MEEKER | On the road again to Fruita, Colo., the Meeker Cowboy cross country team traveled to Fruita Monument High School and the Anna Banana Invitational at Snooks Bottom Open Space. Fifteen teams were in attendance, of which six were in the 2A class. Blue skies and climbing temperatures greeted the runners as the day progressed. The varsity boys started the day, and Ashdon Seibert was Meeker’s first finisher across the line in 20 minutes 37 seconds and securing 44th place. Pake Burke was the second Cowboy across the line at two places behind Seibert, running a 21 flat. Shane Kobald, back this week from an injury, was Meeker’s third across the line, 52nd overall, and set a new personal record of 21:43.36. Josh Dinwiddie and Damon Dade rounded out the Cowboy’s team, in at 25:09.36, and 25:09.38 respectively, placing 66th and 67th. The boys took ninth place in team scoring as runners have returned from injury and five made it across the line scoring points.
“We saw some nice improvements this week. Again, everyone that raced here was faster this year,” commented head coach Marty Casey.
The girls’ varsity followed, and Briar Meszaros had a solid race and great finish, closing in on her personal record, and finishing 14th out of 57 runners, with a time of 22:01.31.
Meeker had one runner in each of the JV races, and Zach Harman ran for a new personal record this week and placing 48th with a time of 28:01.10.
“Their work is paying off in PR’s,” Casey said. “We are about halfway through the season and the progress is there. We need to keep the intensity up as we get closer to post-season.”
In JV girls, Alana Nielsen ran a 29.32.24, for 38th place.
Coming up this week is “The Double” for the Cowboys, who will be racing at Sweitzer Lake in Delta, Colo., on Friday, and then competing in Moffat County’s meet at Loudy Simpson Park in Craig on Saturday.
By TIFFANY JEHOREK | Special to the Herald Times