LUBBOCK — Even running a bit shorthanded, the Clovis High girls cross country team managed to eke out the program's first Lubbock Invite championship on Saturday.
Led by senior Brittany Collins and freshman Samantha Meza, the Lady Wildcats finished with 90 points to 93 for El Paso Franklin in a competitive field where the top seven teams were bunched within 30 points.
The event was conducted on a muddy course after several inches of rain fell in the Lubbock area on Friday night.
Coach Mike Hankins said Catherine Hisel suffered a torn ACL on Tuesday in a Lady Cats soccer match, while another girl missed the 5 a.m. team bus for the trip.
"We still go out and run well enough to win a meet," CHS coach Mike Hankins said. "It says a lot for how well the girls are running right now."
Collins finished seventh in the 5K event in a time of 20 minutes, 34 seconds while Meza — whose only previous high school experience came in a junior varsity race — placed eighth in 20:45. "That was quite a job by Samantha," Hankins said.
Meantime, Clovis High's boys were sixth with 159 points. Hobbs won the team title with 41 points to 53 for Amarillo Tascosa.
Senior Chase Beausoleil, who missed the team's previous meet with illness, returned to place ninth overall with a time of 17:23. Junior Max Santarosa was 24th in 18:07.
"Chase had a good day, and I thought Max ran probably as good a race as he has this year," Hankins said.
CHS squads are idle until Oct. 13 when they compete in the New Mexico Military Invitational at Roswell.
Soccer — Clovis HIgh's soccer teams split in third-place matches on Saturday in a four-team invitational hosted by Sandia Prep, the boys beating Piedra Vista 3-0 while the girls lost to Moriarty 4-3 in overtime.
The Lady Wildcats appeared to be in position for a win, but the Lady Pintos converted two goals in the final eight minutes — one by Catherine Doherty and one by Haley Martin — to force overtime.
Doherty then scored her third goal of the day about four minutes into the extra session.
CHS coach Traci Sievers said her team played poorly in the first half and well in the second in Friday's loss to Piedra Vista, but reversed the situation on Saturday.
"It's one of those things where we show up in the first half and not the second," she said. "It's a matter of playing a whole game."
Melaya Flores scored midway through the first half, then assisted on a goal by Carrie Sharp to give the Lady Cats (8-4) a 2-0 halftime lead. After Doherty put the Lady Pintos on the board, Flores scored off an assist from Sharp to re-establish a two-goal lead.
The CHS boys, on the other hand, goto a goal from senior Nicolas Volker in the first minute against Piedra Vista and never looked back.
Johan Rascon scored later in the half for a 2-0 lead, with senior Lucas Donaldson assisting on both. Rascon added a penalty-kick goal after halftime.
"We played very well today," Cats coach Greg Trujillo said. "We had total control the whole game. They never really threatened our goal."
Clovis (7-7) outshot the Panthers on goal 8-3, with Jesus Madrid making the three saves and James Smart finishing in the net for the final 10 minutes.
The Lady Cats return to action on Tuesday at Roswell Goddard, while the Cats' next outing is a 3 p.m. start against Rio Rancho on Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium.