Feature photo by: Amor-Leigh Wilson – Junior Luke Sundberg pushes through in order to finish his race with a personal record during the Arapahoe Crossing Invitational.
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By: VeThalia Warren & Katiana Williams
(Photo credit top to bottom Amor-Leigh Wilson, Amor-Leigh Wilson, Oscar Perez, and Toli Geshow)
Cross Country Story:
On Saturday, October 27th, junior Luke Sundberg and senior Michael Wolde ran in the state cross country meet; they were the only two out of the cross country team to qualify this year. The meet was held at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs at 11:00am.
“I wasn’t really running for place, just to have fun,” stated Wolde.
Wolde finish 45th with a time of 17:03 and had a pace of 5:30, and Sundberg finished with a final time of 21:57 and had a pace of 7:05.
Around Sundberg’s second mile, he started to cramp up. At this point he was in the top five, but his cramps led him to fall.
Many say that the meet did not go as planned for Sundberg, as he placed last in state.
“It was difficult to get back up with everyone running by,” Sundberg said.
Many agree that this was definitely unexpected due to the fact that this season, Sundberg has taken first in four meets — including the Aurora City Championship meet and the EMAC League Championship.
Many say that this performance will only push Sundberg to get better and make him want it more.
“I think that he just needs to find his love for the sport again instead of worrying about trying to place,” said head coach Alison Manciu. “There is no doubt in my mind that Luke can’t reach top 10 in state next year.”
Senior Yonas Mogos from Gateway High School is said to be one of Sundberg’s biggest rivals. Mogos took 5th in state this year with a time of 16:10.
Sundberg has beaten Mogos before and many say that there is no doubt he can beat him again.
“To have something stripped away from you like that sucks,” said Sundberg.
“I’ll be back stronger than ever.”
There were two games and a tournament this week for the Raiders. The team beat Vista Peak 3-0 on Tuesday, October 23rd, and were also victorious against Adams City, also beating them 3-0 on Thursday, October 24th.
However on Saturday, October 27th, the lady Raiders had a tournament at Rangeview — they won 2-0 against George Washington, Pueblo West, and Coronado but fell 2-0 to Eaglecrest.
They are now moving on to their first playoff game against Thunderridge on Friday, November 2nd at 4:00pm.
The varsity football team played their last game of the season against Denver East, Saturday, October 27th. The Raiders lost that game with a final score of 57-21.
They ended the season with a 1-9 overall and a 1-8 league record.
The boys varsity soccer team took on Mountain Range in their 1st playoff game on Thursday, October 25th, where they won with a final score of 3-2. Last night they played Grandview at Legacy stadium for the second round of the playoffs and lost 3-1, ending the season.