Andrew Tiedeman continued his successful junior season Saturday, placing fifth at the Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational, with a time of 17 minutes, 16.94 seconds.
The 5,000-meter course on the Gypsum Golf Course is mostly grass, and was pretty wet Saturday morning, said Bulldogs head coach Kelly Cowan.
A light rain fell throughout the boys' race. "It made it a little bit trickier," said Cowan, and likely slowed times a bit. But overall, Hotchkiss runners, including Tiedeman, improved their times over the 2012 race.
Tyrell Clock placed 18th in 18:35.04 — about 11 seconds ahead of last year's pace.
"We're seeing some good improvement in Ty," said Cowan. "He is remaining consistent."
Bryce Homme also shaved about 10 seconds off of last year's time, finishing in 19:42.8 to place 31st. Sophomore Will Drbohlav finished in 21:17, and freshman Zack Allen finished mid-pack with a time of 21:58.01.
The Bulldogs finished fifth with 135 points, Eagle Valley won the boys' division with 48 points, and Montrose placed second with 74 points.
Saturday morning's gentle rain let up in time for the girls' race, but the course was still slick, said Cowan. Natalie Anderson, whose 2012 time of 19:27.3 set the course record, finished Saturday's race with a time of 19 minutes, 50.35 seconds. After missing last week's competition, Jennifer Celis finished the course in 20:11.26 to place second, with Mae Anderson finishing fifth in 20:59.43.
First-year sophomore Katy Parsons had her first top-20 finish, placing 16th in 22:24.73.
Sophomore Sophia Schelle was unable to race Saturday. In her first race of the season, junior Tiffany Clock "gave the girls a good lift to win the race," said Cowan. Clock, who has been out with an injury, is a returning state qualifier. She finished 33rd out of 98 runners with a time of 23:46.84. Clock's conditioning wasn't quite where she wanted, said Cowan, "But we expected that."
Her strong finish gave the girls a total of 52 points and the meet win.
The defending champion Summit High School team placed second with 73 points.
This Saturday morning is the running of the 13th annual Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational and Dobie Desert Classic 5k citizens' race at Hotchkiss High School. The citizens' race is open to all ages and begins at 9 a.m. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt. Runners can register prior to the race. The middle school race will begin immediately after the citizens' race, followed by the high school girls' race at 10:15 a.m., and boys' race at 11.
Anderson holds the girls' course record of 20:06, which she set in 2010.
The boys' record of 18:08 was set by Jacob Ames of Delta in 2011.blog comments powered by Disqus