Running? It runs in the family for Marquezes of Fort Lupton

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By Steve Smith

LOVELAND – They are a twosome that always seems to be on the go.


They are Monica and Antonio Marquez of Fort Lupton. She’s a senior, and he’s a sophomore. He qualified for the state 3A cross country meet last fall.

Both participated in the Loveland Sweetheart Invitational Sept. 22 at North Lake Park. Monica Marquez finished with a time of 23:53.

“I’m very happy every time,” she said. “This course had some hills, and each time I go up those hills, I improve more. I know that it’s good for me.”

She said the best part of her race – aside from some sightseeing on the course – was finishing the race.

“It takes a lot of stress of my calves,” Marquez said. “I like finishing. I like the feeling of finishing.”

Marquez said it was the best race of her season.

“That’s a good time,” she said. “Our coach says as we start narrowing down our practices, our times will get better. It’s a good start. I’m in the low 20s, and we haven’t started narrowing down yet.”

Antonio Marquez wanted to hit his best time of the season in Loveland. He finished in a time of 17:59, 18 seconds off his season best, which he turned in at the Wolverine Cross Country Invitational Sept. 15 in Greeley. But he was somewhat happy just the same.

“I made it through the hills and coming down the hills just fast enough. That’s what caught me up.,” he said. “But I wanted to make it down into the low 17s, high 16s. That’s the goal for the season.”

The school record is 16:43. Last year, he came within five seconds of breaking that mark.

“I have to keep working on my mileage, going more than five miles every day,” he said. “That’s going to push me harder.”

Even though temperatures had been in the 80s earlier in the day, it was about 10 degrees colder and windier at race time. 

“It was cold, so it felt good,” Antonio Marquez said. “I’d rather run in the warmer weather.  It gets me more ready to run.”

“With it being hot outside, it’s a hard race no matter where you are,” Monica Marquez said. “Cool weather like this is a lot better. It’s like running indoors. The cooler air makes it easier. “


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