MEEKER I This weekend the middle school fall sports season ended with a flurry of activity in Meeker. On Friday, the seventh and eighth-grade volleyball B-teams traveled to Rangely for the end of the season tournament (see photo below). On Saturday the rest of the middle school sports teams had their final competitions in Meeker.
Saturday began with the cross country team running a two-mile course consisting of mixed terrain around the middle school and rec center with a finish on the track shortly before kick-off against the Rangely Panthers. Craig, West Grand and Soroco traveled to run the XC course and it proved to be a great day to run. Both boys and girls ran their race together and there were many close finishes and impressive times for all Meeker runners.
Sam Smithers was Meeker’s top runner this week, finishing third in the boys division with a time of 16:04. Brad Nielson finished sixth with a time of 16:26. Completing the boys team was Cameron Hanberg in 16th place with a time of 19:13.
The girls also ran incredibly well. Dawn Arnold placed second in the girl’s division with a time of 16:13. Skylar Grimes was sixth in 18:18.
“I am so very proud of the team, each set goals for this last race and every one of them surpassed their expectations. Everyone of them also took minutes off their times from the start of the season,” said head coach Kris Casey.
Once XC had finished their race, top runners’ places were announced, and team scores determined, the eighth-grade boys football team kicked off their game with Rangely. The eighth-grade boys played a great game and claimed victory for their last game of the season. The seventh-grade boys then went up against the Rifle Bears, in a hard fought game, they also finished on top for their final play of the year.
While the boys were playing football the seventh and eighth-grade girls were also competing on the volleyball court. Nine seventh and eighth-grade teams from the surrounding areas traveled for an intense day of volleyball. The Meeker eighth-grade team competed against Rangely in the championship game. Again Meeker finished on top for a great end to their season.
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