The only prep cross country race run in the North Fork Valley is on Saturday, Sept. 8. Races start at 9 a.m. with the middle school girls' division, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the middle school boys. The high school girls' race starts at 10 a.m., followed at 10:45 a.m. with the boys race.
Awards are given to the top 10 individuals in each race, and a first place plaque is awarded in each division.
Considered one of the more challenging courses on the western slope, racers maneuver a hilly course that opens at Bulldog football stadium with a steady uphill climb, traverses the landscape and drops into a ravine. Following a relatively level section runners make a steep ascent, make an up and down traverse, ending with a descent toward the stadium.
The boys 3,000-meter middle school course record of 9 minutes, 45.82 seconds is held by Sean Graff of Montrose, now a top high school runner for the Indians. Montrose graduate Ian Meek set the course record of 17:27.77 in 2016.
The girls' middle school record of 10:31.98 was set in 2016 by India Nornes of Crested Butte Middle School, and the high school girls' course record of 20:06 was set by Hotchkiss alumna Natalie Anderson in 2010.
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