Both Hotchkiss cross country teams posted strong finishes at Saturday's 10th running of the Anna Banana Memorial Wildcat Invitational, held at Connected Lakes State Park in Fruita. Twenty-three teams competed, coming from as far away as Greeley and Denver.
Natalie Anderson ran her best time of the season and the second-best time of her three-year career, finishing in 19 minutes, 00.2 seconds to place eighth.
Jenni Celis finished 11th out of a field of 103 racers. Her 19:35.6 finish was an all-time best for the third-year runner.
Mae Anderson placed 21st in 20:18.3, with Sophia Schelle finishing in 20:33.7. Both broke their personal best times. Tiffany Clock ran her best time of the season to finish in 21:31.
The Hotchkiss girls placed third with 125 points, with Greeley West and Battle Mountain tying for first with 99 points. The girls also got a glimpse of what could be their toughest competition at regionals. Class 2A's Amber Scott of Crested Butte Community School and Rachel Hampton of Telluride finished in under 19 minutes, placing fourth and sixth respectively. Neither school fielded enough racers to place as a team.
Hotchkiss lead runner Cody Bartlett said after last week's Hotchkiss Invitational that he would be aiming for a time in the mid-16s at Anna Banana. Bartlett surpassed his expectations, finishing fourth, and one second under the old course record, with a time of 16 minutes, 21.5 seconds — almost 40 seconds faster than his personal-best time set two weeks ago at Eagle Valley.
Andrew Tiedemann placed 15th out of 147 racers, completing the course in a personal best time of 17:06.
Tyrell Clock, who finished in 18:16.9, Taylor Schreiner (19:20.3), Mason Oxford (19:49.5), and Keegan Palmer (20:52.9) all set personal records Saturday.
The Hotchkiss boys had 217 points to finish seventh overall; Grand Junction Central won the meet with 121 points.
Both course records fell on Saturday.
William Scoggins of Rangely broke the men's record by 19 seconds to win in 16:03.2.
EvaLou Edwards of Bayfield finished in 17 minutes, 41.3 seconds to break the girls record of 18:57, set in 2009 by Johanna Reed, a Paonia student who ran four years for Hotchkiss and graduated in 2010.
Reed was a four-time winner at Anna Banana.
The Bulldogs travel to Aspen Saturday for the Chris Severy Invitational.
This is the final meet before regional competition, which will be run at Delta on Oct. 17.
The Montrose Relays, which includes teams of two runners alternating mile runs until each has run three miles, happens on Oct. 13.blog comments powered by Disqus