On Friday, September 1, 2023, the Lamar Thunder Cross-Country boys and girls teams participated in the 50th annual Rocky Ford Invitational, despite the hot weather. The event took place at the Rocky Ford Golf Course.
Four Thunder runners represented the girls' team, competing in the 5000-k race against a total of 70 runners. Coach Savahanna Davis expressed satisfaction with their performance, saying, "Vanessa is our only returner this year and has already set a personal record on the course. We have been very happy with how the girls have performed and are hoping to continue seeing season bests."
The boys' Thunder team showed significant improvement both individually and as a team in the 5000-k competition. Coach Savahanna Davis praised their performance and unity, stating, “We have been SO IMPRESSED with how our boys have stepped up to the plate." There was a total of 95 runners in the boys race.
Coach Davis highlighted the team's improvement, mentioning, “The Rocky Ford Invitational was a positive step for our boys' team. Not only did we have multiple season bests despite the scorching heat, but we were able to beat Rocky Ford who had beaten us as a team at Cheyenne Mountain Stampede."
Looking ahead, the Lamar Thunder have been accepted to the Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, on September 9. Coach Davis expressed excitement about the upcoming race, saying, “The Liberty Bell Invitational is a coveted race. We are so excited to have been accepted this year. Because this is considered a 'downhill' 5k, we are hoping to see each and every member of our team run a personal best. We are also hoping to shrink our current team time gap. It is looking to be an exciting race.”