Plainview meet proves difficult for CHS harriers

CNJ staff

PLAINVIEW, Texas — The Plainview Invitational cross country meet was a lot tougher than Clovis High coach Mark Bussen remembered last time he was there.

Despite last-place finishes by all four of his teams, Bussen said he wasn’t that displeased with the way the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats ran in the otherwise-all-Texas event.

“It was just a perfect day,” Bussen said of the weather conditions. “Big Spring, Hereford and Dumas just hauled the freight today. I’m not disappointed at all.”

Big Spring beat Hereford for the boys team title, finishing with 70 points to 82 for the Whitefaces. Meantime, Amarillo High posted a perfect score of 15 to run away with girls varsity team honors.

James Chavez led the Cats, finishing 38th in a time of 17 minutes, 11 seconds over the three-mile event. Bussen noted that four of his varsity runners and one junior varsity runner were under 18 minutes, times which would have been competitive with the leaders in past years.

“We didn’t run that badly, but this is by far the best field I’ve ever seen over there,” said Bussen, who coached the program from 1998-2002 and then took over the program again this year.

Sophomore Caitlin Waters led the Lady Cats, placing 13th over two miles with a time of 12:33. Nicole Johnson was 23rd in 12:55.

Bussen said freshman Michelle Schenck, one of the Lady Cats’ top runners, was held out of the meet due to illness. “Had we run here, I think we could’ve finished third or fourth,” he said.

Clovis hosts its own invitational meet on Saturday at Ned Houk Park. The varsity girls race is scheduled for 11 a.m., with the varsity boys running at 11:30 a.m.