Rangely runners take first place at Basalt cross country meet

Rangely cross country runners Mary Scoggins, Patrick Scoggins and Colton Noel earned first place at the Basalt Invitational last Saturday, the team’s first meet for the season. Matt Scoggins photo

RBC | The Rangely cross country team headed to the Basalt Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 24, for their first meet of the season. The Panthers have two female high school runners, three male high school runners, three junior high female runners and one male junior high runner. Some of the runners were not able to run this weekend but will be good to go next weekend.
The meet started with the middle school combined race for a distance of 1.55 miles. Rangely was able to take first in both the girls’ and boys’ race. Mary Scoggins led the Panthers with a time of 11:17 taking first overall. Norrah Patch was able to take 14th overall in the race with a time of 14:30, followed by Macy Morgan with a time of 20:22. Colton Noel, the lone boy for the Rangely junior high runners, took first for the boys with a time of 12:48.
After the middle school meet Raelynn Norman found herself on the line for the varsity girls’ race. She has been battling a head cold this week but was able to run 5K in 25:29.
“Raelynn is a good runner and should get better each week, it is hard to run when you can’t breathe. I expect some great things from her this season” said cross country coach Beth Scoggins. Chloe Filfred will join her next weekend.
The last race of the day was the varsity boys’ race. Patrick Scoggins took off with two other boys from Glenwood Springs and they were able to hang with him for the first mile but then Scoggins opened up his stride with some surges up some small hills and left the other two behind. He was able to take first with a time of 16:51. Nick Miears was the other Rangely male runner and he finished the race with a time of 26:16. Cameron Filfred will join the team next weekend.
The Panthers will be running next week on Friday in Delta at Devil’s Thumb. This will be the first time ever at this course so it will be fun to see what it has in store for the runners.