Prep cross country ends with state races

By Eric Goold

The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team capped a great season of running with a fourth place finish at the state meet last Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs finished fourth for the second straight year and were led by two seniors and two freshman.

Mae Anderson concluded her outstanding high school career by finishing the course in Colorado Springs in 21 minutes, 7.4 seconds, which was good for a 13th place overall individual finish.

Hotchkiss freshman Kaiya Firor was right behind Anderson and finished 15th with her time of 21:13.5.

Senior Sophia Schelle (22:22.2) and freshman Mariah Griffith (24:17.9) rounded out the team times for the Bulldogs, who finished second in the regional race to make it to state.

Telluride, led by outstanding senior and regional champ Soleil Gaylord, won the girls' 2A team title.

Heritage Christian Academy, which placed the top two individual finishers at state (Rachel Rairdon, Rebekah Rair-don) was second in the team standings, and Lyons finished third.

The Paonia girls were represented by four-time state qualifier Chelsea Meilner, who finished her high school career with a 17th place showing at state (21:17.0).

Brooke Hillman completed her sophomore season and first state meet by placing 32nd with her time of 22:16.9.

On the 2A boys' side, Lyons won the team title after placing Paul Roberts (15:33.7) and Joel Such (16:33.2) first and second, respectively.

Ouray was second and Mancos finished third in the team standings.

Individually, Paonia sophomore Caden Meilner completed his first cross country showing at state in 19:09.2, which put him at 52nd in the race.