Tyrell Clock was the top finisher for Hotchkiss at Saturday's Anna Banana cross country meet. Clock finished the 5000-meter course in 17 minutes, 58.3 seconds to place 33rd.
Clock's time was a new personal record for the junior. Teammates Bryce Home (18:36.7), Zack Allen (18:46.9) and Andrew Oviedo (22:22.2) also set new personal records.
The Anna Banana run is one of the more popular races on the Western Slope, and this year's field of runners was one of the most competitive in the race's 11-year history. Jake Erickson of Palisade set a new course record of 15:48.20 for the win.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team placed three runners in the top 10 and scored 59 points to win the meet at Connected Lakes State Park.
Natalie Anderson finished the 5000-meter course in 19 minutes, 7.2 seconds to place second behind Eva Lou Edwards of Bayfield, who claimed her second consecutive Anna Banana title with a time of 18:22.30. Edwards set the course record of 17:41.3 in 2012.
Jennifer Celis finished fifth in 19:28, and Mae Anderson finished in 19:52 to place ninth. Sophia Schelle placed 28th with a time of 20:56, and Katy Parsons placed 31st out of 84 runners with a time of 21:00.2. Celis, Mae Anderson and Parsons all set new personal best times, and Natalie Anderson and Schelle ran their best time of the season.
Fourteen teams and 84 runners competed in the women's division. Grand Junction High School placed second with 77 points.
The Anna Banana race is held in memory of Anna Lee Janowitz, a Fruita Monument High School student and star cross country runner who, just prior to the start of her junior year in 2002, was killed in a car wreck.
Hotchkiss will travel to Aspen this Saturday to compete in the Chris Severy Invitational.blog comments powered by Disqus