CARLSBAD — The Clovis High girls cross country team keeps getting close to winning.
The Lady Wildcats finished second with 40 points, one behind Hobbs, in Saturday’s Ron Singleton Invitational.
It’s the third time in three outings the Lady Wildcats have been the runnerup team, and the second in a row where they’ve come up one point short.
Freshman Samantha Meza, though, captured individual honors for the Lady Cats with a five-kilometer time of 20 minutes, 20 seconds. Holly Steinle was third in 20:42.
“Sammy just ran a great race,” CHS coach Mike Hankins said. “She led from start to finish.”
The Lady Cats were actually a bit shorthanded, with a couple of girls competing in soccer at Roswell Goddard and their top runner, senior Rebekah Gallop, out due to illness.
The boys, meantime, finished fourth in the six-school competition with 113 points, edging out Roswell High by a point. Hobbs had a near-perfect score of 18.
Still, Hankins had no problem with how the Wildcats performed.
“We actually ran really well today,” he said. “Most of the boys either ran a personal best, or close to a personal best.”
Senior Max Santarosa led Clovis with an eighth-place showing in 16:36. Hobbs’ Sammy Carrasco won it in 16:01.
“We had a week off (from competition) and we really busted our tails,” Hankins said of his squads. “It really showed up today.”
Clovis returns to action next Saturday in the Rebel Run, hosted by Amarillo Tascosa.
Girls soccer — Goddard scored a pair of goals in the early going and the Lady Rockets made the lead stand up for a 2-0 win over the Lady Cats in Roswell.
Goddard (8-4), whose 20-girl roster includes 11 freshmen, got scores in the first half from freshman midfielders Bianca Marones and Caitlyn Schmidt and another freshman, Averi Mann, earned the shutout with eight saves.
“They’re better than they’ve been in the past,” CHS coach Traci Sievers said. “We weren’t connecting passes very well. We had shots, but we just weren’t finishing.”
Senior Bianka Valdez also had eight saves in goal for the Lady Cats (6-3).
“They were better at winning the balls out of the air,” Sievers said. “We weren’t doing a good job of pressuring them. They were pretty physical, and we didn’t return it.”
The Lady Cats return to action on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. contest at Roswell High.
Boys soccer — The tough luck continued on Saturday for the CHS boys soccer team.
Sophomore midfielders Kyle Case and Ryan Kirk scored about two minutes apart early in the second half, and Rio Rancho Cleveland held on for a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats at Rio Rancho.
Junior Josh Otero got the Cats within striking distance on a goal with about 15 minutes left, but the Storm (4-7), coached by former CHS coach Shaun Gill, was able to hang on the rest of the way.
For the Cats (3-8), it was their seventh loss by a single goal this season.
Coach Greg Trujillo said his team had a chance to take the lead about 12 minutes into the contest, but missed a penalty kick.
“That could’ve set the tone,” he said. “I felt pretty good about our chances going in, but we came up short again.”
The Cats were without regular goalkeeper James Smart, who cut his hand this week in practice. Sophomore Orion Garcia filled in and did reasonably well, Trujillo said.
“We didn’t play the quality of soccer we did last weekend (in narrow losses to La Cueva and Albuquerque High in Albuquerque), but defensively we played well,” Trujillo said. “We just can’t get anything going in the midfield.”