Paonia had four girls finish in the top 25 to place fourth overall with 86 points at Saturday's Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational. Taylor Polson finished sixth overall with a time of 20 minutes, 41.6 seconds.
Freshman Chelsea Meilner cut more than a minute and a half off of her time at Delta to finish 15th with a time of 21:39.5. Chelsy Reed was less than a second behind Meilner to finish 17th. Mandy Bushta broke her personal record to place 23rd, and Braiden Clement finished in 23:15.5 to place 33rd. More than 90 girls finished the course.
Jason Sturgis and Jacob Helleckson continue to post strong finishes for Paonia. At Saturday's Eagle Invitational, Sturgis ran his best time of the season to place 15th with a time of 18 minutes, 7.10 seconds.
For Sturgis, a junior, it was his second-fastest time in his three years of racing.
Helleckson also posted the fastest time in his two years of cross country competition. The senior finished in 18:41.6 to place 21st.
Ethan Ferguson, Garrett Morgan, Austin Katzer, Cameron Van Vleet and Bo Pipher were among the scoring runners for Paonia, which placed sixth out of nine teams with 172 points.blog comments powered by Disqus