MEEKER I The Gypsum Creek Golf Course hosted the Eagle Valley Cross-County Invitational on Saturday with 18 teams in attendance, including the Meeker High School distance-running boys team, which captured 10th place overall.
“It was a beautiful day for racing,” head coach Marty Casey said.
Austin Russell led the Meeker squad, with a 17:07 time, good enough for a fifth-place finish.
Marshal Pool was not far behind, crossing the line in 12th place, with a time of 17:32.
Christopher Strate was the third counter for the Cowboys this week, clocking in at 21 minutes flat and finishing in 110th place. Finishing just behind, in 113th place at 21:06, was Clay Anderson.
The Cowboys’ fifth counter was Matthew Beck, finishing 117th with a personal best of 21:10.
Pake Burke was the next Cowboy to finish, with a time of 21:50 and in 137th place. Josh Cochran crossed the line in 22 minutes flat for 141st place and Alex Murray ran his first race this season, finishing in 30:14, for 190th place.
The girls’ race followed, with Julia Eskelson posting a 22:13 time, good enough for 32nd place.
Briar Meszaros crossed the line in 24 minutes flat, for a 70th-place finish out of a field of 178 racers.
“We saw some pretty strong competition this week, from a great group of schools,” Casey said. “We posted some nice times, and were able to get a 10th-place boy’s team finish.”