Prep cross-country competition got underway this past weekend. Delta's and Paonia High School's teams chose to attend the Warrior Invitational at Matchett Park on Saturday. Hotchkiss competed in Basalt at the Longhorn Stampede.
Fruita Monument won the team title at Matchett Park with a score of 42. Delta was fourth with 133 and Paonia sixth with 162 points.
Central's Jared Leblow won the boys' division title with a time of 16:34. There were no Delta County schools represented in the top 20 runners.
Delta's varsity boys' team placed fourth behind Fruita, Grand Junction and Palisade. The Panthers' John Ames was the top finisher for Delta with a 22nd placing. Elias Carlson was 30th, Andrew Toole 31st, Logan Freed 33rd and David Husmann finished 35th to round out Delta's top five.
For the girls' team race, Palisade got plenty of help with three of the top five finishers wearing Palisade colors. Greta Van Calcar was the individual titlest with her time of 18:13.2. Brier Youngfleish and Stephanie Griffin placed second and third respectively.
Paonia's Eagles placed sixth in the team race, and Delta's Mykayla Music finished sixth in the individual standings with a time of 20:47.3. Abbi Beckwith was 35th, accounting for the varsity runners for Delta. The Panthers did not have a team score.
In junior varsity competition, the top JV boy was newcomer Aaron Lohrberg, a sophomore, who finished 10th.
There were three girls in the JV division. Freshman Beki Atchley won the race by a minute and is likely moving up to varsity-level competition for Delta's next meet on Sept. 4. Summer Hood was 25th and Amanda Fuller was 29th.
Delta coach JB Lopez commented, "It was a great start to the season."