Meeker cross country runs at Coal Ridge Invitational

MEEKER I Meeker cross country was in New Castle on Friday, Sept. 10 for the Coal Ridge Invitational. The course sports a variety of surfaces across rolling terrain. 

“We saw some really great results on a new course. We are starting to see the hard work pay off,” said head coach Marty Casey. “We were missing some runners due to illness and injuries this week, but hope to be back to full strength for our next meet.”

MHS did not have any female competitors at the Coal Ridge meet, but the boys certainly showed up ready to race. All five runners posted their best times of this season. Gabe Richardson was the fastest Cowboy runner again this week, breaking under the 20 minute mark at 19:52, for 20th place. Gabe Smithers kicked into high gear late in the race, chasing down a number of runners for 23rd place and a new personal record (PR) of 20:06. Wyatt Rollins also had an excellent race, running a new PR in 20:52, and 29th. Gage Richardson was close behind in 31st place, at 21:07. Owen Hannemann just edged out the competition for 41st place, in 22:40.  The boys took sixth place in team scoring.

“I am proud of how everyone raced this week, and appreciate all of the effort. Our times are getting closer to where we need to be,” Casey said.

Meeker’s next scheduled meet will be at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig for the Moffat County Invitational on Saturday Sept. 25. High school races start at 9:45 a.m.

Special to The Herald Times

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