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RANGELY | As the Rangely Panther cross country team had several of their athletes dealing with some sickness, they only had three runners for the weekend. The three traveled to Fruita for the traditionally fast and furious race called the Anna Banana. Unfortunately, the race had to change venues and they found themselves at the Snook Bottoms Open Space Park in Fruita. The course was fast but not as fast as it has been in the past, the runners found themselves running on dirt trails that weren’t very wide for passing and up a hill or two. The wind also played havoc on the runners as they would round a corner and a gust of wind would knock them back.
Patrick Scoggins found himself taking fifth overall with a time of 16:36.
“Patrick is running strong this year. It will be fun to see his times drop in the next couple of weeks as we start to work on speed. He is a hard worker and it is paying off,” said coach Beth Scoggins.
Raelynn Norman had a great race this weekend, her hard working and determination is paying off. She was able to run a 23:49 which has been a season’s personal best. Chloe Filfred just keeps getting faster every weekend. She is getting stronger and is finding a drive to keep pressing even when it is getting hard. She was able to run a 25:58 which is another season’s personal best.
The Panthers will head to the Moffat County Invitational next weekend which is a smaller meet but will be competitive with Soroco being there as well as several teams from Utah and Wyoming. They will run on Saturday at Loudy Simpson Park. The runners would love to see some Panthers fans out there cheering them on. The middle school race will start at 9 a.m. followed by the varsity girls at 9:45 a.m. then followed by the varsity boys at 10:30 a.m.