The Paonia cross country team is in its second season, and members were anticipating the team's first-ever meet, the Paonia Jumbo Cross Country Invitational, last Friday. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't very cooperative.
Thursday night's rains, which turned to snowfall in the Paonia area, covered the steep, clay trails with about two inches of snow by Friday morning. The course, which winds through the trails on Jumbo Mountain and gains almost 500 feet in elevation in the first mile, was just too muddy and slippery to run, said Paonia head coach Richard Hypio. Five high schools, including Hotchkiss and Delta, entered the race.
It's disappointing, said Hypio, who spent Friday morning considering other options. But there just weren't any that didn't involve putting runners on the road or a railroad crossing.
The Eagles will run this Thursday at the District 51 Cross Country Championships. Hosted by Palisade High School, the meet includes the Palisade Junior Varsity Championships, a race created to recognize junior varsity runners. "It's their last race of the season, so the focus is really on them," said Hypio.
The meet is open to all schools, and will be held at Riverbend Park in Palisade. This is the last race before the 2A Region 4 championships on Oct. 18.
Hotchkiss will compete this Saturday morning at the annual Montrose Relays. The event is a fun run and the last race before regionals. Runners pair up in teams of two, running alternate miles until each team member has run three miles. Teams can either be boy-boy, girl-girl, or boy-girl. Many come decked in costume, from ballerinas in rainbow tutus to masked caped crusaders.blog comments powered by Disqus