For the past few seasons the Hotchkiss cross country team competed in week three at the Grand Junction meet. This year, they opted for a change and ran Saturday at the annual Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational, which was largely a 3A meet.
For the third consecutive race, Hotchkiss placed three girls in the top 10. Natalie Anderson set a new course record of 19 minutes, 27.3 seconds for the win, and Jenni Celis set a new personal best time of 19:44.7 to place second. Freshman Mae Anderson also set a personal record of 20:48 to place eighth.
The Hotchkiss girls team placed second with 47 points, behind Summit High School, a 4A school, with 39 points.
Freshman Sophia Schelle also set a personal record of 21:41.2 to place 19th, and Tiffany Clock finished in 22:01.76 to place 21st. Laura Edigi ran her best time of the season to place 85th, with Nilam Hypio finishing 86th.
A total of 93 girls completed the 5,000-meter course.
Hotchkiss placed two runners in the top 10 in the boys race. Cody Bartlett ran a personal best time of 16 minutes, 59.4 seconds to finish third, and Andrew Tiedemann also set a new personal best time of 17:25.4 to place sixth.
Class 2A Rangely High School senior William Scroggins set a new course record of 16:41.90 for the win. Teammates Kurt Katzdorn and Tyrell Clock all finished in the top 25 to give the boys a second-place team finish with 66 points. Eagle Valley claimed the boys title with 32 points.
Bryce Homme and Luke Yerion both set new personal best times to the finish line in under 20 minutes, placing 39th and 40th respectively. Taylor Schreiner finished in 20:02.7 to place in the top 50. Clayton Oxford, Eddie Cambria, Keegan Palmer, Will Drbohlav and Andrew Oviedo also completed the course. More than 120 runners from nine schools competed in the event.
Hotchkiss will race in more familiar territory when they host the 12th annual Hotchkiss Invitational this Saturday, at Hotchkiss High School. Paonia, Grand Valley, Coal Ridge, Ouray, Telluride, Grand Junction Central and Montrose will be represented at the meet.
The Dobie Desert Classic open race begins at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $15, which includes a T-shirt. Junior high races begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by the high school girls and boys varsity races.blog comments powered by Disqus