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The girls cross country team from Paonia High School capped its first trip to the 2A state meet in three years with a sixth place finish.

Brooke Hillman finished the course in Colorado Springs first for the Eagles, crossing the line in 22 minutes, 23 seconds to finish 29th overall.

Nora Dransfield was next for Paonia at 40th with her time of 23:11.88. Alexandra Eaton was less than seven seconds behind her at 46th in 23:18.41.

Macy O'Rourke (25:14.40), Katya Schwieterman (25:14.64) and Griffith Mariah (26:22.32) rounded out the girls scores for Paonia at the state meet.

The Paonia boys saw one runner qualify for state. Junior Caden Meilner finished 41st overall for the Eagles and completed the state run in 18:49.85.

The Hotchkiss boys returned to the 2A state meet and finished 13th as a team last Saturday.

Sam Rodriguez paced the Bulldogs with his 45th place finish at 18:55.45. His brother Gabe Rodriguez was right behind him at 48th in 19:01.36.

Senior Zack Allen completed his cross country career for Hotchkiss with a time of 20:18.60 and finished 80th in the individual race. Nick Jung (22:30.40) and J.D. Miller (25:49.87) finished the team times for Hotchkiss.

Hotchkiss sophomore Kaiya Firor represented the Bulldogs in her second consecutive state meet, finishing 31st overall in 22:40.66.

1A Football Playoffs

Undefeated Meeker (9-0) won the 1A Western Slope Conference and secured the No. 1 seed in the 16-team state tournament that kicks off this weekend.

The teams were seeded according to the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) which factors in strength of schedule when determining playoff teams.

The Cowboys will face No. 16 Ellicott in the first round this weekend.

No. 3 Paonia plays No. 14 Buena Vista on Friday night at Paonia Town Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Eagles have made it to the past three 1A state title games, winning two of them before losing 27-20 at Buena Vista last year.

Two other conference teams made the tournament bracket.

Cedaredge secured the No. 10 seed and will open on the road against No. 7 Crowley County.

And Grand Valley will represent the conference as the No. 15 seed when it opens play this weekend against No. 2 Strasburg.

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