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Photo by Wayne Crick A dual-sport fall athlete, Caden Meilner is constantly working to improve himself on and off the football field and on cross country courses he competes on each week.
Photo by Wayne Crick Paonia’s Katya Schwieterman is gaining confidence with each race she runs. A key to Schwieterman’s success has been figuring out how to win and efficiency on the courses.

Schwieterman, Paonia girls second at Sweitzer

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Katya Schwieterman and Brooke Hillman led the Paonia cross country team to a second-place finish Saturday at the Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational cross country meet. Schwieterman pulled out all the stops with a second-place time of 20 minutes, 44.65 seconds, topping her former personal best performance run a week earlier at the Anna Banana memorial race in Fruita.

Hillman placed sixth out of 58 racers with a time of 21:21.90.

Paonia entered five in the race. Alex Eaton placed 16th with a time of 22:45.33 and Jordan Evans set a new personal best time of 23:04.58 to place 18th. Freshman Abby Reedy also set a new personal record of 23:51.84 to place 29th. The girls team scored 53 points.

This is the third year the Sweitzer meet was held.

Central High School's Ivory Espinoza won the girls' division with a new course record time of 19:13.04.

Caden Meilner led the Paonia boys with a ninth-place time of 17 minutes, 30.45 seconds. Logan Green ran a personal best time of 18:38.13 to place 25th, and Elijah Evans placed 26th with a PR of 18:38.77. Ben O'Rourke scored 35 points with a time of 19:42.11.

Also setting new personal records were Hunter Norris, whose time of 21:34.33 was good for 45 points, and Michael Hofmann, who scored 48 points with a new personal best time of 22:23.36.

The boys placed sixth overall with 137 points.

The course record of 16:23.05, set in 2015 by Jack Plantz of Telluride, was re-set by Telluride's Jaden Evans with a time of 16:13.27.

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