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Cross-country Run Revived at Craver Middle School
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After a long hiatus, Craver Middle School recently hosted a cross-country running meet for the first time in nine years. Last Tuesday, 146 students from across districts 60 and 70 ran their hearts out to compete in the 2-mile race around Hollydot golf course. Eighty-six boys and 50 girls competed, and the valley community wholeheartedly supported the event.

“It was definitely a collective effort to make this happen,” said Craver cross-country coach and reading/language arts teacher Karen Hopkins. “There was no way this was going to happen without volunteers.” The well-attended meet attracted course guide and cone placement volunteers from the Craver staff, Rye Elementary, the Rye Telephone Company, the Colorado City Metropolitan District, and even the Pueblo Police Department.

“It was a beautiful day,” said Coach Hopkins, who has been an avid runner for over forty-six years. Her daughter Maggie snagged first place in the eighth grade girls’ bracket, and younger daughter Ella raced to third for sixth grade girls. Craver eighth grader Michaela Rodriquez also took third, and Zach Richardson grabbed fourth for eighth grade boys. All Craver runners but two ran for their personal best times, according to Hopkins

“Craver did great!” beamed Craver Principal Alexandra Strunk. She gives credit to Hopkins for bringing back to life the many years defunct program, and says that Craver will definitely host another meet next year.

The whole volleyball team came out and cheered for runners, and coaches reported the large numbers of roadside motivators impressed them. “The positive culture being encouraged at Craver was very cool,” said spectator Holly Plattner. “All the kids were cheered throughout the course, and spectators called out encouragement to kids from other teams.”

Coach Hopkins said she owes much gratitude to Hollydot Golf Pro Prim Ivan, who shut down golf course for the afternoon, set up cones, and helped design the course. “He was the most amazing host,” said Hopkins. She also gave big thanks to CCMD Director Dave Valdez for smoothing the initial groundwork to make it all happen.

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