controlled the girls race to win with 14 points. Piedra Vista was second (53), and Farmington finished third (87).
Farmington sophomore Lindsay Friesenhahn, who was second in last week's race at Sauls Creek, won Friday in 20:44.
Durango's Karli Foreman led the victorious DHS girls in second place (21:30).
Miranda LaShell, Hannah Peterson and Kaylee Blevins finished 3-4-5, respectively, for DHS.
Maddie Windsor was seventh and Erin Kinney eighth as the Demons placed six in the top eight of the girls race.
"I wasn't feeling well the whole time," Foreman said after challenging Friesenhahn through the first half of the race.
"And it was super hot," she said of the warm temperatures under the cloudless September sky.
"The first mile was great," LaShell said. "But the last two miles got hot."
Friesenhahn said she recovered quickly this week from the Sauls Creek race.
"I felt really strong (Friday)," Friesenhahn said. "The elevation kind of got me a little. But it was good."
She said the Scorpions' cross country team trains a lot in the grassy parks of Farmington, which prepared her for Friday's golf course running.
Friesenhahn ran the last half of the race alone in front, chasing only DHS teacher and administrator Steve Thyfault in the lead golf cart.
"When I was out (alone), I started following the golf cart ... trying to catch the golf cart," Friesenhahn said.
Middle school races earlier Friday kicked off the Demons' lone annual meet.
Jacelyn Loleit of Heights Middle School in Farmington won the girls race, and Chris Todacheeney of Mesa View Middle School in Farmington won the boys race.