At the high-altitude Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational, Sam Rodriguez led Hotchkiss' boys to place 11th out of 87 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds. Will Ela and Tevin Keller finished in 20:46 and 20:47, respectively, and freshman Kenny Drbohlav was close behind with a time of 20:52.
Telluride's Jaden Evans won the race in 16:56. Taking the majority of the top-10 places were Salida with four (fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth) and Gunnison had three (second, fourth and sixth).
On the girls' side, Hannah Hatheway placed 26th in a field of 52 with a time of 24 minutes, 14 seconds. Grace Hatheway had a 32nd place time of 25:31.7 and freshman Isabella Spano finished 38th in 26:02.
Hotchkiss competes this Friday at the Ouray-Ridgway Ramble at the Reservoir. The race is hosted by Ouray High School. Because the meet has been held the day before the Hotchkiss invitational in recent years, this is the first time in about a decade the team has competed at the Ramble.