Delta High School's cross country season began last Saturday at the Basalt Longhorn Cross Country Invitational which was held at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.
There were 15 high schools registered for the 5000 meter race, both boys and girls, on Saturday.
In the boys event, Glenwood Springs won the team title with 36 points, and Soroco's Ben Kelly claimed medalist honors with a time of 16:00.
For the girls, Rifle's Sarah Wagler put nearly a minute between herself and second place. Wagler's winning time was 19:50. Chloe Veilleux (Soroco) was next with her time of 20:30.
Delta's John Ames began his season with a time of 18:04 to place 17th. The next three Delta runners included Logan Freed (30th), Shad Lewis (35th) and Elias Carlson (46th).
On the girls' side, Delta's Beki Atchley placed 17th in a time of 22:53. The next three runners for the Panthers were Ahna Richards (21st), Abby Williams (34) and Hannah Hollenbeck (44th).
This year's roster includes 25 athletes, nine female and 16 male.
The roster list consists of John Ames (sophomore), Beki Atchley (sophomore), Elias Carlson (senior), Sami Cassel (freshman), Logan Freed (junior), Amanda Fuller (junior), Mimmy Gilliam (freshman), Hanah Hollenbeck (freshman), Summer Hood (senior), David Husmann (senior), Ronald Jackson (junior), Micah Kathrein (sophomore), Shad Lewis (freshman), Syni Lujan (junior), Greyson McCullough (junior), Thomas Neil (junior), Melanie Osteen (junior), Garrison Paniagua (freshman), Maddie Sandridge (freshman), Andrew Toole (sophomore), Isaac Vader (senior), Julian Varela (senior), Abby Williams (sophomore) and Caleb Williams (senior).
Delta's second annual "Kickoff to Christmas" takes place Saturday, Nov. 25. This event is sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and First Colorado National Bank.