Rangely harriers earn 3rd and 62nd at state meet

 

RaeLynn Norman ran a “smart” state race, finishing in 24:17. Matt Scoggins photo
RaeLynn Norman ran a “smart” state race, finishing in 24:17.
Matt Scoggins photos
Scoggins took third place at the Colorado State Championship Cross Country meet with a time of 16:57.93.
Scoggins took third place at the Colorado State Championship Cross Country meet with a time of 16:57.93.

RANGELY | On Saturday, Oct. 29, Patrick Scoggins and RaeLynn Norman finished off their cross country season at the Colorado State Championship cross country meet. The meet was held at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. The two runners went and checked out the course on Friday so they could start thinking about strategy for Saturday’s race. Scoggins knew that the top 2A runners would be going out hard the first mile so he decided to run his usual race, run a relaxed first mile then press the next two. Coming around the first mile Scoggins was in fourth place with a time of 5:04. The second mile proved to be a little more challenging with several hills but Scoggins was able to start closing the gap on the third place runner coming across with a time of 10:56. With the last 600 meters of the race left, Scoggins passed the third runner and held on to that position. Scoggins took third place with a time of 16:57.93. Norman’s goal was to run a smart race, and that is just what she did. She started out strong and stayed consistent throughout the entire race. She came across her first mile at a 7:03 and her second mile was a 15:31. She finished 62nd with a time of 24:17; averaging 7:50/mile. “I am really proud of these two runners, they knew what they needed to do for the race and they did it. Next year will be exciting to see what they can do at the state championship meet,” said head coach Beth Scoggins.