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WLV girls seventh in Jag Invite

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Even while not at full strength, the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team cracked the top half of a packed Jaguar Invitational this past weekend.

The Lady Dons earned a seventh-place team finish Saturday in Santa Fe, hanging tough with a field that included overall winner Rio Rancho and a number of other big schools.

“We did pretty good,” said West coach Leroy Armijo, while noting health issues involving several of his runners. MaRian Gabaldon, battling illness, didn’t run. Gabriela Pia ran but is nursing an injury. And Linda Esquibel twisted an ankle midway through the race, managing to finish.

Amanda Ortzow was the Lady Dons pace-setter, running 35th overall in 22:28.

Following her were teammates Janaya Atencio (44th, 23:00), Briana Montao (51st, 23:26), Gabriela Pia (53rd, 23:27), Cassandra Miller (59th, 23:41), Linda Esquibel (77th, 25:10).

In the girls’ junior varsity run, WLV’s Amanda De La Garza was 30th in 24:39; Kristen Rogers 43rd in 25:42. Felicia Romo took second in the girls’ open race.

While the Dons have not fielded a full boys’ varsity this season, they got some solid individual performances. Jordan Lopez finished 71st with a time of 19:38. Ricky Garduo was right behind, 74th in 19:49. David Maestas ran 115th in 22:13, and Adrian Gallegos 129th in 26:16.

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Robertson’s girls’ team finished 11th, a solid mid-pack result. Individual times and the boys’ results were not available.