RANGELY | The Rangely Panthers cross country team isn’t wasting any time as they prepare for the upcoming season. In just their second week of practice, the young Panthers began testing themselves with a 1,600-meter time trial on Tuesday night and then got their first taste of competition at a mock meet in Meeker on Saturday.
In their time trials, the team saw everyone push themselves as they raced the clock for four laps around the track. Mary Scoggins recorded the fastest time for the girls and Andrew Dorris ran the fastest boys’ time of the night. Coach Scoggins was pleased with each runner’s efforts during the time trial, but was even more impressed with how the team competed while in Meeker.
Scoggins and Dorris once again led their teams, with Scoggins winning the girls’ race by more than two minutes and Dorris finishing the boys’ race in second.
“Mary and Andrew had a great week, running fast on Tuesday and then competing on a tough, hilly course on Saturday,” coach Scoggins said. “I was also very excited with the results of all our new members. Despite very little, or even zero running experience, we had some great finishes.”
Dixie Rhea, Annika Cantrell and Adelynn Halcomb all suited up in their first cross country races ever on the girls team, as Timothy Scoggins led a hard hitting crew of Rangely football players in their first race, too. The Panthers cross country team will split up this weekend as they race in their first official meet of the season, sending some runners to compete in a fast, competitive Basalt meet while the rest of the squad will get another chance at racing in Meeker.