MEEKER I The Meeker High School cross-country team traveled to Crown Mountain Park in Basalt on Saturday for the team’s opening meet.
Participation at the Longhorn Invitational has increased, doubling the number of runners from the previous year.
The girls raced first on Saturday, and Meeker’s Julia Eskelson, a senior this year, finished strong, just beating a competitor for eighth place in 22:05. Briar Meszaros started her sophomore season with a 25:41, good for 52nd place out of 86 runners.
The boys’ race followed, and sophomore Tannen Kennedy, who is new to MHS cross country this year, was Meeker’s first across the line. He broke the 20:00 barrier with a 19:50 , which was good enough for 41st place.
Josh Cochran, a senior this year, was close behind at 20:08 and 47th place.
Another sophomore, Pake Burke, had a solid first race this season, finishing in 70th place with a time of 21:21.
Meeker’s fourth to the finish was senior Clay Anderson in 22:32, taking 80th place, and Christopher Strate, a junior this year, was 10 places behind, at 24:04 and 90th place.
Sophomore Alex Murray and freshman Zach Harman rounded out the team this week, completing the course in 33:39 and 37:28, respectively.
“We had great weather and great competition, and nearly everyone had faster times than last year,” Coach Marty Casey said. “I am excited for the season ahead.”
Meeker’s distance runners will travel to Delta on Friday for the Devil’s Thumb Hill Climb, with the girls’ varsity race starting off the action at 10 a.m.