Not for a lack of effort, but the Durango Demons’ boys and girls cross country programs missed qualifying for the Class 5A state championships by one spot Thursday night at Regionals at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs.
The DHS boys team finished one point behind fifth-place and final qualifier Liberty.
The DHS girls team also finished sixth, 27 points off the pace of the fifth-place team.
"That’s pretty tough," coach Mark Dutro said. "They were all going through that ‘one more guy’ kind of thing. Both teams ran good races, though. They ran faster than they’ve ever ran before; they ran some of their best times.
"They did what they could do."
Durango did earn two state qualifiers: Rogan Brown and Karlie Foreman, the boys and girls respective top runners all season long.
Unofficially, Brown finished third in the boys race in a personal best 16:26, and Foreman finished eighth in the girls race in 19:39. Results were not available at press time.
"Rogan ran really well," Dutro said. "His first comment to me after the race was, ‘I felt so good.’ That’s a good positive to take into state."
Brown was fighting a head cold all week, as was Foreman.
"She ran great, too, considering she was not 100 percent," Dutro said.
Dutro thinks both runners will perform well in Fort Collins.
"They’ll have a good showing next week," said Dutro, who thinks Brown, a senior, will have a shot at the top 10 and All-State.
"He can do it," he said.